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Flannery is adopted! 3/31/10

You all remember Flannery, our one little survivor from Clementine's litter.

Flannery was adopted on 3/31/10 after being born into rescue on 10/07/09 to Clementine, one of our puppy mill rescue dogs. To read about their story, check out our site at

Drea fostered little Flannery, who needed 24hr supervision for the 1st two months of his life. Working with other volunteers they provided round the clock care ensuring Flannery was safe until he turned into a real puppy! And that he did!

Flannery has grown into an amazing pup who is well socialized, loves life, all puppies & people alike. He can give kisses a million licks a minute and that is his favorite thing to do.

Flannery's adoption has been in the works since November. It has been a long road but this epic puppy's story had quite an epic ending. From the pictures, you can see that Flannery (the happiest most lovable playful puppy on the planet) is with a super silly fun loving man who had been committed to Flannery, TRULY committed to rescue & working with curly tail for several months.

Flannery now lives on the water in San Fransisco with his new dad & his very own private dog run! He has the best life we could have ever hoped for. This is truly a pug puppy fairytale! Yeah for Flannery! May you have a long, happy life with your new dad.

Updated 11.21.09
Just can never get a big enough dose of the tiniest of packages!

Flannery is learning to eat puppy food!

.....and already a photo-op pro with his puppy eyed pose!

PM Rescue - Fall '09                        

Flannery's 1st cab ride to the vet!  Big NYC boy!

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11-13-09 Flannery's playdate with Curly Rescue Pug, Butter

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11-08-09 Puppy has a name!
We decided to name our surviving puppy, Flannery.  It is Patrick's last name and without his never ending patience and support of Curly Tail's most neediest pugs taking over his home....little ones like Flannery may not have had the chance they now have.  Flannery's nursery literally took over Patrick's home office and he allowed us to do so with love and grace.

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One tiny "curly tail" left....

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Clementine's Litter of One

This is still a large expense for a rescue like ours.  We are not breeders and do not have the set up, medical know-how, or ability to do what most breeders do on their own.  We had to rush Clementine & her pups to the ER facility.  Even though we lost most of the litter, we still have our medical bills from the ER situation, the nursery set-up, Clem's care post delivery, & her pup's care.

The Nursery - Week 1

Clem comes home to Drea on 10.11.09 - with one remaining puppy

The sad news......we had a very difficult week.
We lose the last little girl.  Drea leaves Dr. Solomon with one remaining puppy, we will bring him home and see if there is a shot at saving him.
We lose another male pup during the night.  The ER facility is discouraged b/c they were on hourly watch and seemed to be weak but hydrated and eating.
We lost 2 more of the litter overnight in our ER one knows why. (a boy and a girl)
We lost the 1st puppy before we even made it to the doctor's office ( a little boy)

These are the items we started to purchase to bring Clementine & her litter safe to Drea's Apt in NYC -
...while they were still being cared for at the doctor's. 

We began with the basics and had to learn what we needed as we went along.

Our visit to Dr. Solomon's office with Clem and her newborn litter - almost 4 weeks ago tomorrow (11/04/09)

Update 10- 21-09
We have to focus on Clementine and her litter for a bit because we were very unprepared to whelp and raise a litter of pups at this time.  A very large portion of our efforts have been dedicated to saving Clementine's premature litter.

On the night of Oct 7th, Clem's foster mom Carrie went to her evening work shift as usual, kissing Clem goodnight and wouldn't return home until 4:30am.  This night, Carrie came home to a crate of squealing, slick little pups.....Clem gave birth to her litter alone, without any medical or professional support.  Drea arrived at Carrie's by 7:30am, having already alerted the ER staff at Dr. Solomon's office at CVC regarding their expected arrival with their unexpected litter.
  With carriers, hot water bottles, and lo
ts of fleece in hand, Drea & Carrie set to work....not entirely sure of what to do or what to expect.

There were only 4 pups at 1st glance and Clementine was being a perfect mom.  At this stage we were relatively calm.  She had cleaned her pups, appeared to have handled the birth well and allowed the little ones to begin nursing.  Drea & Carrie set up the carriers to keep the pups warm during transport.  Clem allowed us to take out the pups one by one....and then we heard a squeal from the back and found another little pup, cold and alone.  Once we realized there were possibly more, we started to move faster to clear out the crate and look for any other pups....we found one more but it was mostly likely minutes too late.  The pup was still warm but seemed already gone & lifeless.

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Clementine's Surprise Litter

People congratulated us on our new litter.  However, an unexpected litter, with premature puppies, is a HUGE undertaking & medical expense for a rescue like ours b/c we are an in-home foster network.  We are not breeders and do not have the set up, medical know-how, or ability to do what most breeders do on their own.  We had to rush Clementine & her pups to the ER facility whom we always turn to, Dr. Solomon's Staff at CVC in New York City.  And as usual, this is only the beginning of this litter's sad story.....

please visit soon for upcoming posts & slideshows of their story

Update 10-19-09:

We have had an incredible journey so far with this round of Puppy Mill dogs......
It has been heart wrenching, heart warming, joyful, frustrating, and exhausting all at the same time.  As always, we share our experiences with you, the people who care and support us through it all.

Things are not what they seem -

When we first made plans to take in the pups, the rescues involved all came together and we collectively pooled our funds to provide vetting, and the amounts are determined based upon the # of dogs each rescue is taking in.  We paid over $1000 to get our dogs treated for flea/tick infestations, UTD on their vaccinations, heart worm tested, and dewormed.  One of the most important parts of the mill rescues is getting these dogs spayed and neutered for obvious reasons.

We realized things were not right when we first examined our pups and could not find a single spay or neuter scar on any of them.....then we realized many had fleas.....and then we saw many of them vomiting and pooping piles of worms out.  Something had gone terribly wrong.

We immediately started having our dogs treated with gentle baths to help alleviate flea infestations b/c we were afraid to administer stronger medications b/c we were not sure of what vetting had actually been done.  We were given documents that proved vaccinations were provided and that the dogs were heart worm negative but there was nothing to indicate they had been dewormed or that they were spayed at the veterinary clinic that they had seen.

Approximately 2 weeks after intake, we realized we were never going to get the itemized bills of the vet work we were promised.  So we began scheduling spaying and neutering appointments for our various dogs.  The group in MA were seen by our vets and other medical work was provided such as extensive dentals to treat the severe dental disease like sweet little Pear who had 11 teeth extracted, hernia surgery for poor Kiwi, which we discovered needed to be done when they went in to check for her spay.  And then we received the next very important message:


We partnered again with Karen from GMPR in an effort to rescue over 70 pugs (which according to the middle man were sent to various rescues) from a puppy mill being shut down in Georgia.  This horror show of a facility was being forced to surrender their dogs by the USDA....when that happens, you know the situation is dire and worse than you can ever possibly imagine.  The dogs were split up into various rescues and we are all doing our part to get them ready for adoption.

In spite of an overwhelming # of owner surrenders and intense medical cases currently in our care, we managed to make room for 6 more of these desperately needy Pugs.  We were able to rescue Apple, Clementine,
Pear, Blackberry, Honey Dew, and Kiwi.  These pups are safe in Curly Care and have begun treatment for their various medical needs.  These little pups are the most adorable, loving, GRATEFUL little angels.  They are all acclimating amazingly well in Curly Care and want nothing but to be held and given love, affection, and of course the healthiest & tastiest meals possible.....we agree.

PM Rescue - Fall '09

General Expenses so far:
  • Transport & Basic Vaccinations = $1,475.00
  • Foster supplies & food = $985.00 
  • Vetting cost for spay, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, dewormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400 per dog / 6 dogs = $2400
  • Rx foods for Kiwi - $90
Running Total for these 6 puppies = $5,850.00

Apple is a 1.5 yo severe Demodex Mange case.  Our vet said that on a scale of 1-4....this puppy was a 5.  She will require weekly "dips" to help cure her condition for approx 8-12 wks.  Apple's initial care, without any additional vetting that she will need to be UTD, will cost us between $700-$900.
Vetting costs for mange $900
Vetting cost for spay, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, dewormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400

What is dipping?
Our vets use dipping instead of doing topical revolution / Ivermectin as it is the doctor's preferred choice.  The dogs we bring in are not healthy and it (the disease) has been neglected.... it is not just a tiny dot over the eye as is seen in minor cases. Apple's Demodex has progressed to the point that it is all over her body and she has next to zero hair. 
Also dipping is more cost effective in the long run, Ivermectin has to be given quite does Revolution.  Dr. Solomon prefers to just dip, that way we clear it up quickly and get the pets adopted.....CVC has also had a very high success rate with the dips!!!!

 healthy pug to Apple's sickly paw = we will get both paws too look the same in no time!

Clementine is a 2 yo teeny tiny little girl.  Her eye has a healed over ulcer but whatever caused the damage also caused her lower eyelid to adhere to the actual eyeball itself.  She will need to have this surgically removed for the eye's safety.
Vetting cost for spay, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, dewormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400

Pear is a 4 yo munchkin and it is likely that Pear had way more than her fair share of litters.  Based on her teats, and the discharge they were able to get from her, it appears she was lactating up until the moment she arrived.  She must have just been nursing her last litter.  Her dental disease is pretty advanced and most likely extraordinarily uncomfortable, so she will be needing to go to the vet again in the next week for a dental surgery and spay
Vetting costs for dental - TBD.
Vetting cost for spay, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, dewormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400

Blackberry - is a 4 yo timid little boy who is missing an eye and is mostly blind in his remaining eye. 
Vetting cost for neuter, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, de-wormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400.

Honey Dew - is a 4 mos old puggle puppy that has a squinty eye which was most likely the result from a puncture wound. 
Vetting cost for spay, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, dewormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400

Kiwi - is a 5 yo sweetheart of a lady. She has an ulcerating eye and loose bloody stools. Her gait is off and she has hip issues and some lameness in her back leg. She is very itchy at the moment and we are trying to gauge for any infestation or possible allergies.
Vetting cost for spay, CBC, fecal/giarda tests, dewormer and 2 wk injectable Rx - $400
Rx food to treat her intestinal sensitivities - $30/mos for at least 3 mos = $90