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Commerce, GA Senior large male #31285
04/12/10 06:16 PM
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This ol' boy needs help FAST! I'm sure the petfinder pictures don't do him justice. Look at that big red head! Wish I were closer.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/12185617

Sherman is a wonderful dog who needs your help!!! As you can see from his pictures, Sherman is very thin. He has been living on the streets for some time. He is eating well now, and we're hoping he will put on weight soon. If you have ever wanted to save the life of an animal, Sherman is the dog for you! To help save him, please call the Commerce vet at 706-335-5111 and give them ID #JC8-333. Please Hurry!!!


Humane Society of Jackson County
Commerce, GA
706-367-1111





Donna
Matsi, Duke, & foster Sophie
Max, Chewbacca, Red, Millie, Shermie Bear...senior angels

Volunteer work: http://gsrne.org/

'Nannie Millie' book: http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=55245
Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31286
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Wait a minute....something's not right here....be right back...


Donna
Matsi, Duke, & foster Sophie
Max, Chewbacca, Red, Millie, Shermie Bear...senior angels

Volunteer work: http://gsrne.org/

'Nannie Millie' book: http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=55245
Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31296
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I want more Shermie updates. Stamping my feet.

Val


Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11
Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #31303
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while i am slightly confused about this who thread bc of its location, I would also like to know more about this sweet old boy.


~Robin~
Mommy to Clover 11/26/2009 and Momma, our Foster Failure Pittie who stole our hearts and part of the couch 10/10
and 2 not so furry kids, Christopher, 6, and Laci, 3!

Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: georgiapeachGSD] #31304
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Shermie was saved a long time ago by Matsired and is living the life of a King...he is quite famous...that's why us old timers aren't confused. I'm sure Matsired is just compiling her gazillion pics to post...lol

Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: myamom] #31305
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LOL...I saw it and thought "geez...that looks just like Shermie. what are the odds?"

Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: myamom] #31306
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oh ok! well then, thats WONDERFUL news!!! I am much happier now...I was thinking I was going to have to get a bed made up at my house! wink


~Robin~
Mommy to Clover 11/26/2009 and Momma, our Foster Failure Pittie who stole our hearts and part of the couch 10/10
and 2 not so furry kids, Christopher, 6, and Laci, 3!

Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31311
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"Sorry, I think my mom was a little CONFUSED when
she posted that old petfinder link above."




"Yup, just another SENIOR moment, Sherm. You see, this guy is SAFE, and adopted by ME."




"And I'm supposedly the OLD one around here?"






"Anyway, if you check back periodically, we'll fill you in on how
I transformed from a skinny southern wormie bear, to a burly northern grizzly bear."





"And with lots of pictures, of course."









Last edited by matsired; 04/12/10 07:16 PM.

Donna
Matsi, Duke, & foster Sophie
Max, Chewbacca, Red, Millie, Shermie Bear...senior angels

Volunteer work: http://gsrne.org/

'Nannie Millie' book: http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=55245
Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31313
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omg he is gorgeous!!! He has this face that just makes me smile. Like a wise old man with some snappy comebacks to say or something. Thank you for everything you did for him! How very lucky he is! wub <tears>


~Robin~
Mommy to Clover 11/26/2009 and Momma, our Foster Failure Pittie who stole our hearts and part of the couch 10/10
and 2 not so furry kids, Christopher, 6, and Laci, 3!

Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #31315
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Originally Posted By: Wisc.Tiger_Val
I want more Shermie updates. Stamping my feet.

Val


It's not all good news, Val and all, but not all bad either. I'm going to start with the very latest update on our Shermie Bear, with the most recent photos to follow later.

Sherman was having some difficulty last week. He could no longer rise from a reclining position, and staggering (with recent history of limping on left side) when he walked. I took him to my vet, and she decided to put him on a trial of Rimadyl.

Then, an email to foster mom, Amy, a few days later:

On Apr 10, 2010, at 12:49 PM, Donna Joseph wrote:

Came home from work to find Sherman lying in poop and urine this am. Walked him with sling, very painful for him. Tried to settle him on bed, restless. Tried snuggling with him on bed, felt him shivering, whimpering.

SO, took him over to Angel Memorial Animal Hospital. They admitted him. They feel he has neurological thing going on. Workup will include xrays, bloodwork, neurological evaluation and then we go from there. Should know more later today.

He walks with ataxia, and then legs splayed when he lies down. Unable to tolerate his left side. They are thinking along the lines of spinal tumor/clot/herniated disc? Something very acute.

Kills me because we got every single problem he arrived with under control. Heartworm free and no more itchies, off all medications. We were cruising.

I've got to think realistically. I don't think I'll take him through an MRI, because I don't think I'd treat any of the associated problems. I'm hoping they will be able to help me manage his pain and take him home.

Well, been awake since yesterday and heading back to work tonight, so off to bed I go. Will keep you posted. Sorry I don't have better news. frown



And then latest update:

On Apr 12, 2010, at 9:44 AM, Donna Joseph wrote:

I picked Sherman up yesterday am after work. Paul (and Star) met me at the house, thankfully, because I couldn't get him out of the car by myself.

Thankfully, he's not a dog that requires much exercise, so for the past 24 hours, he's been happily glued to his bed other than short trips outside to go potty.

He can weight-bear on all fours, but is ataxic. Even with coaxing, he cannot get up by himself nor can he use the stairs, and so that is where most of the workload is on my end. He is resting comfortably in front of me on his bed. I've ordered a high indoor/outdoor orthopedic bed so it will be easier to get him up and off the bed. I wish someone made something on wheels so I could wheel the bed to the door, but I'll probably create something. Right now I drag the bed over to doorway, as he becomes incontinent of urine as soon as he's in an upright position. He's also incontinent of stool, but I think that's because he can't use his legs to bear down when he's walking. I do NOT think he's got sphincter involvement.

I could go on forever maintaining him like this, but only as long as he's comfortable. So far, he's not showing any signs of pain while he's at rest. Last night at bedtime, I gave him pain meds to help him rest just in case.

I'm hoping for a 'Charly' outcome. Although I'm a realist, this story is at the forefront of my mind now, thanks Sinclair, and to all for your support.

I don't want to bog down anyone's email with Sherman as I know all of you are incredibly busy with rescue work, so I'll get him posted on the forum again. It's been very helpful to be able to vent, especially during acute (shocking) phase of all this.

*Quoted from his paperwork that Angel Memorial sent home with me (along with a bill for $747.28):

Summary: Sherman presented to Angel Memorial Animal Medical Center for evaluation of difficulty walking acutely since Wednesday. Sherman was admitted to the hospital for further diagnostics to include bloodwork (CBC/Chem/thyroid panel/UA and urine culture) and a consultation with our neurology service. Results of bloodwork show evidence of chronic inflammation likely related to Sherman's chronic skin issues. Urinalysis was unremarkable and results of thryroid panel and urine culture are still pending.

Sherman has dry eye and does not produce enough tears in his eyes...

The consultation with our neurology service was suggestive of a neck related spinal disease process, likely a disc or blood clot, with no evidence of pain. At this time, you have decided not to pursue additional diagnostics (MRI or CT scan) and wish to keep Sherman comfortable at home with a good quality of life. Please do the following at home for Sherman:

1. Rest. Please rest Sherman over the next 2-3 weeks. He can be allowed on leash walks for elimination purposes, but should not be allowed to run, jump, or rough house.

2. Prednisone: Please give Sherman 1 tablet (20mg) by mouth every 12 hours for 7 days, then give him 1 tablet by mouth once daily for 7 days and then every other day for 7 doses. This is a steroid medication and side effects include increased urination and drinking. His next dose is due tonight.

3. Tramadol: At this time Sherman does not appear painful. If you feel that he is uncomfortable at home, please give him 2 tablets by mouth up to every 8 hours. This is an opoid type pain medication and the side effects include sedation.

4. Triple antibiotic ointment. Please apply 1/4 inch strip of triple antibiotic eye ointment to Sherman's left eye every 12 hours to help treat any conjunctivitis that he may have. His next dose is due tonight.

Sherman is a very sweet boy and I have enjoyed working with him. If you have any questions, please call 617-522-7282.

Danielle Berube DVM




"Just another curve ball in ol' Shermie boy's life."


Donna
Matsi, Duke, & foster Sophie
Max, Chewbacca, Red, Millie, Shermie Bear...senior angels

Volunteer work: http://gsrne.org/

'Nannie Millie' book: http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=55245
Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31319
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Oh Donna, I'm so sorry to hear about Shermie's most recent problems. I sincerely hope he pulls through this somehow but if he doesn't I know you will take the absolute best care of him possible. Big hugs to you and your pack!


Ruth

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Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31322
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handsome!


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Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31325
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i am sorry to read all his health problems. It makes me sad. Really should help wake some people up to know that cute fuzzy puppies get old eventually and those old dogs will need some extra help and love...lots of strength for his continued life with you. ((hugs))


~Robin~
Mommy to Clover 11/26/2009 and Momma, our Foster Failure Pittie who stole our hearts and part of the couch 10/10
and 2 not so furry kids, Christopher, 6, and Laci, 3!

Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: matsired] #31327
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Well Shoot. Donna you are right not the update I wanted on Shermie Bear, but no matter what is going on or how long he has he will always have you to be thankful for.

This picture speaks Volumes for the love that you have for each other.



Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11
Re: Commerce, GA Senior large male [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #31343
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I'm a little broken up about all this but, young or old, there are going to be good times and hard times.

When I initially adopted Sherm, sight unseen, I expected a dog who would need hospice care. So we've been blessed, truly.

Should he have permanent loss of function, on any level, as long as he is comfortable and happy, we will push on.

I prayed I would not have to make any on-the-spot decisions at Angel Memorial the other day. He was shaking so much from the pain that I initially wondered if I might be missing something and maybe he was going into shock. Being able to take him home was pure joy and relief.

What we have now is more time. Priceless.


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"Mom says it's easiest when you endure your struggles together, as a TEAM."





"If we're such a great TEAM, how come I'm the ONLY one who is sent out to get the ball for us?"


Donna
Matsi, Duke, & foster Sophie
Max, Chewbacca, Red, Millie, Shermie Bear...senior angels

Volunteer work: http://gsrne.org/

'Nannie Millie' book: http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=55245
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