Special Help Needed!! Can You Help?

Sophia was born January 2008 and surrendered to rescue by her breeder in April.

Very early on in Sophia's life her disabilities began. Her mother took this sweet angel's head in her mouth and when the breeder tried to get her head out, Sophia ended up with head trauma that cause serious neurological damage. At the recommendation of the vet she started steroid shots, consisting of a series of three shots over her first few weeks.

HSBR took Sophia to the University of Pennsylvania for further testing and they have recommended that an MRI be done along with further testing at a later date. Sophia was unable to walk, run or play like a normal puppy but with the love and care of her foster mom and many hours of physical therapy, Sophia is making progress and learning to walk, run and play. Although she doesn't have the balance of a normal dog and does fall when trying to walk, she is totally unaware of her disabilities and picks herself up again and starts over with utter determination.

More recently, Sophia got very sick and was back at the vet's office again. After extensive testing it was discovered that Sophia was a condition called Congenital Megaesophagus. This is a condition where her esophagus becomes paralyzed and enlarged and is unable to propel food into her stomach. Because of this condition it is extremely important that Sophia eat in an upright position and remain upright for at least 30 minutes after each feeding, otherwise she could suffer fatal aspiration pneumonia due to inhaling food.

Sophia will remain under our wing with continued and extensive vet expenses to give this little angel a chance to lead as much of a normal life as possible. With the dedication, love and devotion of her foster mom Sophia is doing well today, but we need your help to continue her success.

Won't you consider reaching out and helping Sophia?
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