Long Time, No Blog

Goodness, where have I been?! Working, fostering, planning a wedding…

Business is so good, I had to stop taking on new clients until after the wedding so I can focus on planning!

After Ull (the last foster I blogged about) got adopted, we were asked to foster a cat that was described to me as shy but sweet. It turned out she was completely feral and I couldn’t get anywhere near her!! Thankfully, a family had gone to the humane society looking for a barn cat during the time I was fostering her and feral cats make great barn cats!! After her (Maysoon), we fostered a kitten who needed to learn some manners. He was only with us a couple of weeks before going to live with our friend who absolutely loves him!

Steve has continued to show improvement since her colon surgery. It’s still weird to me to get excited about poop, but every day that she has a solid poop is a day that I get excited! We still have streaky days. We still have butt print days. We haven’t had a bath day in a while.

One of my clients adopted a 10 year old Beagle, Buster, about a month ago. They’re absolutely in love with him and spoiled him rotten. He had a terrible cough, so they took him to the vet (his vet is Steve’s vet!!) who referred him to a cardiologist for a heart abnormality. It turns out that he has heartworm disease. They’re heartbroken and very scared to go through the treatment, but they want what’s best for Buster. I know a little about heartworm because of my 7 years volunteering at the humane society, but I’ve never taken a dog through treatment. However, the advice I imparted on them I stole from the Tripawds community. I told them that Buster has no idea what’s ahead of him. He only knows what’s in front of him and takes life one moment at a time. He knows that he is loved and he knows that they are doing their absolute best to care for him. They have a long road ahead of them, but they can’t look at the length of time and they shouldn’t fear anything any more than Buster does.

If anyone knows of a community of support for heartworm disease similar to what we have here for Tripawd families, I would appreciate being made aware of it so I can pass the info on to my clients. They would love to have the kind of support that the Tripawds community offers!!

Snuggle buddies
More snuggle buddies
brock sampson
Brock Samson, our most recent foster
Maysoon, our feral foster
Steve has recently discovered that she likes her dad’s stank. She hangs out in his dirty socks and his dirty underwear ALL OF THE TIME!
Steve just bein’ Steve


Author: stevethetripawdlady

Born and raised in Upstate NY and a volunteer at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, NY. That's where Steve came from. Remember, Steve is a girl!

2 thoughts on “Long Time, No Blog”


    What others may find “disgusting”, we applaud loudly around here! So glad things are more “normal” for Steve. She really is a miracle kitty!

    You really are a Saint to all the needy animals who have been under your care.

    The snuggle pictures are soooo cute! And your little Brock Samson…adorable!!

    And Steve’s new choice of dirty laundry as her spa bed…interesting!

    You gave great advice ro Buster’s mom. I know she appreciates your support.

    I know shelters are on a shoestring budget, but it’s a shame they didn’t do a heartworm test. At least your friend coukd have been better prepared emotionally…maybe. A simple blood test would have made the determination.

    I jave jad a dog go thru the treatment. The first couple of days were rough and scary. If I recall, he stayed maube two nights at the vet. Can’t remember, it was several years ago. Hopefully, the treatment has improved. Once he got out of the danger time, he did absolutely fine!!

    Have her make sure the vet does COMPLETE workup to ensure he has no other issues going on. Did the specialist determine if any damage had been done to the heart?

    Once she gets Buster home, it’s just a matter of keeu him quite as all the worms continue to get out of his bloodstream.

    After that, Buster should be just fine.

    If you want, you could post under “Ask A Vet” to see if there is any additional insight she, or anyone, can offer.

    Keeping all paws crossed for sweet Buster AND Steve!! Keep us posted. And do consider posting in the forums for additional information for Buster. And thanks for being there for your friend!


    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  2. Haha long time no READ for me! Glad I could catch up to see how life has been treating you. Looks like things are going very well overall and wow what a difference you are making for people. Do you have any idea how many lives you are helping to improve? YAAAAY!

    I wish I knew a community for heartworm treatment support but unfortunately I don’t know any more than what Google might pull up. But what a great idea, I hope there is one.

    Glad to see the pride is doing well. Steve looks GREAT!!!

    P.S. I got a kick out of the description of Maysoon. What some people think as “shy but sweet” is very different from what others do. Too funny! Glad she found a home and a job!

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