Monday, November 24, 2014

Sally the Survivor!

Kelli Jo tells the story of her special girl, Sally:


Sally's story begins 3 years ago when I saw an ad on Craig's List selling her.  I contacted the family right away and the next evening went and picked her up!  She was shaved down and resembled a red lab more than a golden.  She was the sweetest girl and hopped in our car and never looked back.  She fit in with our pack perfectly.

We knew when we got her she had some issues. Both her rear knees were bad and needed surgery and she had a large mass on her neck that needed drained often.  Sally underwent both rear knee surgeries and never once flinched!  She is the first dog I have ever had who "talks" to me.  That is, she growls and howls just say hello! 
 Once her knees were better we began taking her to visit my Aunt in the nursing home while she recovered from her own knee surgery.  Sally became fast friends with everyone she met and in the event I visited my Aunt without her, everyone was disappointed she was not there.  It only seemed right to contact Pet Pals to see about volunteering.  
Unfortunately, she had a few set backs with her knees that required rest but recovered with no problem.  We then got a call from the Pet Pals volunteer regarding a training and I had to share some concerning health news about Sally.  She had a lump removed and there was concern it was cancer.  We had one surgery and it confirmed Soft Cell Sarcoma but not enough was removed.  It required  second surgery to try and get clean margins.  Sally underwent the second surgery and is now cancer free!  
She never acted uncomfortable and still dances out the door to the car for her staple removal and check ups.  She faces this world head on, with a smile and a wagging tail no matter what challenges she faces!  She is a true inspiration to me - I hope that when my day comes and I face serious health issues I handle it as well as she did!  We sure could learn a lot from dogs! :)  She will be attending the Pet Pals training in February!


Just in case you want to check it out here is the link to the fundraiser we set up for her.  We used all our savings for her first surgery and had to resort to a loan with extremely high interest to get the second surgery done before the cancer spread.  

Please pass it on to anyone else who might help or pass it on also.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

People Food Dogs Shouldn't Eat

Everybody knows about chocolate, gum, grapes/raisins....alcohol.....but did you know these other common people foods can really hurt your beloved family member?  Click to read more from the DogShow.com article published on the web:
  1. Avacados
  2. Onions
  3. Salt
  4. Garlic
  5. Macadamia nuts
  6. Peaches
  7. Raw eggs

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Monday


Hope you're happier than a suspicious wet dog.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bark for Life


Bark for Life (take off of Relay for Life) held at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Help Support Pet Pals!


Mark your calendar!!!  The Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch  will donate 7% of sales for customer's purchasing between 5pm and 8pm on February 26th!  It's that time of year to come out and help support Pet Pals and the great work they do!

Coupon Books!

Every year Younkers gives organizations such as ours the opportunity to earn money by selling Community Day Coupon books for their big "Community Day" sale which is 

Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1st 

 They've added an extra day to take advantage of their sales and discount coupons. PP is once again going to participate. The coupon books are $5.00 each and inside each book is a coupon for $10.00 off and additional coupons for 20% and 30% off merchandise. The best part of this opportunity is that PP gets to keep the whole $5.00 for each coupon book we sell! ! ! 

 If you are not able to stop on either of the sale days, you may purchase items during the week before and then pick them up the weekend of the sale.  The coupon books are good at either the Waterloo or Cedar Falls locations.