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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

Ginny and her best friend, Neville, were dumped at the shelter after losing their elderly owner.   Quiet little Ginny, about 12 years old, was badly matted and was suffering from terrible, painful teeth, and a serious heart murmur. Is she Havenese, Maltese, part Shih Tzu? It’s anyone’s guess – the only clue to their previous life was that both dogs would panic desperately when put in a kennel.

It was clear from the start that Ginny had additional problems.  She suffered from periodic bouts when she experienced nausea, refused to eat, and sometimes vomited. At barely 7 pounds, missing any meal was not a good thing for tiny Ginny.  Extensive blood work was done to determine her kidney and liver health, and then she was screened for both pancreatic disease and Addison’s disease. An ultrasound was performed to see if there were other internal issues that might be causing Ginny’s tummy troubles.  Additionally, she had an echocardiogram to determine if she could safely undergo anesthetic for her painful teeth.  Finally, it was determined that Ginny suffered from IBD, and she was put on a prescription limited protein diet, and B12 supplements as well as medication to improve the function of her heart. And happily, Ginny is scheduled in just a few weeks to finally have her sore teeth addressed.  All of this was cheerfully  provided by Old Dog Haven.

Quiet and gentle at home, Ginny loves her warm bed with lots of blankets to build a little nest. But the highlight of her days is now the daily walk.  It was clear that she previously had little experience on a leash, but now as soon as she sees it, little Gin responds with excited jumps and air spins. With her little tail flipped over her back, she leads the way, prancing and dancing down the street with a look of such unadulterated joy on her face that passing cars sometimes  slow down to watch her. But walks are not just fun and games for this little girl because Ginny decided that now she has a safe, loving home, no one is going to take that away from her. Should any person, dog or rogue squirrel forget to observe social distancing rules, Ginny the Protector is quick to respond with a sharp and sassy reminder that she is ready to defend her family with every ounce of her little 7 pound heart and soul. And her protector duties extend beyond her walk.  Recently, when a family member experienced a sudden dizzy spell and had to lay down quickly on the floor, it was little Ginny, usually snuggly tucked into one of her little bed nests, that rushed to her side and quietly licked her ear and face to aid in recovery.

I am grateful that our little protector Ginny will spend the rest of her life with us.  Moreover, I am grateful to Old Dog Haven and its sponsors for being there to protect her. She will always have help with her little tummy troubles, heart medication, and be able to have her sore teeth fixed. She will never again have to sleep on a cold shelter floor instead of her cozy little bed nest.  And she will never again be locked in a kennel, yipping frantically for help.  Because, and especially, in their later years, even the the brave and true need protection.

At the shelter

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