Baby Love was born in an animal shelter on July 7, 2007, her mom Amber was a stray who had been picked up a few days before. Baby Love was one of 9 puppies.
Soon we realized she was different from the others. She was always by herself and not in the puppy huddle. So we started bottle feeding her and keeping a careful eye on her.
At 4 weeks old she contracted both ringworm and kennel cough so I took her home and nursed her back to health. She was also physically and mentally behind the others so it was the best for her.
Though still sick, Baby Love thrived in her new enviroment. She had lots of affection and constant feedings. She blossomed, and a day or two after arriving at the house she was a new dog. She was happy and ready to start exploring the world.
She took on the world one bunny hop at a time. I soon realized there was more wrong with Baby Love than we thought. She was blind!
Baby Love continued to grow, and after some research we discovered that she most likely had Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). There was a newspaer article written about her, and we started a fundraising drive for tests and treatment.
The day came and she had an MRI, which confirmed she had Hydrocephalus.
Thanks to donations, Baby Love had surgery to try and correct her condition.
The sugery was a success, though she did not gain sight she became a much happier dog, her motor skills were great and she had a thirst for life I'd never seen before.
She loved to run, bunny hop, explore and find mischief.
Summer came around again and she was the best she'd ever been. She loved the other dogs and our special cuddle time in the evenings.
Signs of Trouble
Around Memorial Day of 2008 ahe started having some issues. We soon discovered her shunt installed in her body to assist with the excess fluid development - had stopped working.
Thanks to donations she had a second surgery. She did not recover well, and a week later she passed away. Just 2 weeks short of her 1st birthday. Baby Love has well wishes from all over the world who followed her story. I thanks them all!
It's been a while since I updated. I have been busy with work and school, barely time to do any picture taking. Still, I will try to do better to keep in touch with our friends.
We have a visitor. "Jill" is deaf and has only 1 eye. She is an Australian Shepherd mix. She came from the shelter I work at and she is only visiting until we can find her a great home. She is a doll. She is available for adoption is anyone knows anyone who is looking to give a great home to a slightly special needs dog.
Steve is building a shed and he spends his weekends outside with plenty of helpers.
This is me visiting Steve's dads. His property neighbors a deer sanctuary. This is #23, she likes me.
It's been a long winter here in Texas. We've had record snowfall and more days with snow on the ground then I have ever seen here. The dogs really love it!
Louie, Gus and Callie (the three heelers) came to visit last weekend. Sadly, mom did not get any pics. The camera has been quite neglected lately. But the happy heelers have lots pics on their site. http://gustheblueheeler.blogspot.com/ We had lots fun with them at the creek, in the woods and in the back yard chasing balls.
Summer is over and fall has arrived. We're sorry it's been so long since we posted but things have been busy. Mom went back to college, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks! We've been going to the park, swimming in our baby pool, watching the deer at sunset, everything is about the same here. Dad gives us our dinner and has taken us to the the vet/groomer lately picking up the slack for mom, but he is not a picture taker so we don't have much to show you.
The summer has been busy and we have not posted in a long time. Mom is back to college full time and working. The little time she has she spends with us at the park or lake or playing in the back yard. Here are some pics from our summer so far.
Spring is gone and summer is here in Texas and it is getting hot. But we had a good time. We have not posted in a while because we are so busy. Mom is working on the Baby Love Foundation's website http://www.pethydro.org/ and with vet neurologist & pet owners around the world, it has been a great success. Next week is the 1 year anniversary of Baby Love's death and we're sending out a bulk mail of information about pethydro.org to vet neurologist overseas. It will be a great way to spend that day. We'll check in again soon.