Help Us Root for Rosalee

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Rosalee was found abandoned in a small town known for puppy mills.  She was filthy, malnourished and very afraid.  She lost 19 teeth at her first visit to the HUA vet.  She was relieved to be at the shelter where she had good food, warm blankets and people to care for her.  She felt so much better after her teeth were pulled and the infection in her mouth cleared up, but soon we realized that Rosalee was weak and her gums were pale.  It was discovered that she was severely anemic.  Rosalee has been in foster care in Omaha for a month and is fighting an uphill battle.  While treating her anemia with medication to try to get her body to start making red blood cells it was discovered that Rosalee had a heart condition as well.  Overnight she could barely breath and had to be rushed to the vet.  The veterinarian had to stop treating the anemia in order to get her heart condition under control.  Once her heart improved her red blood cell count dropped to such dangerous levels that she had to have a blood transfusion.  The hope was that she would continue to make red blood cells on her own once her blood was replaced with that of a healthy dog.  Sadly, after a couple of weeks her cell count has dropped again.  Rosalee is scheduled to have her spleen removed this week.  Through all of this Rosalee has been a happy girl.  She was once afraid of humans but now she dances and delights in the company of her foster mom.  She begs to be held and appears as if she has been in a home all of her life.  She has a voracious appetite and thinks the breakfasts and dinners at her foster home are worthy of a 5 star review.  Rosalee is facing several more weeks of recovery and waiting to find out if the splenectomy will fix her anemia problem.  At HUA every dog is precious and deserves every chance they can have at a happy, healthy life.  Please help us root for Rosalee in her recovery.  She is very special to us and to her foster mom, Auntie Jean.  Rosalee would love to have a home after her recovery.  If you are interested in adopting this sparkly-eyed little ray of sunshine please write to us at for more information and we will keep you updated on her progress.  Click here to donate online to help with Rosalee’s extensive medical bills, or text GIFT to 20222 to donate $10 via text.  Data charges and standard text messaging rate may apply.  Please think of Rosalee this week while she recovers from her big operation.  Your support means the world to us and to Rosalee.

14 Responses to “Help Us Root for Rosalee”

  1. Sherry Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 10:09 pm


    That is a very touching story about Rosalee and I am going to pray for her. What breed is she? She looks like a Maltese.
    Thank you,

  2. Sherry Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Will you please keep me updated on her condition?

    Thank you and God Bless~


  3. HuaLori Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    We aren’t sure but she is probably a maltese poodle.

  4. HuaLori Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Yes we will post updates Sherry. Thanks for thinking of dear Rosalee.

  5. Iva Rahlf Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers for little Rosalee. Will keep looking for updates on her surgery.

  6. Deborah Says:
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    hang in there sweet Rosalee, we’re all cheering for you and sending lots of love!

  7. HuaLori Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Rosalee is recovering well from her surgery. Her spleen was quite enlarged so she has a very large incision. She started eating on her own sooner than the doctors anticipated. Only two days after surgery and she is up walking around. She will have a blood test soon to determine if the operation was successful. The test will tell if the spleen removal will stop her body from destroying her red blood cells. Please keep Rosalee in your thoughts.

  8. Deborah Says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for the update – we hope you are feeling better soon Miss Rosalee!

  9. Lisa Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    We are praying for Rosalee!! It sounds like she is a really spunky little lady. Please keep us updated on her progress.

  10. Jean Says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Rosalee loves her raw liver mixed with dog food. She and her pal Troy, a small Maltese, have bonded together so curl up to sleep.

  11. Meg Says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Kisses to you, Rosalee, from your California fan club.
    Feel good soon Little One.

  12. Jean Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Rosalee had a splenectomy. She survived the surgery, but she is still anemic because some other organ is also destroying red blood cells. She likes raw liver so is getting lots mixed in her dog food.

  13. Ruth Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Rosalee, you gorgeous bundle of fabulous! My heart ached for you when I read about your life before coming to HUA. Then, I was so uplifted to read that you are doing better and have happily bonded with Troy…that is so, so, precious. Please feel better each day you beautiful girl, and always know that you are fabulous, too :-)

  14. Lisa Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Rosalee, I haven’t seen an update on you. I pray you are doing better.

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