Grace amid a snowy world

The Star Tribune put out a beautiful photo gallery this morning of life in northern Minnesota, click the link to see the rest.

(Source: startribune.com)

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A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.

On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))

The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!

However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.

We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).

We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.

Donate on Razoo here
http://www.ruffstartrescue.com/ A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.

On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))

The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!

However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.

We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).

We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.

Donate on Razoo here
http://www.ruffstartrescue.com/

A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.

On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))

The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!

However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.

We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).

We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.

Donate on Razoo here
http://www.ruffstartrescue.com/

Anonymous Asked
QuestionWhy did you post that story about the abused puppy? It was so sad. :( :( :( Answer

That is a lot of sad faces in reference to this post about Jarvis the abused/abandoned pit bull pup.
It wasn’t meant to be just a sad post, this is the information I wanted people to take away from it…

Jarvis is a reminder for people to not only care for their pets, but report those that show signs of abuse and neglect.

“If you see an animal that’s unattended or sick or injured or it looks like it needs help, please call 311.”

It’s not all Spoonbridge and Cherrys posts here, watch out for our animal friends as well, if you see a dog/cat wandering loose, make a call to 311, it could save a life.

Puppy Endures After Abuse, Subzero-Temps

A puppy is being nursed back to health after being abused and abandoned in the cold.

Someone found a 4-month-old puppy roaming the streets of Minneapolis during last week’s subzero temperatures.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control picked up the tiny pit bull while it was minus 25 degree outside. Officer Jacob Young says the dog had cigar wounds all over his body.

“These are injuries that are not consistent with dog fighting,” Young said.”They’re injuries consistent with human abuse to a dog.”

The puppy, later named Jarvis by MACC staff, also had a large infection on the side of his face and was severely emaciated.

Young says Jarvis wouldn’t have survived if he remained outside for just a few more hours.

“It absolutely is hard to see,” he said. “But he’s still a just a very loveable, playful pup.”

While Jarvis’ condition is severe, abused and abandoned puppies aren’t a rare sight at the center.

MACC takes in an abused dog about once a week. Jarvis is a reminder for people to not only care for their pets, but report those that show signs of abuse and neglect.

“If you see an animal that’s unattended or sick or injured or it looks like it needs help, please call 311,” Young said.

Jarvis has a long road to recovery ahead. His infection is healing, and he will struggle with walking until he can regain muscle strength.

“He’ll probably go into a home and make a very good pet for somebody,” Young said.

Jarvis will be placed into a rescue group later this week, where he’ll find a foster home and eventually be up for adoption in the coming weeks.

via WCCO

Lost Dog “Bonnie”, Robbinsdale/North Mpls

My friend’s dog Bonnie just got out the front door last night when someone was helping her move into her new place on the border of Robbinsdale/N Mpls. Please please keep and eye out and call immediately if you see her. 612 644 6789 her name is Bonnie and she is spayed. her owner has contacted every shelter and filed many missing dog reports and she is microchipped, but with this weather we have to use every method available to get her back asap!

via I Am North Mpls Facebook Page

UPDATE: Good news, Bonnie was found tonight!

Vikings Greyhound Coat via grandmaks

You guys…it’s a Greyhound wearing a Vikings coat.

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Destined for dinner? Two little piglets found roaming the streets of north Minneapolis (probably) hatched daring escape plan to freedom.

Hey, about those two farm pigs caught running loose a few weeks ago in north Minneapolis: Andy and Annie are in temporary digs now in Andover and then will be turned over in a secret rendezvous ahead of their eventual life of leisure at a farm sanctuary in southern Indiana.

The little oinkers were corralled by authorities during the morning of Sept. 27 in the 2300 block of Emerson Avenue N. after a pursuit of several minutes.

They were put in the custody of the city’s Animal Care and Control agent, then turned over Saturday to the Chicken Run Ranch shelter and sanctuary in north Minneapolis.

With no claim of ownership, shelter owner Mary Britton Clouse has the fast-growing pair destined for their eventual home — a farm sanctuary in Salem, Ind.

Once all the paperwork is filled out and microchips embedded, the two pigs will be loaded into large dog kennels and driven to an undisclosed location in northern Illinois — the parking lot of a big-box retailer — where they will be handed off to finish the rest of their 715-mile odyssey.

Britton Clouse said her facility deals with lost or abandoned farm animals “all the time. We’ve placed goats, full-grown sheep. … People bring them into the city.”

As for where Andy and Annie came from when they were first picked up in north Minneapolis, neither city officials nor Britton Clouse have an answer.

“I suspect they were going to be slaughtered in somebody’s back yard and they got loose,” she said.

via StarTribune

TaterTot the pit bull saves Minneapolis boy’s life

Less than a week after rescuing a pit bull that would have been put down, a Minnesota mother says the dog returned the favor by detecting a dangerous drop in her son’s blood sugar and rescuing the young boy from a life-threatening situation.

Christi Smith took in TaterTot just hours before he was scheduled to be put down by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. She planned to foster the four-legged friend until she could find him a permanent home, but she says he’s already become family for good.

When watching Peyton Anderson play with his dog, it’s clear the two have a special bond — but Smith didn’t know how special that bond was until last week when the pooch alerted her that the 4-year-old was not well in the middle of the night.

"He just seemed kind of weird," Smith recalled. "He wasn’t really coherent — deliriously tired."

Although the 10-month-old pit bull rescue had only been in her home for a few days, TaterTot quickly sensed something was wrong and began licking and jumping on the boy when he wouldn’t wake up.

"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," she told FOX 9 News. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."

After rushing her son to the emergency room, doctors ran a battery of tests to discover the boy’s blood sugar was dangerously low.

"If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones," explained Isis Sanchez, of Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. "That may have been what the dog picked up on."

"Doggie heroes come in all sizes," she said.

via FOX9

Baby Giraffe Born At Como Zoo

We are excited to welcome a new baby giraffe to our herd! Coming in to the world at 5 foot 8 inches and 130 pounds on Sunday, September 1, the baby is ready to stand tall & be introduced to her adoring fans on Sunday, September 8th.
She is the 5th calf born to mom, Clover and the 17th giraffe birth at Como in the last 20 years. Como’s current herd consists of Clover, Daisy, Skeeter (father) and the yet-to-be-named female.
via Como Zoo Facebook

Kitten Shower via facebook hat tip to MK Fiasco

Hold my calls on Sunday August 11th. There will be kitten races that day.