January 2010 Update: We have great news to report – Carmen, Venus and Pablo are very healthy. Carmen the Diva, as she is called by the family, has the fastest tongue around. You get too close to her and she will give you kisses all over your face. They have a new dog in the house, Nacho, and Pablo has made it his chore to take care of him, he will chew the food and then spit it out for Nacho to eat, (Nacho has bad gum disease). Venus is the spoiled little girl, she sits on mom’s lap and is hand fed one piece of food at a time, she is only two pounds, and mom wants to make sure she gets her share of the food. When there is a break in the cold, mom will take them with her for a walk in their stroller around the neighborhood. The kids love seeing them and come running over to play. There are some kids that knock on the door for play dates. Every morning they have two hours of physical therapy in their wheel carts to keep their backs straight. The rest of the day is spent jumping and playing in their room. They jump all over, and so not to get hurt if they should fall, there are heavy blankets all over the floor. If you enter the room you have to watch your step, they love to tunnel and sleep under the blankets.
February 2010 Update: Unfortunately, we don’t have good news to report about our dear Carmen. She has been sick for the past few weeks with pancreatitis, and because of the pancreatitis, she is having problems keeping her food down. Carmen’s adopted mother has to hold her upright when she eats. It’s like having Megaesophagus, a condition in which the esophagus is abnormally enlarged which makes it difficult to keep food down. Her mother is so concerned for her health that she brings her to work with her here at the Animal League everyday to be sure she is with her when she eats. What a devoted mother! We hope little Carmen will be up and about soon and we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
We are happy to report that Venus and Pablo are doing well. With all the snow we had recently, their adopted mother dressed them in little, yellow rain slickers and booties and let them romp in the snow for a bit. The neighborhood kids came around to play with them. The children had to be very careful where they were throwing their snow balls – the snowballs were bigger than Pablo! Thank goodness they have such a loving and caring mother to get them out in the fresh air and to have play dates with the kids.