Prayer Request for Angelika

by Sherry
(Eclectic, AL, USA)

Angelika helping with Christmas

Angelika helping with Christmas

Hi,

I really don't have a specific question right now..... merely a request for my sick 9 week old Rottweiler pup, Angelika AKA: Angel. My dear husband got me the puppy I so badly wanted after losing my Rott Roc this past summer, for Christmas. I was so happy when he walked in the door, I cried...I am 48 and this is still hard for me to control when I am so happy. I really didn't think we could afford it, but he did find a way.

Well, the problem started when one of my son's brought over a neighbor's puppy that they were caring for.... the next evening he called and told us about the puppy going down with Parvo. My heart sank. I had dealt with a very bad bout several years back that tore me apart...out of 4 pups under age 2, I was able to save 1. Those were some of the most horrible few weeks of my life and for those pups! I refused to have a puppy near our home for almost 2 years to make sure. Again, we seemed safe and had no problems...until this. Well, knowledge was my friend I hoped.

About 9 days later it started...she started throwing up..fear gripped my heart...I watched carefully, she threw up again after only a little water...it was happening. Really bad timing, we have all been sick and I have been very sick because of complicated respiratory problems anyway, but my pup was more important so in spite of fevers myself and needing to be in bed, I was up all night with her. I kept her warm (we had just been hit with an ice storm...no going anywhere at that time), gave her a little kaopectate I had on hand when she threw up and water a little at a time about every 30 minutes till about 3 am. At this time, Angelika let me know she wanted to go to bed...I picked her up gently and we went to bed to get a few hours of sleep. By 6 we were up and at it again. By 8 my husband was on the phone with a vet friend of his (wish that helped on the costs that are coming) because I had done enough research online to find out that because of her breed, she was even more susceptible than the breeds I had dealt with before...and I don't do very well with losing.

Off to the vet by 9 and arrived by 10 (we live in the country). Angelika was still very attentive and doing remarkably well and even walking on her own, but I know too much and didn't want to take any chances. That was yesterday morning and we are far from out of the woods even though the vet is even more hopeful than when we got there simply telling us statistics and yes even suggesting euthanization (hope that is spelled right). Again, I let them know I could not give up on her.

She has been on Antibiotics, IV and an anti-nausea med since about 12 hours after the first sign of onset that I could honestly tell (and I am very overly protective of little things...have raised many pups, cats, birds, raccoons, and even squirrels with much success among other things too. Even helped an owl get strong enough to go back to the wild once. Life is precious...including God's little creatures. We really can't afford the vet bill, but I just don't see where we can't afford not to incur it to give Angelika a fighting chance! Fortunately, the vet is willing to work with us on the final bill...

As it stands, she is still doing very well...still very responsive and alert and the signs are still mild according to the vet, compared to what I have seen. The vet says that the next couple of days will tell a lot and I know this all too well from experience. My only real question is...Will you please pray for little Angelika?

She is the most precious little girl with a great personality already showing. From the first night here she completely accepted our family and has never whined in loneliness. Overnight, she immediately decided this was home and has been our little princess. I don't care who thinks it is silly to pray over an animal...honestly we are all God's creatures and they deserve the prayers just as much, if not more at times, as people. I have been so careful for this not to happen again and now here I go again with such a precious part of our family and my dream dog. The picture isn't the best but shows how quickly she became part of the family in only about 36 hours and wanted to help my grand-daughter's open their present Christmas morning. We know she will love it here even more as she grows because we she will have access to 160 acres of land here to roam that our previous Rottweiler Roc loved so much too. And with the many other animals here, life will never be lonely... someone (mostly me) is always home to be a companion and love her.

Please keep Angelika in your prayers!



Hi Sherry

I'm so terribly sorry to read about what is happening with Angelika and I have just said a prayer for her, and will do so again tonight.

I've lost puppies to Parvo myself and know only too well how terrible this disease is, and how heartbreaking for the puppys' mom, dad and others who love them.

However, it sounds as though you have caught this very early, and been very proactive in getting her help, and that is a big factor in giving a pup a decent chance at recovery. The rest is down to the puppy itself, and it also sounds as though she is holding her own pretty well so far.

Parvo in puppies usually progresses very fast and keeping them hydrated and giving antibiotics to treat secondary infection is vitally important, and so far you've managed to do that and hopefully it will make things easier. The first 7 - 10 days are the most critical stage, if a puppy survives that then chances are that they will recover - even though it takes quite a while for them to get over it.

I'm hoping and praying your little girl will be one of the lucky survivors, and I'm certain my Rottie-loving visitors will be doing the same. All the best.


For an update on Angelika's recovery, see her back at home and on the mend here ..... Prayer Thanks From Angelika and Angelika On The Mend

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Jan 23, 2012
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by: Anonymous

hello even though this post is old, i just read it today since im new to this site. I went through the same thin, i didnt have prior experience with parvo and didnt know what it was. my bella got it when she was 2 months old. she was 7 days at the vet but they were the worst. ill never forget them. now my bella is 14months old and i am gratefull for each second I have with her.

Jan 21, 2011
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Happy, Happy Day!!
by: Sue from A Love Of Rottweilers

Sherry,
It's so wonderful to know that Angelika is doing better every day. Prayers do get answered!

I've just posted your updated photo and the announcement that she is now home, here Prayer Thanks For Angelika

Looking forward to seeing her fully recovered soon.

Jan 19, 2011
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Angelika is coming Home!
by: Sherry

Great news! Angelika's vet called this evening and said that she will be released to come home tomorrow! She will still be on meds for infection and anti-nausea with a special diet for a few days to a week, but she has made it past the worst of the storm and is on the mend!

Thank you for all the prayers...they worked a miracle for this little pup. Will try to take some pics of her progress in the coming days as she regains her strength and energy.

Jan 18, 2011
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Angelika Update
by: Sherry

I went to visit Angelika yesterday afternoon and again was encouraged. She is not bleeding anymore and hasn't for the past couple of days. Her eyes are still very clear looking, but sad. She was genuinely happy to see me and it showed. For about 10 minutes she held her head up and laid her head in my hand as I rubbed her ear. They let me pet her and love on her this time of course paying attention to sanitation at all times before and after. It seemed she was pleading with me to take her home, while watching the vet very carefully to see what she was doing when she moved around where she could see her. She obviously is tired of the vet messing with her. She also made a half hearted attempt at nipping her when she tried to force her to eat some high calorie nutrition paste and washed it with a large syringe of water. She held that down while I was there. I left her looking very tired and in need of rest after her little meal and loving session...it will take time, she has been through so very much and still here with us...She's a fighter and prayers do work wonders.

This morning, the news is that she is now being forced fed and holding it down. Her vet is taking time out of her days off and coming in to care for Angelika. I believe the vet has fallen in love with her and sees why we had to give her the best chance she could have at beating this terrible virus. We have been informed that she looks better today than she has and they will be force feeding her through today and tomorrow. As long as she holds the food down and continues with the improvements, she will be allowed to come home on Thursday! At this point, my heart is ecstatic and extremely hopeful! I want so much to believe that she is on the mend and has made it through, but I still know anything can happen. Until she is home, eating, drinking and playing with the family my heart will be worried. We have a long way to go before that little pup will be bouncing around again. After almost 9 days of no real food and mainly surviving on an IV, she is a shell of her little playful, bouncing, roly-poly self, but once we get her home, I do know how to get her back on track and will work hard to do so. Now that we are all feeling better around here and I myself am well on the mend, I am ready to shower my little Angelika with the kindness and one on one attention she needs...and make sure she gets the rest required to finish healing. I am a nurturer by nature and my animals are my babies almost as much as my own children and grandchildren. At least they don't fuss about me caring to much, they enjoy every moment I give them.

I hope that my next post will be to let you all know that your most welcomed prayers have done the trick and she is home. Until then, thank you all so very much for the prayers...they really seem to be working for little Angelika.

Jan 16, 2011
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New Update on Angelika
by: Sherry

Well, my little girl is a fighter in spirit. She is still hanging on and starting to react more each day. She is still having problems with her stomach but is reacting more and more to the shots given in her little butt. They are starting to give her some high dose vitamins (whatever she will hold on her stomach) in hopes of helping with energy. She still has her IV in and getting the fluids, Antibiotics and a lighter anti-nausea med.

I also feel it is very important to visit and am limited on this because of location and a flu-like illness that has been going through our home. I have made one visit the other day as I could and have spent the rest of my energy getting my home ready for her return...sterilizing and cleaning like crazy...trying to rid the "bugs" that came to rear their ugly heads around here. After my visit, the reports have been getting better and better, so I do believe it helped her knowing that we are here still.

I plan to return tomorrow to give the vet another payment and spend some time with Angelika if not bring her home. I am in great hopes that the later will be true, but I am trying to be realistic about this virus and understand that all could be for nothing except a heartache in the end. Until she comes home and I see her eating and drinking on her own, I know she still needs all the prayers, love and attention she can get to make it through.

Thank you all for caring...it has really helped me and Angelika too.

Jan 15, 2011
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please update
by: Girish

Hi Sherry

please keep update on Angelika
and try to give as much as time with her.

your presence and your love too can wonders more than medicines. the attention of owner being near and caring can increase your pups will power drastically and help to fight back.

all the best. looking forward to hear soon about angelikas well being.

Jan 14, 2011
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angelika get well soon
by: Girish

Get well soon Angelica


Jan 14, 2011
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That's good news :o)
by: Sue from A Love Of Rottweilers

I know it's important not to get your hopes up too much because this disease is very fickle indeed, BUT it does sound as though Angelika is doing well considering what she's going through.

I'm so very happy to hear that, because every day she gets through is a day closer to her recovery. I'm sure it has put your mind at rest somewhat to see her, and given her a 'lift' to see you.

Will keep praying until she's definitely on the mend. Look forward to more good news soon.

Jan 13, 2011
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Update on Angelika
by: Sherry

As I was feeling a little more like myself now, I called and spoke with Angelika's vet today and got permission to come visit for a few minutes. Bless there hearts, they have 3 puppies in isolation...not sure if all are for Parvo though.

I was really happy to see that Angelika was doing a lot better than my mind had in-visioned after having dealt with this before. The moment she saw me, she lifted her head and tried to get up, which really surprised me, but made me feel so good to know she does have fight. Her eyes were almost clear, but very tired looking. I let her know it was okay and that there were many people praying for her recovery. The vet said she was still having a little trouble with her stomach, but if she does better tomorrow, they will try feeding her. If and when she tolerates the food, she will be able to come home. Very worried about the vet bill, but I believe God will show us how to get it taken care of after she returns home. I know I sound positive, but I am merely hopeful because of what I saw in my sweet baby today. I also know that with this horrible virus, she could seem to be better and then suddenly take a turn for the worst.

I left knowing that she was getting great care and doing so much better than I had really expected in spite of the vet reports I had been receiving. She is quite alert and attentive to what is going on around her. Her eyes are almost completely clear, somewhat bright and glassy looking. She is a bit skinnier, but not overly so really for what she has been through this week. She knows we have not abandoned her and I know she is definitely a fighter. There is a lot of good that came out of today, but please keep up the prayers as she isn't completely out of the woods yet...or back in the woods (and farmland) where home is located.

Jan 12, 2011
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I will Pray for Angelika
by: Dina

Hi Sherry,

I will still pray for Angelika. She looks precious. I have always treated my animals like they are my family. Just like with my kids, if my animals are sick, I feel sick also. It bothers me constanly until they are better. I just pray that Angelika will be home with you soon and running all over the place. Keep us informed with her progress.

Dina :)

Jan 12, 2011
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Please keep me posted
by: Sue from A Love Of Rottweilers

I'm happy that you enjoy my website, and that you've found it useful. That makes all the time and effort more than worthwhile. Thanks for letting me know that.

I'm glad to hear Angelika is still holding her own, let's hope she's a fighter.... like her momma it would seem.

I know it's difficult not to see her, but don't worry that she'll think you have abandoned her. She needs all her strength to fight this horrible virus, and will be busy with that. Even though you've had her a short time I'm absolutely certain that she knows she's loved.

I've said another little prayer for her and am sure others will be doing the same. The next week is going to be tough for everyone, but hopefully there will be a happy ending.

Please check back now and then and let us know how she's doing.

Jan 12, 2011
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Update on Angelika
by: Sherry

Thank you so very much for the kind words. I stumbled on your site during my research and came back last night to really take a good look. Thank you so much for the great information and what you do.

UPdate on Angelika: As of this morning, she is still alert and responsive, fevers are not bad and nor has anything changed from yesterday other than they told me that she is a little more depressed. I asked about visitation to help her spirits and did not really like the answer, but today our vet is not there, so I will be asking again tomorrow when she returns. I probably would not be able to make it today as I did not have a good morning myself. I am sure that tomorrow, I will be wanting to more than ever...it is very hard for me to sit back and not have a hands on approach but, I know she is getting everything she needs medically right now. I just know how much she has grown to love us and don't want her to think we abandoned her in her time of need.

Thank you in advance to all who say prayers for my little Angelika.

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