Lucky

Lucky is a beautiful older girl whom we found out had possible heart disease. Jade was able to organise a scan for her through Blue Cross but when the results showed that Lucky does indeed have heart disease that would need medicating to slow down its progress, Blue Cross wouldn’t help because of the cost of the drugs.

So we went straight to the source!

The company that manufactures Lucky’s medication kindly agreed to donate the first month’s supply, free of charge and DOTS has committed to funding at least the next five months’. With the help of our supporters, we will be able to find the £36 a month to carry on looking after Lucky for as long as she needs us. If you’d like to help this gorgeous girl, please visit our donate page.

                                              

Lola

There’s something about Lola that just makes you want to squish her. This lovely little black and white girl has been visiting the DOTS station for a while and it’s been clear that she’s in some discomfort when she walks. DOTS arranged for her to be assessed and the results showed that poor Lola has elbow dysplasia in one leg and arthritis in both of them!

We took some video of Lola walking so that a specialist vet could suggest possible treatments for her but in the meantime we wanted to help make her more comfortable.

Thanks to a generous and anonymous donor, we were able to arrange some hydrotherapy sessions for Lola at the Village Vet in Kentish Town. Lola will be walking on a treadmill in a specially designed tank that gradually fills with water up to her chest. This way, she not only gets to strengthen and tone her muscles by walking in water, but the water will help support her weight so that the pressure is lessened on her joints. And the added exercise might shift a kilo or two, and that can only help her joints!

We’ll keep you posted on how Lola’s doing, but she was a very good girl indeed during her first session. If you’d like to contribute to her ongoing treatment, please visit our donate page.

                                         

Lucky

We got Lucky twice lately with two lovely girls having the same name! Our second Lucky is living in a hostel/safe place outside of London where they are receiving some great support. The DOTS team was invited to visit Lucky to assess the mammary masses she had.   

 

Jade decided they needed to be removed and was able to do the surgery herself at the end of June, 2017.

In no time at all, Lucky was awake and comfortable, and after a careful assessment by Jade, it was decided she was safe to back to her dad. We wish them both all the best.

Tyson

Back at the end of May, 2017, we met the most adorable teddy bear Staffie named Tyson. Tyson isn’t sure which he loves more..cuddles or tennis balls. We don’t see why he can’t have both.

Sadly, Tyson was suffering with a sore paw that was showing some swelling. Jade was concerned that he might have some grit or a grass seed caught under his skin which could get infected. We planned to have him booked in for a check up in mid July but when it became clear that the swelling was getting worse and he was in some pain, we brought it forward.

So on July 5th, Tyson was carefully sedated so that his paw could be looked at. Jade found nothing trapped in there but gave the would a good clean and flushed it out. Tyson’s elbow also has a callous on it – probably from sleeping rough – that had become infected so she did the same for that.

Later that day, Tyson was handed back to his dad with some antibiotics to clear up the infection and pain killers to keep him comfortable while he heals.

This sweet boy with be back on top and showing off his ball boy skills again in no time!

                                                           Misty

Lachlan and his beloved, brindle Staffie, Misty were regulars at the DOTS stand each Sunday, and it was there we discovered Misty had some mammary lumps that should be removed. But surgery would mean she’d need recovery time somewhere dry, comfortable and stress-free, close to the vet who’d be looking after her.

(c) E5 Dog Photography

When someone’s been living on the streets for a while, the thought of living anywhere else, even temporarily, can cause some major anxiety. That’s how it was for Lachlan – already very worried about Misty.

So DOTS stepped up, with Jade ready to perform the surgery and Michelle organizing a hotel room. To help Lachlan with his stress, a friend of his agreed to keep him company. All three settled into their room for the first night, with a cosy dog bed for Misty to rest on before her big day.

As Misty went off into Jade’s loving care the next morning, Lachlan, his friend and Michelle headed for a a day out, keeping Lachlan busy and calm. The hotel room was a distraction in itself! “The wows about a bath, a bed, a pillow, a kettle, tea, coffee – and a treble wow for a TV!” said Michelle. “It just makes you realise that all these things we take for granted mean the world to them.”

Lachlan was treated to some new clothes by Michelle, and that evening got the news that Misty had received the full MOT! Not only were her mammary masses gone, but she’d also had a wart on her leg removed, her claws clipped and her teeth cleaned! After picking her up to go back to her cosy new bed, some of the DOTS team snuck in to give sweet Misty some careful hugs and kisses, then had dinner with Lachlan and his friend at the end of a long day.

Although the plan had been for Lachlan and Misty to return to the streets after two nights, the weather had other ideas. Heavy rain meant we couldn’t see Misty back outside with stitches and on medication.

An appeal to DOTS’ big-hearted supporters quickly led to an extra three nights of comfort for her and her dad before they headed back to their life in central London.

It’s hard not to be able to wave a magic wand and find permanent homes for friends like Lachlan and Misty, but DOTS will do what we can, for as long as we can, with the help of our supporters. That’s pretty magical too!

 

 

Cassie

It’s not hard to be charmed by a little old lady and that’s exactly what happened when we met Cassie and her dad. Cassie is somewhere between 14 and 17 years old and a really sweetie – tan and white, with big brown eyes.

But beautiful eyes were not all she had. There was also the issue of a mouthful of rotten teeth and abscesses. We couldn’t even imagine the pain she was in, we just knew we had to help.

Cassie’s age and some other health problems made her a high risk for surgery, but with her weight dropping as she couldn’t eat – not to mention the pain she was in – something had to be done, and fast!

Once again, DOTS supporters came through and funded a night in a hotel for Cassie and her dad so that she could have her dental surgery and spend a night in comfort while she started her recovery.

Dad had been consulted every step of the way, and Michelle went with him to drop his beloved furry companion off with vet Jade. Blood tests were the first step, just to establish that Cassie was okay to have the treatment, which would end up being major.

While Michelle took Dad out for breakfast before checking in to the nearby hotel, Cassie went into surgery. In the end, Jade had to remove 40 – yes 40! – of her teeth, leaving her with just two!

This brave old dog came through the whole ordeal with amazing strength for her grand old age and poor health, and was returned to her greatly relieved dad later that evening. He said the next morning that he could already see the change in his lovely girl.

A day or so after returning to the streets, Cassie and Dad turned up at the DOTS Sunday Station where she enjoyed three good bowls of Michelle’s homemade chicken and rice broth!

We also put her on a high fat diet – along with regular health checks – to help get her weight and strength back up after so long in ill health.

It’s hard to put a value on a companion who has been with you for all that time, even when you’re living a comfortable life, safe in your home.

To witness the decline of the friend who has kept you safe and warm, even on the streets, for so many years…well it must be truly heartbreaking. Thanks to the DOTS supporters who trust us to care on their behalf, we can carry on helping wonderful dogs like Cassie, and the people who love them.

 

 

Lucky

Lucky is a beautiful older girl whom we found out had possible heart disease. Jade was able to organise a scan for her through Blue Cross but when the results showed that Lucky does indeed have heart disease that would need medicating to slow down its progress, Blue Cross wouldn’t help because of the cost of the drugs.

So we went straight to the source!

The company that manufactures Lucky’s medication kindly agreed to donate the first month’s supply, free of charge and DOTS has committed to funding at least the next five months’. With the help of our supporters, we will be able to find the £36 a month to carry on looking after Lucky for as long as she needs us. If you’d like to help this gorgeous girl, please visit our donate page.