3/1/12 - MEMORIAL
We are sad to inform our AABR family of the loss of another beautiful boxer.
Gem passed away peacefully during the afternoon. She had been struggling
with kidney failure. Gem will be sadly missed by many.
continues to do great and is an absolute pleasure to have in our home. She
has been waiting so patiently for her forever home. I keep telling her that
we're looking and waiting for just the right one for her. Gem loves being
with her foster brothers, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind being an only dog
also. She wouldn't mind a little pampering...not that she isn't
getting plenty of that now. Will you be the lucky family who gets to receive
all the love this beautiful boxer girl so willingly gives?
been in her current foster home for 3 1/2 months now and has to be one of
the sweetest and easiest fosters we've had the pleasure of welcoming into
our home (and that number is over 50). When Gem first came to us, she did
not want to go outside to do her business. I had to leash her and
practically drag her off our back deck. She could not wait to come back in.
Now, she goes out first thing in the morning with her two foster brothers
and comes right back in with them when they're done. She also likes to go
out with them and play, running around for some exercise. Once they've
had enough, she is right behind them and ready to come in and take her nap.
Gem is a little shy at first when she meets new people, but she warms up
quickly. Gem is your typical Boxer - she is all wiggles and she gives
the most gentle kisses. Gem would do well in any family, but if you are
looking for a calm and sweet Boxer girl, then look no further than Gem!
after getting to her new foster home, Gem developed bloody urine and
diarrhea. Her foster family took her to the vet where a thorough exam and
blood-work were done. The results of that blood-work showed that Gem was in
severe kidney failure with only 25% kidney function. She was immediately
admitted to the hospital and started on an antibiotic and high volume IV
fluids. After 2 days, her foster family took her home to continue with the
treatments. When the results of her urine culture came back, her antibiotics
needed to be changed to an IV medication that is very costly. Two weeks
worth of medication rang in at $735! Twice daily, Gem has been receiving 500
ml of fluid under her skin and IV antibiotics given at home by her foster
Last week, she was retested and her kidney values are improving, but have
a long way to go to return to normal. This week Gem saw a specialist and had
an ultrasound to rule out kidney stones and masses. The good news is that
she doesn't have either. The specialist diagnosed Gem with pyelonephritis,
an infection in the kidney most probably due to a urinary tract infection
that went unnoticed and traveled up the urinary tract settling in the
kidney. The bad news is that Gem needs to have 4 more weeks of this
medication-Meropenem. Calculated, that is $1470 which does not include
follow-up blood-work to monitor her kidney function or the IV fluids. There
is no alternative medication for Gem's infection, she must have it as it is
the safest drug that will fight this particular infection.
Gem needs sponsors that will donate to her care. She will not survive if
she doesn't have this antibiotic and the infection worsens. Please consider
helping, we have spared no expense to help get her this far and her fosters
have stepped up and diligently followed the recommended treatments at home
to help save the cost of continued hospitalization. She is eating and
drinking, and even wants to engage in play at times. We know the treatment
is working, but we will need your help to continue to bring her fully under
control and into good health. Won't you PLEASE consider donating to Gems's
care. She sure would be grateful.
back in foster and she truly is a gem. She is so calm and gentle, but we've
already seen that she is willing and wants to play. I'm sure the longer she
is with us, the more her playful side will come out. Gem knows sit and gives
her paw when asked and is so easy to walk. Once we learn more about her, we
will add another update.
lost her foster home and is currently at the kennel. This sweet and gentle
girl really needs a home. Please offer to get her out of the kennel and
submit your application today for Gem!
continues to do well in her foster home. Once evaluated by our vet, it was
determined that Gem is estimated to be 5-6 years young. It is obvious that
she was a breeder girl that did not live in kind conditions, but Gem has
overcome that in her loving foster home. She does well with her foster fur
brother and loves the foster grandson. She is gentle and kind. Gem will be a
loving companion for anyone looking to add a great family member. Snatch
this gem up today!
We received a request from a local vet hospital that they had a boxer
that was surrendered to them and they asked us if we could please take her
Meet Gem. She is a total gem, sweetheart, doll baby - any term
you would use to fondly describe a sweet dog! She is still young and is
looking for a new life with a new family. We will update her page as we
learn more about this GEM of a girl!!