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These are my 2 American Pit Bull Terrier puppies…Dream on the left and Wonder on the right…..(6-28-10) from my male Buster and my beautiful female Lilac who unfortunately lost a battle to cancer when these little guys were just 3 1/2 weeks old. They were bottle fed from 3 days old. Here they are just 6 weeks old today.
Little Dream became very ill on 6-16-10 ( just 4 weeks and 2 days old) and was taken to the Vet with a temperature of 98.6 and was turning blue. She was put on IV’s and was severly dehydrated. She had begun to vomit and had bad diarrhea while Wonder had not started to vomit yet. I immediately put them both on an injectable antibotic. It worked for Wonder…..but little Dream was going downhill. I was devistated. I visited at least once a day and sometimes twice. It seemed to me that she was staying too dehydrated…so being me…I kept asking them to give her more fluids. They said they didn’t want to drown her, which to me sounded crazy. She was dehydrated. Two times she looked hydrated to me….. and then she would be tacky again. She could not keep anything down and was really not interested in eating or drinking. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep while she was at the Vet.

On the 21st I called in the morning and asked how she was doing. They said not good and that she was bleeding from the mouth. I can’t even begin to tell you how that felt. So I got in the car and went over as fast as I could. They had no hope for her. So I had them take her IV’s out…give me the meds and some fluids for under the skin and told them that if she was going to die it would be at home where she belonged.

As soon as I got her home, I put 70 cc’s of fluids under her skin. She weighed 3 pounds. I did the same again that night, since her poor little body had absorbed it. She had one little spot of blood come from just one tiny spot on the side of her mouth, and after that…there was no more.

I made her a comfy little spot in my computer room with her stuffies and she mostly just laid in there looking sad. Then that night, she got up and walked across the papered floor and went potty on the paper! Both! I never knew how a normal looking doggie doo could look so good. Then she went back in the stuffies and went to sleep.

Next morning I gave the 70 cc’s of fluids again. I had just fed Wonder and she must have smelled the food on my hands and she looked hungry…so I got her some yogurt and baby food mixed together and fed her slow with the syringe. It was like she was starving…which she was…so I had to limit the amount. The biggest problem was keeping it down. She wasn’t really vomiting….but spitting alot of it up and it was just coming out. I called the pharmacist at my CVS and asked him what they gave to babies who couldn’t hold food down…and he recommended something they give to babies who have colic. So then I gave her some of that before and after she ate. After a few days…I am so happy to say that she stopped spitting up and everything was staying down. Her temperature was going up too. And she visited with Wonder and tried to shake her up! What a little trooper!!

And so here she is now just 8 days later with her sister Wonder. A bit smaller….but doing just fine.

These two little girls will be staying with me. :))

I have included some images of her day to day progress below.

Thanks to everyone who knew what she was going through and prayed for her. God bless you all. :))

Dream on her first day home from the Vet

Dream on her second day home from the Vet

Dream – third day home

Dream – fourth day home

Dream – fifth day home and feeling better. Trying to chew a cow hoof! :))

The following 3 images are on days 6 and 7, when Dream started to feel better and wanted to play with her sister Wonder

PS I forgot to mention that little Dream had exploratory surgery her 1st day at the Vet to check for a twisted intestine. You can see her scar in the next to the last picture….and where she had been shaved. Now that is one puppy with a will to live. :))

All photos here were taken in my home in Amherst, Virginia, USA, with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS.

UPDATE – I’m happy to say that Dream (and Wonder) are still here with me today (5-30-13). Dream is doing great and was a mother of 8 last July 12th, 2012. See her with her babies HERE. :))


  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 4 years ago
    Oh they are so cute Ginny, made me smile!


  • Thanks so much Kevin. I’m glad they made you smile.

    – Ginny York

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Pops.

    – Ginny York

  • – Ginny York

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 4 years ago

    I am in love with these two! How pecious they are. So happy Dream is doing better. How very special!

  • Thanks so much Jackie. I am glad she is doing better too…but I still worry. I just want everything to keep going good.

    – Ginny York

  • Vendla
    Vendlaover 4 years ago

    congrats, toooo cute

  • Thanks so much Vendla.

    – Ginny York

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    OMG, there they are again. So absolutely precious.

  • Thanks so much Barb. They really are so precious.

    – Ginny York

  • Kristina Gale
    Kristina Galeover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness Ginny! I have tears in my eyes reading what you all have been through! Good for you that you knew how to help her and broughther home – just what she needed! I look forward to many more photos of this sweet and lucky little girl!

  • Thanks Kristina. I had many tears in my eyes all the way through this ordeal. I am so happy that she is feeling good. I pray that she will continue to do good. Thanks for adding her to your favorites.

    – Ginny York

  • marcwellman2000
    marcwellman2000over 4 years ago

    i have two dogs as well and have gone through some traumas with them too. here in china there are no vets to visit so you are really on your own. happy to say both my guys are 4 years old now and barring any tragedy, should live out their lives.
    dogs are so wonderful and i think it would be a sad world without their nose rubs and glances in our direction
    very happy yours are doing well now

  • Thank you so much Marc. I’m glad to hear that your dogs made it through their hardships and are fine now. I think it would be a sad world without dogs too.

    – Ginny York

  • Linda Hardt
    Linda Hardtover 4 years ago

    Oh, Ginny, I had no idea that little Dream was in such trouble. Thank God you decided to take care of her!! She’s quite the little miracle, isn’t she. Bless you for all the hard work you’ve put in to nursing her back to health! Lovely photo of the sisters!! I expect many more to come!!

  • Thanks so much Linda. It was a hard and very stressful thing to have to go through with such a little one. I didn’t quite know how to write about it when it was happening and didn’t know what the outcome would be. It was very scary to see her so down. I still watch her like a hawk. I just want everything to go smooth for her from now on. She really is a very special girl. Wonder too. :))

    – Ginny York

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 4 years ago

    Two beautiful little girls. What a story Ginny. I’m so happy she got better. I’m sure that a lot of payers were being answered. Amazing that she looks so good after her ordeal.

  • Thanks so much Victoria. She is one tuff little cookie. :))
    I know the prayers helped.

    – Ginny York

  • drawing4art
    drawing4artover 4 years ago

    Awww love these two little gals what fighters they are. I am so sorry about Lilac, so hard when we lose a much loved friend. Love all the pics so sweet.

  • Thanks so much Vic. Lilac is very much missed. I’m so lucky to have these to beautiful little ones to carry on her beautiful characteristics into the future. And very lucky that Dream has come through such adversity. I’m glad you like the series of pictures. I took so many…it was hard to decide the ones to show.

    – Ginny York

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