Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR number: 16-013

Type of Surrender: Palm Valley Animal Center

Status: Adopted

Age: 3 1/2 years old

Weight: 46 lbs, a little underweight for this beautiful girl.  Ideal weight is estimated to be 60 lbs.

Why Shirley is an EGF recipient:

Intenstive treatment/hospitalization for pneumonia; treatment for ear infections, intestinal parasites; heartworm treatment; lumpectomy

Oh my! What a beauty. Her blonde curls shine, her brown eyes sparkle, and her sweetness is tempered with just enough sass to keep her parents hopping—and smiling every day. You’d never suspect how close we came to losing her. Like many a dog from far South Texas, 3-year-old Shirley began to cough a few days after arriving from the pound… but the cough soon turned into a wheezing struggle for breath. Her fosters didn’t wait around—it was pedal to the metal to the clinic, where we received the alarming diagnosis of acute pneumonia. As Shirley’s temperature soared and her labored breathing continued, the vets hospitalized her & started her on oxygen, IV fluids, and two different antibiotics. After several nerve-wracking days, she turned the corner. Three weeks later, the cough was gone, and X-rays showed no congestion in her lungs. Hooray! But she wasn’t in the clear yet… we still had to deal with giardia, ear infections, tapeworms, heartworm treatment, and finally, a lumpectomy for a growth that had stubbornly refused to subside. Shirley now sports a close shave centered with a neat line of twenty-five stitches over part of her back—but we don’t care about the bad haircut, because the biopsy came back benign. Nothing but a lipoma. HUGE sigh of relief!

And… time to sign on the dotted line. Shirley (now Maggie) is staying put with her foster family. It was love at first sight! Through it all, “she is the happiest dog, despite all her health challenges. She is always thrilled to see you and always strolling up for a little attention and a lick! She doesn’t tear up anything but her designated toys. She knows SIT and WAIT. She is working very hard at not bolting out the front door, and is getting better at the COME command.  She has the best ‘happy dance’ when you get the leash out, and she walks very nicely—except when she sees a squirrel, then hold her back! We are so thankful for GRR’s total support and love for her. You don’t know how much WE love her. We can’t see her not in our lives. With all she has been through, we should call her GRR’s Miracle Million-dollar Dog!”

Personality: Shirley is a sweet little gal that has been tending care to her new bestie and shelter mate Laverne. Although a little under the weather, Shirley’s friendly personality is shining through.  She has the longest eyelashes that any girlfriend would be jealous of, not to be outdone by her light blonde flowing hair.  Shirley is a beauty with a great calm personality, and she has been friendly and caring towards her short term shelter mate Laverne.

Ideal home:   As Shirley recovers from a few health issues, she is settling into her foster home with ease.  Finding comfort with soft bedding and gentle petting, she is a lovely young lady. She has not been demanding of attention and is settling in nicely.   Shirley is going to require some back porch sitting with the sunshine on her back and a cool drink to welcome the spring flowers as she undergoes heart worm treatment over the next several weeks. GRR will be supporting Shirley’s medical care needs, and a loving foster family will be supporting her goals to gain a little weight, recover from heart worm and return to being an active adolescent girl.

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