GUINNESS

Guinness is a black and tan coloured kelpie sitting on a wood floor looking at the camera

Guinness sitting on the kitchen floor being a good boy

Guinness is a 3 year old kelpie from Crookwell pound. He came to ARF on 19 March 2020 when his foster carer decided it was a good time to get a new ‘iso’ buddy. He’s been an excellent addition to the household, he’s got good manners and is always up for a cuddle with the humans or a play with his foster sister.

Guinny, as he is affectionately known, also had a little secret that soon became clear. He has seizures approximately once week, they seem to be grand mal seizures and last about 5 minutes. The frequency, type and length of his seizures are a concern and he has had a lot of blood tests to try to diagnose a reason for the seizures. Seizures can be a symptom of another disease or if no ’cause’ is found then a diagnosis of epilepsy is made. We are still waiting to find out the results of all the tests.

What’s it like when he has a seizure?

Well, the good news is that he doesn’t seem too phased by them, he just gets really hungry afterwards but he doesn’t seem to have other side effects. While in a seizure his body tenses up and he spasms and drools (but doesn’t lose his bladder or bowls), it’s important that he’s moved to a space where he can’t bang his head on anything but otherwise he can be left, or given gentle pats and calming words, his foster carer isn’t sure how much he notices this but it seems to help, his doggy foster sis likes to keep close to him and give him reassuring sniffs and licks.

Lolly and ARF foster dog Guinness sitting next to each other on a bed looking at the camera

Guinness had good manners indoors and loves his foster sister!

What does his future look like?

If his condition can be cured then he’ll receive the treatment he needs, however if he has epilepsy, Guinny will require a very special forever home. A home prepared for the cost and schedule of giving him regular medication to manage the seizures. The good news is that once on medication the seizures will be much less frequent and severe and he can live a long, normal life. In return Guinny can offer loves of love and cuddles. He’s overall such a great boy who slotted into his foster family’s life with no trouble, he sleeps quietly at night and using the doggy door to take himself in and out. He’s happy to potter around the garden with his doggy foster sis when his foster carer is busy working or away from home.

Guinness will be added to the Available Page when he is ready for adoption.  Applications for Guinness will not be taken until then.


LUCY

Hi There

My name is Lucy and I have been in ARF Foster care since November last year. I’m still not ready to be adopted but I thought I’d say “HI” just so people know I will be looking for a special home when my health issues are sorted.

I came into care last November and my foster carer noticed straight away that I had a few health issues that needed immediate attention. I had a limp in my back leg, a few lumps and most of all, a problem with my water works.

Off to the vet I went for investigation and so started the long road to diagnosis and hopefully we will manage to fix things eventually. Blood test, urine test, x-rays and eventually ultra sounds and urethral endoscopy. Thank you ARF.

You see, I had a bladder infection, the urine test revealed a bacterial infection and I was put on antibiotics; usually a quick fix, all done and dusted, but alas, not me. After the first lot of treatment I appeared to be OK but a few weeks later it happened again. This time a different bacteria, sensitive to only one antibiotic, so treatment started and again the problem was solved, or so we thought. A few weeks down the track and bingo, that pesky infection was back again but I’m an unusual hound so again a different bacteria, back on different antibiotics.

My foster carer and the Vet decided it was time to investigate a lot more in-depth. X-rays showed I had some arthritis in my spine and we thought maybe that was stopping my bladder from emptying properly. I also had an ultrasound which showed that I had a pesky polyp right at the neck of my bladder that was preventing me from emptying properly and was causing reoccurring infections. All quite embarrassing and uncomfortable. MUM (my let’s say my surrogate mum / foster carer) had a suspicion that I was also a bit incontinent.

It was decided to do an endoscopy and after that I had to have bladder surgery to remove the polyp and get it tested. It was feared that it may be cancerous but they didn’t tell me that at the time.

I came through the surgery and recovery with flying colours and in a week we got the all clear that it wasn’t cancerous, yay! However, we did find out that I most likely have had a chronic bladder issue for some time. Wish I could have told them that but I can’t speak English, only dog.

Unfortunately it is confirmed that I am incontinent but only at certain times, mainly on my bed which my foster care manages very well. We are trying different medications to see if we can get it under control, sure hope so and mum took another sample in today to see how the infections are going now that everything is flowing better.

My mum says I’m so easy to look after and a joy to have around. I tried hard to be as good as I can and this living inside business is crazy good. I even have 4 other pupsters to hang with and 2 kitties who are smart enough not to run otherwise they might be fun to have a game of catch me if you can.

Well that’s me in a nutshell. Keep me in mind, as I do hope to be looking for my new forever home and look forward to dealing out much love to my new mum and dad. Oh, and did I say I’m a very beautiful Greyhound x with striking brindle colouring, 9yrs old and an unusual short tail?

Lucy will be added to the Available Page when she is ready for adoption.   Applications for Lucy will not be taken until then.