Thursday, November 10, 2011

Help Us Help Haley


The same day we got Angelina we also got Haley (it was a busy day!). Haley is a 6 month old female. She was an owner turn in. They weren’t caring for her properly and didn’t want to pay for what it takes to get her better and do the work necessary to get her well.  Their vet told them that her prognosis was poor.

She has horrible mange, skin infection, luxating patella’s, two hernias and she also has two dew claws in each back paw, very strange. He eye had a bad ulcer that wasn’t treated properly, so we had to be closed up and we hope we can save it. At this time we don't know if that will be possible. She was loaded with fleas, very skinny, only 9 lbs.  Right now we are concentrating on her mange and eye.  Then we will have to deal with the hernia's and all the rest.
Due to her skin infection which is pretty severe, very little hair on this little girl, we are giving her two types of antibiotics, as well as  Ivermectin (oral - shots don't work) for the mange. Baths every other day and lots of meds for her eye.  Another high maintenance dog. Can't believe we got two puppies in such bad shape in one day!!

As always we need your support. Angelina and Haley will be very expensive.  Your tax deductible donation will go a long ways to help us help them. Thank you so much for your support!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals

HALEY 11-18-11

What a difference two weeks makes. Here’s a pic of Haley when we got her, and the two taken today. The owner’s Dr. put on her chart “prognosis poor” in other words she may not make it. Well we showed him. We were able to save the eye, we took the stitches out today. She still battling the mange, but that will take a while, she already has a lot of hair growth and she gained 2 lbs.!!

Amazing what love and care with do isn’t it? She is a very active and happy girl. Still has a long ways to go, but what a start!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals

Help us help Angelina (Athena's sister)

 (Athena's Sister)

On Nov. 4th we picked up Angelina (she is Athena’s sister), 4 month old female. Back in August when we were contacted by the shelter to take Athena, we were told she had a sister. We said we would take her too. But then a shelter worker wanted her for herself. But on Nov. 3rd we got a call that Angelina’s mange was not getting better and they wanted to turn her in to us. We went to the 29 Palm Shelter to get her. Her mange is pretty bad, but she also has an eye ulcer and a heart murmur. We need to take her to a heart specialist to get an EKG and see what is going on and what we need to do to make her better.

We are happy that she is now our care, but we need your help. Your tax deductible donation will go a long ways for Angelina to get the medical care she needs.

As always  thank you for your support!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
Nov. 18th

Angelina is  doing well, though her progress is slow. We did take her to a cardiologist last week and had a total checkup and an EKG.  The Eco didn’t show any heart abnormality, but there is a level 4 murmur which is a big concern.  For now the Cardiologist wants to see her every 3 months and do an EKG and see how things progress. There is a possibility that she has Aortic Stenosis. In aortic stenosis, the aortic valve does not open fully. This restricts blood flow. This puts her at a higher risk when being put under anesthesia and other potential problems with the lack of proper blood flow.  It takes about a year to truly diagnosed this properly. For now we will take care of her other issues and keep taking her to the heart specialist till she is 1 yr. old and then take it from there.

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals

Sunday, September 4, 2011


ATHENA (Godess of Strength) 

On August 31st we took in a 7 week old black, ( 6 lbs), female Pug, with terrible mange. She was dumped at the 29 Palm shelter and they called us to help her or they would have to put her down. We rushed to get her of course.

Right now she has a severe infection from the mange as well as mange. Since her immune system is not developed yet, it has gotten bad quickly. She has very little hair on her. She is running a temperature and we put her on heavy antibiotics before things get worse. She also has coccidia, which we are treating as well. She is itchy and miserable right now. Doesn’t want to eat. We are caring for her around the clock and hoping against hope that it doesn’t get as bad as Carina’s was.

We are in desperate need of donation to care for her. If you are able to donate we would appreciate it. Also pass the word to other people that might be able to help us help little Athena.

You can send your check to Pugs ‘N Pals, c/o Athena’s fund, P.O. Box 9343, Newport Beach, CA 92658 or you can send a donation through pay pal via our WEB site. Please make it for “Athena’s Fund”

 Thank you so much for your support!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
Sept. 7th
Athena tucked in for the night

Athena is doing well and he skin is improving. She still has an infection going on and unfortunately she just started with Kennel Cough. Poor thing just what she didn't need.  We are keeping a close eye on it as with her immune system being shot it could developed into pneumonia.  Here is a pic of her all snuggled up for the night :-)

Please keep her in your prayers.  Thank you!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
Sept. 18th

Little Athena is doing okay. here Kennel Cough turned into an upper respiratory infection, but so far with antibiotics we have been able to not have it turn into pneumonia.  Due to her age we are limited to the type of antibiotics she can take, but so far so good.  Her open sores are looking better and we are still treating her for coccidia. She is going to be a pisspot, as crappy as she feels she has already destroyed two beds and put a hole on a wall :-)  She is going to be a handful.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers and please help us out with donations as she is going to be anothe expensive one.

Thank you!
Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
Nov. 10th

A little update on Athena. She is doing great, growing and being a craszy puppy now that she feels well.
The hair on her body is all about grown in.  Her head and face which was the worse part, is taking a little bit longer for the hair to grown.  But she already looks like a totally different dog.  Pictures coming soon.
Thank you all for your support!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals

Saturday, February 19, 2011



Feb. 14th

Today we got a call from Kern County Animal Shelter and said they picked up a Pug that had a severely broken leg and if no one picked him up yesterday he would be put down. Of course our first thought was “oh no!! We have no funds to care for this”, as you know we have gotten hit hard with medical cases. We struggled as we wanted to help this baby that is only 2 yrs. old. Once they sent us a picture of his sad face, we couldn’t say no and said we will somehow figure out how to pay for this.

One of our volunteers drove 6 hrs. to Bakersfield and back to OC to get him into the Emergency Clinic right away. We were able to get to the shelter just as it closed otherwise he would have been put down. Got him to the ER at 10:30 at night. Once I saw the leg I realized we couldn’t save it. From the elbow down it is dead. Hard as a rock, not blood flow through it at all and atrophied. It looks like it happened at least a month ago and this little guy has been suffering greatly. It appears he got it caught in a trap or something as it is a clean cut across the elbow area. There is a only a bit of skin attached to the back of the elbow the rest is cut straight through to the bone and the bone is exposed. The bottom part of the leg was deprived of blood and died.

He is very skinny about 12 lbs. should be around 18 lbs. or so. Filthy and loaded with fleas. But what a love, even in the pain he was in he gave us a kiss and you can see “THANKS” in his eyes.  We named him Valentino :-)

Though Valentino is getting his leg amputated tomorrow, we feel that on Valentine’s Day Valentino found true love in the arms of everyone at Pugs ‘N Pals. From this moment on he will be cared for, loved and every need taken care of. Every one at the ER fell in love with him and said he is so sweet and loving.

It will be a long journey for Valentino, but he will have all of us supporting him every step of the way.

We would appreciate any donations you can send for Valentino’s care. We have been really hurting financially and the last thing we needed was another major medical case, but Valentino deserves the care he will get as it is obvious he has not received love and care up to know.

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
Feb. 15th

Valentino is out of surgery and doing well. I was there just as he was coming out of surgery and waking up, so I went to the back to give him a kiss and take a few pics. He was out of it, he was looking at me but not seeing me, he is on some good drugs at the moment :-)

All I could do was cry, just so unfair, he shouldn’t have had to go through this. He had to have a blood transfusion before surgery due to being so anemic. Our Vets literally gagged, they said in all their years they didn’t see anything like it. That leg and the infections was horrible, pics can’t give you the reality of it. They said how he lived like this is incomprehensible. That once the leg died he probably didn’t feel anything, other than the severe infection he has, which truly the smell was nauseating. But while the leg was slowly dying the pain had to so horrific that they don’t know how he endured it. This had to be over a month old as there is a lot of muscle loss on the shoulder. For that I was crying for him. I know now he is going to be just fine, but my heart hurts for what he had to endure.

Now the journey begins towards his new life filled with love. Recuperation will take a while and assuming not set backs like infection set in, the prognosis is good. Just going to be in a lot of pain for a while, but we will control it through meds.

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
Feb. 16th

Valentino came home last night and is doing very well. He is truly emaciated, didn’t realized how much as I was always holding him and didn’t see him standing till last night. Of course he is in pain and trying to adjust. He is on pain meds and antibiotics. He was also loaded with whipworm, roundworm and tapeworm, probably one of the reasons why he is so skinny. So we are working on clearing that as well.

I have more work to do in his head than I do his body. He doesn’t know love or how to deal with it. When I come into his room, he goes to a corner of his pen, cowers, puts his ears back and shakes non stop and gives me a look that pierces my heart. He is clearly waiting for me to hit him or harm him in some way. His eyes pleads for me no to hurt him, and looks at me as if to say “what are you going to do to me” I can’t stand to see him so scared. He has had a much harder life than I thought. I cry thinking what he must have endured, so much more than just his leg. He guards his food even from me and growls because he thinks he has to fight for it. Yet he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, he just thinks he has to guard it.

He will need a lot of care medically, but more so psychologically. Love heals all and he has a lot of that. I know in a matter of time, he will be happy to see me and connect me with love and not fear. Can’t wait till the first tail wag and first kiss that I get from him. Not only is he truly beautiful, he is incredible sweet. I can’t imagine why humans would do this to such precious babies.

We ask for your prayers that all goes well with out beautiful Valentino. If you can send a donation to help with his medical care we would REALLY appreciate it.  We have been hit hard last year and already this year.  But we feel these precious babies need us and we must do all we can for them.

Thank you for your support!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals
March 12th

Hi everyone!

Valentino is doing remarkably well.  He is amazing.  He is less and less fearful, loves people, he is super affectionate with me, because he trusts me more than others. Tthe improvement is short of amazing.  He gets around so well, runs around the yard at 100 MPH, you would never know he is missing a leg. Dogs are just wonderful, they don't let anything stop them.  We can learn a lot from them.  We are still working on his weight- he has already gained 3 lbs and getting rid of all the worms.  But dear lord what a fabulous boy he is. I am so happy we saved him, he got lucky!  We are still working hard at raising money for his surgery. If you can help in any way, we would really appreciate it! Thank you!

Tina Seri - Pugs 'N Pals