Goodbye to our South Korean collie: ShinBi (8 June 2015)

For those of you who don’t know, the decision was made to put ShinBi to sleep. It was, perhaps, something that we could have predicted and perhaps some will say what Southland Collie Rescue did was just stalling the inevitable. I’ve thought about this a lot. I have in the past made the decision for my own dogs when it was time. This was not my decision, but I respect the judgment of ShinBi’s foster mom, Sue Baldwin.

Baldwin is the person who matched me with my first rescue collie, Laddie. She then matched me with Bodhi, my first smooth collie. Laddie and Bodhi are now long gone, dying at about 10 and 14 respectively.

We do not know the age of ShinBi. We only know that when he was first pulled from the shelter in South Korea, he was alert and he pranced. Yes, he pranced. By the time he got to the U.S., landing in 20 February 2014, he was very thin and very ill. He was also a very lucky dog. He should not have made it to the U.S. because he had heartworm. We learned that heartworm doesn’t show up until there are adult worms who had mated and propagated. ShinBi came in just before that happened.

Southland Collie Rescue then faced the long and expensive medical journey required to treat heartworm and diabetes. I learned a lot about heartworm and expect to look even more into the experience of the owning a diabetic animal.

Although I originally raised the money to bring another dog, Kobe, over from South Korea, bringing over ShinBi forced me to do more than one GoFundMe campaign. We needed to raise money to cover his medical costs. As I and my collie friends learned more about the possibilities of GoFundMe, we also had other collie-related crises. I was able to, with varying success, help other rescues using GoFundMe, including Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, especially for their Dallas the dog GoFundMe campaign.

When ShinBi arrived at LAX, I met Bert Grimm and his wife Shauna Hoffman. I also met a woman who loves purple just as much as I do, Kyle Orlemann. During the year and three months that ShinBi was alive in California, I raised money for an expedition that Hoffman took to Houston, Texas to bring back four Tomball collies and I was ready to start a GoFundMe campaign for Jerry Orlemann’s service dog Barak when Kyle wrote about his emergency medical crisis on Facebook.

I know that some people will think that raising money to save a dog for only one year and three months might not be a good investment of time and money, and further, to raise money for an eye surgery for a dog who lives only one month past the surgery was a waste of resources,  but for a collie, one year is like seven human years to a dog. One month is like seven months. ShinBi was warm and happy and loved, not just by Sue Baldwin, but by Southland Collie Rescue and many of his fans.

His foster mom, Sue Baldwin wrote on FB, “For 8 long months SCR treated his heartworm and put him on several liver medications to get his values down in order to get him healthy enough to do cataract surgery. May 11, 2015 at Eye Care for Animals was monumental as he could see once again. Our hopes were that with his sight restored he would be motivated to move more once again. He lived in a home with several other dogs and cats and initially loved going out to bark and play with them. Motivated he was, but now physically unable due to the toll of his diabetes and other issues causing his muscles to atrophy. Just one month after surgery, no longer could he get up on his own.”

ShinBi was a collie that required a dedicated community to raise,  a community that I didn’t know existed until ShinBi came to California.

Baldwin wrote, “ShinBi didn’t have a mean bone in his body and gladly went often to the vet’s for treatments. We thank all of you who supported him this last year with your thoughts, prayers, gifts of clothing and toys, and monetary donations. ShinBi, like any dog who comes to SCR, is given every possible chance. We never give up. But in the end, Shin did give up as it was just too much to ask of him. He crossed to the Rainbow Bridge on June 8th easily and peacefully knowing he was loved by so so many. He will be forever in our hearts.”

Thank you for all of your kindness and generosity.

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ShinBi goes in for surgery on Monday!

Yes, ShinBi is going in for eye surgery on Monday, 11 May 2015. We have started a GoFundMe campaign. Please share if you can’t donate. We need to raise $3500.

Got stuff you don’t need. We want it for a garage sale.

We are also having fundraisers in May and July at the Ruby’s Diner in Irvine. If you bring the flyer, we get 20 percent of the non-alcoholic sales.

So be there on:

26 May 2015

29 July 2015

Ruby’s Diner

4602 Barranca Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604
949.552.7829

Here’s a rundown of ShinBi’s expenses:

3/7  Minor recheck exam, 1 Health Check (bloodwork)    $121.49

3/12 Ultrasound Abdominal Sonogram; 1 Coagulation Panel 1; 1 Bile Acids (Prepost)  $467.40

3/14  1 Blood Glucose; 1 Ultrasound Guided Biopsy; 1 local/Topical Anesthesia     $202.40

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $1901.44

3/18    1 Insulin Vetsulin;  20 Doxycycline     $71.50

3/22    Prednisone tabs;  Baytril Tablets;  Denamarin      $211.20

4/03/14  Exam, Glucose Testing, Radiology, Insulin and syringes   $578.87 (minus the board which I paid $107.80 – charge to SCR would be $471.07)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $2655.21

4/7   Colchicine $189,  Ursodiol  $86

4/14   2 Insulin  $84, 1 Denamarin  $66

4/30  2 Insulin Vetsulin   $84.00

5/1   Colchicine  $189.44;   Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $3,514.93

4/29  Glucose Test Kit   $34.48

5/1    Goat’s Milk (Bloom)   $26

5/4/ Glucose Test Strips   $41.03

5/20  Denamarin   $66

4/23   Rechesck Exam $22.50; Blood Glucose Curve $65.79; Hematocrit/Total Protein $16.61

5/27  2 Insulin Vetsulin  $86;  1 Vetsulin Insulin Syringes U-40 Box  $35.10

5/20  Health Check  blood panel for liver check)  $98.99

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $4,007.43

6/2   Colchicine  $189.44;  Ursodiol  $56.38

6/11  Goat’s Milk (Bloom) $25.99

6/23   Office Visit $39.30;  1 Immiticide $115.50;  15 Prednisone $14.85;  1 Boarding treatment      .77;   4 board treatments diabetics $46.20;  3 boarding treatments $4.62;  1 TrizEDTA+Baytril+DexSP $37.50 (for ruptured ear drum);   2 Insulin Vetsulin $86;   1 Denamarin $66  =  $495.44 total this bill

NEW VET BILL TOTAL: $4,774.68

7/1   Colchicine  $189.44;   Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $5,020.50

7/10  Goat’s Milk (Bloom)   $25.99

7/23  14 boarding treatments $97.02;  Bath and nail trim $ 29.72;  3 Insulin $129;  1 box syringes $35.10;  Recheck Exam $22.50;  2 Immiticides 50 mg. dose each $231;  15 Prednisone $14.85;  1 Denamarin $66;  8 days of boarding $135.52  =  $633.32 with discount

7/31 Colchicine $189.44;  Ursodiol $56.38  (total $245.82)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $5,925.63  (as of August 16, 2014) 

8/21   Recheck/Brief exam  $30.60; Bath $23.10;  Microfilaremia test $35.55;  Vet-Test Ghp Profile  $102.53;  1 Insulin $43  (total this bill = $234.78)

8/21  Trifexis  (6 month supply)  $107

8/31   Colchicine $189.44;  Ursodiol $56.38 (total $245.82)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (through August 2014)  $6,513.23

9/2  Diabetic test strips and lancets  $ 51.98

9/8  2 Insulin Vetsulin   $86

9/30  Colchicine $189.44;  Ursodiol $56.38 (total $245.82)

9/30  2 Vetsulin $86;  1 Denamarin $66  (total $152)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (through September 2014)   $7,049.03

10/1  Eye Care for Animals – Specialist Exam and eye meds  $155.75

10/14  Bath & nail trim; Total Health blood panel: exam; clean and medicate a wound on left front leg;  Microchip #981020009830430    $208.78

10/24  2 Vetsulin $86

10/25  Diclofenac (eye meds)  $41.90

10/30  Eye Care for Animals (recheck) $82.50

10/31   Colchicine and Ursodiol – $245.82

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (through October 2014)  $7,869.78

11/14   2 Insulin $86.34;  1 Denamarin $66;  1 box Insulin Syringes $35;  1 Healix Soother Tube  $12.95  (total$200.29)

11/17  Diclofenac $58.43

11/29 Colchicine and Ursodiol – $245.82

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (Through November 2014)  $8374.32

12/01  2 Insulin Vetsulin  $86.34

12/14  Diclofenac $58.43

12/19  2 Insulin Vetsulin $86.34;  1 Denamarin  $66

12/27  Recheck exam  $30.60; 8 Blood Glucose  $74.09;  1 Vet-Test Ghp Profile $102.53;  1 IV Catheterization/cephalic $44.10; 1 IV Drip Set/1st liter fluids $28.14; 2 Antibiotic injection  $35;  1 IV Fluids/liter $15.12; I Medication $46.20;  2 IV Fluids/liter  $30.24; 16 Amoxi tabls $28.30; 2 Blood Glucose $18.52;  Boarding 5 1/2 days $100.87   (discount of $251.36)  No charge for all the medications being given while boarding which is huge)  TOTAL:  $553.71

12/29  Colchicine and Ursodiol – $245.82

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (Through December 2014)  $9470.96

1/19  Colchicine and Diclofenac   $247.87

1/21  I Denamarin $66;  2 Insulin Vetsulin $86.34

1/21 Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (Through January 2015)  $9,927.55

2/10  1 Trifexis (6 mo. supply) $117 : 2 Vetsulin $86.34 – Total $203.34

2/19  Diclofenac  $58.43

2/27  box of Insulin syringes  $35.10

2/28  Colchicine and Ursodiol  $259.88

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (Through February 2015)  $10,484.30

3/3  2 Insulin Vetsulin $86.34; 1 Denamarin $66 ;  total is $152.34

3/10  Professional groom: fecal; eye medicine  $111.55

3/18  2 Insulin Vetsulin  $86.34

3/20  Ursodiol and Colchicine  $287.07

3/28  Diclofenac $58.43

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (Through March 2015)  $11,179.83

4/4/15  I Denamarin; 2 Insulin Vetsulin :   total is $152.34

4/14  Minor recheck exam $22.50;Blood Glucose Curve $65.79; Total health plus blood panel:$125.65; Heartworm antigen test add on $26.25; Nail trim $6.62; box of Insulin syringes $35.10; medicated bath $25.20   total is $307.11

4/16   1 Thyroid Panel 6 – Canine  $129.32

4/22  2 Insulin Vetsulin $86.34

4/28  Colchicine and Ursodiol  $307.21

4/30  Soloxine  $20.70

NEW VET BILL TOTAL (Through April 2015)   $12,182.85

5/4  Pre-Cataract Diagnostic Testing (Eye Care)  $726.75 with our 20% discount

Happy Holidays! ShinBi is truly thankful!

We’re sure you’ve been busy this weekend. We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving feast and avoided any unfortunate incidents on Black Friday.

Santa Shin by fountain

Shin the Pilgrim croppedShinBi continues to be a high-maintenance dog. He probably NOT have found an owner in South Korea who could have dealt with all of his health issues: heartworms, compromised liver and diabetes. Yet it should remind us, that we have been truly lucky. This is the first time that Southland Collie Rescue has dealt with a diabetic dog, but hundreds of cat and dog owners do so each day in the United States. One article estimates that every one in fifty pets has diabetes.

The good news is: ShinBi is over the first hurdle–heartworms.

 

Now we have to get his diabetes under control. Unfortunately one of the side effects of diabetes is cataracts. Sue Baldwin has consulted with a specialist, Dr. Julius Brinkis at the Tustin practice of Eye Care of Animals.

At ShinBi’s second appointment on 30 October 2014, ShinBi’s eye pressure had improved from 7 to 10. His eyes looked good. Dr. Binkis would like to see ShinBi’s eyes in the low teens.

ShinBi is taking Diclofenac twice a day for both eyes. It’s expensive–$58 for about 20 days. We hope that he will go down to once a day in the future.

ShinBi’s blood glucose is still a concern. The doctor wants ShinBi to be fairly level. According to the doctor, a dog can take about one half of his body weight in insulin. ShinBi now weighs about 55 pounds so she should be okay for 27 units. He is currently on the short-term insulin called Vetsulin. If ShinBi doesn’t stabilize on 27 units, then we will consider a different insulin.

Happy Shin by treeDr. Binkis wants to see him back in three months–that would be in January.  If Dr. Krause, ShinBi’s general vet, feels that his condition has improved, ShinBi might see Dr. Binkis earlier. Dr. Binkis, however, is in no hurry to do the cataract surgery because doing the surgery early won’t make a difference.

ShinBi must be anesthetized for further tests to see if the cataract surgery is going to help. If things look good, then the surgery must be done in three months or the tests must be re-done. The tests themselves will run about $800. The actual cataract surgery will be an additional $3,167–and that’s with a discount for SCR.

Currently, ShinBi is a long-term foster. His meds cost about $485 per month.

ONE MONTH SUPPLY OF MEDS:

  • Colchicine and Ursodiol – $245.82 for his liver
  • Insulin (2 bottles now, could be more later) $86.34
  • Diclofenac (eye drops to prevent glaucoma) $88
  • Denamarin (for his liver) $66

What we would like to do at this time, is ask all of our generous sponsors to think of things you don’t need. We are planning on having a fundraiser garage sale in the early spring. Save things that you don’t need. Save things that you don’t want. After the holidays, save things that you can now replace because of the great holiday gifts you received.  If you see a two-for-one, consider giving one for the garage sale. We were told that items selling for $1-$10 go the fastest.

We are also thinking of getting to meet all of our wonderful sponsors, perhaps in having fundraisers at Ruby’s Diners. Ruby’s Diner will give us 20 percent of all food and non-alcoholic sales we bring in. For ShinBi that would be about 250 people spending $10 or 125 people spending $20 (if my math is correct) for the $500 we are spending on meds. Ruby’s has vegetarian and gluton-free options.

Lastly, I want to include photos of ShinBi. This dog wouldn’t be alive if it were not for our very generous sponsors. ShinBi is our dog and you are his angels. Happy Holidays.

Santa shin in yard sitting retouched Santa Shin by fountain

 

ESTIMATES:

Pre-cataract surgery

ShinBi -Cataract Surgery both eyes Estimate Page 1Santa Shin by fountain

 

ShinBi -Pre Cataract Diagnostic Testing EstimateShinBi -Cataract Surgery Estimate page 2 IMG_1682

ShinBi: Diclofenac isn’t just for arthritis

Diclofenac is usually given for arthritis, but that’s not the only usage. Diflofenic is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug according to Drugs.com. It reduces substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation for for that reason is used for arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

It can also be used to treat migraine headaches but not to treat cluster headaches.

We don’t know if our sweet ShinBi had headaches, but he does have problems with his eyes.

This is a drug with serious side effects and should only be used under prescription from a doctor or veterinarian.

It is useful in lens-induced uveitis in dogs and may be a pre-operative and postoperative agent for uveitis associated with eye surgery. Now you ask what is uveitis? Uveitis is the escape of lens proteins into the eye fluid that is most frequently associated with cataracts.

Cataracts begin as a cloudy or dull appearance in the front of the eye and then the iris becomes unevenly colored with yellow or white areas. About 75 percent of dogs with diabetes develop cataracts within nine months of being diagnoses.

If the lens-induced uveitis goes untreated and glaucoma also develops, cataract surgery might not be possible. Glaucoma causes chronic headaches.

ShinBi improves going into July

Here’s a photo to let you know that ShinBi made it through the Independence Day celebrations without much fuss.

ShinBi Patriotic

This month, he will be receiving his second adulticide injection to kill the adult heart worms. Originally, treatment for the young heart worms had been administered but the injections had been delayed due to his treatment for diabetes. Once the vet was satisfied that we had the right balance of insulin, and ShinBi was healthy enough, the injections were given and ShinBi has done well enough that now he’s on schedule with his heartworm treatment.

A few weeks ago, ShinBi did have an ear infection. He seems to be recovering nicely on that.

Your generosity has allowed Southland Collie Rescue to rescue and treat this buoyant young collie from South Korea and it’s been quite a learning experience for all of us, even forcing us to listen to our supporters and get Paypal.

Our GoFundMe campaign is at $3900 or 72 percent of our goal. We are currently financially ahead although we expect to run through that money fast. This morning we got another contribution and added a new person to our email list.

http://www.gofundme.com/ShinBi

We are planning a few more fundraisers where we can do more than just ask for your money—-we want to meet, greet and have fun together. The fundraisers are: Restaurant, garage sale and T-shirt.

RUBY’S DINER

First, we definitely want to have a fundraising night at a local restaurant. We are looking at holding a fundraiser night at Ruby’s Diner. Because Southland Collie Rescue covers Santa Barbara to San Diego, we are hoping to have the fundraiser at several locations. We would ask you to bring your friends and family to Ruby’s on a certain night with a flyer and SCR would get 20 percent of all food sales.  You can even stand at the door and ask people before they come in to use a flyer to make additional sales.

So we’d like to know which areas or specific cities would work best for our best supporters. In the parenthesis I’ve listed the locations of each Ruby’s. Please let us know which locations you’d be willing to travel to. Ruby’s also has locations in Hawaii, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas so if you’re based in those areas and willing to take on the challenge, let us know.

SCR has area coordinators in 10 areas:

  1.  Santa Barbara: NO LOCATIONS
  2. Orange County (Anaheim, Balboa, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Irvine Spectrum, John Wayne Airport, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Newport Coast, Orange, San Juan Capistrano, South Coast Plaza, Tustin, Yorba Linda)
  3. San Bernardino (Palm Springs)
  4. Ventura County: NO LOCATIONS
  5. LA-South Bay (Long Beach, Redondo, Rolling Hills Estate)
  6. LA-San Gabriel Valley (City of Commerce, Los Angeles, Whittier)
  7. LA-San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills)
  8. San Diego County (Carlsbad, El Cajon, Oceanside, Plaza Bonita, Mission Valley)
  9. Riverside (Morongo)
  10. Lancaster/Palmdale and Kern County: NO LOCATIONS

The following Ruby’s are open for private parties which would mean we could also have a raffle. So let us know which location you would favor from the below as well.

  1.  BALBOA location (Balboa Pier) in Orange County
  2. CARLSBAD in North San Diego County
  3. HUNTINGTON BEACH in Orange County
  4. LAGUNA BEACH in Orange County
  5. MISSION VIEJO in Orange County
  6. OCEANSIDE in Orange County
  7. ORANGE in Orange County
  8. PALM SPRINGS in San Bernardino County
  9. SAN DIEGO in Mission Valley (SD County)

One item I am donating for a raffle is an umbrella imported from Europe.

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GARAGE SALE

We are looking into this but would like to have it at a more central location. I live in the South Bay of Los Angeles and am willing to hold one but I wondered a San Gabriel Valley, Ventura or San Diego location might work better.

Any thoughts on this?

Based on the advice from another collie club, we would sell things in the $1 to $5 range and be looking for coats, jackets, shoes, boots, kitchen items, knick knacks, costume jewelry (popular item), handbags, baby stroller, car seat, vacuum—everything and anything.

CALENDAR

This is in the works under the care of Mark Allen.

T-SHIRT

I’m working on incorporating Korean and Chinese and this isn’t easily available through CafePress plus I’ve heard there’s another start-up that will give a better percentage to SCR. Hope to have these done in time for our restaurant night(s).

UPDATED EXPENSES FOR SHINBI

Shinbi #1981 Costs

Overseas Costs

Shelter fee             100.

2 toll fees                 31.

taxi                           250.

vet                            123.

sub total:             $ 504.

Asiana Air             1500.

Crate                         150.

Wire transfer fee   45.

Terminal charge      50.

sub total                 1745.

TOTAL:                   $2249.

Extra Necessities:

2 coats, Wee pads    49.63

2 Wee pads                 58.30

Petco sweater           14.00

Goat’s Milk  (3/4)      26.00

3/15 2 Wee pads      58.30

4/02 (Goats’s Milk, vegetarian canned food)     $54

DONATIONS:

Just Give                     $883.16  – Check #1  (2/25)

Just Give                     $122.51   – Check #2 (3/25)

Just Give                      $158.82  – Check #3 (3/25)

GoFundMe                 $1737.84  – Check #1  (2/25)

GoFundMe                  $22.   – Check on 4/18  (Nancy Marks)

Checks to SCR   

Anne Schmid           $300

Eleanor Wilson        $100

Luz Countryman      $100

Debby Peterson       $ 35

Lisa Hoch                    $100

*Mike/Judy Joyce   $150   (added March 1)

*Betty Jo Grugg         $20    (added March 1)

Robert Conklin         $100 (added March 6)

Anne Schmid             $50  (April 12)

Ginger Goodell         $25  (April 12)

Susan Van E                $ 50  (April 12)

Roz Grashaw              $50 (May 1)

Luz Countryman     $100 (May 25)

List of Just Give Donors (to Feb. 15th)  more to come

Nathalie Leseine       $100

Craig Thacker              $52.36

Anonymous               $104.71

Trisha Valdivia          $100

NoCal Collie Rescue   $300

Amanda Boeddeker   $104.71

John Finch                     $20

Sylvia Chevier             $100

Marla Hart                  $43

Additional Just Give Donors

Anonymous      $47.75 (April)

Cindy Terrien      $23.87  “

Laura Miklos         $38.20  “

DONATIONS STARTING IN JUNE 2014 

Just Give – 6/21/2014   $68.06

GoFundMe

Linda Gruno   $50

Tanya Doole  $25

Marilyn Day   $25

Bethany Burke   $50

Jenny Costa Farrell    $300

Bernie Roberts   $200

Andrea   $50

Nan Marks   $50

Kate & Lark    $25

Carolyn McCullough    $25

Mark Allen     $100

Kathleen D. Smith    $25

Michele M. Fricke    $50

Anonymous   $300

Kari Hatfield   $150

Anonymous $200

Carolyn McCullough    $25

Andrea    $50

Teresa Pelkie   $50

Anonymous   $50

Valerie Brehm   $25

Jenny Costa    $1,000

Diane Palumbo   $1,000

JUNE DONATIONS MAILED IN

Darcie Barnes    $25

Luz Countryman   $100

Trisha and Stephen Valdivia    $100

Schwab Charitable Fund (Mitch & Jeffyne Telson)   $500

Vet Bills through February 28, 2014 (Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital)

2/21 Exam, CBC, Fecal                    $183.77

2/24 Tick Panel, Doxycycline       $254.71

2/25 Dexamethasone Suppression, Dexamethasone Injection, Blood Glucose, Microfilaremia test, Radiology                                  $345.22

2/27 Trifexis                                       $103

2/28 Insulin, Syringes, Urinalysis, Urine Culture and MIC, Nail Trim   $223.45

TOTAL:                                                 $1110.15

Vet Bills starting in March 2014 

3/7  Minor recheck exam, 1 Health Check (bloodwork)    $121.49

3/12 Ultrasound Abdominal Sonogram; 1 Coagulation Panel 1; 1 Bile Acids (Prepost)  $467.40

3/14  1 Blood Glucose; 1 Ultrasound Guided Biopsy; 1 local/Topical Anesthesia     $202.40

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $1901.44

3/18    1 Insulin Vetsulin;  20 Doxycycline     $71.50

3/22    Prednisone tabs;  Baytril Tablets;  Denamarin      $211.20

4/03/14  Exam, Glucose Testing, Radiology, Insulin and syringes   $578.87 (minus the board which I paid $107.80 – charge to SCR would be $471.07)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $2655.21

4/7   Colchicine $189,  Ursodiol  $86

 4/14   2 Insulin  $84, 1 Denamarin  $66

4/30  2 Insulin Vetsulin   $84.00

5/1   Colchicine  $189.44;   Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $3,514.93

4/29  Glucose Test Kit   $34.48

5/1    Goat’s Milk (Bloom)   $26

5/4/ Glucose Test Strips   $41.03

5/20  Denamarin   $66

4/23   Rechesck Exam $22.50; Blood Glucose Curve $65.79; Hematocrit/Total Protein $16.61

5/27  2 Insulin Vetsulin  $86;  1 Vetsulin Insulin Syringes U-40 Box  $35.10

5/20  Health Check  blood panel for liver check)  $98.99

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $4,007.43

6/2   Colchicine  $189.44;  Ursodiol  $56.38

6/11  Goat’s Milk (Bloom) $25.99

6/23   Office Visit $39.30;  1 Immiticide $115.50;  15 Prednisone $14.85;  1 Boarding treatment      .77;   4 board treatments diabetics $46.20;  3 boarding treatments $4.62;  1 TrizEDTA+Baytril+DexSP $37.50 (for ruptured ear drum);   2 Insulin Vetsulin $86;   1 Denamarin $66  =  $495.44 total this bill

NEW VET BILL TOTAL: $4,774.68

7/1   Colchicine  $189.44;   Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $5,020.50

7/10  Goat’s Milk (Bloom)   $25.99

ShinBi: Our mystery man

Why I love Google Translate: I now know how to write ShinBi: 신비 The Chinese (because Koreans write their names in Hangul and Chinese characters) would be: 神秘 This is an older photo of ShinBi, but I just love these pajamas on him.

ShinBi’s name means mystery.

In Korean, that is Shinbi. In Mandarin Chinese, that is Shénmì. In Japanese, it is pronounced Shinpi.

standing cropped-1In May growing coat

 

ShinBi gains 10 pounds and needs more funds

ShinBi peeking out

As you might have noticed, ShinBi is doing better. He has gained weight so he isn’t that bone thin boy that flew into Los Angeles in February.

If you recall we were really worried because ShinBi had actually lost a few pounds. You can see that he is no longer a collie with a bad buzz job, but he is still a collie with many bad hair days ahead.

Our original projected cost for six months (February to July) was $3,000. That figure has proved to be too optimistic. Our current projected cost is $6,000. We have started a new GoFundMe campaign and at this moment have $575.

http://www.gofundme.com/ShinBi

We also have an offer from the Collie Rescue Foundation. We will know more later.

We know that we are asking a lot and there are many other needy animals, including The Arrow Fund’s Lad in Northern California at UC Davis.

Lad’s life isn’t in danger and he has experts at a major university looking out for him. Team ShinBi on the other hand is small. ShinBi is a dog who cannot survive without treatment. Because he has several health issues, the vet must approach each with caution. First, the vet wants to get his diabetes under control and this has delayed his heartworm treatment for the adults heartworms. The adulticide was originally scheduled to begin in late April.

ShinBi’s wonderful foster mom, Sue Baldwin, had to do a 12-hour blood glucose curve and chart the results for his diabetes. ShinBi now thinks there must be vampires in Southern California and he’s not a fan. You can see him peeking out to see if any needles are hovering in his near future in the photo above. His insulin amounts have been adjusted six times already from 9 units, to 11 units, to 17, to 19, to 22, and now back to 17.

The latest news on ShinBi was good. His original liver values were numbers in the thousands and thousands, but now are down in the hundreds. The vet is pleased. He has just been on his liver medications for about seven weeks. The vet is sending his results to a specialist for recommendations on starting his heartworm medications

We don’t want to keep asking for money without giving you anything back so we are looking into other fundraising approaches. One thing we’re considering is having a Southern California fundraising night at a chain restaurant where you can invite your friends and family and have a great time with 20 percent of the amount spent on food going to ShinBi’s medical fund.

There have been other suggestions such as auctions or a garage sale. Nothing is definite and the Southland Collie Rescue board has yet to give the go-ahead so keep the fundraising news under your hat for now. We are open to suggestions.

Through it all, ShinBi has remained happy and bouncy. His vet declared ShinBi “doesn’t walk, he dances!” You can see below that he does want to play (with Sue’s own Teddy). If he’s this happy and bouncy when he’s so sick, imagine how much more loving he’ll be when he’s better.

Below is the current medical costs:

Vet Bills through February 28, 2014 (Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital)

2/21 Exam, CBC, Fecal                    $183.77

2/24 Tick Panel, Doxycycline       $254.71

2/25 Dexamethasone Suppression, Dexamethasone Injection, Blood Glucose, Microfilaremia test, Radiology                                  $345.22

2/27 Trifexis                                       $103

2/28 Insulin, Syringes, Urinalysis, Urine Culture and MIC, Nail Trim   $223.45

TOTAL:                                                 $1110.15

Vet Bills starting in March 2014 

3/7  Minor recheck exam, 1 Health Check (bloodwork)    $121.49

3/12 Ultrasound Abdominal Sonogram; 1 Coagulation Panel 1; 1 Bile Acids (Prepost)  $467.40

3/14  1 Blood Glucose; 1 Ultrasound Guided Biopsy; 1 local/Topical Anesthesia     $202.40

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $1901.44

3/18    1 Insulin Vetsulin;  20 Doxycycline     $71.50

3/22    Prednisone tabs;  Baytril Tablets;  Denamarin      $211.20

4/03/14  Exam, Glucose Testing, Radiology, Insulin and syringes   $578.87 (minus the board which I paid $107.80 – charge to SCR would be $471.07)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $2655.21

4/7   Colchicine $189,  Ursodiol  $86

 4/14   2 Insulin  $84, 1 Denamarin  $66

4/23   Rechesck Exam $22.50; Blood Glucose Curve $65.79; Hematocrit/Total Protein $16.61

4/30  2 Insulin Vetsulin   $84.00

5/1   Colchicine  $189.44;   Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $3,514.93

4/29  Glucose Test Kit   $34.48

5/1    Goat’s Milk (Bloom)   $26

5/4/ Glucose Test Strips   $41.03