November 6, 2010



(courtesy of Sagira)

"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."

                                                                      -- Albert Schweitzer

Dearest friends and Team Shelby supporters,

The day started out crisp and cold here in Houston, in the 40's, but the sun came out big and bright and with it came the best news we could have been given.

Shelby can start her heart worm treatment on Nov. 22nd!!

Shelby had a complete recheck today plus X-Rays. She is a grade 3 on the heart worm chart, with 4 being the highest. Her heart is clear but huge because of the worms. She will be taking Prednisone and Cephalexin until she starts her treatments. It will be a 3 step procedure. The first day she will have to stay all night. It will be her first night away from Sandra since July 3rd. Then a month later another treatment, etc. Waiting for the X-rays was nerve raking.

 Something else was discovered on the X-rays that weren't seen before. At some point someone must have shot her because Dr Briles showed us where there were BB's in her backside. It is just another horror our poor Shelby had to endure.

Here are pictures taken this morning. After these pictures, I want to warn you that their are some pictures of another pit that was subjected to a horrendous injury, that we just learned about from Maziegal a few days ago. Please stop after Miss Shelby's pictures if you are weak of heart.

As most of you are aware of by now, Shelby loves to ride in the car. Here she is trying to climb in the front seat to help me drive. She and Mona have that in common.

She loves to hang her head out the window.

Sandra made the observation today, that Miss Shelby is the only dog she has ever known, that likes going to the Vet. Of course she does, her salvation and road to recovery came from those visits. 

Hmmm, foodables.

A little snack.
Miss Shelby and Dr Briles.

On July 3rd, when Sandra found our Shelby, I saw for the first time the cruelty of man towards a pit. I was horrified and still am. To hear about the Michael Vick's of the world was one thing but to actually see what happens was another. That any man could be so cruel to one of God's creatures is beyond me. That day changed my life and the way I think of pits. A few days ago, Mazie told us about another innocent victim of abuse. 

His name is Jimmy Durante and needs all of our prayers. He was found in a yard with half his nose cut off.  
Here is the link to Jimmy's blog where you can follow his journey. He has had numerous surgeries already with many more to come. There is a Chip In button where you can donate to his care. We will be making our donation next Friday on payday.

Jimmy before surgery.

Jimmy after surgery

Words taken directly from Jimmy's blog:

Sometimes Jimmy is still in pain, and when he isn't he really enjoys himself. His mom hates to see him in pain, he is such a lover boy and just wants to please! It is such a miracle that with everything he has endured in his little life, he is so loving and trusting to humans, the same species that caused him to have all this pain.

Please help!!

Mazie asked the question:
Can he still smell stuff?
And then answer was;

Amazingly enough, Jimmy has an excellent sense of smell! He just has to bend his head the entire way down to do it. We have to be careful and keep checking his blowhole to make sure that nothing gets into it

It is ironic though, because it was told that the reason his nose was cut off was because they kept dumping him places, but he would always find his way home.

God Bless you all.....Sarah, Mona's Mom

Mona turn now.....

After all the happy news about Shelby. me and Mommy went to see Aunt Judy, the boys, Brooklyn and 2 little dachshunds, Aunt Judy is pup sitting. 

Today DROH had a booth at Woofstock in Clear Lake. Me and Mommy are with ATDR now but my heart is still with the many friends we have there, so we went to see them but just for a couple of hours. So guess what? I gots to be a guest kisser in their booth.  Today's post was all about our Shelby's god news but tomorrow I'll post more pictures of our visit with some old friends.

Me & my friends doing whatwe do best,



Mack said...

Looks like our Shelby is gonna be okay!! That is the best news ever, but to hear about how MEAN humans can be to us innocent animals makes me kinda ill!

Thanks so much for all you do for her! We love ya and can't wait to see you again!

Thankful Sugars,

3 doxies said...

I sooooo excited dat Shelby is finally gonna gets her treatment...gosh, can you even imagine how good she will feels afters dat is overs with? Her feels purty good now but just wait...hehehehe...hers gonna be allllll overs da place.
We heard bouts Jimmy from Mayxie too and it is just sickening to knows dat a hooman can do dat. I just can't comprehend it. But, he is safe now.


Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so happy to hear that Shelby can start her treatment. She does look very happy to be at her vet's office!
We can't understand how any hooman can do such horrific things to a poor innocent animal. They only want to be loved.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

YIPPEE! Oh! I'm so very happy for that Most Excellent news abouts Shelby! She looks soooooo good and happy. Imagine how much better she's gonna feel after those nasty heartworms hit the road. My paws are double crossed that everything goes good with her treatment.

And thank you for telling sweet Jimmy's story. He's a special guy for sure and the more people that know about him, the better!

Can't wait to see your kissing booth pics, Mona!

Wiggles & Wags,

Frankie Furter said...

WONDERFUL NEWS ABOUT SHELBY!!! I am not surprised though. She is one amazing girrrl. I sent green papers to you yesterday for JD & Max's raffle. I am putting the tickets in Ruby and Penny's names. I hope they win something, butt mostly I hope this project brings tons of green papers in for Shelby's fund.

Minna Krebs said...

Oh, this is such exciting news! I am soooooo happy that Miss Shelby is well enough to start the heartworm treatments!

and Miss Mona, it looks like you were raising lots of greenpapers for DROH at Woofstock! Good Job!


A MilShelb Mom said...

We are very happy for Shelby!! We are so glad that everything is turning out so well for her!
We were so sad to read about Jimmy's story. How awful. We just do not understand it. Mom says it makes her sick- what people will do to innocent animals. She thinks it is so great that there are people in the world who are happy to go the extra mile for animals, too! We're glad, too!
~Milly and Shelby

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What GREAT news!

It is pawesome to see all the higher powers have decided Miss Shelby has suffered enough and now khan get on with the life she should have had from Day One -

We've been following Jimmy - along with Skelly - both are also doing better given what they've been through -

Thanks SO much fur this great start to our blog day!


Sagira said... used my photo on your blog. haha

SO happy to hear that Shelby can start treatment.

Awful to hear that she was shot.

Oh my gosh...poor Jimmy! That is SO darn sad. What is wrong with people?

Anny said...

We are very happy to hear about Shelby's good news.

She looks very pretty now. With love anything is possible. God Bless you all.

K-9 Katastrophe said...

We know Jimmy but we didn't know all of that about him. It kinda makes me feel selfish for having a raffle for ourselves when there are other dogs who are in much greater need like Shelby. She looks so happy. I cry to think that someone would actually shoot that sweet innocent dog. Sandra and you have done a great thing for Shelby! So many people love you girls and can see the goodness in you just from this kind act. I thank God that there are people like you both.


Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Shelby looks wonderful with all of the TLC she is getting. Mama is still shaking her head how cruel people can be - especially after she saw the pictures of Jimmy Durante.

Thanks for posting updates about Shelby.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

Lola said...

I am so happy to hear that news about Shelby. We will try to pawticipate in the new fundraising effort. We do have to wait until Daddy's next check. Things have gotten a bit tight lately.

lotsa licks, Lola

sprinkles said...

What excellent news about Miss Shelby! I'm thrilled she can begin receiving treatments for her heartworm.

There's a special place in hell for someone who would do that to a dog. I can't even begin to comprehend how anyone would even CONSIDER cutting a dog's nose off! I truly believe in karma and the person who did that to Jimmy Durante will get his. One way or another...

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We are sending BIT prayers, crossed paws and hugs for Jimmy Durante!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three