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Nova – Hypoglycemia scares the heck out of all of us!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

That was sooooo scary last night. Everyone thought I was dying. I was shaking, I couldn’t stand up, I didn’t know who was who, I peed by accident on myself, my head was like a bobble head – all in the space of 2 hours from good to bad. I didn’t know anything was going on because I was apparently totally out of it. But we have the best vet in the world (Dr. Peter Hanna: http://parkanimalhospitalsimi.com/) who let mom call him at night and he diagnosed it perfectly.


Dr Peter Hanna - Park Animal Hospital

Dr. Peter Hanna of Park Animal Hospital


My glucose levels hit rock bottom. Doc says it’s probably because I’m so young & small. A little Karo syrup every 2 hours last night rubbed on my gums – mom was great, right there for me, sleeping next to me, keeping me warm on the floor – and I feel fine this morning. Pretty amazing – even though everyone was so scared for a sec. My whole family was here for me. Vet visit this morning and my glucose levels are at 106 – doc says that’s good so I got to have some breakfast. And I now have my Nutri-Cal that I’ll take now every day for a bit instead of getting all sticky from the Karo syrup. So… I think all will be good to go!! I am so lucky and happy again.

See more about Nova, pictures & videos on her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nova-the-Rescued-Puppy/125880150811790

Puppy Rescue Mission – Nova

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Happy New Year to 2011 – or rather happy Nova to 2011!

Every dog at DogToyStuffz has their personal rescue story but, for us, this one is still hard to believe.  After safely partying New Year’s Eve and driving home New Year’s Day at about 2am, my son, out of the corner of his eye, on a pitch dark night, sees a little creature jump from the sidewalk into the street.  Not only is the night black but so is this tiniest of creatures. Having stopped our car many times to help so many dogs, cats, turtles, misc fowl creatures from certain death, this night was no different. But this little thing was jet black and unimaginably small. I am amazed my son even saw her on the dark street. She was so tiny, had anyone actually hit her with their car, they would have maybe thought they hit a rock. She would have looked like an oil spill and no more!


Nova - puppy rescue at DogToyStuffz

My son scooped her up without question and brought her straight home. We gave her some water and she seemed so totally happy to just have some warmth and attention. He named her Nova – after his car and the fact that she was found on New Year’s – Nova means “new” in Latin. We took a picture (pictured above with my son) her first night but you can barely see her details because she is so completely black. We tried to guess at her breed – maybe Matlese, maybe Cocker Spaniel, maybe Scottie or Westie… maybe a mix!

The next day was a holiday weekend and all our local vets were closed. As we always do, we checked the newpapers, shelters  and various lost animal online listings and no one had called and asked about a little black pup. It wasn’t until Monday that I was able to connect with the vets. No one had reported any black puppy missing, so, the next day I took this little thing to our vet (whom I love – he’s such a great guy, kind, caring and only doing it for the animal’s well-being). Amazingly, at apparently only 6 weeks old, little Nova checked out nicely. He could hear a slight heart murmur, but at this very young age it can be normal to have a little hole in the heart – that is part of how momma helps baby breathe while she’s in her stomach. But we will watch!

Little Nova only weighed 1.4 lbs. I still can’t believe how tiny she is. In the picture below she looks like a little black smudge between Sydney, 65  lbs, and Zeus, 110 lbs.


Nova at DogToyStuffz with Zeus and Sydney

So, with this little thing, we have already had trouble finding fun dog or puppy toys safe enough and tiny enough for her to play with so… we’ll add those here for you soon.

Welcome Nova to the family at  DogToyStuffz!