Bessie is a 5 year old breeder release. She has a huge mammary mass of some sort and so during her abdominal exam when our vet was able to palpate more masses we feared that she had a belly full of cancer. Much to our surprise when we popped her on ultrasound, we got heart beats instead 😳 Radiographs showed what appears to be two puppies quite developed. We anticipate she is over 50 days into her pregnancy meaning she is due any day.
Bessie has several health issues that need to be adddressed and we are obviously eager to tend to her needs but limited to what we can do at this point. Our wonderful cardiologist is fitting her in Wednesday evening for a cardiac assessment as what we are hearing over stethoscope is very concerning. After that, she will get settled in to her foster home where she will, God willing, birth and whelp her very last littler of puppies surrounded by love and care.
UPDATE August 19, 2019:
Radiographs have confirmed that labor and delivery is over. We thankfully have just one seemingly healthy ruby girl and a very happy mom 💜 Meet Samantha, born 8/18/2019 and weighing 7.4 ounces 🎀 #WelcomeIn
UPDATE October 16, 2019: Sweet Bessie is at The University of Georgia for her heart surgery. She was evaluated yesterday where she was indeed deemed a good candidate for the surgery👌🏻and this morning she will undergo the PDA (patent ductus arteriosis) repair procedure. This will be a permanent fix to her congenital heart defect ❤️ Please send all the prayers 🙏🏻 and pawsitive thoughts 🐾 Bessie’s way for a routine surgery and easy recovery! #MomOfTheYear🏆
UPDATE: BESSIE’S PROCEDURE WENT VERY WELL! HER PDA WAS A BIT LARGER THAN EXPECTED BUT ITS NOW ALL CLOSED UP. SHE IS NOW AWAKE AND IN RECOVERY! IF SHE DOES WELL OVERNIGHT THEN SHE WILL BE DISCHARGED TOMORROW. WE WILL BE SURE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED 💜
Update Deceember 4, 2019:
We can close the book on the mystery of Bessie’s “growth” 🔍 At first we were concerned about a mammary tumor, then we thought it was related to her hormones and milk sac, we’ve palpated it, monitored it, aspirated it to no avail...
Turns out it was a very large inguinal hernia and yesterday she underwent a successful surgical repair 🙌🏻 This was of course made worse because she was reproductively abused in a puppy mill all of her life.
While in our care Bessie birthed her very last puppy (Samantha), became a surrogate mom (to Mango and Kiwi), underwent her spay surgery, life saving PDA heart surgery, and now an inguinal hernia repair. She is certainly ready to get on her with life but must remain low key while she internally heals and recovers to ensure the repair “holds”. We are happy to report this should be the very last thing checked off ✔️ of Bessie’s long medical “to do” list 📝