8 weeks flew by and the 4 amigos from Elle & Gunner's beautiful litter are headed to their new families!! Here is handsome Green boy (now Pluto) just before making the trek to Virginia! Purple girl is headed to Massachusetts, Blue girl to Florida, and Pink girl to Kansas!
Many of you know about Pistachio and her story. For those that don’t, Pistachio is Rosalie's daughter who was born on February 21st 2018 weighing a very small 7oz, her four brothers all weighed over 1 lb. The first couple weeks of her life seemed to go as planned, with a little extra care and feedings she gained weight and seemed to be overall healthy, just small. Then, around week 3 everything changed. She somehow aspirated milk and got pneumonia. The normal antibiotics did not seem to help so we upped our treatment to injectable antibiotics and she spent her days/nights with a humidifier running to help clear her lungs. She was a very sick little girl, but fought in spite of it, never losing her sweet, loving disposition. So, we fought with her. She recovered but after that never seemed to regain her appetite. We didn’t know why but after trying many different formulas and even baby food we finally discovered what she enjoyed. Unfortunately, a few days later she aspirated again and we were back at the vet for more antibiotics and this time we ran a full panel of bloodwork. The bloodwork confirmed she was still a very sick little girl. Her kidney values were off the charts. Upon ultrasound the vet was able to see one of her kidneys and it did appear normal, but she was not a Specialist. We went home with lots of new meds and a tentative diagnosis of a kidney infection and/or possible Addison’s disease. We needed to see a Specialist in the future. Things got worse before they got better, but she eventually started eating well and again began gaining weight, all the while with her loving, happy go lucky nature. We made appointments with Internists at both Cornell and Tufts Universities, both well renowned for their Veterinarian services, but both were a several weeks wait. Tufts got us in the quickest. While we waited she did well, but then seemed “off” and we noticed some facial swelling. She was teething and it was very difficult for her. Since her kidneys were compromised pain medication was not an option. Thankfully, CBD oil was and it worked! Our first appointment at Tufts was encouraging, they ruled out a liver shunt and initially thought maybe she just had pituitary dwarfism. We would need to return in a week for an ultrasound. Ultrasound day arrived and sadly confirmed the worst. She had juvenile kidney dysplasia and there was no cure. Both kidneys were small, deformed, and cystic. Tufts was quite concerned about her facial swelling and the pain associated with it, they felt the CBD oils would soon not be enough and told us we likely only had a few weeks left with her. We were devastated, but even more determined. She’s a little fighter and was a happy girl, as long as she was happy and enjoying her life with her family, we had to fight with her. We quickly changed her diet, started several herbal supplements and acupuncture. She improved!!!! Every day she got better and the facial swelling subsided!! Now the next challenge, this new diet was formulated for older dogs, not growing puppies. Because of this, her legs began to bow and turn in the wrong directions. We would need to see a Nutritionist to formulate a special diet for her, thankfully Tufts has 3 of them on staff at their facility. We are still in the process of getting her diet just right. As of today (11/5) she is 8 months old and 24 lbs of sass! She eats well and loves to play. Her favorite things in life are egg whites and meeting people! She has done several therapy visits after getting her CGC and we hope to pursue this in the future once she is vaccinated and able to officially be registered. We are also in talks with an excellent Veterinarian in NY and hope to begin stem cell treatments in the coming weeks. During all of this, we have had the support and guidance of so many of you. We truly are blessed and thankful for each and every friend, family member, and veterinarian that has shared their words of advice and comfort. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. I hope her story and images inspire and make you smile!