Roxanne came to us from a rural shelter, left there because her owners said “we don’t have time for her." It is more likely that she was a breeding dog that did not produce puppies…so she was dumped. Three years old and with eyes that would melt your heart, she arrived in Raleigh just after Thanksgiving 2011.
Roxanne’s most obvious problem at intake was entropion, a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye which can ultimately lead to decrease or loss of vision. NRGRR arranged for corrective surgery and Rox went to her foster to heal.
By the beginning of the second month, Roxanne was not gaining adequate weight despite good nutrition. Blood work indicated a serious problem. A trip to NCSU Vet School presented terrible news. A liver shunt, which is a blood vessel that carries blood around the liver instead of through it, was keeping her liver from filtering toxins. The price tag for a surgical repair was hefty – about $5000 but Neuse River didn’t blink. We would find the money to save our girl.
Unfortunately, the bad news only got worse. A pre-surgery MRI revealed multiple shunts…and they were not operable. Sadly, Roxanne was given a life expectancy of 6 to 18 months. With the help of the NCSU Vet School and CareFirst Animal Hospital, a drug protocol was established and dietary restrictions were put into practice. In March of 2013, Roxanne was given permanent foster status and will remain with NRGRR until she crosses the Rainbow Bridge.
Roxanne has had many setbacks, but most have been short lived. Her medications are working, according to her vet, “until they don’t." It’s now been more than two years since Roxanne’s original diagnosis. She continues to travel about town with her foster on a regular basis, goes on daily walks visiting the neighborhood “regulars," helps foster and mentor other NRGRR dogs, and acts as a one dog welcoming committee for humans and canines alike when visiting CareFirst. Roxanne is our ROX-STAR, but her care has been and continues to be very expensive. Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue never gives up on a dog due to the cost of medical care. Blarney’s Fund helps dogs like Roxanne with extraordinary medical needs. If you’d like to help with expenses above and beyond routine care such as Roxanne’s, please consider donating to Blarney’s Fund.