Hi, my name is Rose and I'm a 9 month old Saluki puppy.
I just got out of the hospital after 3 weeks in something
called "intensive care". I caught a stupid bug out running
in a state wildlife area and everybody says I should not be here.
I got liver failure, kidney failure, acute pancreatitis,
DIC (a hemorrage), left ventricular failure in my heart,
thrombosis and gangrene in my foot, which is why I'm writing.
I don't have a foot anymore. I'm famous too because a
newspaper reporter wrote a story about me and took pictures
of me and my mom after I got out of the hospital and everybody
calls me "a miracle". Mom hasn't quite figured out how to
send a good picture of me over the net but as soon as she
does, we'll send you one. Thank you for letting me join
your club. Oh, by the way, I'm at home and doing just fine
and I'm even being naughty and getting in trouble,
just like the old days. ...Rose the Saluki puppy
(and mom Debbie Martin)
Cynthia - Attached is the story from the newspaper.
It's quite a story. Hope you enjoy it. Rose continues
to improve by leaps and bounds and she doesn't even know
that she doesn't have a foot (except when she has an
itch!). She has gained over 6 pounds since she came home
and she's as bad as ever, getting into trouble daily.
Rotten little hound!
She is a darling little girl but she is evil, too. You
can't really see it in the pictures I sent you, but she is.
Salukis have minds of their own (they're hounds after all).
I wouldn't trade her for the world, though. Actually, there
isn't enough money in the world to pay her vet bill. Ha ha!
I would have just spent it on something stupid like a new
car that I desperately need. I'll be in Topeka on Sunday,
April 25, at the Kansas Expocentre Exhibition Hall,
showing Rose's brother, Dani, who her breeder GAVE to me.
She was so impressed at how we pulled Rose through,
and obviously how much I loved her, that she wanted me
to have her brother so I can show again. This has been
quite an ordeal, let me assure you. I'm too old for this
kind of stuff! Talk to you soon.
...Debbie and Rose
Caption under photo: A survivor:
Debbie Martin with her Saluki, Rose, who has survived
several life-threatening crises.
Headline: 'Miracle Dog' Survives Mysterious Ailments
If you don't believe in miracles now, you just might after
reading about Rose.
It's a story of hope, says her owner, Debbie Martin.
"I don't know where Deb got her optimism," said Dr. Hal Smith,
one of the veterinarians at the Pitts Veterinary Hospital
who treated Rose during a two-week roller-coaster ride.
"We really didn't have a lot of hope. We came close to losing
her." But nobody gave up, least of all Rose, who battled
five life-threatening medical calamities as an unidentified
toxin swept through her like a wildfire. Martin gives the
highest praise to the dedicated doctors at Pitts, who
persevered through each medical crisis the 7-month-old
Saluki puppy faced, only to see each success cascade
into a new crisis. Several times, weary and worried,
Martin resolved to have her beautiful pup put down.
But when she arrived at Pitts, as she did four times
daily during an ordeal that began Feb. 26, she would
gaze into Rose's eyes and see a fire there that said,
"No, I'm not ready to go."
"I would never have brought that kind of suffering on a dog,"
Martin said. "But she'd look up at me, and it was as if
you could see into her soul. She wanted to live."
Rose, aka Shaseis Stolen Moment, came into the world
specially blessed: She was born on the birthday of a boy
near and dear to Martin's heart. Matthew Savage died
last spring on the way to a dog show in a car accident
that also killed a brother and his mother, veterinarian
Fran Savage. Dog show people share a bond, and Martin
and Fran Savage were good friends besides. Rose,
Martin's first Saluki, was an up-and-coming show prospect.
She had just taken a reserve win under a highly respected
judge. This dog is Westminster material, Martin thought
proudly. To celebrate, Martin let Rose run loose in a
wildlife management area. Salukis, perhaps the most ancient
of purebred dogs, are Greyhound-type coursing hounds ancient
Sumerians and Egyptians used to hunt gazelle and antelope.
In the modern world, cars are Salukis' greatest enemies.
Dog/Bad water may have infected pet
The wildlife area seemed a safe haven to run her hound.
Now Martin believes that the bug Rose picked up may
have come from a stagnant pool of water Rose raced
through that day. Within a couple of days, it was evident
something was wrong. Martin was alerted by a mournful howl
from her elder Irish Setter. Rose had collapsed in her crate.
Martin rushed Rose to the vet's office. Smith remembers
that Rose was "just not quite right, but there was
nothing dramatic about her condition." The next day, however,
Rose was unable to walk and a blood screen revealed serious
liver damage. A high white blood cell count indicated
a possible bacterial infection. Rose was put on IV fluids.
Meanwhile, the dog had stopped eating and was vomiting bile.
Naturally gaunt dogs, Salukis don't have a lot of fat reserves,
so Rose's only chance, Martin was told, was for doctors to
insert a feeding tube directly into Rose's intestines
in a procedure used so rarely that the Pitts vets had to
get the special tube from Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.
During the same surgery, Rose underwent a liver biopsy with
the hope it would shed light on what was wrong (it didn't).
Five minutes into the surgery, Rose lost blood pressure.
She revived but later began hemorrhaging internally.
Doctors began transfusing her with blood and hydrating
her with fluids. To compound matters, Rose chewed out
her feeding tube. Now it was truly eat or die. Miraculously,
she began to accept food from Martin and a vet technician
named Jane. Dr. Terry Pitts began to call Rose the little miracle dog.
She had survived liver and kidney failure, hemorrhage
and acute pancreatitis. Then her foot developed a thrombosis
from the IV tubes and the bleeding episode, which developed
into gangrene and necessitated amputation. But the damage
to her system precluded use of anesthesia. So Pitts put a
morphine drip into Rose's spine and used a local anesthetic
block to amputate the foot. Against all odds, Rose came home
the middle of March. She was racing around the backyard the
night I called. And still, doctors hadn't a clue what had
nearly killed her. Frankly, her long-term prognosis remains
cloudy. Nor will the little Saluki who once turned heads
in the show ring enter another dog show. Though that door
has closed, Martin sees another one opening for the tenacious
hound. "I'm going to make a therapy dog out of her," Martin said,
a certain survivor's pride evident. "She's an unusual dog
who's gone through unusual circumstances.
I think people (in nursing homes) can identify with her."
Kate Gaul, for the Lincoln Journal Star, Monday, March 29, 1999
Rose is doing FABULOUS! The vet told me last night that he only
needs to see her once a month now! Her kidneys have returned to near
normal function and her foot is healing nicely. We made her a prosthetic
foot out of 2" PVC pipe and she gets around good on it. The muscle in
her leg atrophied so we're working on building it back up. Yes, I was
with Peaches when I put her down. I was the first person she saw in this
world (I whelped her litter) and I was the last person she saw when she
left. That's the way I wanted it. She seemed relieved. She was a very
sick little girl. I don't know where the cancer comes from. If I could
afford it, I would feed the all natural dog diets. If I had time, I
would make my own dog food. But, unfortunately, I'm time and money poor
so I have to rely on commercial dog food. I firmly believe that
processing has a lot to do with the high incidence of cancers anymore.
I've tried to be so careful over the years about breeding a genetic
predisposition to various diseases. I've never had epilepsy, hip
displaysia or bloat in my lines (I've been breeding for almost 20 years)
and this is only the 2nd cancer. Unfortunately, her mother had a fast
cell mastic cancer but I had surgery done on her (at 10 years old) and
she is with me to this day (12 years old). I now am afraid that I have a
genetic predisposition to fast cell cancer so I'm rethinking my program.
The Salukis seem to be free of a lot of the common ailments, like bloat,
displaysia, cancer, epilepsy and so on but they do have a tendency
towards auto immune disease and cardiomyopathy. Yikes! We did rule out
auto immune with Rose and her heart failure was due to debilitation. Her
heart is functioning normally now. Sometimes I wonder if its worth it at
all to breed these animals. I haven't bred that many litters over the
years and I keep in touch with all the owners and so far, my research
and strategies have paid off as far as long term health and stable
temperment go. I would like to breed Rose because I think she is an
incredible animal and, since I can't show her but she would have kicked
some major butt, I think she will produce herself and would like to have
another. Did you know I have her brother? He is gorgeous. I showed him
in Topeka and he got a lot of attention because of his almost angelic
expression and his gorgeous golden/white color. He's not my Rose but he
is a very nice dog.