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.


  • 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



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

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