|Ally was adopted from a Craig's List post at approximately 6 weeks of age (D.O.B. 9/16/2020) in October by a very loving family. Within 2 weeks, the family's 6 month old puppy became very ill and was rushed to the emergency vet -- it was PARVO. About 2 days later, Ally started showing the same symptoms and was also brought to the emergency clinic, only to receive the same diagnosis.
Someone who had been helped by our partner, Southwest GSD Rescue in the past, saw the family's post for help and reached out to us to see if we could assist. We contacted Ally's owners and had them bring her immediately to our vet. After a thorough going over and receiving medications, we sent Ally home with her owner with the offer to take her on Tuesday.
UPDATE 11/17: Ally's family has made the difficult decision to surrender her to our rescue. They have their hands full with a large family (including other pets), and thought Ally would be best served elsewhere. We thank them for making the right decision for Ally. We will, of course, do our best for her.
Ally saw our vet again this afternoon. Her temperature is slightly higher than it had been on Saturday, but she's hanging in there.
She was sent home with one of our staff members with fluids and medication and will be rechecked by the end of the week. Her vet bill is already approaching $1,000.00...
Thanks to a donation from our volunteer foster, Wendy, Ally has a new bed and a stuffie toy to keep her company. She looks a little brighter, don't you think?
UPDATE 11/18: Ally had her first solid food in almost a week last night. She smelled her foster mom coming into the room with it and devoured it immediately! She then took the bowl, gave it another good licking to make sure she'd gotten every last scrap, and tucked it into her front paws and went to sleep with it!
This morning Ally has no interest in food and is, once again, down in the dumps. She kept last night's food down successfully, but she did have some diarrhea early this morning. She was taken outside to pee, drank a little water, received her sub-Q fluids and is now fast asleep.
This afternoon Ally seemed to perk up. She asked to go out, drank some water but wasn't interested in food. She received her sub-Q fluids around 8pm, then fell fast asleep.
UPDATE 11/19: Today was not a very good day for Ally; that is, until she discovered that Lila (one of our other rescue furkids) was actually in a crate not too far from her. We had been keeping the two of them completely separated by a temporary wall of blankets, but today we took down the blankets and let them see each other. Lila was not impressed, but Ally definitely perked up.
UPDATE 11/20: Ally had a slow start this morning, but we were able to encourage her to eat something and take her medication. She saw our vet and the good news is that she no longer has a fever and we were advised to cut back slightly on her sub-Q fluids. Believe it or not, she has gained some weight, but we're inclined to believe it's all the excess fluids we're been pumping into her. The bad news is that she threw up on the way home -- something she has not done since we've had her -- but we're hoping it was the car ride and nothing more. After the vet visit, she curled up and went to sleep ... and hasn't moved much in the past 5 hours.
We woke Ally up around 6 and just gave her some love and attention -- and some food! We have discovered that if we try feeding her after giving her some loving (rather than when we have a needle in our hands for sub-Q fluids), she will eat! And eat she did.
We woke Ally up again around 9 to give her her final sub-Q fluids for the day, but we just didn't have the heart. She seemed to have plenty of fluid pockets under her skin, so we decided to give her a break from the needle and just love on her a bit. She loved it and thanked us by eating some more food -- something she has not done since we've had her -- eating more than once in a day. She's very weak, but she's a fighter. We have high hopes that she will have a future...
UPDATE 11/21: Our thanks go out to our dear friend, Alvin, who came by the house today with some antibiotics and tummy meds for our girl. She popped her head right up this morning, but didn't move otherwise. At dinner time, she ate well after soaking up the loving her foster mom was giving her. We sent in a stool sample to test for parasites and worms, just to be on the safe side. She's eating, but still very weak.
UPDATE 11/22: Ally is still hanging in there. She ate a very small breakfast (just enough to get her meds down) and had a very short bath, which we're hoping will make her feel better. She seems to be "brighter," but she's still too weak to stand for any amount of time on her own. We'll keep trying and encouraging her to eat and stand.
UPDATE 11/23: Ally tested positive for coccidia (an internal parasite) today, which explains why she has taken so long to recover. This poor girl has been fighting parvo AND coccidiosis! We have started treatment already, so we're just a step ahead of the game. We're switching her to chicken & rice (rather than the prescription canned food that she seems to HATE), and hoping that things will turn around soon.
UPDATE 11/24: After having a wonderful day yesterday made up of multiple meals of chicken and rice (cooked for her by her foster mom), Ally has taken a turn for the worse. She is down to just over 8 pounds and although she initially ate some chicken for breakfast, has refused any further food. We have an appointment with our vet this afternoon and will stand by his recommendation to do what is best for Ally.
We saw our vet this afternoon and while Ally weighed in at 8 pounds, the vet said her heart sounded good, her lungs were clear and she does not have a fever! He doesn't believe Ally is ready to give up and, if she's not ready to give up, neither are we. She's back on sub-Q fluids as her major source of intake, along with Vitamin B injections and coccidiosis meds.
UPDATE 11/25: Ally had a wonderful morning. She was bright and cheerful and seemed to be headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, she began to "sundown" later in the day. We decided to try her on a small amount of rice with chicken broth and she went to town on it! We were very happy to see her appetite returning. We'll only be giving her very small meals at frequent intervals and hope that the diarrhea doesn't return. If it does, we're back to square one -- withholding all food.
UPDATE 11/26: Today was not a good day for Ally. She was uncomfortable for a good part of the day. When her evening meal rolled around, she was hungry, but her stomach was very swollen and she was definitely in pain. She threw up several times and then let out a huge belch, at which point her stomach deflated and she was immediately relieved. Whew! We definitely dodged a bullet there.
UPDATE 11/27: It's hard to believe that Ally has only been in our care for ten days. It has been an exhausting, emotional rollercoaster ride with her. We have put her on a new feeding and medication schedule that seems to be working for her. Today is the first day that Ally has actually shown interest in the people and noises around her. Thanks to our staff member's daughter, Ally received a much-needed bath and brush today. It is our hope that she will continue to improve in the weeks to come.
UPDATE 12/1: Ally saw our vet today and she's up to 9.4 pounds (a gain of just over a pound), which we were very happy to see after the rollercoaster ride we've been on with her these past 2 weeks. She's still unable to walk, but is sitting up more frequently and giving puppy kisses. The vet recommended we continue with our feeding/medication/fluid schedule for now and to try adding dry food to her diet since she's really not drinking on her own.
UPDATE 12/5: Ally is still struggling, but seems to be making some (very slow) progress. She took a few steps for the first time yesterday, so she's at least trying on that front. We have put her on a prescription diet of dry food, which she seems to be tolerating, if not enjoying -- she has turned her nose up at boiled chicken and prescription canned food and refuses to eat either. She's not drinking as much as we'd like, so she continues to be administered sub-Q fluids at least once a day, but she's acting more like a puppy in trying to get our attention and affection.
UPDATE 12/7: We gave Ally some time in the sun this morning and she seemed to love it. She's taking a few steps on her own, but not eating or drinking as much as we'd like, but she's hanging in there and thanks everyone for their love and support.
UPDATE 12/9: We weighed Ally this morning and, unfortunately, she's down to 8-1/2 pounds. She's eating and drinking and we had been giving her a break from the sub-Q fluids and Vitamin B shots, but we resumed our efforts in that area today. We definitely don't want her losing any of the precious weight that she's managed to gain. We've been giving her more time in the yard since the weather has been so beautiful these past few days, and she definitely seems to enjoy it, although she does not like being outside alone.
UPDATE 12/13: It has been a challenging few days to get Ally to eat and keep weight on. She will pick up any of the other dogs' food in her foster home; however, if you put the same food into her bowl, she refuses to touch it. She LOVES Christmas cookies but, of course, that's a no-no for a 12 week old puppy. We have obtained some high calorie supplemental paste that is supposed to stimulate appetite which, thankfully, she loves (except when you mix it in with her food) and have ordered some additional food which we're hoping she'll enjoy. If she will just start eating and gain some weight, she'll be out of the woods and on her way to good health. She'll be seeing our vet for a recheck and a weigh-in this coming week.
UPDATE 12/18: Ally has finally turned the corner and is beginning to eat on her own! She now needs no encouragement to chow down on her bowl of puppy food. She's happy and social and ready for the rest of her life. She was seen by our vet this afternoon and weighed in at just under 10 pounds! She received her vaccinations and was pronounced healthy, although still a bit underweight. The vet staff was thrilled to see her -- they have been on this journey with us since the beginning, only 4-1/2 weeks ago.
Ally wants to thank all her supporters. It truly took a village to save this puppy ... thank you for being part of Ally's village.
UPDATE 12/19: Ally moved in with new foster mom (and prior multi-time adopter) Sara this afternoon. We're looking forward to many updates over the coming weeks and months.
FIRST FOSTER UPDATE 12/20: "Well, she hasn't eaten much today...about a bowl full. She just had part solid part runny poops outside. She slept with me this afternoon, and is wandering around now. When she was sleeping in my lap a little bit ago, she felt warm, but they may just have been because she was in my lap. Anyhow she's doing good with the others, and walks out to the yard and back in with me. I don't have to carry her, even on the steps. So overall, I guess a good day."
FOSTER UPDATE 12/21: "She survived the day, and I had no mess in the crate when I got home. Her bowl had been FULL when I left, was empty, and her water bowl was turned over...no water laying in the crate, so I think she had finished it too. I took too long getting her water filled, so she went to MY glass and tipped it over and drank the water out of that...she learned quickly yesterday that I drank out of that glass. SMART!!!! She went outside and pottied...both (solid). We just went out to peepee again, so all is good here! I have filled her bowl with food again, and am hoping she will eat again before bedtime. Jonah still seems scared of her, and Brooky will sniff her, and let her sniff back. It's pretty funny to see Jonah jump back from her. I gave her a rawhide for her razors tonight. She chewed it for a bit, then let Jonah have it...he had his own anyway, but hers tasted better. She seems to just fit in. She doesn't seem lonesome here."
FOSTER UPDATE 12/23: "Good evening! She has razors, not teeth! I am trying to teach her that rawhide is better to chew on, lol. She enjoys it, but once in a while, she attacks my ankles. She is doing good while I am at work...no accidents today...one pile yesterday. She's eating all of her food while I am gone, and nibbles in the evening once I re-fill it, so doing pretty good on food. You should see her RUN out with the big kids! This morning she was faster than I was. I still don't know if she went down the front or back steps, but when I turned around at the back steps, she appeared from nowhere. She's so good about going out and coming in that I am amazed. I just have to tell her, 'Ally, let's go in,' and she follows me right up the steps. Things are still good with her brothers and sister, so this is an all good report!"
FOSTER UPDATE 12/24:
FOSTER UPDATE 12/26: "They [Jonah and Ally] were attempting to play last night. She ate almost two full bowls of food yesterday. She's doing good! Everyone is accepting her, even Qerc, so I am very happy about that. She let me sleep until 9 this morning, when they ALL decided it was time to go out. She's doing great, and I can't believe she has been here a week already!"
FOSTER UPDATE 12/28: "I got sick today at work and had to come home clean up, change clothes, and go back. (No, I wasn't told to stay home since I was sick.) When I got home, around 12:30, Ally had eaten all of her food. Before I left, I filled her bowl again. When I got home this evening, it was all gone again! I wish she would eat for me in the evening, since I can't do that every day. I think I will look for a bigger bowl for her, that may be the solution. She's doing great at going potty outside...I am so proud of her. She's getting good at sassing her siblings, lol. She and Jonah play almost every time we go outside...the play stance between them is hysterical, and she loves to chase him through the yard. She sleeps on the bed with me most of the time. Last night she started on the floor chewing a rawhide bone that Jonah brought in the bedroom and left. When she was done, she came to the side of the bed and cried for me to help her up...she's not quit big enough to get up there on her own yet. Oh! I keep forgetting to tell you, she loves Milk Bones! They all get them before I go to work, and again at bedtime. That's it for now. We'll write again soon."
FOSTER UPDATE 1/4: "I have to tell you, I heard the greatest sounds this morning while I was getting ready for work. Brooky, Qerc, and I were in the bedroom doing our normal routine, and all we could hear was playing coming from the livingroom. Jonah and Ally were having a blast jumping back and forth and teasing each other. They were having so much fun! I hated having to say ok, Mom has to go to work. Ally came and got her biscuits that they get before I leave, dropped them in her crate, and was ready for the next round of tumbling. I am sure she is resting up right now so that she is ready to get him tonight. LOL All is going well, and she is eating well. We'll send another update soon."
FOSTER UPDATE 2/2: "I just have to tell you, I wish you could see this little girl run around and fly over the porch. She keeps up with everyone, and loves protecting her property. She's getting so big, I will soon be unable to pick her up. Thanks for fighting for her, she is quite the character, and definitely worth it!"
NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.
If you are interested in fostering or fostering-to-adopt Ally, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at WhiteGSDRescue@AOL.com. This questionnaire link is only for Ally or other white German Shepherds on our site.
WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.
If you are interested in fostering or fostering-to-adopt Ally, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at WhiteGSDRescue@AOL.com. This questionnaire link is only for Ally or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.