Permanent Foster Program
The primary mission of our rescue is to rescue dogs in need regardless of their current physical condition. Some of these dogs are deemed unadoptable due to long term health issues. DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy), cancer, wobblers, and liver issues to name just a few.
Many have been abandoned at shelters or left out in the wild because the cost of care was prohibitive, or their owners did not want to deal with them. All of these dogs deserve to live their best life for the rest of their time with us. As long as we can keep them pain-free and happy they will never again know what it is like to be unloved, alone and abandoned.
In our Permanent Foster Program, these special dogs will live with a special foster family who loves them and care for them for the rest of their days.
Scroll down to meet these very special dogs.
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Xena came to Doberman Underground in February of 2017. We knew when we accepted Xena that her liver numbers were elevated. There are numerous reasons that liver numbers can be elevated in dogs. And most are easy fixes.
Unfortunately, Xena was not an easy fix. Xena was born defective. Her liver has a shunt. That means the vessel that would normally supply blood to her liver has no blood flow. So her body grew some smaller blood vessels in an attempt to compensate. Sadly, her body didn’t do a very good job with that. Our vet referred us to send Xena to a specialist in Columbus, Ohio, who told us that her time on this earth with us would be short…10 months they said.
As you can imagine, that just didn’t sit well with us. Xena is beautiful, she has a wonderful temperament, and we were not ready to see her go. We reviewed our options and called our holistic vet, who was not fazed by Xena’s fiasco of liver blood flow. She started Xena on a regimen of injectable glutathione. This saved her life. Xena is now thriving. She eats prescription dog food for her liver as well as a homemade diet of steamed vegetables with “gentle” proteins such as cottage cheese, raw egg, or yogurt. The dairy products and vegetables were also a recommendation from the holistic vet.
Xena has far exceeded her expiration date. She occasionally produces odd growths that have to be removed. She had one on her ankle that another specialist insisted was cancer and would require us to remove her leg or she would die. We did NOT follow that recommendation. Then she to an infection on her toe that did have to be removed. And another tail on her nub that had to come off. She definitely is not low maintenance!
So why does Xena need to be a permanent foster? Xena was originally a hospice foster. Our goal was to keep her happy until she wasn’t and then let her leave the world gently.
Xena still needs to be monitored carefully. The smallest changes in her appetite or demeanor are watched and she is taken to the vet immediately.
Please consider donating to help us keep up with her costly meds and prescription food.
Imagine being with a family that values you so much that when you move away, they tie you to the fence in back of the house and leave you to die in the hot Alabama sun. No food. No water. No one to come to the rescue. Well the landlord finally found Charlie but only after she had suffered permanent kidney damage. We didn’t know this when we accepted Charlie into rescue, but we took on the challenge and added more experience to our arsenal of knowledge. When conventional vetting didn’t offer us any further hope of her recovering, we turned to our holistic veterinarian. We did two rounds of stem cell treatment and keep a close eye on her thyroid levels. However, her kidneys did not recover and became a little worse after she was in our care. It was after her final blood test that Charlie became a permanent foster. She is thriving in her foster home but with her kidney function, there is no timeline on how long that will last.
Morgan came into rescue from a shelter in WV. He was emaciated. Barely had any hair, and was not the most mobile dog for his age. Morgan was strong enough to break out of any crate or enclosure we put him in. Morgan had the lowest thyroid test we had seen. We truly feared he would not live long. We finally got him into the right foster home where he fell in love with….a cat. Yes, he loves the resident cat. He continues to need his thyroid adjusted due to the elimination of the formula he was on. He continues to battle with arthritis. Our goal is to keep Morgan comfortable and happy as long as we can.
Somewhere in Kentucky, in the middle of nowhere, in a town no one has ever heard of, Scout lived her life outside in a kennel for almost 4 years until she was “sold” because she wasn’t able to breed. She came to Doberman Underground, had her vetting, and everything seemed normal…until it wasn’t. Scout started leaving her foster mom lakes of urine. Not rivers, not streams…LAKES! And so the work up began. After several thousand dollars, it was determined that Scout has an issue called Diabetes Insipidus or Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone. This has absolutely nothing to do with blood sugar. Scout cannot concentrate her urine like most other dogs can. This condition can also occur in humans. Scout gets twice daily injections of a hormone called Desmopressin. Her foster mom would like to tell you it’s smooth sailing and that there are no more lakes of urine, but some days when she gets home from work or wakes up in the morning, there is still Lake Scouty. But she cheerfully states that is nothing a mop and Odoban won’t fix! Scout is very loving and normal in every other way. She has several nicknames, like Scouty Pouty Pants and Scouty Pouty Fresh n Fouty. We affectionately say it’s a good thing Scout is pretty because she isn’t all that smart. But she is most certainly worth all the work. Just ask her foster mom, who loves her so much!
11 Year old Gretchen came to Doberman Underground when her owners were being evicted and couldn’t keep her. She was very skinny and had almost no hair on her back. She had a stubborn eye infection and her skin was infected from severe flea infestation. She had great difficulty walking, and stumbled every couple of steps. Over the course of many weekly vet visits, she was put on Thyroid meds, Rimdyl, Proin and Mira Coat. Thanks to the love and care from her foster parents, Gretchen is now a happy girl who loves going for nightly walks with her dad and hanging out with him when he serenades her with his guitar. Her foster mom tells us that Gretchen loves attention, and if she doesn’t pet her enough, Gretchen will smack her with her paw to remind her to keep it up. The first thing she sees in the morning is Gretchen’s wagging tail. Gretchen is an absolute delight. She is happy and healthier than ever. She is very fortunate to be living a wonderful life now.