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Adopted 5/11/04!

  • Gender- Female
  • Age - 13 weeks
  • DOB - 07/29/03
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 25 lb.
  • Spayed/Neutered - not yet
  • Taken in on  - 10/19/03
  • Available as of - 02/01/04
  • Housebroken - sort of
  • Obedience trained - not yet
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids - Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - Great temperament. She is a sweetie pie and very affectionate. Of course she is a puppy, so...

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Seraphina was part of a litter of 14 pups. At least 2 of which were deaf. Sera does seem to have some residual hearing, but most likely only in one ear. When Sera was ~ 4 weeks old her mom stopped nursing and the owners couldn't be bothered with the pups so they gave them all away. A few weeks later Sera was found wandering the streets. Certainly not a good start for such a young thing. She had a bad case of kennel cough but did get over it with treatment. Not long after she got here she got sick again, this time some sort of infectious pneumonia that a number of our dogs have now gotten. We are currently treating her for this and she is getting better. Sera is a happy, outgoing, well adjusted puppy. She is affectionate and has a well balanced personality.

We will start working on her training as soon as she recovers from her illness. We will post regular updates here. As of now we do know that she is very affectionate and loves to get hugs and kisses, that she has all the usual "problems" that puppies her age have, chewing on everything, etc.. In short she is a typical, normal puppy.

Update 12/01/03 - Sera got very sick not too long after coming here. She developed a bad case of pneumonia. Most of the 6 photos below are from while she was sick. Unfortunately we did not know she was getting sick at first and let her sleep with Glenna, the big dog in several of these photos. So Glenna also got the pneumonia eventually. But it was even worse for poor Sera. In addition to losing 1/3 of her body weight because she refused to eat when she started to get really sick, she had other problems as well. We had her on a sulfa drug, an antibiotic, and subQ fluids, and she started to get better finally. This was a nasty strain of something. Both she and Glenna were bleeding from the nose and mouth at one point. Luckily for us it required sustained close contact, like sleeping together, to transmit, so none of the other dogs got it. Sera required 24 hour care and close supervision, and frankly we were surprised that she made it through this. Sera spent lots of time sleeping in my lap or on top of me for a while there. And eventually she she started to rebound and get better. But as soon as Sera started to feel better, she had another problem. She started to break out in pustules all over her face and eventually her whole body. We took her to a specialist and she was diagnosed with pemphigus. This is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system starts to attack the material in the skin that holds the skin cells together. It can often be triggered by a reaction to drugs, such as the sulfa drugs. So we discontinued all the drugs she was on, put her on new antibiotics, because she did also have a bacterial infection on the skin, and was still fighting the tail end of the pneumonia. She has lost most of her hair from the pemphigus, but she is feeling much better now. And she is starting to put back on the weight she lost. She has been a real trouper through it all. She is a wonderfully sweet, affectionate dog, who just loves to be held and cuddled. We haven't shot any more photos of her while she looked so awful. As soon as her hair starts to come back in we will add some new photos.

Sera is a thief of hearts. So far everyone who has met her has fallen under her spell. She is going to make someone very happy once she is ready for placement. We welcome inquiries and applications on all our dogs, but please be advised we do not place puppies. Puppies in our program will not be available for adoption until they are 8-12 months old.

Click here to fill out an application to adopt Sera or any of the DDRI dogs.
We will post additional photos of Sera as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Sera or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-746-0863


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