Gianna - ADOPTED
My eye was blacked out as it is very graphic.
ADOPTED: I have found my forever home!! I also have 2
4-legged siblings at home a sister and a
brother!! I love them too, Mom said we were going to bond on the way
home!! I love bonding!!!! Life is great!!!!
new mom!! Life is Wonderful!
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Before Pictures & My
I have had a horrible life
so far and finally when I think things are turning around I had a
I was owned by a family who
bred me to make money selling my puppies and during my horrible life
with the family my eye was poked with something I do not remember what,
but I have been in constant pain since it happened!! Finally my owners
decided they no wanted me so they put in on Craigslist
Free to a Good Home. Lucky
for me a wonderful person came for me and immediately got me to the
Animal Friends Humane Society in Butler County Ohio. I was checked out
by their vet and a Ophthalmologist
and put on antibiotics. My surgery to remove my eye was scheduled for a
week later. During the surgery my eye socket started bleeding
uncontrollably and I was rushed to MedVet for emergency surgery. Now I
am needing your help!! The surgery will cost between $1900 and $2600 and
the Animal Friends Humane Society nor Harlequin Haven can afford this
surgery. PLEASE can you help me!!! I really want a chance to have
a life and not to be in pain! I want a family to love and care for me
like I so deserve!! Please can you help me????? Any amount will be
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to see my pictures. Note: 1 updated picture has been added.
UPDATE: The wonderful vets at MedVet have waived their fees
my surgery will NOW cost around $1000 - $1500. (A better explanation has
been requested: the vets waived their personal fee's, Gianna was in
surgery for over and hour so you have the cost of the surgical techs,
the anesthesia, the equipment and all other cost related to surgery,
then there are the cost for after surgery monitoring, IV's, the vet
techs and after care. Unfortunately nothing is this world is ever free.
UPDATE: So far $105 has been raised towards my surgery!! Thank
UPDATE: Gianna had her surgery (gotta love credit cards) and
is resting comfortably. Hopefully she will be released in the next
couple of days.
So far $590 has been raised towards Gianna's surgery.
UPDATE March 13: I arrived at the rescue yesterday afternoon
and am recuperating from the surgery. I was extremely tired and a bit
sick at my stomach so I just wanted to rest. My new Grandma did take a
few pictures of me to share with you. I now have a prosthesis to replace
my injured eye so that where my eye was removed will not sink in and
look as bad. I want to thank all that have donated towards my surgery
$790 has now been donated. I am forever grateful for your generosity and
kindness. Unfortunately the rescue still does not have a total amount
due to MedVet but should the first of the week, as soon as we know we
will let you know. Thanks again!!!!!!
Update: $1965 has now been donated!! Thanks to all donating!!!
Update March 14:
I just want to thank everyone who has
donated to help me. I will never be able to thank you all enough. I have
always wondered what love felt like and now I know. Wonderful people
that have never met me care enough to help me. Thank you!!!!
Updated March 17:
Just wanted to let you know that I am
healing nicely! I have a appointment to go next Tuesday to have my
stitches taken out. I am enjoying being an inside dog and getting all
sorts of attention!! Only problem grandma says I have is happy tail, she
told me to stop wagging my tail so much but I am just too happy!!
Updated March 22: I had my appointment this morning to remove
my stitches but it was decided to leave them in for a bit longer.
Unfortunately I do have some bad news, although Grandma is telling me
not to worry, I am. When I was spayed they had taken some lumps off and
had them biopsied. Well the results came back as cancer. I have what is
called in humans breast cancer. After a long discussion with the vet we
decided that I would have a
April 14. They said they wanted me to recuperate totally from my
previous surgeries. Plus my new vet is waiting for my medical records to
be faxed, so he can review them himself. They also discussed me having
chemo to prevent the cancer from coming back, they said this would be
done after my surgery. Grandma also told me that if I did not stop
wagging my tail so much I would also have to have it amputated as well.
I promise to work on the tail wagging issue!!!
My vet said he would get
together an estimate and would let Grandma know what cost we are facing.
The good news is that because you all were so generous with your
donations for my eye surgery and MedVet reduced their cost even more
that I have $1000 left to put toward my mastectomy.
I am sure many of you
will say why waste so much money on 1 dog, heck even I asked that
question! But I am so happy and thankful for my new life that all agreed
I deserved a chance for a real life!! Grandma told me that once I am all
healthy that a family would be lucky to have me as their Dane!
Oops almost forgot
Grandma attempted to take new pictures of me today all she ended up with
that was useable was 1 of me running (yes I even wag my tail when I run)
and 1 where I decided I was ready to go inside so I sat down on the
steps and waited for her to take the hint!
Update April 3: Life continues to be
good!! I am just enjoying life!! Today I had a few new pics taken and
thought I would share them with you!
Update April 10: Well just a few
more days till I have my surgery!! Grandma will give you all an update
as soon as she knows something!! Please keep me in your prayers!!
Update April 14: Gianna's surgery
has been rescheduled for tomorrow. The vet had a emergency and we agreed
to wait another day.
Update April 15: Gianna had part of
her surgery today. It was decided that she would have only one side of
her mastectomy today plus her tail amputation. Once she recovers from
these surgeries she will have the other side done. She also had a chest
x-ray to be sure the cancer had not spread prior to surgery. We spoke
with the vet and she was doing well after the surgery. Providing all
goes well tonight she should come home in the morning.
Update April 16: Well I am home and
doing pretty good!! My belly hurts a bit but not as bad as I had thought
it would! My next surgery is scheduled for May 3rd. Then I will have my
chemo and then watch out world I will be looking for that wonderful
forever home I keep hearing so much about!!!
Update April 28: Just a quick update to
let you know that I am doing great!! I am healed and was planning for my
next surgery on Tuesday but Grandma told me yesterday that it has been
postponed. A new girl arrived at the rescue and she has kennel cough and
Grandma and my vet have decided that they do not want to take a chance
on me catching the kennel cough. So for now I will just have to play and
enjoy life!! I will let you know as soon as my surgery is rescheduled.
Update May 8: Well my surgery has been
rescheduled to May 17th. I did not get the kennel cough but Grandma said
she just wanted to be safe! So I will continue to pay and enjoy life
till time for my surgery!!!
Update May 16: Well tomorrow I have
my next surgery then I will begin the chemo. I can't wait to have all of
this behind me so I can start looking for a forever home!
Update May 19: I had my surgery
Monday and all went well. My Chemo starts in 2 weeks!! Until then I am
back to just enjoying life!! Well gotta go play, I KNOW I am NOT suppose
to play but I wanta!!!
Update May 31: Well as luck would
have it my Chemo is on hold! The stupid drug companies have it on back
order!!! Grandma told me that she heard it on the
news last night but I did not believe her or maybe I did not want
too!!! I will let you know as soon as we hear anything!!
Update June 3: Great News!! My Vet has
received my Chemo (Doxorubicin)
I will begin my treatment Tuesday!!
Update June 7: I have received my first Chemo treatment and
only have 4 left to go. The vet told me today that the treatment will be
spread out over at least a 14 week period depending on how I tolerate
the Chemo. There will be a total of 5 treatments with blood test
in-between. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Well I am a bit
worn out so I am headed to bed.
Update June 12: So far so good!! I thought I would get sick
after my Chemo but quite to the contrary I am still feeling great!! I
have a follow up blood test and check up Tuesday and then will be
scheduled for my next treatment. Thanks for all the prayers they really
seem to be working!! I will let you know how things go Tuesday.
Update June 14: I had my blood test today and my next Chemo
has been scheduled for June 28th. I will have another blood test prior
to the Chemo. My vet is watching very closely what my test results are
so that my body has time to recuperate between treatments.
Updated June 23: Only a few more days and I will
go to the vet for my next Chemo treatment. I am counting the days!!!
Update June 27: Well tomorrow I get my next
Chemo treatment! Hopefully it goes as well this time as the last!! I
will update all as soon as possible!
Update June 28: I had my second Chemo treatment
today and all went GREAT!! My blood work showed totally in the normal
ranges! I go back next week for another blood test and then to
schedule my next treatment!! Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers!!
Update July 1: Well today was not such a good
day. I started the day out with a bit of an upset stomach and then the
vomiting started. Grandma quickly gave me an injection to stop the
vomiting!! I feel better now and am headed back to bed to rest.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!
Update July 3: Okay life is again good! I am
feeling much better today and enjoying getting pampered a bit. Grandma
made me chicken & rice when I was sick Friday, I still have a bit left
over and it is sure yummy!
Update July 3: Well more good news!! I had my
post Chemo blood work and it looks GREAT!! All counts are within normal
range!! I of course am also feeling great!! My next treatment is
scheduled for July 19th.
Update July 17: Well only 2 more days till I
have my 3rd Chemo treatment!! Hopefully I do not get sick this time! Oh
well it is worth it to be cancer free!! I am just counting down the
treatments till I am finished and able to find my forever home!!
Update July 24: I had my 3rd Chemo treatment and
just like the last time I got sick, but today I am feeling much better
again. Only 2 more treatments left and I can't wait!!
Update July 27: Had my post Chemo blood test
yesterday and again it was great!! I am now scheduled for my next Chemo
treatment on August 9th. Only 2 treatments left and I can not wait!!
Update August 7: Well Tuesday is my next Chemo
treatment!! I will be so happy when all of this is over!! But I know it
will not be much longer!!
Update August 12: Sorry I did not give an update
sooner but I have just been enjoying life!! So far, I have not gotten
sick from the Chemo this time! I know I probably will get sick tomorrow
or something but right now I feel great!! Check out my new pics
Update August 14: Well I can
not believe it but so far the Chemo has not made me sick this time!!
Grandma and my vet have been adjusting my medications and I think they
finally got the right combination to keep me from getting sick!!! I am
so happy!! I have my blood test on Tuesday and then my last Chemo
treatment will be scheduled!! Okay I gotta go play!!
Update August 16: More good news!! My blood work
results are back and were great again!! I will let you all know as soon
as I know when my last Chemo treatment will be!!
Update August 22: Got my date for my last Chemo
it is next Tuesday the 30th!! I can not wait!!!!!!!
Update August 28:
Only 2 more days till I have
my last Chemo! I am so excited!!
Update August 30: I had my last Chemo treatment
today, the vet said that I need a blood test next Tuesday and if all is
good I can go up for adoption!! Keep me in your thoughts and prayers
that the final blood test comes back as good as the rest!!!
Update September 6: I have GREAT NEWS!!! My
blood work came back perfect and I am finished with my Chemo!!! Now all
I need is that wonderful forever home that I have been dreaming of!!!
Update January 25:
I was adopted in September and
unfortunately I have been returned to the rescue to again look for a
forever home. I am a very sweet and loving girl and hopefully soon I
will find that wonderful forever home I have dreamed of!!!
Picture above compliments of the Animal
Friends Humane Society.
Date of Birth: 10/2009
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Description: female, white, natural ears, DEAF,
tail docked, 1 eye removed