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New Year, New Medical Emergencies!

Happy 2015, blogosphere!  Wow, we’ve been pretty radio-silent since August, huh? Well I’d love to say we’re making a New Years resolution to post more often, but who are we kidding? Thanks for sticking with us through the quiet times!

So, we had a little adventure over the weekend! Cooper came in from playing outside with a minor injury, with some major bleeding.


He split his back toenail right in two! If you recall, Molly Tamale had a similar injury when she was with us, so we knew not to be extremely worried, but we also knew it needed attention. And naturally, since it was after hours at our regular vet, off to the emergency clinic we went…

The staff at Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic were wonderful! They took great care of our little man, and were even understanding when we explained that he’s not a fan of other animals. They cleared the waiting room of their feline welcoming committee and got us right into an exam room. In true Cooper-fashion, our brave little warrior showed no pain and distress while waiting to see the Doc. He was just excited for an outing, and that ever-wagging tail never stopped.


Little Coop was sedated while they trimmed back his nail to the healthy quick, stopped the bleeding and wrapped him all up. I remember thinking, that’s a lot of bandage for a little toe nail! But at least it stayed put.


Once we got home Cooper was pretty loopy for the rest of the day. He kept falling asleep sitting up! Cooper got lots of snuggles and lots of rest, and by the next day he was good as new. And still – never showed any signs pain or discomfort. Such a little Cooper-trooper!


While a trip to the emergency vet is never fun (or cheap!) we’re certainly glad we have a great facility like Nashville Emergency Vet available to us. They’re open every night and weekend, so even though we hope we never need them again we’re sure happy they’re there. Never a dull moment around here!

I feelz better!

I feelz better!



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Tooth’s Gotta Go!

Cooper had a visit with the vet this week. In addition to getting a bright shiny new Bordatella vaccination after his recent bought with kennel cough, he also got a full exam.

While the vet said that Cooper seems to be in great physical condition, she didn’t like how his tooth was healing up.  Remember back in June when he broke a K9 at boarding?

Even though it doesn’t appear to be bothering him (though in fairness, nothing seems to bother Cooper!), she said that the tooth has died and needs to go. Which means sometime in the next week, Cooper will be taking a very painful trip to the dentist.  Poor Coop!

I have a feeling he won’t mind all that much, since recovery will mean yummy soft food and lots of quality snuggle time.

If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.



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Ahem, ahem…

Cooper’s got a case of the yucks!

While Foster Dad and I went out of town last weekend, Oscar stayed with a friend and Cooper got to spend the weekend at his favorite doggie daycare, which also does boarding.  Unfortunately, while he was there it seems he picked up a little case of tracheobronchitis….otherwise known as kennel cough.

Kennel cough is highly contagious and spreads very quickly among dogs housed in close proximity, like vet offices or boarding facilities.  Even though our boarding facility (like most) requires all dogs to be current on their vaccines, the vet explained that the Bordetella vaccination is more like a flu shot – while it lessens the chance that a dog will become infected, it’s not a guarantee against each and every strain.  

If you’ve never heard a dog wheezing from kennel cough, consider yourself lucky – it is horrible sounding.  Cooper has this dry heaving wheeze, that sounds like he’s choking and about to wretch.  Poor guy!  For reference, if you need to recognize it, it sounds a little like this:

Just kidding.  (But for those of you keeping track, yes, this is our second blog post containing a Zoolander reference.) 

The good news is that just like a human cold, most dogs will recover from kennel cough without treatment.  However also like a human cold, persistent ongoing kennel cough may lead to a more serious illness like pneumonia. Always consult your veterinarian if you think your dog might be infected. Cooper came away from the vet yesterday with a combo anti-inflamitory/steroid, and a prescription for extra snuggle time. 

The bad news for Coop is that since it is highly contagious, he’s on complete house arrest – that means no doggie daycare, no adoption events, and maybe the worst of all – no Agility! We were scheduled to start Cooper’s second round of Agility classes this weekend, but unfortunately he’ll have to sit out until he’s all better.

Once Cooper is all, well, re-coop-erated (har), he’ll still be looking for his furever family! If you’d like more information about adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…oh yeah, and VOTE for COOPER!



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Support for One of Our Own

The one thing that has amazed me time and again since we started fostering is the overwhelming support I’ve felt from the rest of the rescue community.  Animal rescue, as rewarding as it is, can be tough, thankless and frustrating at times.  Knowing that all of you out there are standing right along with us has meant the world to us.  So this weekend, when I heard that one of our own was in trouble, it shook me to the core. 

Our second foster pup through Agape Animal Rescue was Kaylee – liberated from life on a chain by kind strangers, and accepted into the Agape program to find her change at happiness.  Kandice and Larry adopted Kaylee from us just before Christmas last year, and re-named her Kate

It was insta-love….Kandice and Larry were immediately taken with Kate, and Kate excelled under the love and guidance from her new mom, who just happens to be a professional dog trainer.  She loved playing with her new brother Ben, snuggling on the couch with her new mom, and even flying with her new dad in his plane.


Kate was firmly settled in to the best Furever Home that Foster Dad and I could have imagined for her.  It’s such a great feeling as a foster family knowing that one of the dogs who passed through your doors is safe, happy and loved.

Furever Day wasn’t the last time Agape heard from Kandice and Larry. Since then, Kate and Ben have become foster siblings to some of Agape’s toughest rehabilitation cases.  They took in Jake from Operation Sweethearts, and taught him how to trust and be part of a family.

Sweetheart Jake with his Furever Family.

Then, when Agape took in fourteen dogs this summer from Operation Freedom, Kate and her family brought Angel into their home.

I had the honor of meeting Angel at the temporary shelter.  Well, that is, if you can call our interaction “meeting” each other.  More accurately, Angel cowered in the back of her crate while I gave her fresh food and water, and cleaned her crate around her.  She had patches of missing hair and sores covered her skin.  She was underweight and terrified of everything. The only word I could think of to describe Angel was “broken.”  But even so, it was clear that she had a beautiful soul.  I knew it would take a very special foster home to bring Angel back from the brink.   Enter Kandice and Larry…

Kandice getting medications and instructions the day she took Operation Freedom dog, Angel, home from the emergency shelter.

Angel went home with Kandice after a month at the emergency shelter. Kandice reports that as recently as a couple weeks ago, Kate has finally taught Angel how to play.

“Kate is the best big sister ever. She finally got Angel to play with her last night. Angel was having the time of her life for the first time.” ~Kandice

 Agape and the dogs in their program are lucky to have foster parents like Kandice and Larry on their side. They are amazing, wonderful giving people with enormous hearts. 

Last week, Kandice and Larry were in a bad motorcycle accident.  We’d like to respect their privacy and not go into too much detail, but I can say that although Kandice has been released, Larry remains in the hospital.  Agape is rallying the troops here in Nashville to find another foster home for Angel, so Kandice and Larry can focus all their energy on getting well.

If everyone could spare a few moments to send some positive energy their way, I’m sure Kandice and Larry could use it. If you would like to send some words of encouragement and support to these animal heroes, you can leave a note for them in the comments here, or you can mail them a card at the address below.

Kandice & Larry
c/o Agape Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 292766
Nashville, TN 37229-2766



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Cooper’s Pearly Whites

One of Cooper’s best qualities has always been that million-dollar smile. 

That big goofy ever-present grin is plastered across his face more often than not.  It lights up a room, and is utterly contagious. 

Unfortunately, after last week, that sensational smile will never be the same again.  See if you can spot the difference:

See it?  No?   How about a close-up, one side at at time.  First, the right:

Now the left:

See it now?  Cooper’s bottom left K9 is broken!  We noticed it when we picked him up from boarding after our recent trip, so we can only guess that it happened there somehow.  We took him to the vet, and we all agree that for now we’re just going to keep an eye on it and watch Cooper for signs of pain (holding his head to the side while eating, swollen gums, or blood in the water dish).  Since the K9’s have such long roots, we don’t want to remove the tooth if we don’t have to.  If it starts to bother him or we begin to see signs of infection, it’ll have to go. 

Cooper’s smile is still beautiful and infectious, and now it’s just one more thing that makes him one-of-a-kind.

If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.



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Kissing Toads

For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you may remember a little while ago I sent out a post to see if anyone had ever seen an enlarged nipple on their dog.  Just one nipple, not all of them.  Oh, and I should specify, on their boy dog – so this would be a non-baby-making-related issue.

Our darling Oscar, the center of our universe, had what appeared to be an enlarged nipple.  Now, we’re no stranger to “weird things” on our boy.  Just a year ago, we had a lump removed from his toe, which turned to be nothing, but better safe than sorry. So when Nipplegate popped up, we took him right to the vet to have it checked out.

Turns out, it wasn’t the nipple itself that was enlarged after all.  The initial diagnosis was a skin tag right next to his nipple – a benign mass that, while gross, generally isn’t anything to worry about.  We were sent home with instructions to keep an eye on it, and if it changed color or size, or started to bother Oscar at all, that we should come back and lop that sucker right off.  Well without going into any gory details, about a week later is started to bother him.

He came home from our return trip to the vet groggy and embarrassed in a dreaded Cone of Shame while we waited for the Mystery Growth to be sent off for analysis.  Oscar must have been finding some toads to get friendly with, because it turned out to be nothing but a big wrinkly wart.  Gross, but whew!

While we would have been happy to avoid a trip to the vet (and the bill that came along with it), we were glad that we got it checked out.  If we didn’t look into it, and later it turned to be something serious that we could have avoided, we never would have forgiven ourselves.  Admittedly, since Oscar is “Our First Dog” we err on the side of caution more often than not when dealing with the unknown.  Thankfully, our vet is fantastically patient, and is more than willing to talk us off our ledge when Oscar does something like eat a book of matches (“ohmigosh is that poison??”) or if we just can’t remember how long we should wait after we apply his flea/tick topical before we give him a bath (two days, if you’re curious).

The bottom line is that Oscar is our baby.  We love him with our whole hearts and we would do anything for him.  We might be a little overly protective and neurotic at times, but – well, no “but,” I don’t need to make excuses or rationalize it, he’s our kid and we love him.  We will gladly shell out the cash for an office visit if something is going on that we’re not sure about, if for nothing other than peace of mind.

And we can sleep easy now knowing that Oscar is happy and healthy….well, “healthy” anyway.  He’ll be happier once he’s out of that cone.


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We Play Ruff

Molly Tamale can hang in there with the big dogs, that much is clear.  She gets in there with the play growling and neck biting with the best of them.  Which is why we didn’t think too much of it the other day when we heard a small yelp out of her during a particularly rowdy play session with her brothers last week.  After all, she is smaller than they are, we figured she got stepped on or something.  She went right back to roughhousing and she seemed just fine.

Then over the weekend, we noticed her start to favor her back right paw a little bit.  When we took a closer look, to our horror we noticed this:

It’s a little hard to tell from the picture, but one of Molly’s toe nails had broken clean off!  All dogs have a vein that extends down into their toe nails, called a “quick.”  If a nail gets broken too low and the quick is exposed, it can bleed and is very painful for them.  (Ever heard the expression, “cut me to the quick”?) 

We got her into the vet as soon as we could on Monday. She must have known we were there to make her feel better, because she was very polite in the waiting room. She sat patiently and quietly until it was her turn to be called back to see the doctor. 

The doctor trimmed back the rough edges of the nail and cauterized the open wound to stop the bleeding, so the nail can heal and regrow itself.  Molly hobbled away with a pretty new bandage and a round of antibiotics.  She will soon be good as new!

She was still a little uncomfortable last night and was reluctant to put weight on it, but as soon as we got home she retreated to her sanctuary, where she spent the rest of the evening, happy to be home.

Of course we blamed ourselves for the entire ordeal…We’d been meaning to give Molly’s nails a trim for about a week, we just hadn’t gotten around to it.  We know that keeping our dogs’ nails trimmed up nice and short can help avoid ingrown nails, splits and tears in the nail.   A good rule of thumb (paw?) is that if you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the tile or wood floor, then it’s time for a trim.  We like to use a Dremel on our dogs, because instead of sharp edges, it leaves the nail nice and smooth. 

So what have we learned?  One: Keep dogs nails nice and short – Molly’s nails grow at a speed that requires a trim about once every three weeks.  And two:  always remove the lens cap or hold onto it securely to keep it from clicking against the camera or bouncing into the frame when taking video:

If you’re interested in adopting Molly Tamale, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



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Ain’t Gonna Be No Baby Momma

Roxie did Bob Barker proud yesterday…

She did so well not licking her stitches that the vet decided she didn’t even need a Cone of Shame.  She spent the evening recuperating with her very attentive nurse-maids at her side giving her peace and quiet.

She’ll need her rest…she has a very exciting week coming up!

If you’re interested in adopting Roxie or her foster brother Cooper, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.



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How I Learned Way Too Much About Anal Glands

Poor Kaylee…It’s not been an easy transition, has it darlin’?  First your foster brother picks a fight leaving you sequestered behind a baby gate, then you have to go to the vet because you got an infection Back There?  And an infection in those big floppy ears??  Oh, the humanity! 

Momma they gave me medicines made me sleeeepy....

Long story short is that I learned waaaaaaaay more about a dog’s anal glands than I ever cared to know yesterday at the vet.  Miss Kay got herself an infection Back There, most likely brought on by a food allergy.  Not all that surprising, actually, with all the moving around she’s done in the last few months and all the different food she’s been on.  According to the vet, these type of infections often go hand in hand with ear infections, so often that in the world of veterinary medicine they’ve coined the term “ears & rears.” 

I am not going to go into the method of exactly how they alleviated Kaylee’s discomfort (you’re welcome), let’s just suffice to say she was NOT very happy with the process.  She protested so much to the “procedure” that they had to give her a mild sedative so the vet could…do her thing. Afterwords, while we were waiting on her prescriptions, she conked right out in the waiting room.

Momma can we puh-lease go home??

The plus side is that we learned that Kaylee rocks at riding in the car.  On the way to the vet’s office she jumped right on in, and only had to be reminded a couple of times during the ride that her place is in the back, not in my lap while I’m driving.  Oh and she’s veeeery good in the car when she’s doped up on sedatives.  Sleeps the entire time. 


And doesn’t she look so cute in her new Adopt Me vest?  The one that we had already was Tucker-sized, so we were clearly going to need another option for this girl.  Thank you, Rescue Dog Love!  


Once Kaylee’s feeling better, she’s gonna need a furever home.  Is it you?  To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.



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