Friday, July 17, 2009
Velvet is safe but has taken a turn for the worse.
Link for donations – please scroll down, thx you.
Well, it didn't work out quite as planned but the important thing is that Velvet is safe and in ISO at a vet in Simi Valley.
The reason she's in Simi Valley and not with Stacy in San Diego is that Caroline Squire of the Simi Valley group Animal Rescue Volunteers went to SLA to rescue a dog who had sadly been euthanized. However, a friend had told Caroline about Velvet and she took one look at her and decided she couldn't leave her there. So she bailed her out and drove her straight to the vet.
If you look at these photos of Velvet taken by Caroline, you can see why she acted so quickly. Her eyes are swollen completely shut as her eye problem spread to the other one.
It's clear that her condition had taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few days. Not only were her eyes swollen shut, she has pneumonia in both lungs and there is a concern that she may even have distemper. Obviously we are hoping that is not the case.
Caroline said she is eating--which she didn't at the shelter--and is even wagging her tail.
Velvet has been renamed Zeeta. She has had x-rays and blood work done and is already wracking up a sizeable vet bill.
Caroline also sent me a link to a short video she took of Zeeta at the vet's office. You can watch it by clicking on the link below at the bottom of this page.
WE WILL KNOW MUCH MORE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. I JUST WANTED TO GET THIS EMAIL OUT SO EVERYONE IS IN THE LOOP ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON. I HAD NO IDEA THIS WOULD HAPPEN BUT I AM VERY THANKFUL THAT VELVET/ZEEVA IS OUT AND SAFE.
Stacy very kindly stepped up to help Velvet when nobody else offered. She would have done right by Velvet but we were all overtaken by events.
ZEETA/VELVET IS A VERY LUCKY GIRL. SHE HAD A TERRIFIC RESCUER READY TO SAVE HER LIFE BUT THEN ANOTHER WHO WAS AT THE SHELTER WAS SO CONCERNED UPON SEEING HER THAT SHE DECIDED TO TAKE THIS SWEET GIRL ON THE SPOT.
Even though Zeeta/Velvet is very sick, this is not the terrified dog I saw in the shelter 11 days ago (right.) If you look at the new video, Zeeta radiates calm. Her head is held high, and she just seems very peaceful. She isn't shaking with fear and doesn't appear in distress, despite her swollen eyes. She looks like she's just hanging out on the examination table.
OUR GIRL HAS A LONG ROAD AHEAD. HER MEDICAL NEEDS ARE MUCH MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER ANTICIPATED. SO TO EVERYONE WHO SO GENEROUSLY PLEDGED MONEY TO HELP SAVE HER LIFE, AND THOSE WHO ARE READING ABOUT HER FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WANT TO DONATE, HERE IS A LINK TO ARV'S DONATION PAGE:
Thank you, everyone, for your outpouring of love for this special girl. We are all pulling for her. I will forward Caroline's updates as and when I receive them.