JANUARY 2024: It’s been 5 months since Rossi headed off to NCSU for serious diagnostics to understand his protein loss and IBD diagnosis. The complex evaluations done those two days were not his favorite way to spend time, but being the cheery fella he is, he was brave and charming and the team loved him!
At 7 years old, Rossi was a worrisome case with muscle loss already present so everyone was hoping for answers. Lots of poking and prodding (while sedated) gave the needed direction - a way to stabilize his GI downturn and so far, it seems to be working. He is on a restricted prescription diet - HA - to support allergic reactions as well as his kidney issues.
The NCSU nutrition department provided the plan for him to eat 3 cups a day with large amounts of egg whites in each serving (safe protein) and MYOS joint supplement to minimize muscle wasting, plus large amounts of canned food (more calories). The monthly B-12 supplement is also needed.
For all who love and care about this young, spunky guy who overcame Megaesphoagus in his early days at Glen Highland, he now is thriving for this part of his life! Fingers crossed…Rossi beats the odds on this, too.
SANCTUARY RESIDENT ROSSI is not only a gorgeous guy, he is a very stable, good-natured Border Collie, normally easily adoptable. That wasn’t the case for him.
As a pup, his swallowing disorder, Megaesophagus, left him horribly undernourished since every meal meant regurgitation. Relinquished to us, we knew Rossi could live a very short life so sought out every medical option possible, but nothing worked well. The first year of his life, every month he landed at Cornell’s ICU with aspiration pneumonia, at risk of death. Hyper-vigilant oversight of every bite of food or slurp of water became everyday life at the Founder’s home. Days were filled with tears and worry.
Little did we know that time would unfold with a really good outcome. Now 7 yrs old, he is alive and well, running like the wind because one medication trial worked - Sildenafil - the canine version of viagra. The drug allows the esophageal ‘flap’ to lower over the stomach opening so food will not come out.
This miraculous find has given Rossi an active, truly full BC life. Watching this vibrant boy be allowed to join others in the pack to run and drink water as needed and eat without spoonfuls of small food, has been a joy. Rossi is truly one of the happiest rescues we have ever seen!
In memory of Marty - Sue Basehore & Ilene Fischman
Healing thoughts from Vicki Buono & GH alum Cookie
Scottie Burkhalter, in memory of Russy & JayJay
Pete & Renate Goodloe, in memory of GH Alums Doc & Rosie
Jay Monitz, In memory of Michelle
With love from Linda, Sky, Jim & Alice the cat