LittleBeasts Fundraiser to benefit Lilly
|*Update May 15, 2007*|
Lilly is Ready for Her Forever Home!
May 15, 2007
Many of you supported Lilly’s struggle for good health and a great home with your prayers and good wishes, and many supported her with monetary contributions that were applied to her considerable expenses.
We have taken what we believe is the next step in locating the right home for Lilly by placing her in an environment that has a much higher probability of finding a good home for her.
On Friday, May 4, 2007, we placed Lilly in the Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.
Lilly has joined a dozen small dogs living in the owner’s home and will live there forever unless another family adopts her.
Follow-up telephone conversations with Debbie Parker, the sanctuary’s owner, confirm that Lilly is fitting in well with the other dogs and is eating well. Debbie says she has fallen in love with her new “baby”.
We thank all of you who extended your prayers and provided financial support in getting Lilly to this point in her recovery, and we encourage you to continue to support her in her new home. You can show your support of Boston Rescue by sending contributions for Lilly to the sanctuary. (The sanctuary is non profit 501c3)
We will continue to track Lilly’s progress and will let you know of any further changes in her status. Also, BTRN will be posting another Special Needs dog shortly, and we hope you will help him or her as you have helped Lilly.
Aside from the megaesophagus and pylorus conditions – which cannot be cured but can be treated and managed – Lilly is a happy, healthy (yes, healthy!), loving, and energetic Boston. She weighs 10 ½ lbs these days, twice her weight when she came into rescue, and she rarely has the “explosive” regurgitations that were regular events before her treatments began. The mange is gone, the yeast infection is gone, and she gets a dose of Cisapride 30 minutes before each meal to keep her megaesophagus under control, which it does to a large extent. She eats a combination of Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato (ground dry plus canned) and loves it, and it has been very good for her.
Lilly is now ready for the “right” home, that rare home where the people recognize her special needs and have the time and commitment to provide for them. She will never be totally free of her dribbling/spitting up/regurgitation condition, so she can’t just run loose in the home 100% of the time. (If she does, invest in large rolls of paper towels and the gallon size jug of stain remover!) She is content to spend much of her day in her comfy crate, but she does need and loves to be with people, especially sitting beside you or on your lap.
The perfect home for Lilly is one where the people are at home full-time or at least most of the time, where there are no other pets who need to have water or food trays out all the time (these are both no-no’s for Lilly, who has to get her food and water in her stand), and where the love for this special little girl makes it worth the time it takes to feed her, give her water, and watch her as she runs and jumps about, either in the house or in a fenced yard. She loves sunshine and warmth, and is not particularly fond of rain, snow, and cold weather. Lilly is a young dog (less than 3 years) and will have a long, happy, healthy life in a home that recognizes and sees to her needs.
Are you the person Lilly needs? If you think you may be, if you believe
you can provide for her special needs and give her the stable, loving,
permanent home she needs for many years to come, get in touch with us
right away at BTRN2000@columbus.rr.com.
Please include your phone number so that Lilly’s foster mom can
Read Lily's Story From the Beginning
Lilly's story as written by Lilly's rescue sponsor Fran
Lilly was almost dead when she was found on July 2nd, and I believe she
would have died that day had she not been found & taken by a caring
person to a vet. Lilly came to us next we immediately took her to the
vets where she only weighed 5 lbs 2 oz.
Lilly is unable to lick the right side of her face and occasionally carries her left rear leg. We can find no cause for these conditions other than probable results of a bad birth.
Lilly began to gain weight but the water problem remained. Finally, 7
weeks after she came to us, she had a barium-swallow X-ray that finally
gave us the cause of her basic problem. Lilly had Megaesophagus,
which is an enlarged esophagus that allows food or water to pool in the
esophagus rather than passing through to the stomach. Since her diagnosis,
we have done extensive research and found that the best method for dealing
with her condition is to feed frequent small meals with the dog in an
upright position, and then have the dog remain in that position for at
least 20 minutes after eating. An adopter of ours (thank you Kim &
Jordan Rose) who has a Boston with similar symptoms sent us photographs
of her Boston standing in a mail box for her meals. We got a mailbox for
Lilly, and it is working really well for her. In addition to helping with
her megaesophagus problem I think the standing position is helping to
strengthen her leg, since she seldom carries it any more, in fact, Lilly
can jump at least a foot straight up with no problem, and she can run
like a gazelle. She is a little ballerina.
We feed Lilly 4 times a day, a third of a cup of food every 4 hours, and then an ounce and a half of water with a syringe orally 2 hours after each feeding. Lilly is also receiving supplements to help her gain weight and strength. It is our hope that Lilly will be able eventually to cut back to three feedings a day, but there is no guarantee of this.
This strict regimen of a custom diet, controlled food and water intake,
standing up for both food and water, and restrictions on the amount of
exercise she can have ARE WORKING for Lilly, and this is a routine that
she will need to follow for the rest of her life if she is to remain generally
healthy. Megaesophagus cannot be cured, but it can be brought under control
Lilly is also being treated for a staph & yeast infection on her feet, which her vet feels was caused by her previous malnutrition.
Lilly is a wonderful, loving, smart, typical Boston Terrier. In fact, I have to say I believe that Lilly is brilliant! Her eyes just gleam with intelligence. She loves toys, and loves to sit in our laps, and she is a real snuggle bunny. Lilly is house and crate trained, she is also current on vaccinations, spayed, heartworm negative and microchipped.
If you would like to help us with Lilly's expenses (which now total more than $1200) please send donations to Lilly's sponsor, Boston Terrier Rescue Net, via PayPal to BTRN2000@columbus.rr.com or by mail to
Please note in your donation that it is for Lilly. Your donation will be tax deductible to the full amount allowed by the law.
Lastly, but most certainly not least, we are looking for the perfect home for Lilly. Someone who will be able to devote the time needed to help Lilly but reap the wonderful rewards of love and companionship that she offers. If you would like more information please contact BTRN2000@columbus.rr.com, and please put "Lilly" in the subject header.