Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Foster

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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by johnfowle » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:41 pm

Mark saw Bertha earlier this afternoon and confirmed the comments in both of my previous posts....the medication she has been on has not improved her condition and she still continues to produce excessive amount of mucus which she is not bringing up. He is now treating her in a totally different way with Doxycycline which is used, in humans, to combat TB, and also a steroid. If there is still no progress within a week he proposes to sedate her and make further investigations.

On a more positive note, Bertha is a truly happy dog with a waggy tail and really enjoys her time in the garden or having a cuddle on the settee in the annex. We do love her and so would anybody who has the good fortune to meet up with her....our walkers go in to see her every day....they are smitten!!

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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by johnfowle » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:42 pm

There's been an improvement in Bertha's condition today....whether it is the new medical regime or the short walks along the seafront in the glorious sunshine today I just don't know, but it is good news. Let's all hope that her body is beginning to react to everything in a positive way and that she is, at last, making progress. Keep at it, Girlie!

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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by johnfowle » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:18 am

Bertha has been having two walks of about twenty minutes a day with Sylvie, along the sea front and across the fields: she loves them and her tail rotates like a helicopter blade. Yesterday she started her "official" walking routine with an additional half hour walk with one of the dog walkers....I'm hoping that these brief walks will have the effect of shifting the mucus from her lungs which she continues to produce in large amounts. Mark. the vet, has also changed her medication again and this, combined with her increased exercise appears already to be improving her condition.

She is such a happy and affectionate soul and, when you consider how she came into "rescue" and whether she would even survive her first week or so, it is quite amazing the progress she has made to date....soon she'll be ready for rehoming, so get those questionnaires in quickly.

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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by SarahW » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:23 am

I visited Bertha the other day at John's and what a pleasant surprise to see how well she is doing in foster. She is so friendly and affectionate, greeting you as soon as she sees you. She loved all the fuss from me and my dad. Such a huge improvement from when I last saw her in kennels. She is coughing but it does not seem to distress her in the slightest. We went for walk and she was striding along, Sylvie and my dad were getting left behind!!! I was utterly amazed how much she has changed, she has bright eyes, a glossy coat and a lovely happy personality.

Bertha would make a great companion for someone and would make them feel like the centre of the universe. Absolutely adorable! love4.gif love4.gif


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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by johnfowle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:33 am

Gosh!! Was Bertha pleased to see you and your dad when you came down this Wednesday....she didn't know who to welcome first, so had to spend time rushing between the two of you, jumping up onto the settee where you were trying to get at the treats in your handbag, and then haring off to your father rubbing against his legs and licking him to death as he stroked her. She is such a friendly girl and seems to cough, now, only when she is excited. As you can see from the video, she has an unusual gait, but that certainly doesn't affect her and, on her walks, she motors along "like a steam train".

I think she will soon be fit enough to be spayed and then ready for adoption. She is a lovely and affectionate lady, and will be a great companion to anyone who has the good fortune to adopt her.

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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by SarahW » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:57 pm

Bertha was great to walk with and certainly sets a pace!
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Re: Bertha Staffie x DofB ?2011 New Romney Temp foster

Post by anne » Wed May 16, 2018 6:11 pm

It was lovely to catch up with Bertha again today and she is looking so well. She was very keen to get out for a walk and told everyone so rather loudly while Lynne went to get a suitable harness for her. 0002.gif] She is such a character. We enjoyed a lovely walk, she walks quickly and with purpose and she skipped joyfully through the long grass. Bertha is a dog who makes you smile.
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Post by Sarahk » Fri May 18, 2018 10:07 pm

Beautiful Bertha was spayed today and she's spending the weekend with me to recover and that means I get to enjoy Bertha cuddles all weekend, Bertha cuddles are the best love4.gif
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Bertha travelled so well back to my house and thoroughly enjoyed exploring my garden thumbs.gif Devoured her dinner and since then she's been sat cuddled up to me on the sofa watching the tele ! 0002.gif] She's `adorable love4.gif
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The only interlude was when I had my dinner and this was Bertha ...
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Never took her eyes of me (and my dinner !)
More cuddles followed...
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Bless her she's not shut her eyes yet, just loves proper watching the tele !
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Post by Sarahk » Fri May 18, 2018 10:34 pm

Bertha does love to watch the tele !!!
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Post by Sarahk » Fri May 18, 2018 11:04 pm

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So it seems the news and all the royal wedding stuff was more interesting than Graham Norton as atlast Bertha has given the tele a miss and finally settled down to snooze ...
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