A Pathway to Hope February Newsletter A Special Needs Dog or Just a Special Dog? -Kim Richter On October 21, 2011 our new baby was born and on Dece


A Pathway to Hope February Newsletter

A Special Needs Dog or Just a Special Dog?

-Kim Richter

On October 21, 2011 our new baby was born and on December 18th we brought her home. We named her Bella Noel, our special Christmas baby, but we had no idea just how truly special she would prove to be. At Bella’s routine check-up our veterinarian discovered she had a Grade 3 heart murmur and suggested a Doppler ultrasound. Our worse fears were realized when we received the news Bella had a significant heart problem - moderate to severe aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a genetic disease and cannot be prevented or cured. The prognosis depends both on severity and how the disease progresses. There is the possibility of sudden death within the first three years but a beta-blocker could help to prevent that; however, it is not 100%. The news was frightening but Bella was “our” baby. I ask would you abandon your child when they needed you the most? You see, I believe the human does not find the dog but rather the dog finds their human. It was apparent Bella needed our family but more importantly, we needed her to show us how precious love and life is in the world. She is the typical pup and shows no symptoms at this time. She is a blessing and we are thankful for the joy she brings to our family. We adopted her with open hearts and love her the way God made her.

So what special needs does she have: an all-natural diet which helps because the heart and body does not have to work as hard. Bella also takes the beta-blocker Atenolol (a human medicine -$4 @Walmart) to manage arrhythmias, the supplements CoQ10 and Fish Oil. Bella is “special needs” but not in the manner one would think. We need Bella because she is special to us! At our last vet visit Bella weighed 17 lbs and her heart murmur was “undetectable” or “0”. Never underestimate the power of love, and never abandon the chance to experience it!
Bella’s littermate Luke was found to have the same heart murmur. Luke will likely need medication and a special diet for the rest of his life, but he doesn’t know it. He is a typical happy, playful pup. Luke is still waiting to find his forever home and is currently in foster. For more information on Luke, please visit his Petfinder profile at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21566778.





Chilis Flyer

Mark your Calendars!

On February 23rd, A Pathway to Hope is having a fundraiser at Chili's in Riverdale! Come in from 4pm - 11pm and 10% of your check will be donated back to Pathway. You must bring the flyer or coupon in with you. Print the coupon or flyer from our Facebook page or download here. Please share with family and friends in the area!

Chili's at Riverdale Crossing
58 Route 23 North


Most Adoptable

Bo 1

Meet Bo!

This is Bo, the perfect companion pet left behind. This gentleman border collie/husky mix was stuck at a shelter. Now someone has opened their home to foster him, which has saved him before his time was up at the shelter. Bo is about 4 years old and weighs 60 lbs. He is laid back with people and other dogs, and very obedient! He is the best dog anyone could ask for.

For more information on Bo, please visit his Petfinder profile, or email us at pathwaytohope@yahoo.com.


Happy Tails

Sassy Raincoat

Maeby (formerly Sassy) is doing great! She has gotten so big and is really becoming a very sweet and well behaved dog. She still loves sleeping and just lounging, but I think she has really come out of her shell.
-Candice, Maeby's new "mom"


Ways to Help

Fostering a dog or cat in need

Our biggest limitation to rescuing more animals is foster homes. Please consider fostering one of our new Heinz 57 mixes on their way to Pathway! They so deserve the love of a family, whether a foster or a forever home.

These pups are about 4 months old, and a big mix! They are sweet and friendly, and range from 10 - 18 lbs, so they are smaller than most of our pups. They are crate trained.

Connor: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22203206
Star: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22203378
Soopy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22203178
Patty: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22203389

Does an older foster dog better suit your needs?? Check out Tilly! http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22195627

Pathway pays all vetting expenses (typically at our vet), including monthly preventatives, and can offer food and supplies as needed. Please consider being a foster, and saving a life...

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Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering, but aren't able to foster? Contact pathwaytohope@yahoo.com to find out about volunteer opportunities, including driving for volunteer transports, attending events, event planning, helping with screening & home visits and more!


Monetary donations are always appreciated as many of our rescues come in needing special medical care. A link for donations can be found on our website at apathwaytohope.org. We are in need of dog treats, small martingale collars, cat carriers, litter boxes and frontline or advantage for both dogs and cats. Check out our wishlist as well on Amazon.com!


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