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A Message from Tracy and Malibu:

USE OUR CELLPHONES TO HELP ONE ANOTHER...


malibu the dog

Posted: 06.26.14 - When your dog is attacked or embroiled in a fight, time becomes meaningless.  All you can do is react to protect your animal. But we are rarely alone when these things happen, especially at the dog park. It is our job, as bystanders, to think for the owner who has their mind on their dog. Take a picture of those involved. Get the names and numbers of the owners those dogs. Get a picture of the license plate of the owner whose dog was responsible. Tracy was never able to find the perpetrators of Malibu's attack.

Let's keep that from happening in the future. Malibu has made a remarkable recovery since her brutal attack on April 6, 2014. It has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Malibu had required visits to the vets two to three times a week, for drainage tube and bandage changing. When she started growing multiple large abscesses that were not responding to antibiotics, her lab results revealed that she was suffering from three of the worst antibiotic resistant super bugs. I became very worried, as did the vet, whether or not she could survive the aftermath of this horrific attack.

All mainstream antibiotics would not work on these nasty accesses. The only drug that could assist her body to fight off the remainder of the abscesses was not available in the U.S. For the first three weeks after the attack from the Akita and Rottweiler, Malibu tried desperately to recover from over 30 punctures and five huge abscesses. As a last resort to saving her life I sent someone out of the country to get the only antibiotic that would do the job, since this medicine is not available in the USA.

Once we had this medicine in our possession, Malibu was then hospitalized for a 10-day treatment program to beat these antibiotic resistant super bugs. Malibu was treated several times a day with injections and wound treatment during her stay.  Finally, the day came that she was really healing and the infections were dissipating for good! Malibu was so happy to come home after dealing with this issue for over a month now!  She has a lot of scars and had lost a lot of weight, but she is recovering and that is what is most important!

Her vibrant and kind personality is returning. She lost a lot of skin, has a lot of scars and has had half her body shaved down. Malibu wears a body shirt for protection, which also hides the ugliness of what she encountered that unfortunate day. I am grateful Malibu and I successfully made it through the ordeal and can get back to our new normal.  She is one happy, lovable little girl. We appreciate everyone's concern and kind thoughts during Malibu journey to healing! She is a survivor, a sweet and kind animal who still loves people, children and other dogs.

- Sincerely, Tracy and Malibu

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EAR INFECTIONS & TREATMENT
WAYS YOU CAN HELP DOG RESCUE GROUPS

FOODS YOUR DOG SHOULD AVOID
GRAPE TOXICITY 1
GRAPE TOXICITY 2
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDS TO ANIMALS
KIDS AND DOGS: SAFETY FIRST
ONION WARNING
XYLITOL WARNING