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Adopt-A-Plush for Valentine’s Day!

January 30, 2013

ADOPT-A-PLUSH for Valentine’s Day!

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Bonnie Blue Rescue is holding its second Adopt-a-Plush Event!

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to rescuing death row pups from Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter in West Monroe, LA.

How it works: Donate $25.00 to Bonnie Blue Rescue and you will receive a surprise plush pup in the mail by Valentine’s Day. The plush pup will come with an adoption certificate and a thank you note from our rescue.

How to donate: Donations can be made online via Paypal by going to http://www.paypal.com and choosing the link to “send money”. From there you simply enter our email address (bonniebluerescue@gmail.com) and the amount of your donation. Please add the recipient’s name and shipping address in the PayPal comments.

Details: This event is limited to the first 30 “adopters” so act quick!  The fundraiser will end on Monday, February 11th to give enough time for the pups to be mailed out to their new “furever” homes in time for Valentine’s Day!

Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask! Our email address is bonniebluerescue@gmail.com

 

Cowboy says, “Thank You!!”

November 14, 2012

Cowboy says “THANK YOU” to his friends who crossposted, shared, donated & who continue to send well-wishes his way.

Thanks to each of you this sweet boy will get to go in for his surgery Thursday as planned! Yippee!

We will keep you posted on how he does through recover – we know Cowboy has a lot of friends cheering him on!

For now, please continue sending well-wishes for a perfect surgery & easy recovery period.

Help Cowboy!

November 11, 2012

Sweet Cowboy needs your help to get his “cowboy swagger” back!

We heard about Cowboy yesterday, he was in a high-kill shelter in rural Alabama and in desperate need of rescue. Cowboy had a knee injury that was causing him discomfort when he wanted to run and play; we could not bear to let that baby sit in a shelter without trying to get him help.

Thanks to one of our amazing AL rescue volunteers, we were able to spring Cowboy from the shelter bright & early yesterday morning and get him to our vet in Birmingham.

Here’s what we found out: Cowboy is 6-9 months old, heartworm negative (thank goodness!), but was loaded with whipworms, hookworms & roundworms. He has been in some discomfort from a previous trauma to his right rear leg that will require surgery.

By the looks of his x-rays this trauma happened when he was a younger puppy, and caused a medial patellar luxation. The type of trauma is unknown but could have been from anything with force (being hit/kicked, falling to the ground, etc). It was forceful enough to knock his knee out of joint to the point it could not go back into place on its own. The tibia then developed deformed (conformational defect) because of the knee displacement and lack of veterinary attention when this injury first occurred.

Thankfully, there is a surgery that can be done to correct Cowboy’s leg – it will allow him to have full range of motion and to return to normal puppyhood activities after a 6 week recovery period!  The surgery Cowboy will have is called Tibial Crest Transposition.

We have scheduled Cowboy’s surgery for Thursday, November 15th – but we need to raise $938 for his surgery by then (plus an additional $110 to cover his first round of x-rays from yesterday).

The quote from Dr. Murphy can be seen here:

Will you join us in sharing Cowboy’s story? In crossposting for help? Or in considering a small donation to offset the cost of Cowboy’s surgery? Every single dollar makes a difference!

As an extra incentive, everyone who donates $25 or more will receive one of our new Bonnie Blue Rescue bumper stickers as a “thank you” for your generous donation!

Donations can be made online via ChipIn by clicking the link here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/cowboys-leg-surgery OR by snail mail – email us at bonniebluerescue@gmail.com for our mailing address!

Thank you, thank you for your continued support of Bonnie Blue Rescue!

Momma Maia & The Greek Pups — SPONSORS NEEDED!

September 24, 2012

Update: Only two partial sponsorships ($25 each) left for Zeus!

When we last saw Momma Maia (f/k/a Duchess) & her puppies they looked like this:

Now these sweet little pups are 4 weeks old.

The babies are busy little bees and look more like this:

What a difference two weeks makes!

We feel so thankful that we were able to work together with the awesome shelter director to get this sweet family out of the shelter and into a short-term foster home! Babies should never grow up in shelters!

Thanks to the generosity of two amazing short-term foster mommas these cuties are SAFE

& this darling family will be moving north to rescue in just a few short weeks!

As many of you know, we try to give each new litter a theme. One of our awesome BBR supporters dubbed this sweet momma, Maia (pronounced Maya), after the Maia in Greek Mythology who was Hermes’ mother. With this in mind – this cute litter will be “The Greek Pups” named after Greek gods & goddesses.

Puppy sponsors needed!

To help our rescue offset some of the costs associated with the vetting and care for a litter of cuties (& we have three litters in rescue right now – oh my!), we are looking for puppy sponsors! There are two different sponsorship options available.

Full Sponsorship: Full sponsorship is $100 per pup. Sponsors will get to name their pup from the Greek gods/goddesses list (we’ll email it to you!), will receive a minimum of three updates while their sponsor pup is in foster care, and will receive a happily-ever-after photo and update once their sponsor pup is adopted & a Bonnie Blue Rescue bumper sticker!

Partial Sponsorship: Partial sponsorship is $25 per pup. These sponsors will receive one update while their sponsor pup is in foster care and will receive a happily-ever-after photo and update once their sponsor pup is adopted!

**Please note that there is the option for 1 full sponsor OR 4 partial sponsors for each pup!**

If you are interested in sponsoring of these pups, please email us at bonniebluerescue@gmail.com and indicate your preferred sponsorship level. We will update this blog post as individual pups are sponsored {& named}.

***Momma Maia & the Greek Puppies***

Momma Maia — Sponsored by The Berkenstock Family!

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Apollo (f/k/a male #1) – Sponsored by Lauren!

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Hermes (f/k/a male #2) – Sponsored by the Dillard Family!

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Hyperion (f/k/a male #3) – Sponsored by Barbara!

*this little cutie pie is blind*

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Eros (f/k/a male #4)- Sponsored by Chris K!

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Zeus (f/k/a male #5) – Sponsored by Stacey & Jim

**2 partial sponsorships still available**

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Rhea (f/k/a female #1) – Sponsored by Sheri!

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Thank you, thank you for your continued support of our rescue efforts.

Simply put, rescue would not be possible without our amazing volunteers, sponsors, supporters & friends.

Riggs needs help!

September 17, 2012

Sweet Riggs is an extra special St. Bernard boy who found himself at a high-kill shelter in rural Alabama.

As soon as Bonnie Blue Rescue heard about his story and saw his heartbreaking photos, we knew we had to try and help him.

Riggs’ back leg was broken when he was just a puppy but he never received veterinary care.

A break that could have been set/repaired was totally ignored by his owners.

Undoubtedly this sweet boy’s pain was ignored, too.

That fact alone just makes me sick to my stomach.

Despite his constant state of hurting, Riggs is still a happy, happy, lovely boy!

Riggs is now 2-3 years old and his back leg is totally worthless.

There is complete atrophy of the muscles and total non-use of his leg.

Riggs actually lifts up his leg when he walks or tries to run but the leg snags on the ground and hurts him.

It is heartbreaking to watch him try to walk as his leg literally bounces up and down off of the ground.

Even more heartbreaking is watching Riggs sit.

Because of the way his leg has ‘healed’ incorrectly, his leg is literally twisted around backwards when he sits.

Poor baby boy!

Riggs is also extremely underweight. He is currently 95 lbs but should be closer to 140-160.

This sweet, sweet boy has a long way to go, but we will make sure that he has everything he needs to get back to 100% soon.

Riggs was neutered and has just moved to our vet clinic in Birmingham, AL. He has a true ortho consult tomorrow but his vet who saw him today felt certain that nothing could be done to save Riggs’ leg.

The reality is that Riggs has been operating on three legs for much of the past two years so he will probably do very well with an amputation-type surgery if there is nothing that can be done to save his leg.

We are still waiting for the official surgery quote from Dr. Murphy, but based on past surgeries at this clinic and Riggs’ “plus size” charge for anesthesia we are estimating his surgery to be close to $1000. This amount will be updated tomorrow as soon as the official estimate is received. A copy of the estimate will be available online to anyone who would like to see it.

Would you be willing to chip in a dollar or two to help fund sweet Riggs’ surgery?

Our rescue is completely dependent on donations to continue to save special needs pups like Riggs & so many others. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will go directly to Riggs’ surgery and aftercare.

Donations can be made online via Chipin here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/riggs-the-st-bernard

OR may be called in directly to Vestavia Animal Clinic at 205.823.7485

(under the account of Natalie Reeves/Bonnie Blue Rescue).

Thank you in advance for helping us help sweet Riggs get a new lease on life!

Momma Blue & Crayola Puppies – SPONSORS NEEDED!

September 9, 2012

Update: This sweet family is fully sponsored! Thank you, thank you!

We feel so thankful to be able to share that Momma Blue made it out of the shelter *just* in the nick of time.

She gave birth to 10 gorgeous babies less than 24 hours after leaving the shelter. Close call!

The babies are enjoying lots of TLC and extra special treatment thanks to the amazing staff at Crossroads Animal Hospital in Moody, AL. They will be moving to a foster home in CT in just a few weeks.

In true Bonnie Blue Rescue fashion, we try to give each new litter a theme. Since the momma to these little darlings was named Momma Blue, we decided that her litter would be “The Crayola Puppies” all named after Crayola Crayon colors!

Puppy sponsors needed!

To help our rescue offset some of the costs associated with the vetting and care for a litter this large, we are looking for puppy sponsors! There are two different sponsorship options available.

Full Sponsorship: Full sponsorship is $100 per pup. Sponsors will get to name their pup from the Crayola color list (we’ll email it to you!), will receive a minimum of three updates while their sponsor pup is in foster care, and will receive a happily-ever-after photo and update once their sponsor pup is adopted & a Bonnie Blue Rescue bumper sticker!

Partial Sponsorship: Partial sponsorship is $25 per pup. These sponsors will receive one update while their sponsor pup is in foster care and will receive a happily-ever-after photo and update once their sponsor pup is adopted!

**Please note that there is the option for 1 full sponsor & 2 partial sponsors for each pup!**

If you are interested in sponsoring of these pups, please email us at bonniebluerescue@gmail.com and indicate your preferred sponsorship level. We will update this blog post as individual pups are sponsored {& named}.

***Momma Blue & the Crayola Puppies***

Momma Blue – Sponsored by Mike & Michelle!

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Winter Sky {f/k/a Female #1} – Sponsored by Angie & James & Lorrie!

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Sienna {f/k/a Female #2} –  Sponsored by Sheryl!

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Pearl {f/k/a Female #3}- Sponsored by Jade & John and Kim!

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Pepper {f/k/a Male #1} – Sponsored by Jade & John and Judi!

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Indigo {f/k/a Male #2} – Sponsored by Chris!

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Chestnut {f/k/a Male #3} – Sponsored by Sheryl and Barbara and Kim!

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Milky Way {f/k/a Male #4} – Sponsored by Jade & John!

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Sonic Silver {f/k/a Male #5} – Sponsored by Cathy S & Judi W & Barbara M!

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Shadow {f/k/a Male #6} – Sponsored by Jade & John!

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Fuzzy Wuzzy {f/k/a Male #7} –  Sponsored by Sheryl!

{un}believable

June 28, 2012

The reality of rescue is that not every day is a great day.

With that in mind, today has been a pretty frustrating one.

Many of you might remember a sweet girl named Big Momma who was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana several months ago. Big Momma’s photos and story came to us via some hard core crossposting by two of our rock star rescue friends in Louisiana.

When we heard about this uber pregnant momma in need of rescue, we offered to take her and her soon-to-be little family in!

At the same time, Big Momma’s sweet photos caught the eye of a woman in Louisiana who wanted to foster Big Momma and her soon-to-be little bits. When she heard about Bonnie Blue Rescue’s interest in saving the entire family, this foster agreed to foster Big Momma’s puppies until they were old enough to come to rescue. After picking Big Momma up from the shelter the foster made it clear that she wanted to adopt Big Momma herself. This special pup made a big impact the moment she met her and totally melted her heart. Thought it wasn’t a typical rescue arrangement, we agreed. We knew that if this foster was going to foster Big Momma’s little bits for the next 8-10 weeks then she surely would be able to provide a wonderful forever home to their momma and would be able to have her vetted through her local vet once her pups were weaned instead of running her through our rescue program.

9 amazing little bits were born to Big Momma and they were CUTE.

We were so excited to bring these sweeties into rescue but they had to hang out in Louisiana for a few more weeks until they had several rounds of vaccines under their belts.

Unfortunately, our puppies started getting sick when they were just a few weeks old. Despite multiple rounds of deworming, they were still chock-full of worms and had coccidia. Not fun. Little Boy Blue was the sickest pup in this litter — he was unable to bounce back from his severe dehydration & worms despite several days of 24/7 care at the vet clinic — a loss that is still as devastating now as it was three months ago. Several rounds of vet visits later, the remaining 8 pups in the litter started bouncing back. Thank goodness!

After several more weeks in foster care, Big Momma’s pups start heading north to foster and forever families. You may have seen a few of these cuties along our transport route – Zoe, Macie, Gracie, Chloe, Gus, Rufus, Cledus & Billy Ray are all Big Momma’s babies (now all grown up!).

They have each turned out to be just amazing dogs.

In the meantime, Big Momma was spayed, happy, and healthy in her forever home. Totally adored.

Yesterday we received a message from the pups original foster in Louisiana asking if we would be interested in taking Big Momma into rescue. We were told that family circumstances have changed and that they are no longer able to keep her. Though intake does not officially reopen until July 1, we knew that we could not leave this special pup hanging — especially when we had initially planned to bring Big Momma + her pups into rescue in the first place!

We agree to take Big Momma into rescue and confirm that she is heartworm negative and vaccinated. During the course of that conversation we also learn that Big Momma has not yet been spayed. We arrange for her to get into the vet today to be spayed so that we can help this sweet girl get one step closer to finding her forever family.

Unfortunately, Big Momma’s vet appointment today did not go as planned. Calls to her original vet turned up no prior vaccine history or heartworm test. In fact, they say that they have never seen her before. Ugh. Our vet went ahead and administered vaccines and performed a heartworm test. Big Momma is HEAVY heartworm positive. In addition, her should-have-been-routine spay surgery is anything but routine. Big Momma’s uterus is ripped and torn and literally rotting/infected. She was in bad shape but thanks to two of the amazing vets at Lindsay Vet Big Momma made it through surgery well.

What can we say? We’re mad. Frustrated. In disbelief. Had Big Momma come into our foster care program as planned she likely would have been with a wonderful forever family by now – heartworm free, spayed, and living the life with her family this summer. Instead, she will spend the next 6-8 weeks going through heartworm treatment and living in a foster home. We can’t help but be frustrated about the misinformation we received and even more frustrated in knowing what this darling girl has been missing out on the last five months. We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure that Big Momma gets all of the medical care she needs AND finds the most amazing forever family. She deserves nothing less.

Our vet in Louisiana is working with us on the cost of Big Momma’s extensive surgery today and upcoming heartworm treatment. Treatment costs are set at $275 and her spay surgery & internal repairs today were $200. We are setting up a chipin to help offset some of this sweet girl’s medical bills. Thankfully, Big Momma has found a solid foster momma in Louisiana who will take wonderful care of her through heartworm treatment and recovery from surgery and we hope to be able to place this sweet girl up for adoption in August.

In the meantime, would you consider chipping in a dollar or two to help offset the cost of Big Momma’s heartworm treatment and spay/repair surgery? Donations can be made online via ChipIn here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/big-mommas-heartworm-treatment-and-surgery

As always, thank you for continued support to Bonnie Blue Rescue & the sweet pups that we work to save.

Happy Monday & an Amber update!!

June 25, 2012

Just a quick update to say that Miss Amber continues to do awesome in foster care!

She is almost housebroken and is working on learning all about crate training & good puppy manners.

Amber is still handling her heart meds well and we will try weaning her off of them in a few weeks.

She will have an updated EKG done then and provided all goes well, she will then be able to journey to her forever home (so forever family — hurry up & come find your girl!)

Cute video of the little miss playing here: http://youtu.be/qmPhzd5OJnQ

Once again, a huge thank you to each of you who donated, crossposted, shared, prayed for & send good vibes for our sweet Precious Gems pups.

We are so, so thankful to be able to share HAPPY updates these days!

Happy Monday!

Adopt Happiness

June 19, 2012

A good general life slogan, no? We think so too!

When our rock star friend (& transporter & foster momma), Ashley, approached us about selling t-shirts through Bonfire Funds — we were totally intrigued! Ashley worked directly with Bonfire Funds to create this amazing t-shirt:

Pretty cool, eh?

Here’s how it works. Each t-shirt can be purchased for $25. $15 of that $15 goes directly back to Bonnie Blue Rescue! The other $10 goes to pay for the t-shirt, printing, and staffing for the folks at Bonfire Funds. We have looked at all sorts of different t-shirt options over the years, but this is the best we’ve ever found & the t-shirt quality is awesome. Yay!

Each fund has a “fund batch goal” — for our fund this time around it’s 50 t-shirts. So we have 50 days to sell 50 t-shirts at $25/each. If we can hit that goal then our 50 friends who have pre-0rdered t-shirts will have their shirts shipped out & Bonnie Blue Rescue receives a check in the mail to help offset rescue expenses! Win-win!

You can learn more about our t-shirt, why Ashley chose to support Bonnie Blue Rescue & how to order one online here: http://www.bonfirefunds.com/fund/4/EVERY-PET-DESERVES-A-CHANCE

Cheers!