February 27, 2016.:"Miss Odie" and her sister Honey had been left behind at the Orange County shelter by their family. Honey was adopted and Miss Odie was left behind again. We rescued her on December 11, 2015 knowing that she had mammary masses and ear infections. Her post-shelter vet appointment confirmed what we feared - Miss Odie had breast cancer. We got opinions from two of our trusted vets, who both felt that she would have a very good prognosis after a radical bilateral mastectomy. We took a deep breath and asked our family of Facebook fans and supporters to help us because we felt that this 8-year old girl had a lot of living still to do....and you guys came through in a big way, raising the $3000 needed for her surgery in a matter of days. The surgery went well and she received excellent care at Sharp Pet Hospital, Stonecreek Animal Hospital, and aftercare at VCA Animal Hospital in El Cajon (who got a nasty foxtail out of her ear!). Although her margins were too big after surgery and her cancer spread, all was not lost ...our fundraising campaign had the *wonderful* consequence of bringing her mom into her life! Denise Mallos, an OC shelter volunteer who used to visit Miss Odie there, found her way to us online and offered to be her foster mom. When we told Denise that she was terminally ill, Denise said the offer still stood. We brought Miss Odie, now called "Miss Jodie" to symbolize her new beginning, to Denise on New Year's Day. She started off with a bang by pooping all over the rug as soon as she walked in ("sorry, mom!"). Denise proved to be a wonderful foster mom and Miss Jodie thrived under her care until just a few days ago when she stopped eating and wagging her tail and was in obvious pain....and we all knew the time had come. Her mom, Denise, writes: "I never wanted her to be alone if she only had a short time to live, so when I went to work I always had my mom (Barbara) watch her. She was a great dog, and it was a tragedy I had her such a short time. I definitely loved her and miss her, and it was a privilege to have gotten to know her, spend time with her, and have her in my life."
It takes a special person to welcome a terminally ill dog into her life. Denise and Barbara, you will see her at Rainbow Bridge and she will be there with her big grin, bright eyes, and wagging tail. Thank you for loving Miss Jodie.