In Memory of Tori (Nori)
With great sadness, we have to update this little girl's story to say that she lost her battle with urinary tract disease in spite of the loving care of her new owner. Nori was found on the side of the road by one of our volunteers when they were on their way to pick up some rescues in Virginia. She was so malnourished that the wonderful Veterinary staff at Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital (OSSVH) thought she was a senior dog. Upon further examination they found a serious problem which caused her to arch her back to offset her discomfort and added to her "senior dog" appearance...
Nori had developed 4 bladder stones, the biggest of which measured over 5"x 6". She had emergency surgery to remove the stones but was still having trouble urinating. The Veterinary Doctors at OSSVH often collaborate with specialists in the veterinary field and one of those doctors discovered polyps in Nori's urethra. We were shocked. After the bladder stones were removed Nori was such a happy, loving dog and got along with everybody. We were worried that the polyps were cancerous and would shorten her life span. The polyps were sent to a specialist and thankfully they were determined to be benign! Nori went to her to her furever home, was given the name Tori and lived with two West Highland Terrier siblings where she was loved and well cared for during her short life. We'd like to thank Chris Koerner and her husband for taking wonderful care of Tori. You were a blessing to her and she was so lucky to have you both in her life.
Melody came to us with a shattered pelvis after being hit by a car. She was taken to a shelter who reached out to us to save her life. While she was at the shelter she contracted parvovirus, a nasty and often deadly gastro-enteric virus. She was kept in isolation under Veterinarian care until she was well enough to be cared for by MASTER volunteers. Today, Melody is a healthy happy girl and gets treated like a princess at her furever home. Thanks to the generous donations of our MASTER members and the public we were able to give Melody the care she needed to live and unite her with her loving owner.
Frank and I are passionate about helping animals in need. Folks ask how we can continue to make such a commitment, but the best kept secret is how much we get from rescuing. It is a true life's work for us. We hope to continue for years to come. Please help make that possible. Jeanne