Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Dog Named Shadow Needs Your Help

If you follow this blog you know that a Guest Blogger is more than rare but we have one today. My colleague, Laura Nativo, alerted us to a heartbreaking story about a dog named Shadow and the help he needs. I'm going to leave it to Laura to tell the story:

A dog named SHADOW desperately needs YOUR HELP!!
by Laura Nativo

Found abandoned in a crate in the middle of the desert with her brother and deceased friend, surrounded by bullet casings, Shadow was recently rescued and rehabilitated by Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue... Her new family took her into the vet when she began coughing up blood, only to discover she has a bullet lodged in her lung.

 She has been flown LA for emergency surgery at VCA West this afternoon, and needs your help... please share her story?! Shadow needs prayers, positive vibes and any financial assistance you can spare to pay for her expensive, emergency surgery. This situation touched my heart. Read below for the full story from Zach Skow of MarleysMutts Dog Rescue:

"MUTT MILITIA, SHADOW AND I NEED YOUR HELP! Here is where we stand: Shadow has gotten progressively worse and is coughing up considerable amounts of blood. The bullet that is lodged in her lung (or near it) is navigating or abscessing which is very dangerous. She needs surgery by an expert ASAP! I've been on the phone with surgeons, techs and thoracic specialists all morning and we have developed a plan. Rick and Holly (our inestimable duo) are going to meet Robbie and Shadow at the airport in Kern Valley and fly her to near LA. I'm going to meet them at the airport and transfer he the rest of the way to VCA All-Care in West LA. To make matters worse, the 405 is closed so we have to take an alternate route. She has to be kept calm and as motionless as possible, therefore a flight will be much better than the windy road down from Isabella and them through the grapevine. We should have her there and ready for surgery ASAP! 

WHAT WE NEED FROM THE MUTT MILITIA: please reach out to any and all news outlets, media sources, periodicals, papers and bloggers to cover this! THIS WILL BE VERY EXPENSIVE but we have to act now. Most of you know her story but here is a quick recap: Shadow was found with her brother and a deceased dog in the middle of the desert, locked in a crate. Bullet casings surrounded the crate but it appeared that the deceased dog had died of hypothermia. Shadow rehabbed with me at my house for months and became an amazing running partner. She was adopted by Robbie and his mom a few weeks ago and Robbie and she have become insuperable, just like she was with me. This was important for Shadow but also for Robbie who was just released from prison after 12 years. Robbie is the only one that could love that girl like me and I'm more than blessed to have had them adopt our girl. Shadow began to cough up blood yesterday and X-rays revealed that she does indeed have a bullet lodged in get chest that is causing her to reverse aspirate blood. Her situation is critical and we need to spread the word to as many news outlets as possible. Get onto website, call news lines, phone newspapers and email anyone who may listen! Reach out to those you know would care like ELLEN AND RACHEL RAY... Please attack this with a vengeance, we need to tell her story and raise money for her surgery."

Thank you, Laura, for sharing this. For those of you who can contribute, that would be wonderful. Every little bit counts. Please share this with friends via e-mail and social networking. There are so many pets in need.  We may never hear all of their stories but here is one we now know.  I hope we can help!

Here's the website:

And here's the Facebook page where you can follow Shadow's story:
Thanks to Laura Nativo, and thanks to you, my readers, for caring.

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