Terra's Heart Needs Help!

Terra's Heart Needs Help!

From Elise Magnant

Our new farm-pup Terra was born with a congenital heart defect called a PDA. With surgery it is very likely she will live a long and wonderful life.

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3 months ago

Terra was the first pup out of her mother. In fact, until her heart condition began to slow her down, she was the first pup in her litter to do everything. The first pup to wag her tail, to come say hi to visitors, the first to learn her name and to sit when asked. She's always been a little different than her siblings, a little goofier, a little smaller, a little floofier - and, we learned after she visited the vet for the first time, her heart is a little different as well.
Now she has begun to need rest a little more than her siblings, needs to catch her breath more often, needs to be cared for more. Unless she gets this surgery, thankfully a very safe and highly successful procedure, she won't be able to get enough blood flow to survive. Terra is a very special pup and with this surgery she will get the opportunity to grow up and live a long and active life, the sort of life most dogs only dream of. Long romps in the pasture, full days keeping a watchful shepherd eye on her people busy at work in the field, loving human companionship, winters spent bounding through snowy mountainsides.
If it's possible for you to help out, even just a little, it would mean a lot to this small pup, slightly different from all the rest, who has a whole lot of wags left in her tail to give her family.- Kay

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When I first met Terra she was only 36 hours old, a little black mewling pup with a bright white blaze on her chest. Even at that point I was quite certain that she would be the pup for me. In the weeks that followed i came to visit her as often as i could, 2 or 3 times a week. at around 5 weeks we started to do a little training and she quickly adapted to walking on a leash and coming to the sound of her name. Last week, just a few days before she was due to come home with me we learned she had a pretty serious sounding heart murmur. I wrestled with the decision for a couple days, take her in for further/ potentially costly diagnostics? or let her live out her days on the farm she was born on and adopt a different pup. in the end I concluded I wasn't ready to give up on her. She has a PDA, a highly fatal, but easily fixable flaw. Her surgery, while pricey, has a history of high success, with the dog living a completely normal life after. Please consider donating to help us give Terra the full and active life she deserves! The $5,000, or whatever amount is raised will go directly towards the total cost of Terra's surgery.  -Elise

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Elise Magnant posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

Terra was the first pup out of her mother. In fact, until her heart condition began to slow her down, she was the first pup in her litter to do everything. The first pup to wag her tail, to come say hi to visitors, the first to learn her name and to sit when asked. She's always been a little different than her siblings, a little goofier, a little smaller, a little floofier - and, we learned after she visited the vet for the first time, her heart is a little different as well.
Now she has begun to need rest a little more than her siblings, needs to catch her breath more often, needs to be cared for more. Unless she gets this surgery, thankfully a very safe and highly successful procedure, she won't be able to get enough blood flow to survive. Terra is a very special pup and with this surgery she will get the opportunity to grow up and live a long and active life, the sort of life most dogs only dream of. Long romps in the pasture, full days keeping a watchful shepherd eye on her people busy at work in the field, loving human companionship, winters spent bounding through snowy mountainsides.
If it's possible for you to help out, even just a little, it would mean a lot to this small pup, slightly different from all the rest, who has a whole lot of wags left in her tail to give her family.- Kay

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