Snickers 18-003

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Snickers is a Goldendoodle puppy who came into RAGOM as a breeder surrender due to a significant heart murmur. She is a beautiful, sweet, smart puppy. Snickers was unavailable for several months, having treatment for her heart murmur and waiting for an update. Her recent checkup was very good, and now she will have a better chance at a Golden Life.

At a Glance #18-003

Goldendoodle 7 months old
Female 46 lbs

Available as of May 21, 2018
Fostered in Sioux Falls, SD

Status: Pending Adoption
Adoption fee: $475

Good with all ages
Can live with other dogs
Not tested with cats
Physical fence optional
High energy
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"Sweet pup who has stolen my heart!"

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Snickers is a Goldendoodle puppy who came into RAGOM as a breeder surrender due to a significant heart murmur. She is a beautiful, sweet, smart puppy. Snickers was unavailable for several months, having treatment for her heart murmur and waiting for an update. Her recent checkup was very good, and now she will have a better chance at a Golden Life.

Updates

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Snickers and Foster Mom have been busy finding her a forever home. She is waiting for her people to get through home visits, vet checks, etc. before she can become their dog.

In the meantime, I now have a spay date for her. I will miss this dog a great deal and so will my resident dogs. They have played with her so much and been so tolerant of her puppiness even as she grew to be a big dog, from seven weeks to seven months.

We are going off to the lake for another visit at the cottage. Maybe this time, Snickers will try out the water.

Upon our return, Snickers has an appointment with the groomer. She is very shaggy now and needs a trim up. Her coat is still very soft and has a wave rather than a Poodle curl to it.

Hopefully, our next update will be her adoption. Stay tuned.

Playing tug with Maggie
Playing tug with Maggie
Snickers and friends
Snickers and friends
Snickers and Maggie
Snickers and Maggie

Monday, May 21, 2018

Snicker's health update, per Dr. G, Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota:

"I am happy with how well Snickers has been doing since the balloon valvuloplasty procedure! Today's recheck echocardiogram showed Snickers's pressure gradient has significantly improved with the procedure and is now only in the mild range (75% gradient reduction), which is fantastic!

Furthermore, some of the changes within her heart secondary to the stenosis (i.e. right ventricular hypertrophy) has significantly improved to only mild today. I am thrilled with this outcome.

The pulmonic valve is leaking more today than before, but this is a known complication with this procedure. However, the right heart typically handles high volume loads better than high pressure loads, and her heart is currently compensating well.

If the heart were to become too overloaded, fluid could start to accumulate within her belly or chest, causing abdominal swelling or shortness of breath (congestive right heart failure). However, Snickers has no evidence of heart failure today, and complications are not expected in the near term, if at all.

However, we should continue to monitor this on a long-term basis, along with monitoring for worsening of the stenosis severity again.

Given today's echocardiogram findings, we discussed weaning off the atenolol (this medication should not be suddenly stopped).

However, since she takes medications easily and is tolerating it well with no side effects, plus it is relatively inexpensive and may have some continued theoretical benefits, per our discussion, we will keep her on the current dose, at least until her next recheck. We may consider stopping it at that time (especially if medicating is difficult for her adoptive family).

Snickers has also developed a right bundle branch block. This refers to a conduction disturbance within the heart that does not disturb the actual heart rhythm (hence, this is not an actual arrhythmia).

This conduction disturbance occurs as the signal for contraction reaches the lower right chamber of the heart, leading to slightly delayed conduction through this chamber. This is commonly seen as a consequence of pulmonic stenosis and/or the balloon valvuloplasty procedure. This electrocardiographic finding typically poses no problems.

Diagnosis:

  1. Severe pulmonic stenosis - Treated with balloon valvuloplasty 2/7/2018, now mild pressure gradient with a 75% pressure gradient reduction compared to pre-balloon valvuloplasty.
  2. Moderate pulmonic insufficiency - More significant compared to pre-balloon valvuloplasty.
  3. Right bundle branch block - Newly diagnosed this visit (mild finding). "

So, her checkup went well, and now her foster mom is trying to get her spay arranged so she can finally find her forever home. Being a cardiac patient is making this more difficult, but hopefully this will be arranged shortly.

Snickers weighs forty-six pounds and is up to date on her shots, including her Lyme vaccinations.

Snickers traveled to Wisconsin to the lake prior to her checkup. She had motion sickness immediately upon getting on the road. This has happened a number of times on her car rides, but the vet told me not to give a heart patient Dramamine, so I will deal with it and pack lots of paper towels.

As far as the lake and water went, Snickers didn’t put her paw in, but neither did the other dogs. It was very cold water! We will see if she becomes a swimmer.

She did enjoy walks there and all the new smells and animals she saw. She loved eating dead fish, but didn’t try to roll in them. My son left his older Golden for the weekend, and Snickers got along well with another new dog.

Once we were home, spring is in full bloom. Snickers was busy digging in the backyard and checking out any new flowers. She is pulling less on her leash and really enjoys going for walks with the other dogs. She has a big bark which she will use to alert when there are sounds outside of arrivals. She will be a good watchdog with her bark and size.

Meanwhile, she is a sweetheart who wants to listen and please. She is very good about going into her crate when I need to leave the house. I have left her out a few times, and nothing happened. She is not a destructive dog. I assume she takes her clue from the others and sleeps or watches for my return.

She loves toys and retrieving tennis balls or playing with the other dogs. She will entertain herself with an antler. When it’s time to settle down, I just have to ask her to lay down and she settles easily, just happy to be near her family.

Time has come for Snickers to find her forever home. She has been a lovely foster dog, and I would keep her in a minute if I didn’t already have two dogs and one as big as she is. Please contact Placement if you think Snickers is a fit for you.

She is a growing puppy still and will require lots of time and training. Her medical condition will require her to be monitored for any signs of heart failure that might develop in the future, and she will need annual checkups with a cardiologist.

She has grown into a big, tall dog, but is still very much a puppy. I feel confident that she will have a great life with the right home.

Once again, I want to thank RAGOM for providing her the special care needed for her heart.

At the cottage.
At the cottage.
I'll take that stick.
I'll take that stick.
I'm a digger.
I'm a digger.
Playing with Bella.
Playing with Bella.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Snickers and foster mom are headed to the cardiologist on May 8 for her re-check. After that, she will be scheduled for her spay and be open to adoption. Meanwhile, she has been attending various events in Sioux Falls and meeting lots of people. 

We are also headed to the lake and will see if she is a water dog. As we walk along the river, she seems very interested in the water. It’s a long drive to Wisconsin so this will be another adventure for her.

If you are interested in Snickers, a large six month old black Golden doodle pup with a heart murmur, please follow her next update and learn what her doctor has to report after another echocardiogram.

Snickers snuggling with foster mom.
Snuggling with foster mom.
Snuggling with Maggie and my bear.
Snuggling with Maggie and my bear.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Foster Mom was gone on a trip for almost three weeks, and Snickers was a guest at two other homes. She was a good pup and made some new human and dog friends.

What I noticed most was how much she has grown. She is as tall as my Golden now and weighs forty pounds. This week, she had her first grooming appointment for a bath and cut. She is shedding her puppy coat, when brushed, but still not much of a shedder. Her coat is still soft and beautiful.

As she interacts with people at the groomer, vet, stores, and other foster homes, she is described as a calm dog, but still a puppy. When she got back home, she immediately started to pull toys out of the toy box and began chewing on her bones and antlers.

While I was gone, her sharp baby teeth disappeared and she now has adult teeth. She is so big now, I have to keep reminding myself that she is still just a puppy.

It’s been a few days now, and Snickers has settled in again. Right now, she is laying with her head on my foot. Earlier, she was my big lapdog. What a sweetheart!

Next week, I’ll be making an appointment with her doctor at the University of Minnesota for a heart re-check in early May. Keep checking in on her journey.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Here's an update written by Snickers' temporary foster describing her time at their home:

"Snickers was such a joy to have while her foster was out of town. She came to us and quickly fell into our routine.

She never once barked aside from if she saw someone walk by. She got along with our two small pups and never played roughly with them. She did play with our 10-year-old Shih Tzu and was very gentle and conscientious of being careful with him.

She never chewed on anything other than dog toys and she never had an accident in the house. When she needed to go out, she would go to the back door and stand there. If she REALLY needed to go, she would do a little whine.

She doesn't like to ride in the car with the windows down - but she laid nicely in the back seat during car rides.

She respected a gate that we had so she couldn't get downstairs and when I would go down to do laundry; she would just sit there and wait for me to come back up! Very sweet girl and easily transitioned to our routine!!"

Thursday, April 12, 2018

While Snicker's foster mom is out having the adventure of her life, Miss Snickers was on her own little staycation with a couple of local fosters who have the privilege of having her as their houseguest.

While she was with us during the first part of her staycation, she was a perfect houseguest. She transitioned into our routine with ease. She learned that some of her puppy behavior wasn't always appreciated by our two residents and quickly responded to their cues.

She became our 5-year-old Golden's shadow, following him wherever he went. They were so fun to watch in the yard. It was definitely monkey see, monkey do! She left our 12-year-old resident alone as she doesn't really like to "play."  She is definitely a snuggler at night, and with two of the three of them in bed, it got quite warm.  

As you can see by the picture, she made herself at home. She quickly learned that the foot stool was OK to lay on, but we were able to keep her off the furniture by providing her with lots of dog beds and toys.

She has moved to her second sitter location, and we know that she is doing well there. They fell in love with her as soon as they met her. She is a charmer and will be a beloved family member for some lucky person.

 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Snickers met lots of people and dogs at the RAGOM Meet-'n-Greet at Earth Wise Pet Supply. Someone drove quite some distance on snowy roads to meet her. Hopefully, she was worth the trip! When she got home, she was ready for a nap.

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Snickers 18-003
Snickers 18-003

Snickers is still growing and is a bit clumsy, which just makes her more lovable and funny to watch. Her baby teeth are falling out and the adult teeth are appearing. She spends time chewing on her bone or antler to get those teeth to come in. 

This Friday, Snickers will be heading to another foster home for a few weeks while her Foster Mom is away in Europe. She will be with two other Golden Retrievers and learn that not every dog is as patient with puppies as Bella and Maggie, I’m afraid. It’ll be a good lesson for her. 

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Thank you in advance to the foster family who has opened their home to her. She has already been a guest at three other homes as she traveled for her medical care earlier this winter. She is developing her coping skills and resiliency. Snickers loves everyone and hopes they will all love her, too. 

Watch for future updates and see how big Snickers is getting to be. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sorry, the time got away from us. Snickers visited the vet and is all done with her puppy shots and rabies vaccination, and is now all up to date. Her vet felt her heart murmur was more like a level 3. That is much better than the level 6 they heard before her procedure. Snickers is now 31 pounds and growing taller and taller.

She also made her first trip to the groomer. Her paw hair was trimmed, nails cut, and she had a little trim around her face so we can see her eyes better. She was very calm and stood quietly while she was worked on. She will be going back in a month for the full treatment. Her lovely coat may change in the next few months, but for now, it is still very soft and wavy and easy to brush and take care of.

We recently made a trip to Earth Wise in Sioux Falls to check out the self-washing units and pick up a little treat. Next stop was DQ for a pup cup. Snickers was having a big outing: the vet, the store, and a DQ treat.

Snickers seems to be housebroken. She is four months old and hasn’t had an accident in several days. She is becoming such a grown-up pup. Some of her adult teeth are in. She gnaws on her bones and antlers to work on the rest. We are walking regularly, and she is getting better at not pulling. She walks with two other dogs all leashed together. Weather doesn’t seem to bother her. 

She has a voice and will alarm when someone comes to the house. She also talks to you, both with her eyes and her voice. Snickers is still a great snuggler. I feel her affection when she decides to sit beside me and nightly as she lays beside me or on me. The best part is how she wakes me with kisses in the morning. 

Keep watching for her updates. She is growing into a tall dog. She sits, shakes, and will lay down for a treat. She listens very well. She still is a bit mouthy, but now she exercises much more restraint and uses her soft mouth.

Snickers 18-003
Snickers 18-003
Snickers 18-003

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Snickers, like most Doodles, can jump like Tigger in Winnie-the-Pooh. I usually lift her up on my bed because it’s high, but when I turned on the vacuum cleaner the other day, she showed me that she is perfectly able to jump up all by herself. I also learned that my bed is her safe spot. Most nights, she will put two paws up on the bed and let me know that she’s ready for bed long before the rest of us.

Each day, I find myself smiling as her personality is showing more and more. She is a very sweet, joyful dog. When she is sorry, she will go between my legs. She is making huge progress on having a softer mouth. At first, she was a snapping alligator pup. Now, she will give you a kiss if you ask and her mouthing is mostly gentle. It must be because my dogs are always being chewed on and I rarely hear them give her a warning to leave them alone.

She is growing up before my eyes. She is bigger than my Maggie now. She weighs around 25 pounds. She wants to fit in and be with my dogs on the sofa, on the bed, and when we go on walks. When she realized that she could jump up on the sofa all by herself, she would come roaring into the room and land on the sofa. She would look pleased with herself and often claim Bella’s spot. Most times, the other dogs are already in place and she tries to figure out where she can fit. This morning, it was my lap. She had been playing out in the snow and came in, curled up and was fast asleep.

Snow dog
Snow dog
All together now
All together now

Snickers is taking her beta blocker medicine. She looks forward to her pill pocket every morning and night with her meal. Her activity is normal. She appears to be doing very well after her heart procedure.

As Snickers nears four months old, she’s become a pleasure to live with and will be a lovely, sweet dog. Please continue to follow her health progress as well as watching her grow up week by week. When she has her heart check-up in May, we’ll have a better idea of what she will need going forward. In the meantime, if you see her, ask her for a kiss. It’s her way of saying thank you for all that RAGOM has done for her.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Snickers is off her restricted activity and back to full-speed puppy. She knows how to jump up on the sofa now and the stool and the chair. It’s really funny to watch her fly up and take her place beside the other two dogs or take Bella’s spot on the sofa.

Taking my place with my buddies.
Taking my place with my buddies.

She went to the vet and got her stitches taken out and had another round of puppy shots. She is now 23 lbs. and growing. She loves her little bed, but is getting too big for it. A new XL one will give her room to grow. I’ve been keeping her surrender family updated on her medical progress. They shared with me that her parents are around 80 lbs., and she was the runt of the litter. Her siblings were around 28 lbs. when she was 20 lbs. Nevertheless, she has big feet and will be a tall dog.

We are working on housebreaking, and it’s going well. She will "sit" and usually go "down" on command, especially if there’s a treat involved. She chews on my dogs mercilessly, but they just let her. They both like to play keep-away or tug-of-war with her. Everybody was happy when she could play again.

 

Playing with Bella.
Playing with Bella.
Silent moment.
Silent moment.

Snickers will be unavailable for adoption for some months. She returns to the University of Minnesota Vet Clinic in May to see her cardiologist for a re-check of her heart. That check-up will determine whether she can have a normal spay surgery or need extra care because of her heart.  At that check-up, her doctor will also decide about continuing her beta blocker medicine.  She will always have a heart murmur and need annual check-ups with a cardiologist. Delaying her adoption until May or June will give us a better idea of Snickers’ future medical needs. By that time, she will be a much bigger dog, hopefully housebroken and without those sharp puppy teeth. It will be better for everyone.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Last week, Snickers’ foster mom drove to meet her transporter and temporary foster, Scott, and bring her home. Snickers had her little dog bed and blanket and was a good guest and traveler. In the week since Snickers’ heart procedure, she has been recuperating. That means trying to stay quiet, which is a challenge for a puppy. Her incision is healed, her energy is increasing, and she has finished all her medicine.

Next week, she will see her local vet and have her stitches removed and get her final puppy shots. It’s so wonderful to notice the improvement in her heart and no longer feel it working so hard. I am so thankful to RAGOM for getting her the care she needed and for all the donations and support she has received. Thank you for her Valentines.

Snickers is steadily growing and gaining weight. She is twenty pounds of lightness and fur. She is very good at playing on her own with toys, chewing away on an antler, or taking a nap in her bed. She also loves being with the big dogs and hanging around out in the yard. We have resumed our neighborhood walks. Next week, she can play with the dogs again after giving her body time to recover from the heart procedure.

Snickers will be attending her first Meet-‘N-Greet at Shop Dog Boutique in Sioux Falls, SD, on Saturday, February 24. Please stop by and meet her and see how well she is doing.

Home again with my antler.
Home again with my antler.
I'm too big for my bed.
I'm too big for my bed.
Back in snowy SD.
Back in snowy SD.
I have a new sweater!
I have a new sweater!

Friday, February 9, 2018

I am so happy to report that Snickers had her procedure done at the University of Minnesota Vet Clinic yesterday, and all went well. They used two balloons to open up her valve and knock off some adhesions. She should have good blood flow now and lead a normal life.

She will go back in three to four months for a re-check. If all is well, she can be spayed and adopted then. She will be taking some heart medicine, but it is sold to humans and easy to get and very inexpensive. Anyone considering adopting Snickers would need to get her annual checkups with a cardiologist.

Thank you so much for all the well-wishers, donations, and especially to Mary and Paul T for becoming Snickers’ Sponsors. Without the generous support RAGOM receives, dogs like Snickers, who need specialty medical care to survive and thrive, would be facing bleak futures, heart failure in Snickers’ case. We were able to get her in quickly, while still very young and stop the damage that was already happening to her heart and vessels.

Special thanks also to B Squad Rescue, Brandon, SD and Mandi H for transporting Snickers to her special doctors twice. Thanks to wonderful temporary fosters, Rutager and Scott and Patty for keeping Snickers while she was in the Twin Cities.

Other things about Snickers that can be shared are that she likes children and was very gentle with Scott and Patty’s twenty-month-old grandchildren. She walks very nicely on a leash. I was fearful that she would come home shaved from her procedure, but her beautiful coat is still there. Her cardiologist at the U of MN believes she will be a large dog.

If it ever stops snowing out here in the Dakotas, Snickers will be home again and I will update with news and pictures. Thank you again for all the care she has gotten from RAGOM.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Snickers has had a very busy week. She travelled to the Twin Cities with another rescue pup to see a cardiologist. The tests show she has severe pulmonic stenosis, which means she has a bad heart valve and blood flow is restricted, causing her heart to have to work too hard. Her heart is already showing signs of stress. The cardiologist placed her on a beta blocker medication to decrease the workload of her heart. She may need to stay on this drug long-term.

Based on the information from the cardiologist, Snickers will be having a procedure, balloon valvuloplasty, on Wednesday, at the University of Minnesota. It is hoped that this will open up the valve, but there is a chance that the stenosis can occur/worsen again down the road. The procedure is minimally invasive, so she will be released the next day and hopefully sleeping at home the next night.

On her weekend, Snickers stayed a few days with another foster and chewed on him a lot in her play. She is a really well travelled dog now with more trips ahead.

Please keep Snickers in your thoughts and consider helping with her medical needs.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Introducing Snickers, a nine-week-old Goldendoodle with a heart murmur. Snickers is black with a little white on her chin and chest. She has a lovely, soft, wavy coat and is simply darling both in appearance and temperament.

She has been at her foster home for a week and immediately made herself at home. She had been living in her breeder’s home, so it was easy to give her free run of the house. This isn’t something I would normally do, but she is quite special.

She sleeps all night in bed with me and two other dogs. She runs to the back door when she needs to go out. There have been a minimum of accidents. During the extreme cold, she used papers near the door. I felt that was OK since it was blowing with 45-mph wind and way below zero.

She is used to having her food out all the time and taking little nibbles. That hasn’t worked here. The big dogs have made a snack of her food. She now eats 3-4 times a day with me watching over the bowl.

Snickers stretched out on the floor
Snickers stretched out on the floor

Snickers didn’t like the cold weather at first, but now that we have snow and more normal temperatures, she loves going outside. She is very playful and chases after toys, plays tug-of-war, wrestles a bit with a big Golden, and sniffs around where the rabbits and squirrels have been.

Snickers in the snow
Snickers in the snow

She is very fond of stuffed animals and toys. She has a variety of dog beds and is a little like Goldilocks because she will hop from bed to bed. I believe she is very smart. When I tell her to go lay down, she goes to her bed and curls up. She seems to know "sit," her name, and "no," and she is doing very well on walks.

Snickers chewing on a rope toy
Snickers chewing on a rope toy
Snickers with a stuffed toy
Snickers with a stuffed toy
Snickers loves her dog beds
Snickers loves her dog beds

She is happy to be around my resident dogs, a mini Labradoodle and a large Golden. She will snuggle next to them if they let her. When it was so cold, no one complained. She is often found lying at my feet. She seems to like children as well.

"Are you my mother?"
"Are you my mother?"

While she is a typical puppy with sharp teeth and wanting to chew on you, she is very smart and listens. When I tell her no, she generally stops whatever she is doing and is easily redirected. She can be very calm and sit in your lap and sleep. While we were at the vet, she impressed the staff with her sweetness and calm manner. There were comments like "Touch her coat. She’s so soft," and about her quiet, calmness, and good manners.

Unfortunately, Snickers has a serious heart murmur. She is scheduled to visit a cardiologist later this week to find out what if anything can be done. It doesn’t seem to slow her down, and you would never notice except you can feel it beating when you hold her. Poor thing! That is the reason she was surrendered to RAGOM by her breeder.

She will be unavailable for a while until we have a better picture of what can be done for her. Please consider becoming her sponsor or donating towards her medical care. She is a very special pup deserving of a loving home and Golden Life.

Pending Adoption: Snickers has found her forever home.