Help 3 GSP Brothers (Cecil, Baby Boy, Hour Glass)

For: Cecil, Baby Boy, and Hour Glass
Alma, WI
Organizer: Wisconsin German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
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The Story

2/8/16:
Our names are Cecil, Baby Boy and Hour Glass.  We are 10 year old GSP brothers and were seized from a hoarding case along with our GSP Mom and Dad, four other dogs, several cats and a parrot in northern Wisconsin.   The authorities said our home was not safe and definitely not suitable for anyone to live in. 

Us three boys don’t feel well and the friendly doctor said we have tested positive for two tick born diseases, Lyme and Anaplasmosis.  Doc said our condition has gone untreated for so long it’s causing other health issues.  We now get to take special round looking things that look like treats, but we really know its medicine to help get us better and from the sounds of it, we have to get used to it as we will be taking it for the next month. We also get special food to help us get healthy along with something called fish oil and doggy aspirin. Sounds like all three of us will be taking these indefinitely because our previous owners neglected our health care.  


We overheard that we will be neutered (ouch) once we finish our antibiotics (doggy treats) and we get the okay from the doc. We are just not healthy enough to handle that just yet.

We also heard that we need to be house trained, taught basic commands, and socialized. Not sure what all that means just yet, but we are super excited to learn!  

The staff at our doc’s office told us that Wisconsin German Shorthair Pointer Rescue is working really hard to spring us from the shelter, but it sounds like they don’t have any foster parents available for us and they need support to help cover our doc’s visits. All three of us are worried that we won’t be saved without folks support.  

If you would like to assist with fostering or donate towards these boy’s expenses, it would help us save these poor boys and get them into a home that they deserve. All funds raised will be used for the veterinarian care for Cecil, Baby Boy, and Hour Glass. 

We THANK YOU for your consideration and your donation! 



Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 22, 2016

Posted on February 22, 2016

2/21/16: Update on Cecil
Cecil is doing very well! He runs out of his crate and goes straight for my husband. He's quiet in his crate, so far I have not seen him try to mark or lift his leg in my house. That's a miracle since we have so many smells. He likes to run in the yard and explore, but mostly wants to be inside napping. He is more comfortable laying on the floor than beds, habit I guess. He does however enjoy jumping right on the couch! I took him and one of my girls on a walk without any issues, but I have yet to let them be together in the house. By time I have someone here with me, it's chaotic. We have set time aside on Saturday for off leash intros. He is no trouble at all. Such an easy going guy! LOVES to give kisses and when your sitting he will put his front paws on you. He is super gentle! Now when he gets excited and 'hops' in circles... I think I feel the floor shake when he hits the cabinets!!

2/18/16: Update on Benjamin from his foster dad...
Here's one last picture for the night too. I got my pj's out of the closet and turned around to see this!!!!

2/15/16: Updates on Valentino and Benjamin

Valentino Update:
Status on Tino (formerly Hour Glass) - He's doing pretty good, getting more playful and affectionate everyday. He ripped the squeaker ball that WGSPR provided to shreds, so I picked one up that is a little more durable and easier to squeak - OMG does he love that thing! It's rubber, but he still takes it in his crate with him when he decides he's had enough play time. I'll send it with him (if it survives) when he's adopted. He seems to wear out pretty quickly. I give him as much exercise as he seems to be able to handle (short walks, play time, etc). He naps quite a bit, but that's probably a good thing to help him recover. He's eating and drinking really well. He hasn't had any more marking issues in the house since the first day

Benjamin Update:
Benjamin had his vet checkup yesterday. The vet did a urinalysis and every thing came back normal other than the protein level was a little elevated but nothing to be alarmed about. Benjamin does have a heart murmur that she graded as a 3/6 The vet also noticed one of his rear legs has a definite outward twist to it and had a "thicker" spot on it indicating it was most likely fractured or broken at one point and not fixed properly. This is causing excess "torque" on the hip on that side. She feels his hips are a little creaky but at 10 years old that can be expected. We asked about starting him on Glucosamine and she thought that was a very good idea. The vet also felt he was slightly underweight so our foster will try to get about 5 pounds on him. They also did a blood draw and will have the results for us tomorrow. His teeth are worn down some and had a few chips but overall looked good and no other dental work needs to be performed. She will also let us know tomorrow when she thought his neuter could be performed. That is pending on how the blood work comes back. He was a very good boy there and they commented on how attached he has become to his foster dad for only having him 2 days.

His first night he barked in his crate for about an hour and a half. The second night was less than 15 minutes. Last night it was less than 5 minutes. He has become aware that barking and carrying on does no good because his foster dad can ignore it and it gets him nowhere anyways.

He is very good in his crate other than the little barking. He does not bite at the wire or chew up his bed. I have not seen any destructive behavior from him at all. I feed him in his crate while the other eat downstairs. He is a very good eater and has been from the start. I can take his dish away when he is eating or dig in it and he shows no sign of food aggression. I always sit on the floor in front of the kennel while he eats and the other dogs usually come up and get right up to the crate and he is fine with it. I would never take the chance of the kennel door being open and not being right there however. I watch very closely because I know how fast things can change. Tonight while he was drinking one of the other dogs snuck under the table and started drinking while he was. He didn't seem to mind and never growled but I removed him right away because you can't be taking chances like that. Overall he has no interest in being an alpha dog or anywhere in the pecking order. All he seems to want is to just be accepted into the pack. He wants desperately to run with the other dogs outside and just play. I would love to be able to let him off leash in the house to play with the other dogs but he just hasn't earned that right yet and it could be another 1.5-2 weeks before I consider it. He doesn't mind at all being tied to my waist and normally just lays right down if I stop to do something for more than a few minutes. Tonight I heated up my supper in the microwave and he didn't seem to have any interest in it. I sat down to eat and he immediately laid down until I was done. Begging is not in his bag of tricks. I attached a picture of him and the other 3 waiting for a treat tonight. Of the 4 dogs he is by far the most polite and is VERY gentle when you hand it to him.

He is a very smart dog and seems to know some commands or just catches on quickly. I would say 95% of the time when I say "Benjamin here" it don't matter inside or outside, whether he is 3 feet away on the leash or 20 feet away on a check cord he comes right to me. The other 5% he will come on the second time I say it. (amazing since he has only had that name for 2 days and has done it since the first time I called him Benjamin) When I take him out of his crate I always make him wait until I give him an "ok" command before he is allowed to come out. I may have to tell him wait 2 or 3 times but he is really grasping that concept too. I do the same thing when he goes in and out of the house. He does very good with a "kennel up" command too. He is just super smart and very eager to please me.

For the most part he is not a barker. He barks a little when you crate him for the night and that's it. When I get home from work he doesn't stand up in his crate or make a sound until I open the crate door. Only then does he stand up and get a case of wiggle butt and still no barking. If the other dogs hear or see something and start barking he doesn't join in. Even in the morning after being crated for the night he just patiently waits for you to let him out. This morning the other dogs were up by 3:30 looking for breakfast. I put everyone out, brought them in and fed them, and let them out again. When they came back in I had about an hour before I had to get ready. I kept Benjamin on his leash and we sat on the floor in the hallway while the other 3 went back to bed. Within minutes he was sitting on my lap. Once my legs got sore I stretched them straight out and leaned against the wall. He immediately laid between my legs with hid head on my thigh. I dozed off for a bit and when I woke up he was on his back with all four legs facing straight up. As you know that is the most vulnerable position for a dog. To be that comfortable after just 2 days of being here says a lot.

Overall he just wants to be loved and will do anything to make you happy. The more time that goes by the more he is showing who he really is. Amazing a dog coming from the background he had can be so resilient and trust there really are good people in this world. And to do it at such a fast pace too.

2/13/16: Benjamin (Formerly Baby Boy) made it into rescue. He traveled very well on his ride to his foster home.

From Benjamin's foster dad:
Yesterday I did not do any "contact" introductions. When we got home and I got him settled in his crate I let the other dogs out. He seemed upset and very grumpy when they would approach his crate. As the night went on I would alternate between him being out with me while the others were crated and vice versa. He slowly warmed up to them and by bed time there was a lot of sniffing going on through the crates. There was some slight tail wags coming from him and you could tell he was starting to loosen up a bit. He slept well for about an hour and then went on a barking rampage for about an hour and a half. I think it was just his way of yelling "thank you for saving me". I have him in a wire crate and have a blanket draped over three sides. The side facing me I left uncovered so he could see me. I decided to cover that end and leave the end facing the hallway uncovered and within 5 minutes he calmed right down and went back to sleep. He has the general concept of housebreaking down. If you take him out he will do his business right away with no hesitation. The only problem I've had is when you take him out of the crate you need to go STRAIGHT to the door and get him out. Any stopping to slip on a jacket or shoes and he will lift his leg. The lady at the Humane Society told me this also. She said he was allowed to potty in the house before so it's just a small hurdle I need to get him over. This morning I started introductions one on one. That went amazingly well!!! I started with each dog one on one and slowly introduced another, eventually I had him and the other three all out at once. He was so happy. His tail was merely a blur and he just had that sparkle in his eyes. He really wanted to play and was bouncing all over. That is where I cut it off. I don't want to get over confident and set myself up for a train wreck. He seems to have taken a shine to my liver female which is kind of funny because she was the one I felt was going to take the longest to accept him. As I type this he is in his crate with all four feet up snoozing. That tells me he is very comfortable and does not feel vulnerable. He is going to make a great dog for some lucky person.

2/13/16: Cecil checking in with an update from his foster mom.

The c6 came back and it was an active infection. Anything over 30 they said they treat. He was at 206 and we increased the doxy to 1 full tab twice a day (he was on half twice a day).

Yesterday afternoon we went for a quick walk and when I was getting his dinner I looked up and this is where he was. He was so cute there and shivering so I put a blanky on him and let him have his 5 minutes of luxury. I NEVER let my fosters on furniture, but that room has 2 couches that are strictly dog couches... Couldn't refuse! He has calmed down immensely and all growling has subsided. He met my boys outside of his crate yesterday too... That was huge. He was very nervous but was trusting. He has met my dogs only through his crate and in their crates when either is loose and they seem acclimated. I plan on taking a walk with each of my girls and him on Monday when it warms up to start the official intros. I know I'm going much slower but I'm in no hurry to push him.

2/12/16: Update on Cecil: Vet report shows that he is week in his back end and has some muscle loss. We will be starting him on glucosamine to help him with this and small walks to start building his muscles again. We are able to discontinue the Enalapril as the protein in his urine was not remarkable enough per our vet. We are continuing him on the Doxycycline for the Lyme an Anaplasmosis and have done a Lyme C6 test on him as well. We are waiting on results. We will be re-checking his blood and urine once the Doxycycline is completed.

Cecil is fitting in nicely and starting to settle down. He doesn't like it if you stop by his crate. He is starting to show his love and affection. He hasn't eaten since we brought him in so our foster mom had to entice him today with some chicken broth in his food.

More to come on Cecil.

2/11/16:
GREAT NEWS! We have foster care for Baby Boy and he will be coming into WGSPR on Saturday! We are so excited to get him out of the shelter! We will be working with the shelter on the 4th brother. Due to health issues with the owner, that has been delayed but rest assured we will be bringing him into rescue as well.

Valentino is Hour Glass's new name! His vet report indicates that we need to continue the Doxycycline for the Lyme and Anaplasmosis. We need to start him on 2000mg of Fish oily daily and he needs to be on Canine Renal dog food both wet and dry food. We will need to have his urine and bloodwork re-checked once the Doxycycline is completed to assess further medical treatment. Valentino also has some dental work - tooth extractions in his future. Valentino also has lenticular sclerosis of his eyes that need to be monitored. We also need to get Valentino a Lepto vaccination and he needs to be neutered, but we won't do that until the vet feels he is medically healthy to do that.

2/10/16: Cecil and Hour Glass made it into WGSPR rescue tonight. Both of these boys will need some tender loving care. We are getting both of them into the veterinarian on Thursday 2/11/16 for additional assessment of their medical conditions. We will continue to share what we find out. They are currently on antibiotic to treat the Lyme and Anaplasmosis.

Physically these boys need a little bit of weight to shed. They do have many scars on their faces either from bug bites or possbile fighting. The marks on their faces reminded us very much of what the OH 5 looked like when then came in. Cecil has a very pink, almost raw spot on his nose. Both of them have scabby pressure spots on their legs/hips from laying too long on hard surfaces.

Emotionally these boys are very very scared and skittish. Hour Glass shook the entire time as he is more scared and nervous than Cecil. They need socialization work with humans. They wouldn't take a treat, much less know what it was. As you can see in the pictures, they are blurred because they kept moving due to the stress they are going through. They are definitely in flight mode right now.

We were able to get a microchip in both of them before they left with their foster moms. The fosters that have stepped up to help these boys have their work cut out for them and we THANK THEM both for helping us help them.

Posted on February 12, 2016

Posted on February 12, 2016

2/9/16: Bittersweet night for WGSPR!
Bitter:
Baby Boy is still in need of foster care. WGSPR is working very hard to bring Baby Boy into rescue as well. Illinois Shorthair Rescue has also sent out a plea for help to assist WGSPR.

WGSPR was also made aware today that there is a 4th brother that is being surrendered to the shelter on Friday and he too will need rescue. WGSPR is working with the shelter to get more information on the 4th brother and we will post updates as soon as we receive it from the shelter. He to was part of the hoarding case.

Sweet:
Cecil and Hour Glass will be making their way into WGSPR on Wednesday 2/10/16. We have two fosters that stepped up and we will get them settled into foster care late Wednesday as they have about a 6 hour journey!

WGSPR will be getting Cecil and Hour Glass into vet care by the end of the week to assess their overall health condition and determine proper treatment plans including treating the Lyme, Anaplasmosis, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and addressing their other health issues. 

2/10/16:
Cecil and Hour Glass made it into WGSPR rescue tonight. Both of these boys will need some tender loving care. We are getting both of them into the veterinarian on Thursday 2/11/16 for additional assessment of their medical conditions. We will continue to share what we find out. They are currently on antibiotic to treat the Lyme and Anaplasmosis.

Physically these boys need a little bit of weight to shed. They do have many scars on their faces either from bug bites or possbile fighting. The marks on their faces reminded us very much of what the OH 5 looked like when then came in. Cecil has a very pink, almost raw spot on his nose. Both of them have scabby pressure spots on their legs/hips from laying too long on hard surfaces.

Emotionally these boys are very very scared and skittish. Hour Glass shook the entire time as he is more scared and nervous than Cecil. They need socialization work with humans. They wouldn't take a treat, much less know what it was. As you can see in the pictures, they are blurred because they kept moving due to the stress they are going through. They are definitely in flight mode right now.

We were able to get a microchip in both of them before they left with their foster moms. The fosters that have stepped up to help these boys have their work cut out for them and we THANK THEM both for helping us help them.

Stay tuned as we learn more about these pups and as we watch them grow, learn, and blossom into beautiful GSPs with a much better outlook on life!

We are working very hard to bring in Baby Boy - hopefully this weekend!!

2/11/16:  
GREAT NEWS!   We have foster care for Baby Boy and he will be coming into WGSPR on Saturday!  We are so excited to get him out of the shelter!   We will be working with the shelter on the 4th brother.  Due to health issues with the owner, that has been delayed but rest assured we will be bringing him into rescue as well. 

Valentino's (Formerly Hour Glass) vet report indicates that we need to continue the Doxycycline for the Lyme and Anaplasmosis.  We need to start him on 2000mg of Fish oily daily and he needs to be on Canine Renal dog food both wet and dry food.   We will need to have his urine and bloodwork re-checked once the Doxycycline is completed to assess further medical treatment.  Valentino also has some dental work - tooth extractions in his future.  We also need to get Valentino a Lepto vaccination and he needs to be neutered, but we won't do that until the vet feels he is medically healthy to do that.   

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