Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sallie Home!

Alien reporting in.

Sallie is finally home! 

We are overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone. Having Sallie back when we thought we might lose her is more than we could ever ask. We are so grateful! 

She was shaking like a leaf when Dawn and I picked her up, newly blind and disoriented, but she recognized our voices and wouldn't stop giving kisses. She got a little burst of energy when she heard we were going for a RIDE! 

She is all skin and bones. Watching her bump into everything as she struggles to adjust would make even the toughest man flinch. But hearing everyone's comforting words has given us hope. She is eating well, and Dawn and her went for a nice walk to check out the neighborhood.  

Like Sallie, we are trying to adapt to her new special needs. Thankfully our heroes at North Shore Animal League  have provided us with syringes, insulin, food and other supplies. We cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization that Saved Sallie's Life. (Read the full story here!)

A special thanks to Zoolatry for this beautiful badge. The doctors initially told us Sallie might be hospitalized for two weeks. We believe your thoughts and prayers led to an earlier release.

And to our special counselors, who has been calming Dawn down with plenty of good advice, beer, cheeseburgers and cheetos! Pip, Roo, Puddles, Frankie and more. We love you!  Even though Pip and Puddles have had their own recent vet expenses, they selflessly helped us.  

The list goes on and on! We could feel the love in Outer Space! 

Words cannot express how much we have relied on the strength Blogville has lent us as we try to figure everything out and monitor her progress.

We truly have the best friends in the UNIVERSE!



rottrover said...

Oh thank DOG! You can help her find her way around by using scent as a way for her to locate spcial places - her bed, the door, etc. We're so pleasd that she's home!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is such great news! Just being home again will give her confidence and you'll see constant improvement.

Barbara said...

Welcome home, Sallie!! Now, lets get some weight on you!! Licks and sniffs!
Barbara, Trixie, Minnie and Jeep!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Welcome home sweet Sallie
Benny & Lily

The Ladies of Beaglebratz Manor said...

YAY FUR SALLIE - YAY FUR DAWN - YAY FUR NSAL - YAY FUR ALIEN! Us Beaglebratz iz duin'the wigglebutt dance. Yay fur Blogville an'it'z POTP - so good tue know that Sallie iz HOME!
Shiloh'n The Diva Shasta

From the mom - yes, Sallie will adjust to her blindness and I believe it is harder on us peeps to watch that. My Angel Oreo's blindness came on slowly as he aged but there were still moments like when he was in unfamiliar surroundings when he did bump into things - I wanted to rush in and pick him up and carry him everywhere but that really would not have helped him - he had to learn and he did - even to the point of going up and down the deck stairs. Dogs have a keen sense of smell - Sallie will learn to rely on that more as well as her hearing (dogs can hear the vibrations of their environment that we can't) to adapt soon. Just so glad to read that she is HOME!
Mom Kim

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Welcome home Sallie- we said prayers for you.

Kari in Alaska said...

So glad she is home

Stop on by for a visit

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Golden HAPPY to the news that Sallie is home. Continue to send Sallie Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts. Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sketching with Dogs said...

We are so happy and relieved to see Sallie is home safe with you. It must be a very scary experience for her but dogs are amazing and soon learn to adjust to any situation.
Hope she is feeling much better soon.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Unknown said...

The best news this week. You made our day. We wish you all well and we are sure you will adapt. Happy days and we are so pleased. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Anonymous said...

Sallie I am so happy your are home! I'm afraid in my exuberance I may have licked part of your nose off :)

Hugs to you and your family from Mom and lots of blurry wags from me :)


Uji, Angel Izzy, Ziggy, Angel Bean, Hiro and Momma Tea said...

Momma Tea here, when we first got sweet Molly she was already blind so our home was obviously all new for her to figure out. So we got a roller ball container ( like those you used to get lip gloss in years ago ) and bought a nice scented oil and put it on the the things like her bed and near the water bowl so she could follow the smell. We also bought little jingle bells which we put by the back door and along the path in the garden so she could hear them, to help her work her way round the garden. I also attached them to a ribbon which I wore in the house so she could always hear where I was. After a little while she no longer needed the bells in the garden, she would whizz out there with no problems. It is distressing at first I know but they do adapt very quickly ( I think it is worse for us if I am totally honest ). You will work out fairly quickly what works best for you and Sallie but I suspect she will surprise you before too long. If you need any advice or anything please do not hesitate to aks as we are happy to help in any way we can. When we took on Molly we were told she was ' Special Needs ' we soon found out that ' Special Needs' meant she was amazing, perfectly capable and had that she had a huge capacity for enjoying life thoroughly and completely.
I am adding a little link to a video on you tue of Molly playing with her noisy toy

With Much Love
Momma Tea & Da K Krew

Marg said...

Oh that is such good news that Sallie got to come home. Poor thing but we know she will adjust to being blind. We had a dog once that was blind and a little deaf. Sending lots of hugs to Sallie and the Mom and lots of purrs too and a woof from our doggie.

Anonymous said...

So glad Sallie is home! I can't imagine how tough adjusting to being newly blind is for all of you. Please give Sallie hugs from us!

Elyse and Riley

stellaroselong said...

Oh Alien we are so glad she is home, momma was on your page yesterday checking to see if there was any news. I am also almost blind, when mom first got me from the crualella deville puppy mill, she didn't know I was..(nor did it matter) but once I got checked out by the vet he told mom, plus I have weird eyes so that should have been moms clue...anyhoo we all would probably never know accept sometimes I tip my head back like I am peeking out of the bottom of my eye to see things, also I never walk out of our yard, ever, I turn into a stone statue anytime mom tries to change my pattern of walking. If we go places I ride in a baby stroller..people who don't know why think my mom is nuts, but who know that old saying about those who love you....
The vet also told mom that dogs adjust really well to blindness, and to treat them as normal as possible so that being said please give sallie a big hug from us and tell her we say a special prayer everyday!!!
stella rose
p.s. I was a wondering if you could possibly consider using my new sister margaret on your space ship as a maid or something....

Scooter said...

Hey Sallie!
Wow, a huge big WELCOME HOME to you, my sweet furiend! I'm so very glad you are feeling better and I know you will keep improving and there are tons more healing vibes headed your way.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Furiend

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Glad you are home Sallie Marie.

OH the WONDERFUL suggestions from Momma Tea and Da K Krew. THOSE are incredible and so PERFECT.

3 doxies said...

Wooooohoooooo, I is so happy Sallie be home where her belongs. I just knows hers will adjust withs da lack of vision (if it be permanent) cuz Sallie is strong and hers a girl...hehehehe. Seriously, though I knows it has been difficult on ya'll and we is still sendin' our vibes to ya'll. Should I send Sallie some beer to put some weight on her. I thinks dat might help her.


Pup Fan said...

Keeping you guys in my thoughts. Love & hugs.

Unknown said...

Oh, wonderful that Sallie is home!! And so soon!! Thanks to all at the North Shore Animal League for taking such good care of your Sallie! I hope everyone can adjust to her new needs and that things can get back to a (somewhat) normalcy soon.
Your pal,

3 doxies said...

Glad to sees you hasn't losted your sense of humor Sallie.
I thinks Alien took da beers fur him self;)


stellaroselong said...

Alien, Sallie informed me that it probably wouldn't be the best thing for you to babysit maggie while i am partyingharty! She said that you have some kind of girly reputation with the i am just leaving mag's at home, that way i can just relax and not worry about her.
Can't wait to meet you tomorrow...sallie I think you could add on some weight with puddles formula for weight gain that she will be bringing.
stella rose

Ruby said...

Oh Sallie, I am so glads you are homes. I have been keepin' my paws crossed real tight for you and your Moms. I cannot tell you how happy I am that there are angels like NSAL out there. What a relief that you found them, and that Sallie is still with us. I think, from readin' your bloggie, that Sallie is one tough cookie, and that bein home is gonna be the bestest medicine for her (well, except for the real medicine! BOL). I am so glads you are gettin' support and advice from the great doggie owners that are livin' with pups with differences like bein' blind. I'm sure they will have LOTS of good tips and help for you.
Ma is still tryin' to gets ahold of Nichole at NSAL, butts I thinks she's just gonna find her checkbook and write one of those. I'm sure they have been busy.
{{{{hugs}}}} and wet slobbery kisses!

My Mind's Eye said...

Hey Alien, Sallie and Ms. Dawn....3 cheers for you all being back together. My human sis's kitty has to take insulin 2 times a day too.
He also had a very scary beginning, lost down to 6 he is back to a healthy 13.
Lots of hugs
Madi and Mom

meowmeowmans said...

OH! We are so glad that Sallie is home! Now, let's try to get some weight on you, sweet girl. Hugs to you all. We'll keep on purring and praying!

The Daily Pip said...

Hurray for Sallie!! So glad she is home safe and sound. And hurray for North Shore Animal League! And hurray for the rings of saturn, which I am hoping to see SOON!! Hint, hint, Alien!

Your pal, Pip

Jans Funny Farm said...

Wow, she's home. That is good news. So glad she is back with you. It has to be comforting to be with familiar voices and scents again after what she's been through.

Wyatt said...

Glad you are home, Miss Sallie. Life will be different from now on, but it can still be great!
Wag ON!!

Wyatt and Stanzie

The Island Cats said...

We are so glad that Sallie is home now. We continue to purr for her and hope she continues to improve.

Ziggy Stardust said...

I am so glad to read that Sallie is home and I am keeping paws crossed for her to keep getting better. You were a blast at the party for Madi. We need to party more often

Loveys Sasha

Lovable Lily said...

That is just pawsome news that Sallie is home again. We're still keeping our paws crossed for you. Things will settle down soon.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Unknown said...

Sallie hope you are doing good. Have a marvelous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Unknown said...

Alien! Sallie! I left you something very special on my blog today so when you get a chance zoom over there and check it out!

liparifam said...

Happy news! Sallie will be getting around like nobody's business in no time. When you have time, consider checking out, a blog kept by the Mom of a blind dog I fostered from 6 mos to 11 mos old...

Bassetmomma said...

Oh we are so happy to hear that Sallie is home where she belongs! It will be a hard road, but the bumps will smooth out in no time. We are keeping you all in our prayers. :)

Katie said...

So sorry for catching up late but we are SO happy to hear Sallie is home! It might be tough in the beginning but with a little time everything will be back to normal. Yay Sallie!

Oink oink,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so pleased to hear that your sweet Sallie is home. She will adjust in time and know where about she is and where the "obstacles" are.
Purrs to you all.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Asta said...

Oooh sweet Sallie
Welcome home. I know evewything is diffewent and stwange now, but you awe a smawt giwl and you'll suwpwise yoow deew hoomans wif how well you'll adjust. You'll know you awe safe and will feel theiw love and smell all the familiaw good things. Yeah fow the angels who have helped you. We awe continooing ouw pwayews and sending mowe healing smoochies and love
Asta and Mommi

The Race Against Time said...

We are glad Sallie is home. With some adjustments, she'll be fine and will bump into things less. Many hugs!

Fenris and Family said...

Sorry it has taken us so long to check back in. We are thrilled that Sallie is back home. The cats are sending healing and comforting purrs. We all has our paws crossed that Sallie adjust to being blind soon and starts to feel safe and secure.

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