Sapphire - ADOPTED
ADOPTED: I have found my forever home!! One that understands
that beauty is only skin deep, they love me even with my deformities!!
My new family understands the commitment needed and the love wanted!! I
love my new family!!
My new family!!! You can see the love!!
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Before Pictures & My
My owners got me
from a backyard breeder and when they moved, they abandoned me leaving
me to fend for myself. Now really how was I supposed to be able to fend
for myself when I could barely walk???? I have
better known as
HOD and have had it for months. My owners had not even bothered to
get me medical care they just left me to suffer and die!! Luckily, the
Humane Society came for me, unfortunately, they had no experience with
my disease, but they reached out for help and within hours of hearing
about me, I was at Harlequin Haven.
Within hours of
arriving at the rescue my pain was subsiding and my temperature was back
to normal. I am on new medication, new dog food and already I am doing
better. Grandma gave me a really soft bed and tons of toys but best of
all she gives me tons of kisses!! She has told me that it will take time
for me to get to feeling really good but HEY already I am feeling much
better!!! The HOD has already stunted
my growth and will leave me deformed but that is okay as long as I am
not in pain!
I wanted to let you know how I was doing plus that I have added
new pictures to my page. Please scroll down and see my new pics!!! I now
weigh 47.4 pounds so I have gained 3 pounds since I have been here at
the rescue! Not bad for a week huh! I still have a lot of weight to gain
but Grandma says not to worry about it that it will come when my body is
ready. I really am not worried because I eat 4 meals a day plus treats
so HEY life is great!!! I am in a lot less pain so I am going out more
to play and get exercise too! Well gotta go it is time to go put and
potty then eat lunch!
Another week has passed and things just keep getting better!! I am
playing more and more and becoming a real happy puppy! Hopefully I will
get weighted today and maybe even a new picture or two! Well time to eat
so will write more later!!
Another great week!! I now weigh 52.8 pounds and am feeling great. I am
even getting a bit taller!! If you scroll down you can see my new
updated pictures!! I am running and playing with
Dawn a sanctuary dog. We had
lots of fun!!! I also am wearing a new collar that was a gift from Amy
at Collar Me Happy, I look so beautiful!! Okay its my favorite time of
day so I gotta run!!! Its dinner time!!!
Sorry I have been playing and having a great time and I forgot to write
my update! I am now off all medication and hopefully my HOD will not
return, but only time will tell. It feels great to be a puppy and be
able to romp and play like other puppies! I just wish my legs were not
so deformed so I could run as fast as the other dogs!!! Grandma promised
me she would take me to see a orthopedic surgeon once she is sure I am
over the HOD. Hopefully there is anything he can do to fix my legs.
24: Great news!!! My HOD did not return so next week I will
go and get spayed then my next step will be to see if there is anything
realistically that can be done to fix my legs. I am so happy!!!
5: I was spayed last week and had my legs checked by a
surgeon and he does not think there is anything that can be done for my
legs. He felt that they will straighten to some degree with proper care
and food. Grandma and I are still planning to go see the orthopedic
surgeon just so we have all the facts and can do what is best for me. I
like being part of the decision making! BTW, I now weigh 70 pounds!!! I
will try to get some new pics taken soon!!!
19: Sorry I have not given any updates but it feels so good
not to hurt and not to be taking any medicine that I have just been
enjoying life!! I have my appointment on Tuesday to see the orthopedic
surgeon and hopefully the weather cooperates and we will not have to
cancel!! Then next Saturday some man called Santa Claus is coming and
bringing all the good boys and girls new toys!! I can not wait!!! I know
I have been a very good girl so hopefully he will bring me lots of new
toys!! This is a very exciting week!!
21: Sapphire went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon today and
after x-rays and examination it was determined that she needs surgery on
both of her rear legs ASAP. Her HOD was so severe that her rear legs are
collapsing and without surgery she will need to be euthanized. The
Orthopedic Surgeon has never seen a case of HOD so severe and deforming
that the dog has lived. He said that with surgery she will be able to
live a normal life. He did not feel surgery on her front legs would be
of help. But by doing both rear legs it will help relieve the stress on
her front legs. She needs surgery on her left rear leg first as it is
the worst then the right would come in 8 weeks when the left leg is
healed. Sapphire's surgeries will cost $2,200 each!!
Sapphire has such will power and is so
happy we can not bear to euthanize her. She only sees the good in life
and she lives each day to the fullest. Sapphire has fought so hard to
live please don't let her down now. She is one of the happiest dogs we
have ever seen and just wants to give and receive love. Please help us
to give Sapphire the gift of life this Holiday Season, the season of
miracles and giving.
Update December 23:
Sapphire has had her 1st surgery. As the old saying goes thank goodness
for plastic. Since donations were so promising we decided to move
forward and give Sapphire the surgery for Christmas. More updates to
come later tonight.
Update December 23: Sapphire is home and resting she will remain on crate
rest for the 30 days. She has a recheck in 2 weeks and will probably
schedule her next surgery at that point.
26: I just wanted to share a couple of new pictures grandma
took of me today with my new toys!!! She wanted to take a picture of my
incision but I would not let her!! Scroll down to see my new pics!
5: I went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon today and he said my
leg was doing really well, of course I could have told him that! I have
to go back in 4 weeks and have an x-ray of my leg to make sure it has
healed properly and then maybe I can schedule my next surgery. Oh well I
guess I can wait a bit longer!
26: Just thought I would give you a quick update!! I am
counting the days till I return to the surgeon for my next check up, my
appointment is on February 2nd! I am getting bored not being able to go
play but Grandma keeps telling me it is all worth it but boy is it
boring!!! Have you checked out the items that are selling on eBay to
help pay for my next surgery? Okay time to chew on my nylabone some more!!
2: I went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon today and I have
Great News to Share!! My leg has healed exactly as he had hoped
and I can now have my 2nd surgery!! I did ask him 1 favor and that is
that I have a brief wait between surgeries so I can run and play and he
agreed!! So my surgery is scheduled for March 1st!!! I have almost
a WHOLE month to run and play!!!! Now just for the weather to warm up so
I can get outside and enjoy playing for a while!!
18: Just wanted to give you all a quick update. First I want
to thank everyone who has been bidding and buying the items on eBay to
help pay for my next surgery. I also want to thank Becky for taking the
time out of her busy schedule to post the items on eBay and all the
other stuff that goes with it, which I know was a lot of work.
Unfortunately all good things come to an
end, and well the final straw came tonight!! A woman bid and won the
beautiful Louise Peterson bronze pendant as soon as she won it, she
emailed that she had bid on the item by mistake, then she said her five
year son old bid on the item, then she said she would pay for the item,
then she asked us to make a second chance offer for the item, which we
did, but it was not accepted. Then she asked us to cancel the
transaction because she had changed her mind, then she said she would
have to take the money out of her son's piggy bank to pay for the item
he bid on. Then she paid for the pendant and as soon as she
received it, she filed a dispute. She said the item was not as
described (not true, heck pictures don't lie only people do). Then she
said the item was damaged. She even said that she had emailed us, which
she had not! Needless to say I know that if we get the pendant back she
will have damaged it so it will be worthless! The woman said she wanted
to help me well PLEASE tell me how she has helped me??? She won't give
me the money and now Grandma says we are finished with eBay! Grandma
says she does not have the time or energy to deal with people like her
when there are Danes like me that need her time and energy!!! Heck eBay
doesn't even care about dogs, they now have a classified page where
people and puppy mills can sell dogs, cats and other animals just like
Craigslist!!! Ainsley and
Landon told me all about that list and it is
What has this world came to? Why do
people abuse animals? Why do people lie? Why do people try to take away
from poor homeless dogs???
I do want to thank all that are truly
wonderful people who do care about me and my friends here at the rescue.
Between your kind donations and the eBay sales that did pay I now am
only $525 from having the money for my surgery! Grandma told me not to
worry that things will work out, but hey I do worry!!!
Well I need my beauty rest so I am
heading to bed so I can run and play tomorrow. Only 11 more days till my
20: I finally was able to get Grandma to take some new
pictures of me!! Yesterday sure was a beautiful day!!!
Update February 22: I want to thank you all so very much for your kind
donations!! I now only need $350 now!!! Just think a week from today is
my next surgery!
24: Thank You so very much for the kind donations that
continue to come in!! I now only need $150 for my surgery!!! Hopefully
the rain stops this weekend so I can get a few more laps in the yard
before my surgery! I sure do love to run!!
27: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to all that made it
possible for me to have my surgery Tuesday!! All my money has been
raised and now I can concentrate on playing!! Thanks again!!!!! Added
Picture below YEP still running!!!!
Updated March 1:
Sapphire had her surgery today and is recovering and doing great. All
went well and she should come home tomorrow. Thank you for all your
support and prayers.
Update March 2:
Sapphire is home and resting. She again is on bed rest for 30 days and
will have a recheck in 2 weeks.
Update March 6:
Sorry I have not written sooner but have just been resting trying to get
healed so I can go play again!! I am doing okay just bored. I am
counting the days till my next appointment!!
Update March 13:
I am healing nicely and wanting to start playing again so
that is a good sign!! I am still on bed rest so it gets sorta boring but
grandma keeps giving me new toys and stuff to keep me busy. My next
appointment is scheduled for March 23. Of course not much will change
then because I already know I will not be allowed to play then but hey
each week gets me a bit closer to play time!!
17: Well grandma tried to take my picture today but I told
her NO not unless I can go play in the yard!! Well you guessed it no
picture and no playing!! Boy this bed rest stuff is getting boring!!
23: I went to see the orthopedic surgeon and he says I am
healing great!! I will go back in 4 weeks and have x-rays taken and if
all is okay I will we allowed to play!!!
Update April 10:
My next appointment has been scheduled for April 21st!! If all goes well
which I am confident it will I will be released and available for
adoption that following week!! Of course what I am really looking
forward to his running and playing!!! Eleven days and counting!!!!!!
Update April 24:
Great News!!! I am NOW ready for adoption!!! Okay forever home where are
you???? As soon as it stops raining Grandma promised me she would
get a new picture of me running and being just happy!!
Update May 16:
Well guess you all have noticed the rain is not stopping this spring so
since yesterday it was not storming I talked Grandma into taking some
new pictures of me! Most turned out blurry because of how fast I run!!
Scroll down to the bottom to see my new pictures! We (Kevin,
Destin) had a great time
playing tag! BTW, I am still waiting on my forever home!!!
Update June 12:
Well it has been almost a month since my last update so I
thought I would just let you all know what is happening! I was viewed by
a potential adopter yesterday unfortunately I was not a good fit for
their home because I am soooooo active and playful!! I just love to run,
jump and play and well their little dog did not appreciate all my
energy!! Gotta go and play now!!
Grandma had told me a Dane believed to be my brother
was here but I did not believe her! Well today I got to see him! Scroll down to see the picture of our
Pictures above compliments of the Humane Society of
Date of Birth: 2/2010
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Description: female, merlequin, natural ears