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Meet Sweet Louise


She is a 3-year-old mixed breed dog — maybe Carolina dog/ shepherd/ other mix.
She came to the Rescue (To Love a Canine) in February from South Carolina as a stray wandering the streets with her daughter Thelma.

A good Samaritan noticed they were both pregnant and got them to a shelter. The shelter contacted TLC to save the dogs and their puppies from the fate of overcrowded high-kill shelter policies.
While being transported up north from the shelter, Louise gave birth to nine little fur babies in the van. Now she was Sweet Momma Louise.

She was a great mom — cleaning, caring, and nursing the pups until they were ready to strike out on their own. All nine were adopted the first weekend they were available.

Having done her job well with the help of an experienced whelping foster, it was time for Louise to get herself healthy and ready for a forever family.

Poor Sweet Louise is going through life with a lame paw. One of the unfortunate facts of her life is that she was struck at close range by a shotgun blast which left her paw and wrist full of buckshot. No rod or splint can help because there is not enough to attach it to.

The paw, maybe the whole leg, will have to be amputated. Sweet Louise is a trouper. She still uses her foot for balance and hobbling along in the grass, but she protects it by hopping when on pavement.
So why isn’t her paw fixed yet now that she’s done with mommy duty?

Well, Louise is also suffering from heartworm disease. She can’t go under anesthesia for the paw surgery until she is treated for the heartworms, which can be deadly. And the treatment is a long and dangerous process. She had her first injection of Immiticide last Friday and is on strict orders for limited activity so as the worms die off they don’t break up and give her a clot or clog her lungs. The restriction isn’t as hard for Louise because she is pretty sedentary because of her paw.

Next month she will get another set of injections and after a month hopefully she will be past the danger. When she is finally heartworm free, she will be ready to have her leg evaluated again. The surgeon and the rescue will decide what is in her best interest: having a full amputation or partial amputation and a prosthetic device.

TLC is a small suburban rescue. Sweet Louise has people who care about her, a safe and calm foster home where she can convalesce, and some financial aid from the RADAR organization for the first heart worm treatment. She still needs at least $5,000 for her care, more if a prosthetic is recommended.

When Sweet Louise has finished rehabbing towards the end of the 2016, she will be ready to find her forever home.


Fact sheet

  • Louise
  • To Love a Canine Rescue dog
  • ~3 years old
  • Stray from South Carolina
  • Mixed breed; best guess part Carolina dog, shepherd, and other
    Had litter of 9 healthy puppies in February
  • Diagnosed with heartworms; is being treated with standard protocol (doxycycline, regular dose heartgard, injections of immiticide, prednisone, and restricted activity)
  • Lame right front paw; found to have close range shotgun wound. Paw and wrist filled with buckshot. Vet’s recommendation is full amputation.
  • Is in foster care now
  • Needs help with vet bills
  • Should be ready for adoption in late fall of this year.
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