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Canon EOS 50D
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1/664 second
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75 mm
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Date Taken
May 23, 2014, 3:05:59 PM
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Happy Endings- I Survived by TeaPhotography Happy Endings- I Survived by TeaPhotography
This dedication is to those who have supported "The Shelter Project" in some certain way, recently:

:iconcarolynym: :iconblueivyviolet: :iconmelodiousglenndog: :iconshinyheels: :icondreamiez:
:iconjennystokes: :iconbrettazimmerman: :iconsurrealistic-gloom: :iconannissina: :iconneccers:
:iconfaeorain: :iconfelizias: :iconcorvidae65: :iconpoca2hontas: :iconjocelyner:
:iconkiwicocktail: :iconfaircloth-digitalart: :iconpizzapotatonbacon: :iconwilliamjohnsen: :iconcrgphotography:
:icontigles1artistry: :iconstygma: :iconlayaboutjoe: :iconcloduy: :iconlobyteso:

and also in general to the GROUP: :icondawishingwell: :heart:

This is Delilah, a Labrador Retriever mix, who was from The South Coast Humane Society ... who had certainly been available for adoption, with above photo, but she is already adopted! :boogie:
But this time, this isn't mainly about the adoption,
but it is a SUPER end result, of course! :la:

Delilah is a not just a phenomenal dog, but a phenomenal story... :heart:
She's was (still is!) a delightful, happy-go-lucky older puppy, and remained this way as much as possible from the moment she began to show the first signs of Parvo- the Canine Parvovirus:……

not long after coming to our care.

Parvo is a highly contagious, quickly spreading, and very potentially life-threatening illness for Canines.
While many shelters, such as ours do use test kits for canine intake, they are not always 100% accurate for various reasons.  NO DOGS LEAVE our shelter without being vaccinated.
The key to the prevention of this deadly disease is, in fact, vaccination.

Canine Parvovirus, is extremely devastating for any neighbourhood, urban area, animal shelter, or other concentrated area of dogs, where there is an outbreak. Puppies are the most at-risk, as well as secondarily older dogs.

But, if vaccinations have been properly administered, your dog should be safe. Do your research and talk to your vet!!  :)

In my shelter work experience, I have seen parvo outbreak, and it is a most horrible, yet such a preventable thing!  The first couple were times in California, and I was in shock because I didn't know what I was seeing.  The last time, here, I knew a lot more about it, and knew what was going on...

but, in this particular case, we had a HAPPY ENDING, though what it took to achieve this happy ending, I do not find words befitting to describe! What the employees had to go through, to save this one precious dog's life!!! AND, to shut down the shelter, itself, due to medical emergency, (including the catteries for the first few days) without worrying about the immediate costs of doing so- realizing the potential costs in the long-run if they didn't...
It was like when they teach you, if you catch on fire: STOP, DROP, and ROLL.

I don't think I will ever understand what went on behind those closed doors during those couple of weeks, of sanitizing every square millimeter perfectly, 10,000 times over again, everything nailed and not nailed down, and doing so safely for the animals, at the same time.  What protocol!

In this case, this dog- Delilah- SURVIVED, and every other dog was protected.

My point in all of this, is funding for helping animals, goes for a great many things- like vaccinations, and test kits, for a very short list! :) Yes, it is the little things that DO count, but sometimes, something BIG like this happens, and if a shelter is not maintaining finances or is losing them, they will collapse under the strain of the event, and then how can they be a foundation for rescue, hope, and new homes for these domestic animals?

Thank you all for for what you have done, and continue to do to be so helpful of
"The Shelter Project".

(-keeping in mind that I'm not saying these people are donors of funding directly to the shelter or even to "The Shelter Project" or necessarily points, but that whatever each have chosen to do, in recent times, has led to the ability to provide a certain amount of donations.)

Anyway, Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand the results of your support, so this time here is a BIG example!



[ :note: NOTE: Thank you, in advance, for any :+fav:'s I may receive for this image. :thanks: :aww: :rose: I am honoured and grateful that anyone would think well enough to :+fav: it. :nod: So thank you from the bottom of my heart :heart: . I understand if you don't have time to comment, but thank you for any kind comments, too. :aww:
It's important to know this NOW, as I may NOT be able to do individual thank-you's for :+fav:'s, or in case I cannot respond to each comment, either. Thanks for understanding. :thanks:
And, if you just came to view, I appreciate that, too.
:w00t: ]

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LayaboutJoe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014

Tea, I'm very glad to know Delilah survived!  As you pointed out, canine parvovirus is horrible.  I learned to hate it when I worked in animal hospitals / veterinary clinics during the 1980s.  The unfortunate dogs afflicted with that malady were in a constant state of suffering; and administering intravenous therapy was extremely frustrating due to the resultant collapsed veins.  Indeed, most of the patients were too far gone when admitted and failed to survive.  I sincerely hope better treatment protocols have been developed in recent years.


I salute all those at your shelter who worked to save Delilah's life.  Plus, as you indicated, proper clean-up is an ongoing Herculean task.  Dog keepers, please do as Tea recommends and have your canine companions vaccinated!

bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad she had such a happy ending. I know Parvo can strike very quickly and kill quickly too. What a dedicated and hard working group of people to achieve this!!
Annissina Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, I see the Lab in her!! :giggle: I'm sooo happy that she survived and even has a new home already!! Thank you so much for this dedication, my dear! :iconnewglomp: It actually took me a while to realise what I had done to deserve it! :lol: I guess that's what happens when you give without expecting anything in return. :cuddle: I'm just sad that I have nowhere to showcase my gifts any more, now that my subscription ran out!! Oh well, maybe someone will give me one again at some point! :lol:
Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely portrait of a beautiful dog, Tea!  I'm so glad the shelter was able to recover from the Parvo exposure and prevent a devastating outbreak.  I can't imagine the stress you must've experienced! :hug:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Very cool!  Not many dogs survive parvo--Delilah must have quite the will to live :nod:

Unfortunately, when I was a kid, one of our dogs had parvo and gave it to the other dogs and none of them survived
Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
so very gorgeousssssssssssssssss!:love:
cloduy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I am so happy for her :heart: She's beautiful :heart:
EverlastingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
She's adorable with that bandana! :)
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
What a beautiful picture of Delilah!  :love:
Thank you kindly for this thoughtful dedication, dear Tea, I greatly appreciate it!  :huggle:
LuLupoo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Rave by DevilGmanThat is wonderful news to hear that this sweetheart has a home. I love happy endings! Heres to you Delilah!:iconchampagneplz:
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