REST IN PEACE ~ BEN AND JERRY June 30, 2008
It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform you that Ben and Jerry have lost their battle with Distemper and have gone on to the Rainbow Bridge. We could not stand by and watch them deteriorate any further....they were clearly suffering. Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue and the heroic vets did everything in their power to save these two....but Ben and Jerry's weakened bodies were no match for the ravages of the cruel disease. We want to thank all of you for your donations and your prayers.....it means so much to us to know that so many people cared about these two darling golden pups.
I also want to thank Ben and Jerry's foster family, who lovingly cared for the pups 24 hours per day for almost 5 weeks straight. Because of them, Ben and Jerry knew love and happiness....and it was obvious that Ben and Jerry loved them back.
We all had such hope. Sigh!!
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page to help Ben and Jerry, two innocent golden retriever puppies that were dumped in horrendous condition at a Los Angeles shelter. Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue has stepped up and rescued these pups, but help is needed to raise funds for their care.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.
Ben and Jerrys Story:
Ben and Jerry are in serious trouble. Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse...they do. They are both still in ICU at the vets. Ben now has pnemonia....but worst of all, both of the pups have tested positive for DISTEMPER antibodies. They tested for positive on the Blood Test as well as the Conjunctival Smear. Please keep these sweet golden pups in your thoughts.
Ben and Jerry were left in a cardboard box at the Downey Shelter when they were only four weeks of age. They were diagnosed with Puppy Strangles, a condition that causes their lymph nodes to massively swell up and their skin to erupt in very painful sores. Ben could not stand when we picked him up and the vets feared neurological problems because he would fall over onto his face when we stood him up on his feet. Both of the pups were extemely emaciated and weak. Ben and Jerry have had multiple medications, blood tests, urine tests, skin biopsies, xrays, ultrasounds, veterinary specialists, etc. These two pups have really had a tough go of it. It has been a rollercoaster ride of great days and then sick days.....and over the last four weeks have been rushed to the emergency vets multiple times. Sadly, as I type this (June 25th) Ben has taken a turn for the worse and is in ICU at the emergency vets office for the third straight day on IV's with a very guarded prognosis. Jerry is home with his foster parents, currently suffering from a bad case of kennel cough which has hit him hard due to his already compromised immune system. Through it all, Ben and Jerry's golden spirit has shined through....they are the sweetest, most loving pups.
UPDATE (June 26th) JERRY IS NOW ALSO AT THE VETS IN ICU. HE WAS EXTREMELY LETHARGIC, EATING VERY LITTLE AND WOULD ONLY DRINK WATER IF HIS FOSTER PARENTS SYRINGED INTO HIS MOUTH. THE VETS HAVE HIM ON IV FLUIDS AND IV ANTIBIOTICS. SIGH!!!
So. California Golden Retreiver Rescue is commited to doing whatever is needed to help Ben and Jerry. As you can imagine, the vet fees are very high and have topped $5,000. Please consider making a donation to help these two golden angels. Your donation goes directly to So. California Golden Retriever Rescue and is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. A donation receipt will be given.
Many thanks for your support of SCGRR and Ben and Jerry-- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
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