Friday, February 26, 2016

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Night -- Wednesday March 23, 2016!!

Come out and join us 
Wednesday March 23, 2016 @ 7:05pm for a 

We are selling tickets as a fundraiser -- $22 each
which is a HUGE discount!!

Email and include:
1. The name of your party
2. The number of tickets
3. Make payment online via PayPal on our main page

You can pick up your tickets at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on the night of the game!

Come see us at our table for a FREE MAGNET with purchase of tickets through HTHNBR!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Falcon's Diagnosis

The diagnosis from the specialist and the radiologist is that Falcon has a weak esophagus (not megaesophagus). Unfortunately, a weak esophagus can't be fixed with surgery, so he will need to be fed a soft food mixture for the rest of his life. The good news is that now that we know what the problem is and how to manage it, his prognosis is very good. 

The study showed that he can't handle kibble at all, the muscles of his esophagus are too weak to move kibble down to his stomach. Once food gets to his stomach it stays there, which is very good.

The study showed that he does best with soft food that's a gruel consistency (like cream of wheat) which we found out through trial and error. He will never be able to eat normally from a bowl, he will always have to be hand fed in small scoops one at a time while sitting up. 

As long as he gets Prilosec and Metachlopromide every day (both are inexpensive), and is fed as described above, he doesn't regurgitate food, and does much better drinking water.

Water is still a challenge, as is keeping him hydrated. The Knox blox (jello made with unflavored gelatin and chicken broth) are a big help in keeping him hydrated. So is coconut water (all natural, no sweeteners or flavor added) since its a natural source of electrolytes and better for him than sports drinks. We may try a large "hamster bottle" for dogs to see if that works better for him.

If he doesn't get the jello, he tries to drink a lot (at least for him it's a lot) of water at once, and it will come back up. I added coconut water and coconut milk (unsweetened) to his latest batch of jello (coconut milk is a good way to add calories) and he loves it.

He also has to be kept quiet and still for about 15 to 20 minutes after he eats, and he can't drink water right after he eats.

His training should definitely be continued by whoever adopts him since some day he may need to stand or use a Bailey chair to eat, and it will be much easier to get him to do those things if he's well trained.

So he's definitely special needs, and will need an adopter who is able and willing to manage his condition. Now that he's been wormed and I've found some recipes that work for him, he should start to gain some weight.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Spring Fundraiser!

Think Spring! Harnessed to Hope Northern Breed Rescue could use your fundraising support and in turn, you will have beautiful flowers all summer long! 50% of your purchase will support our rescue. Click here to get started!

Alumni Indii is not opposed to getting her paws dirty and helping dig some holes!

Foster Dog Update - 2/23/2016

We are so grateful to all the foster homes who have stepped up to help these huskies in need!! We have MANY fosters right now who are looking for their forever homes!!

Ulysses-- Ulysses is a 5 year old male Siberian Husky who was an owner surrender. This guy has Separation Anxiety and would do well in home with a family who either works from home or is retired. He has had some medical issues and is undergoing treatment for stomach issues. The prognosis is hopeful, but he will likely need to remain on low cost medication. Ulysses is a bit of a loner and would do fine in a home by himself. He enjoys toys and treats and daily walks! Ulysses is looking for a new home now-- please apply if you think he would be a good match for your family!!

Just a typical day at the office for Ulysses 2/22/2016

Ulysses 2/22/2016

Falcon-- Falcon is a 6 year old male Siberian Husky. He was an owner surrender. He is also undergoing medical care to treat his esophagus issues. He is currently in the diagnostic phase and we will post more when we get the results back from his tests. Falcon hates being crated, and his foster home is working with a trainer on this issue, since he is not yet trustworthy loose in the house. Falcon does very well at dog parks and will start going to doggie day care soon. Falcon had a medium energy level - as long as he gets two walks a day during the week, he is fine with that and is not hyper. He would do well with an active family. He is dog friendly and would do well in a home who can keep up with his energy level. Falcon is not yet ready to be adopted due to his medical issues.

Falcon enjoying some time in the snow 1/25/2016

Hawkeye-- Hawkeye is a stray who found his way to our rescue January 29, 2016. After efforts to locate his family were unsuccessful, we took him into the rescue as a foster. We estimate he is between 1-2 years old. He is possible a Siberian Husky-Akita mix. He is a very energetic guy who LOVES walks and runs. He would do well in an active home. We recommend Hawkeye go to a home with older children. He is dog friendly and plays well with the other huskies in his home. He is crate trained. He is UTD on shots, microchipped, and will be neutered by our friends at No Nonsense Neutering in a few weeks. He is currently 60lbs but a healthy weight for Hawkeye is about 70-75lbs. Hawkeye will be ready for adoption by the second week in March!

Hawkeye 1/25/2016
Hawkeye loves sleeping in bed 1/25/2016

Kato-- Kato is a 5 year old neutered male who was saved hours before his schedule euthanasia. He was surrendered to a shelter because the family didn't have room for him. He arrived at his foster home 2/22/2016 (yesterday). We are thankful to the staff at ACCT Philly who helped transport him to his Maryland foster home. Kato will need some time to settle into his foster home and work on some basic training. He will hopefully be ready for adoption in April 2016!
Kato is enjoying his freedom 2/22/2016

Alumni Update!!

Oreo, now named Rock, was adopted from us in 2006 and is doing great! His mom reports that he is a gentle giant and love his ball and frozen water dishes (typical husky!!)!! He likes being groomed and hanging out with his K-9 friends!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ulysses is Available for Adoption!

Ulysses hard at work
Ulysses is a 5 year old neutered male Siberian Husky who LOVES people! He would do best with a retired person who is home a lot. You can read more about him here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Foster Dog Falcon

Please help me get better!
Falcon looks like a puppy, but he’s a 6 year old Siberian Husky who came into foster care in early 2016. His foster home immediately realized that something was wrong: every time he ate or drank, he would throw up. At first, they thought that it was due to the stress of coming into foster care, or because he had been eating grass with his kibble, but when the problem didn’t improve after a few days, his foster home took him to the vet.

The vet determined that Falcon was regurgitating food and water instead of vomiting, so x rays were done of his chest and abdomen.  Everything looked normal, so Falcon was put on medication to soothe the esophagus, reduce stomach acid, and was referred to a specialist in Internal Medicine.

Falcon has to eat small scoops of canned food, and gets several small meals a day. This, together with the antacid, has helped a lot.  When he first came to us, he would throw up 3 to 5 times a day. Now it’s about 3 to 5 times a week. We still have to be careful that he doesn’t eat or drink too much at once, but he is keeping more food and water down. His foster mom also makes “knox blox” for him using unflavored Knox gelatin, water and chicken stock to help keep him hydrated. 

Falcon saw the specialist, was examined, and tested for Addisons, Myesthenia Gravis, and other illnesses and issues that could cause regurgitation. His bloodwork was normal and the tests were negative. The next step is a fluoroscopy that is scheduled for Feb. 19th. Our hope is that this will show us what happens when Falcon regurgitates food or water – it could be a narrow place is the esophagus, or the muscles not working to move food and water to the stomach.

Falcon's tiny waist compared to a medium sized Kong
The vet and specialist agree that this has been going on for some time, and is why Falcon is small and thin and still looks like a puppy.

Falcon went in for his regular vaccines on Feb. 13th, and since he’s been keeping a lot more food down, we were able to take in a stool sample. He tested positive for whipworms, so he’s being treated for that also. Please keep your fingers crossed that the specialist can figure out what the problem is so that we can get Falcon to gain some weight!

If you can donate anything toward Falcon's care, it would be very much appreciated.

Note: we are working on figuring out Falcon’s medical issues, and he is also in a training class since he had almost no training, and is learning how to behave appropriately in the house. We are also working on crate training. Due to these issues, Falcon is not yet available for adoption.