Monthly Archives: January 2015

What a difference a week makes, Thumbelina’s progress

Thumbelina in her cart wordpress 3Well, today we went for Thumbelina’s 6th laser treatment and to get medication for her UTI.  Apparently this kind of injury usually brings on Bladder infections as part of the course.  We caught it immediately so she hasn’t been in too much discomfort.  She actually stood today on her own.  Not for very long but WOW what a difference a week of laser treatments can make.  Dr. Velasco is sure she will walk again.  But it could take up to 8 weeks of treatments.  The cart that was so graciously donated by Mrs. Abu Badu is making all the difference.  Thumbelina has adjusted to it and is making great use of it.  As you can see in the video she is now actually moving her rear legs independently.  Baby steps but nonetheless spectacular changes since we pulled her from Chula Vista on Sunday the 18th.

Only a 501 C 3 charity could pull her from the Animal control facility because of her severe injury to her spine. On January 13th Animal Control picked her up off the streets as she was dragging her legs behind her.  We will never know how or why she ended up alone on that street but she will never have to be abandoned or alone again.

Dr. Velasco has said surgery was a waste of time so we are thrilled to know that we won’t have to come up with $8000 dollars for that!  But we can sure still use any donation you might want to give.  Remember all donations are 100% tax right off.  As of today our closest estimation for the cost of Laser is $1,160 and follow up of acupuncture $568, a total equaling $1,728.  So any donation is thankfully welcomed.  We figure if we could be 400 individuals to donate $5 that would be perfect. The more that this blog is shared the more chance we have of meeting that goal.  Thumbelina and Sounds of Silent Spirits thanks you.
NOTE: Please indicate on your check or PayPal that the donation is for Thumbelina.

Thumbelina gets some wheels

Good Afternoon Everyone.  Click on the YouTube link to view new video of Thumbelina’s new wheels.

I have been busy transporting Thumbelina back and forth to her Laser Therapy this week.  Her and I have logged 1595 miles by today’s end.  today’s photo is this mornings sunrise on the black mesa as we started our journey.  IMG_0368

Tumbelina is showing some slight improvement.  Dr. Velasco will assess her improvement this coming Monday.  Tomorrow we get to stay home and rest.  We will do some ball exercises with help her build up her core/stomach muscles. This is a great substitute for water therapy especially in this cold weather.  Thumbelina’s legs are moving independently but we are under strict instructions not to push or try anything until Dr. Velasco says so.  As you can see she’s trying to figure out the red wagon that Mr. and Mrs. Abu Badu’s donated.  If you could share this blog we would appreciate the fan base.  We are hoping to get much needed donations of any size for Thumbelina’s medical bills.  At this point we are hoping that the laser then acupuncture will stave off surgery but surgery could have to be done to fuse her 4th and 5th vertebra. Our donate info is above, click on how you can help.



Thumbelina’s Visit to Dr. Jamie Velasco

I dream of walking with the other dogs.

I dream of walking with the other dogs.

First of all I have to share how awesome a traveler our Miss Thumbelina is.  That girl has traveled from Chula Vista to Poway to Joshua Tree to La Quina to Riverside to Joshua Tree to Apple Valley to Joshua Tree since Sunday.  Never complains, and never has accidents in her crate.

We awoke early today to head over to Sounds of Silent Spirits DVM in Apple Valley this morning.  Bear Valley Animal Hospital, has the most  wonderful team, from the front desk, vet techs, other staff, and of course Dr. Velasco we couldn’t be more pleased to call them our Primary DVM.

Dr. Velasco looked over Thumbelina and her extensive X-Rays.  And we all agreed that Laser treatments were an excellent course of action.  This is why; apparently Thumbelina’s disc ruptured between vertebra  4 and 5.  She would have been instantly paralyzed except for a narrowing of the spine, a fusion of sorts below the rupture that kept those two vertebra’s from slamming down on her spinal cord.  Kind of a miracle is all I am saying.

Dr. Velasco says that because of  where the ruptured occurred surgery might have to be address in the future, years maybe.  But, Class IV Deep Tissue Laser has had amazing results with all the Dachshunds Dr. Velasco has worked on.  He had a Dachshund who hadn’t walked for nearly a year before coming into Dr. Velasco.  That Doxie is fulling mobile now with out a cart. So, I am the optimist and believe with all your well wishes that this young healthy girl Thumbelina can over come her issues. So, don’t be afraid to send your well wishes for her.

Here’s the plan, Thumbelina will be treated with Laser three times daily today through Saturday, returning Monday to begin a every other day treatment still consisting of three treatments per day,  for the next three to four weeks.  In the mean time she has been measured for a Cart donated by Mrs. Abu Badu, Thank you Angela.  Thumbelina will start using this cart immediately, what the cart does besides the obvious and more importantly, facilitates the

repairing and rebuilding of her atrophied rear legs. The proper measurements insure that her weight is kept off her spinal area but that her feet can lightly tread if she wants to use them.

It’s so amazing all the wonderful things out their to help spinal injuries.  Lastly, Dr. Velasco would like some water therapy so I hope to have the spa up and running soon.  Check out our for our YouTube links to see Thumbelina’s progress.

All Donations for Thumbelina are 100% tax deductable.  Our PayPal link is at the top of page in menu, or mail to Sounds of Silent Spirits (SOSS), PO Box 2198, Lucerne Valley CA 92356-2198.  PLEASE note that your donation is specifically for Thumbelina or Frenchie.

Thank you,

Melissa Bacall, Adoption Coordinator.

Thumbelina will also visit Holistic DVM at 8am tomorrow in Redlands for her first Accupunture treatment.  Like I said this girl can travel.

We hope to see some results by Saturday, But we have been given strick instructions to keep her immobile as much as possible through the weekend.  Any falling or rolling can be very counter productive.

Meet Thumbelina our Newest Rescue

Thumbelina Word press pic 1Yesterday I was notified that there was a disabled French Bulldog in Chula Vista that need a 501 3 C rescue pull.  My source is excellent so with out any photo I began a speedy request to become an authorized Rescue with the Animal Shelter.  Mind you when I say speedy that means about 5 to 6 hours from beginning to end.  And to no fault on either side, it’s what should be expected, a good vetting should have  hoops to jump to make sure we are worthy enough to be partnered with Chula Vista Animal Welfare Shelter.  We were obviously approved.  I want to add that Linda Septon is great at her job.  I love when I meet someone as committed to an animal’s welfare as I am.  I shared the vetting process that Linda had done with me by our President, Regene, and she too was impressed.

All that aside, lets get to the amazing Thumbelina !  Full of tender joy and hope she has already won my heart, the heart of Alex who picked her up in Chula Vista and transported, and the entire staff at the shelter.  Our friend Angela and I agreed that Thumbelina was an apt name for this tiny Frenchie who was pickup obviously lost in the streets of South Bay San Diego unable to move her rear hind quarters.   She has very impressive upper strength though.  So, her name reflex her journey and all the friends who helped her be safe and comfortable until we rescued her.

We have all the medical tests, X-Rays, and findings the doctor at shelter performed.   And we know for certain that she has some sever spinal problems. While waiting yesterday for approval to pull Thumbelina I found a DVM that also does Chiropractic and Acupuncture and made an appointment for Tuesday Morning.  We are hoping for the best as we have had excellent results in the past with spinal issues.

In the mean time our Thumbelina has very minimal area to move as we don’t want to aggravate or cause more injury.  She has a nice commercial rug in her outdoor  X-pen area where she enjoyed there quail and bunnies this late afternoon.  The rug is to make sure her footing is stable.  Only being 4 years young she has lots of French Bulldog energy.  She is quite comfortable in the Pen and her very large indoor crate.  She is sleeping as I compose this post.  Lots of new and exciting things out here at Yippee Ki Aye Doggie Hacienda for her to discover and enjoy.  This will be her foster home for a while until we have full assessment and rehabilitation. Then we will start the process of adopting her to her new forever home.

So here is the best we can hope for, that a series of homeopathic treatment along with western medicine and water therapy help her regain her mobility. Of course, there most likely will be some preventive therapy the rest of her life if this course of action is successful.  Next option would be possible laser treatments to help the damage to the spine. The other option is surgery but we are very wary of surgery and unless given 90 percent success rate we most likely will not attempt.  Lastly, would be to fit her properly with a go cart.  So she could race around and be as mobile as if she had legs with a few exception.

Before I forget her cute dress was courtesy of the folks at the Shelter along with a plush toy.   I have been told emphatically they will miss her very much.  We will love and cherish Thumbelina until she finds her forever home. I will share our findings and successes as we proceed.

We hope you will be encourage to share story with your friends.  And of course any and all donations are 100% tax deductible.  We have pay pal that you can access through our website here.  Or sending to S.O.S.S. P.O. Box 2198  Lucerne Valley CA 92356-2198.   REMEMBER to add in notes on PayPal that donation is for Thumbelina or Frenchie, or write on your check. Melissa Bacall / Adoption Coordinator