Mason and McGowan
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We would like you to meet Mason and McGowan, two new Col. Potter babies that we just took in from a Mill as rejected by their broker since they both have major health issues at this time. SO MAJOR, that your prayers are really needed right now, especially for little McGowan.
The babies are ten weeks old. Mason has severe curvature of the spine. We have had x-rays done and health evaluations, and his x-rays will be reviewed by experts to try to determine the actual type of injury he has, and if his curvature of the spine will continue as he grows. If this is the type of curvature that will continue, it appears at this given moment (obviously, we need evaluation here) that Mason would become crippled and have his mobility cut off, as well as the squeezing of his organs as his body continues to curve. Mason is just as cute as punch, and other than having an awkward gait and a little kick to his rear leg now (his body curves to the left) it is not believed that he is in any paid. His x-rays will be studied, and perhaps additional testing done as indicated. It is unknown at this time if any surgical procedure can be done due to his age and the fact that his body is growing rapidly as any 10 week old pups body will grown. NORMALLY, spine surgery can only be done on a body that has stopped the growth cycle . . . more to come on little Mason. Your candle and thoughts are truly appreciated.
Mason and McGowan
We also have McGowan. PLEASE PLEASE pray hard for this little punkin right now. McGowan has a fully collapsed lung, and our first medical procedure this morning was not successful in trying to expand the lung with the insertion of a tube placed through the body with air blown into the lung. This afternoon, we are having the procedure repeated, along with a dye test of the intestines to see if there is also a hole in the lung sack area which is allowing the intestines to go into the lung area. Right now, the heart has moved up to the area that normally occupies this lung. We should know more on McGowan by this evening. The truly sad part is that this is caused by a TRAUMA, not a birth defect . . . somewhere along the line, this little baby was badly abused. In a conference call with the Vet and Aly, the Vet KNOWS that we don't want McGowan to suffer in any way if he is having difficulty breathing, and obviously if air in cut off from the brain (which would happen if he is not getting enough oxygen with the one lung), that McGowan could also suffer in this aspect also.
The Vet loves BOTH of these kids, and she is really taken with McGowan. We know that he is in wonderful and professional hands. PLEASE pray that we are able to help this little baby. If we are not able to, that his walk with the Angels over the Rainbow Bridge is without fear or additional pain.
I have also attached the most precious picture of Melody, who is Mason and McGowan's Mom. AFTER ALL, if she produced defective puppies, why would the puppy miller want her also? WE ARE HAPPY to have you Melody. We promise you that the sadness in your eyes will be replaced with trust and love. Melody is now being vetted.
6/30/2004 9:02:10 PM
It is with a heavy heart that I report back to you that the second medical procedure for McGowan did not work either. He has had a turn for the worse and is on oxygen so that he can breath now. We have a CP volunteer who is on the way to the clinic to pick McGowan up and transport him to Emergency. He may not make the transport without being on oxygen, however he will surely die if left at the vets office without care tonight. This just breaks my heart.
PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR THIS LITTLE MUNCHKIN.
Something tells me that there is another person or Momma dog who needs him more than we do right now.
6/30/2004 10:09:09 PM
McGowan arrived at the emergency vets, and for now seems to be holding his own. Keep the prayers coming.
7/1/2004 10:43:30 AM
Baby McGowan made it through the night... He has been moved from the emergency clinic to the "Specialty Vet Clinic" and will be seen and evaluated in an hour or so by one of the specialists. I should have more details/update after lunch.
He is a little fighter, so my hope is that we will have some good news very soon.
7/1/2004 3:41:58 PM ............. Back again -
I just got of the phone with the "Specialty Vet Clinic" and McGowan is just about to go under for Emergency lung surgery... The collapsed Lung is still not holding air. The air is getting caught up in the chest cavity and pressing down on the lung and his heart causing him to start to suffocate. Because he is so little - none of the X-rays show the tear or hole, so they have to go in and find it. Pretty scary stuff for such a little boy!!
The good news is that if the can find and repair the damage his prognosis is excellent. Lynell is going to stop by and see him later today, and he has his "Angel Bandana" that Corinne made for our very first Guardian Angel dog, Chloe and we have passed down to the others that need a special miracle. So it is McGowan's turn for a miracle!!
Please pray for our vet to have a steady hand, an eagle eye and a steadfast heart, so that our little boy can go on to the life he so deserves..
If you can help with his vet care cost (which have Danielle breathing in a paper bag right now), please become one of his Guardian Angels or simply send a donation to CPCRN. If everyone gave $5.00, we could cover the cost of his care, plus the care some of our other Guardian Angel dogs.
I told my office about McGowan this morning and when I came out of my office after speaking to the vet just now they had each given $5.00 for his care. The card said "McGowan's is worth more than our afternoon Latte!!"
I am still all teary!! I will be back in touch when he is out of surgery... Thank you for all the support!!
Where there is hope, there is a MIRACLE!!
7/1/2004 8:43:22 PM
McGowan MADE IT THROUGH SURGERY!! YIIPPEE!!
The vet explained it to me this way:
A lung is like a hunk of cauliflower with 4 lobes. His right center lobe was filling with air to fives times what the Doc thought was normal. But it would not hold the air. He repaired this and does not think there is anything else that is causing a problem.
He is OPTIMISTIC that McGowan will be fine. He still has a chest tube in place just in case they need to aspirate his lung. He is on morphine to keep him comfortable and quiet....remember he is still a puppy! Doc said he could explain it like McGowan has emphysema, yet he is too young....so it would most likely be a congenital defect.
They wouldn't let me in to see him today as they don't want him excited, but I should be able to see him tomorrow if all goes well. I spoke with the nursing staff a few minutes ago and they said he is stable and doing fine.
McGowan is a fighter and I know he is drawing strength from the love being sent to him from all of you. If it weren't for the open arms (and checkbooks)of so many, McGowan would have died a horrible death, slowly suffocating. His one good lung was just not strong enough to keep him going.
This morning, as Sam cradled him for the ride across town from the ER clinic to the specialty vet, he was gasping for air and his little chest was straining for every breath. His sides are shaved to give the Doctors access for the needle pokes and he looked like a pin cushion. I've attached a photo of McGowan sporting his Angel Bandana. This was taken this morning as we went into the "specialty clinic."
Everyone, bust out the hammers and shatter the piggy banks....we gotta keep Danielle breathing, along with McGowan. Every donation is another breath for our little McGowan.
7/2/2004 2:54:15 PM
McGowen is making some slow progress this morning.
The good news is that the X-rays show the lung is much improved from yesterday, and is no longer pressing against his heart, the not so good news is that he is still having trouble breathing. :( The vet feels that his labored breathing could be because he hurts, (they had to crack open his chest cavitity to get to the damaged lung) and as he heals in the next day or so his breathing will get easier... They are leaving the chest tube in for the time being, and will call me later to give me a progress report.
The vet is a very cool guy, he refers to McGowen as "our baby", and has even offered one of his staff to help with his after care, so I really think he is in the very best hands... If the chest tube does not come out today, then we will move him back to the Emergency Vet for the holiday weekend, so he will have 24/7 care. Lynell is going to visit today, so I am sure she will have an update later on...
Thank you all for rallying around this little guy, it is kind of fitting that on a weekend where we celebrate FREEDOM, that we are all focused on a baby that is fighting so valiantly for his...
Let Freedom Ring!! Aly - NYC
7/3/2004 7:25 AM
We were notified McGowan died this morning. Our hearts are with you little one, so sad you cannot live this life, but so happy in your joy at meeting the one who will love you best.
7/3/2004 8:13:26 AM
Early this morning the vet who has our McGowen called and our little boy crossed the bridge just a few minutes ago. His little body just wasn't as strong as his cairn heart - He wasn't alone, but with the family of vets and techs that have come to love him as much as we do. I had wanted so much for him to have his miracle, boy sometimes rescue can really just break your heart. The vets office will send his ashes to Danielle, so he can be buried with Spirit watching over him.
A song came into my head after I hung up with the vet - It is from a musical called "Rent" and it asks the question, How do you measure a life - McGowen's life here on earth was short in minutes, but very long in love.
Seasons' of Love:
five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear
five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
how do you measure? measure a year
in cups of coffee,
in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
in five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
how do you measure a year in a life?
how about love?
God Speed Little One - Aly - NYC
Sweet angel puppy. Your time here was brief, but your impact enormous. Your spirit is love personified.
A Dog's Prayer
So do not grieve for me, my friend, as I am with my kind...
My collar is a rainbow's hue
My leash a shooting star
My boundaries are the milky way
Where I sparkle from afar.
There are no pens or kennels here
For I am not confined
But free to roam God's heavens
Among my special kind.
I nap the day on a snowy cloud
With gentle breezes rocking me
I dream the dreams of earthlings
And how it used to be.
The trees are full of liver treats
And tennis balls abound
And milk bones line the walking ways
Just waiting to be found.
There even is a ring set up
The grass all lush and green
And everyone who gaits around
Becomes the "Best Of Breed".
For we're all winners in this place
We have no faults you see
And God passes out the ribbons
To each one--even me.
At night I sleep in angels' arms
Their wings protecting me
And moonbeams dance about us
As stardust falls on thee.
So when your life on earth is spent
And you reach heaven's gate
Have no fear of loneliness
For here, you know I wait.
Mason has arrived in South Carolina and will see the vet this afternoon. Just wanted to share some pictures of him and Ritz. They think my house is a race track.
7/6/2004 6:26:24 PM
Melody is the mother of Mason and McGowan. She’s a 7 yr old puppymill girl. She’s small at 14 lbs and somewhat shy. But what a smart little girl she is. She has mastered the doggie door in just the two short days she’s been here. There have been no accidents in the house or in the crate. I think she's already housetrained. But we'll give that a little more time to make sure. Melody goes into her crate a little reluctantly, but never makes a peep. Her favorite thing is to be petted. She’s a real love bug. Today was the first time we heard her voice. She barked at the birds in the sky. She gets along great with Zeke & Amy and initiates play every once in a while. More to come later. Here she is looking cute as a button.
7/7/2004 11:00:53 PM
I got a call from my vet today, after he called 3 neurologists the news for Mason is GREAT. He will not have to have surgery. He might have some problems later on in life and then need surgery, but everyone of the specialist agree not to do anything right now. A Vet at NC State University had offered to give a long-term prognosis, so I will take him to North Carolina sometimes next week. Just so we have something in writing for his adoptive home. This boy is so sweet and active; he is keeping Ritz on her toes. After playing hard he will lay on the air vent to cool off. When he is drinking water he puts all 4 of his feet in the water bowl. I have not yet been able to get a picture, but sure will try.