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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mimiteh (means 'new moon') ... her long, healing journey begins

Mimiteh arrives in the cities on 7/23/14
By Marilou Chanrasmi -Co-Founder/President, LLL

On Friday, 7/19 I received a call from Jenny Fitzer, Program Director of LLL. She learned that the Leech Lake Reservation Community Services Office/CSO had picked up an older german shepherd mix with severe mange and taken her directly to our partner vet clinic in Bemidji, Animal Care Clinic. We typically send our adult dogs with mange to our partner, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (in Red Lake Reservation) where Karen Good (founder/ED of Red Lake Rosie's) provides and care and treatment for them till we are able to transfer them to a partner shelter or rescue. Unfortunately, with the overwhelming number of mange and sick animals already in her care, Karen is unable to take Mimiteh. We request for a 4 DX test to be run on Mimiteh and the results come back showing Mimiteh is positive for heart worm, lymes, erhlichiosis and anaplasmosis! She also has sarcoptic mange ... She is an older shepherd (probably close to 10 years old), is malnourished, has no hair on her tail and is continuing to lose hair, and she is very listless.

Leech Lake Legacy does not adopt out, nor do we foster long-term ... we focus our efforts on transporting animals (from Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations) to our partner groups who then vet the animals and place them up for adoption. With our partners being full and at capacity, and no one able to take an older dog with MANY health issues that would be costly to treat, and quite frankly, a big question on whether or not she would even make it, Jenny and I struggle with what we should do. I ask the vet tech at Animal Care Clinic, 'can you tell if she is in pain?' They tell me she seems comfortable but repeat over and over, 'she is in really rough shape.' I flash back to December 13, 2013 when another GSDx, Ituha, was brought into the clinic -- the worse case of mange I have ever seen and literally frozen. We lose Ituha that night and many, many hearts were shattered. But out of that pain, emerged the Ituha Animal Care Project (click here to read more about Ituha and the Ituha Animal Care Project). All I can see is Ituha ..... Jenny and I agree, "we can't give up on her. We have to at least try."

I put a plea out on the Leech Lake Legacy volunteer Facebook group to see if anyone has the ability to create a quarantine area at their house and is able and willing to temp foster Mimiteh so we can bring her down to the cities. Within a couple hours, I receive several emails and one of our volunteers, Melissa, says "I have a spare bedroom I can quarantine her in. I just need a day to move out the bed and staple down a tarp." Our hearts are full of gratitude and we immediately set the wheels in motion to get her down on transport.

Mimiteh arrived on an emergency transport yesterday (Wednesday, 7/23). A huge thanks to Tom O'Sullivan for transporting her all the way to the cities. She was seen by our vet (Dr. Meghann) last night and has begun treatment for her mange (Advantage Multi) and has also begun doxycycline which treats the tick-borne diseases (erhlichiosis, lymes and anaplasmosis) and also provides initial treatment for her heart worm. Blood work has been sent off to the lab so we can see how her other organs are doing. We will hold off on heart worm injections until she has more time to heal and Dr. Meghann knows more about how her other organs are doing. Mimiteh appears to have grinded most of her teeth down .. her tongue hangs to the side as she has no teeth to hold her tongue in place. We often see reservation dogs with teeth in these conditions. Karen at Red Lake Reservation tells us that dogs grind their teeth down on the rocks as they search for food. Melissa (Mimiteh's foster) gave Mimiteh a bath last night and fed her some high quality food (donated by Chuck & Don's). With no teeth, Mimiteh has challenges eating ... I received the following text from Melissa last night, "I mix warm water with dry and one can of wet .. she eats by scooping it up with her bottom jaw and swallowing the food .. I started crying when she was eating. The will to live is amazing."

Mimiteh has a long journey ahead of her. I ask for you to hold her in your heart and to send loving and healing energy her way.

If you are able to help with Mimiteh's care, please consider donating towards her care, and the care of others like Mimiteh.

Dr. Meghann and Mimiteh
Mimiteh with foster mom Melissa :)
Thank you Melissa!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Updated: Flower's pups are adopted!

Flower and her pups - June, 2014
On June 5th, a sweet momma (Flower) and her 6 little pups were transported from Leech Lake to our partner Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. The pups were still nursing and were too young to be placed up for adoption so off they went to a foster home :)

We just got an update that Flower's pups (Blazing Star, Cinquefoil, Golden Rod, Dogbane, Joe Pye Weed and Honey Suckle) have all been adopted. 4 of them were adopted on the day then went up on the adoption floor and 2 were adopted the next day!! Congrats to the adorable little pups and their families!

Flower is still in foster care and will be given a couple more weeks of individual TLC before she will be spayed then placed up for adoption.

Thank you Animal Allies for taking Flower and her pups in and for being such a great partner! :)

Flowers' pups when they first arrived at Animal Allies

Blazing Star
Blazing Star's new family!
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle is adopted!
Dogbane when she arrived - 6/6/14

Dogbane - 7/16/14





Monday, June 23, 2014

Wish List for upcoming clinic and Lagers for Legacy fundraiser

LLL volunteer Martha and Breezy
As we gear up for the July 11-12 spay/neuter and wellness clinic and also our Lagers for Legacy fundraiser on July 16th, we realize we could use your help.

We are in need of the following items for our upcoming clinic:
  • Puppy milk replacer (liquid or powder)
  • Kitten milk replacer (liquid or powder)
  • Toolbox and tools (screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, etc.) to use at clinics
  • Onesies (any size but we especially need large)
  • Muzzles (any size but we especially need large)
  • Paper towels
  • Large garbage bags (55 or 44 gallon)
  • Bleach
  • Laundry baskets (we could use 4 of these)
  • Plastic totes with snapping lids  - we need them to snap so the mice cannot get into them!
  • Sharpies (King Size)
  • Leashes
  • Puppy pens
  • Disposable gowns
  • Ticks are horrendous up at Leech Lake -- Cash donation so we can purchase seresto collars  (we are able to purchase seresto collars for $25/each, versus the retail of $50). Make a donation on our website: http://leechlakelegacy.org/donate.html.
You can purchase items on Amazon Smile (a % will be donated back to Leech Lake Legacy) if you use the following link:


Please have items shipped to:

Leech Lake Legacy
PO Box 385454
Bloomington, MN 55438

If you live in the Twin Cities and would like to arrange for drop off, email us at leechlakelegacy@gmail.com.

For our Lagers for Legacy fundraiser on July 16th, we are still in need of gift cards for our gift card pull. We welcome gift cards in all amounts!! :) All proceeds raised from the gift card pull will go directly towards helping Reservation animals!

Please also mail gift cards to the above address. We will need to receive the gift cards by July 13th.

Baby Legacy says 'miigwech' :)




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Friday, June 20, 2014

Gilbert update ... Rez dog to service dog in training!

We thought we'd give you an update on Gilbert, the amazing pup, and service dog in training!! Gilbert was our first surrender at our June 7th clinic and will be the first dog Leech Lake Legacy will transfer over to to Patriots Assistance Dogs/PAD, a non-profit created to train dogs to become service dogs to assist veterans with PTSD/TBI.

Gilbert is currently being fostered by Dennis Junker [Click here to read our first blog on Gilbert and to learn more about how the partnership between Leech Lake Legacy and Patriots Assistance Dogs evolved, and how Gilbert was selected!]. We have been getting regular updates from Dennis about Gilbert and according Dennis, 'Gilbert, aka G-Man, or Gilly .. is truly one of the best dogs to date that i've located. He is definitely in the top 10, but closer to that top 5 mark!! ... Gilbert is soooo well behaved .. Gilbert is going to be like Faith (2nd dog I acquired for PAD from NE) .. pretty much all we had to do was praise her with the command when she automatically did what was required. Gilbert is REALLY THAT GOOD!!!!"

And yesterday, Dennis took Gilbert out for a little training :) "I took Gilbert to the post office, local store and gas station today, he did GREAT!! Showed normal curiosity to new settings and smells, confidant but not pulling to see items in store. Listens to corrections of leave it within two commands!!! Very vigilant to his surroundings checking out all noises or movements!!! Gilbert continues to be his amazing self!!! Using the training collar he self corrects and stays in the heel position! Sadie loves her new playmate!!! ..... I spent about 20 minutes outside the post office talking to people and Gilbert always turned when people or vehicles approached. Very observant young man!! I only had 5 people who met him today that wanted to take him home! Oh, wait, he only met 5 people today!!! :)"

Thank you Dennis and Patriots Assistance Dogs for the amazing work you do. Thank you for taking Dennis into your program and for giving this amazing boy a chance to shine and to 'pay it forward' in helping veterans who have served our country.

Gilbert just chilling out :)
Gilbert when he first meets Dennis on June 7th

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Heddy's journey ... Jenna once again comes to the rescue!!

Heddy was one of 16 animals who arrived on transport today from Leech Lake and Red Lake Reservations [a big thanks to the ASPCA for the transport grant that is partially funding our weekly transports!] This sweet gentle boy was a little unsure when he first arrived. It took a little coercion to get him out of the crate .. and then the slip lead is always a scary and frightening for the rez dogs arriving on transport. He was scheduled to go to our partner the Animal Humane Society but Doug (AHS animal care staff) who had been hanging out and bonding with Hedda noticed that he was quite itchy and upon further inspection, we soon learn that Heddy has a bad case of contagious 'chewing lice.' With AHS being at capacity and not having a place to quarantine him, Jenny gets busy trying to find a place for Heddy to be temp fostered for 6 weeks while he is treated for chewing lice. Her first call of course is our amazing volunteer Jenna!! Jenna had been temp fostering Webster for 2.5 months while he went through treatment for sarcoptic mange. Webster just left her house a couple days ago and was brought to AHS to be placed up for adoption. Jenna of course said 'YES' to temp fostering Heddy for the 6 weeks to treat chewing lice. We are truly, truly grateful for Jenna and don't know what we would do without her. She is an angel for these animals in need :) Thank you Jenna!!

And thank you Doug for being so kind and caring to Heddy and helping him feel more comfortable ... 

If you would like to follow along on the adventures of Heddy as Jenna works her magic with him, be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeechLakeLegacy

And to view photos from today's transport and Heddy's travel buddies, check out our flickr site:


Heddy at the Leech Lake Impuond

Heddy waiting his turn at the intake area of AHS

Heddy makes himself comfy 

A little burst of energy .. he stands up after a BIG drink of water!

Doug (AHS animal care staff) checking Heddy out

Doug continues to check Heddy out :)

They are like best friends :)

Heddy crashes in the middle of the road .. nothing seems to phase him

Sweet Heddy

Webster (Jenna fostered this sweet boy for 2.5 months and treated him for sarcoptic mange)