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I am the secretary for Saving Saints Rescue. This is the story of Destiny an 8 year old Saint Bernard from Romania who has turned our lives upside down since May.
Destiny and her 2 siblings were abandoned in Romania by their owner. Sadly Destiny was snappy and wouldn't settle with her adopter after 6 days so she arrived with us. Two days later we went to the vets for a check up. “All fine. Has she had any pups recently?” he asked. “Well she’s been in shelter for a few weeks and in UK for the past 10 days” I replied. “Well she's got some milk so must be a phantom pregnancy”. Driving home 2 hours later on the school run my 9 year old shouts “Mummy there's a puppy down the side of the seat”. You can imagine I wasn't completely believing as Destiny was sat in the front seat right next to me. She hadn't uttered a sound. I pulled over - there was a birth sack on the seat and a white pup down the side! She had at least two more to come it turns out but only after a 24 hour wait. Destiny was getting agitated, pacing up and down and so was I - both of us walking around the garden in the early hours with me shining the torch every time she stopped. Sadly nothing arrived. So Tuesday back to the vets for some oxytocin but no pushing, no pups. Finally a c-section produced 2 healthy male pups later that day. Very sadly two of Destiny's pups died days later. "Fading puppy syndrome" the vet said.
Destiny's surviving pup is called Monty Ivan (Ivan meaning 'gift from God') after a class competition at my daughter's school. His nick name is 'muncher screecher'. We thought well that's it no more drama. Wrong. Last weekend Monty's left eye started to bulge. Two options were put forward PTS or have the eye out. Off we trotted to an eye vet in Cheshire. Monty is recovering well minus one eye.
We desperately need your help to fund two large vet bills which are way beyond what we have as a small charity (Charity Commission No: 1171050). Please help.
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Help run a charity which rescues St Bernards and other giant dogs in the UK and across Europe. Our dogs also spread the St Bernard love by going into care and hospital settings as pat dogs.
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