7/1/12 - MEMORIAL
As most of you already know, our Mascot and
dearly loved girl, Eve, went to the bridge last week. We are heartbroken at
her passing. Eve was the strongest, most courageous, resilient, beautiful,
and loving boxer most of us has ever met. She had more than her fair share
of struggles in life. She came to AABR as a tiny 5 week old puppy from a
shelter in Philadelphia. She was so thin you could see almost all of her
bones. We discovered she had a condition called Megaesophagus. Her esophagus
was overly large, with muscles that didn't work. She had to eat a diet the
consistency of runny oatmeal, and sit up to eat & drink so that gravity
could move her food into her tummy. It took a while, but we finally got her
mega-e managed, and she did remarkably well.
At the age of 3, Eve tore her ACL and needed surgery. Unfortunately, she
had complications from the first surgery and additional surgeries failed to
improve her joint. She eventually had her leg amputated, but finally was
improving when she tore the ACL in the other leg. We were lucky this time
and the surgery was successful. Through all of these trials and
tribulations, Eve was always a trooper. She loved life and she really loved
people. Eve was always happiest at an outreach or fundraiser where she could
make friends and flirt. She would generously dole out her chin kisses to
everyone who came to say hello, and no one could walk away from her
untouched by her story and by her absolutely amazing spirit.
Eve's drive to recover was never in question. She loved her physical
therapist, learned to swim as part of her rehab, and always did her best.
She loved a little pampering, and well, she could also be a bit of a Diva
reveling in her well deserved attention. Sadly, Eve finally succumbed to a
battle she could no longer fight. Her digestive system failed her. Her
esophagus had gotten worse, she developed IBD in her lower tract, and she
lost the ability to digest her food properly. We tried for months to help
her. Eve saw a specialist and we did all we could, but we could not save
In the last month or so, Eve had her own Facebook page, "Join the Eve-olution,"
and she has found fans around the world. Eve's story has touched the hearts
of thousands of people. She is loved by people that have only seen her photo
and her story online. We were blessed to have this wonderful girl in our
lives for too short a time. We will miss her and love her forever.
To have Eve touch your heart is the greatest of gifts. We will be working
on a Memorial Fund in honor of our girl who worked so hard to spread the
word about what a rescue can do. Please like her Facebook page and check
back for more info.
Goodbye my little monkey. Mommy loves you very much, misses you
more than she can say, and hopes to see you again one day.
8/12/11 - Update!
Hello everyone! We have some important news for
all of you that have followed Eve's story over the years. After much thought
and consideration, we have decided that Eve will no longer be available for
adoption. It has been almost 5 yrs since Eve came into the AABR family as a
tiny little 5 week old puppy. Since then, she has had far more than her fair
share of ups and downs. Through everything she has endured, Eve has
remained the sweetest, happiest little monkey.
Eve has been in her current foster home for over 4 yrs now & we feel it
would be very unfair to her to even consider moving her to another home at
this point. Her foster family understands her medical needs and knows Eve so
well. We feel it is the best and safest place for her to be. Eve has become
the unofficial Mascot of AABR and will continue to attend fundraising and
adoption events on their behalf. She has become the chief executive officer
in charge of fundraising! Eve will continue in the joint care of AABR and
her foster mom.
We know there will be other battles for this mighty mite to fight. She
is, after all, a megaesophagus dog, and will always be vulnerable to things
like aspiration pneumonia. She will always need medication for her mega-e
and for that sad little hind leg that she has. Please continue to help
by sending in donations towards her care. We will periodically post updates
on how she is doing. We know how many fans she has out there and want you
all to know just how much Eve and all of us appreciate your interest, love
and support of our girl!
Keep an eye on the events page! Eve will be helping us host the upcoming
Boogie with the Boxers 70s Dance Party on Oct 1, 2011, and of course will be
doing her best Diva imitation ( well not so much an imitation if you know
what I mean) Aug 13 & 20, 2011 at the L'Oreal Your Dog is Worth it Too
event. Please come out and see our very special, sweet, funny, princess at
these and other events.
Eve willl always be a part of AABR, and counts on you to support the
rescue that brought Eve to all of us. Take Care & We hope to see you soon!
XOXOXOXO from Eve!!
Hello everyone - it's been a while since our last update. A
lot has happened to Eve in a short period of time. As you all know, she lost
her left hind leg in April. She was adapting to life on 3 legs when she
completely tore the ACL in her remaining hind leg. It was a devastating blow
to all of us. Two weeks ago, she had the ACL repaired and has been doing
pretty well since coming home. She experienced a pretty bad aspiration
pneumonia in the hospital, but has recovered quite well from that as well,
with only a little bit of coughing now & then. I've been helping her walk
with a sling, and she's doing well. She'll even do some walking on her own a
few steps at a time. The key now is to rebuild her hind end muscles. After
so much trauma and surgery, she needs to regain a lot of strength, though
she can scoot around at light speed when she wants to play with our cat. She
will be back in the pool this coming week since her stitches came out today,
and that should help her on the way to a full recovery. I'm hoping she'll be
pretty much back to her old self by the end of the summer. She's even
starting to wrestle with our other foster, Rocky Road, though I keep close
eye that they don't get carried away. She's really showing a lot of her old
spunk, and getting back to enjoying her life again. Please keep her in your
thoughts and prayers that we can get her through her recovery quickly, and
please, if you can, make a donation on her behalf. Her medical bills have
been through the roof this past year. Thanks to all of you who have
supported Eve and AABR. She wouldn't have "stood" a chance with you. We are
so grateful to you all!
As many of you already know, the vet in Connecticut was
unable to save Eve's leg. There was too much deterioration in her femur from
the previous surgeries to allow for the
knee replacement, and
unfortunately the leg had to be amputated. We were all very upset at first,
and the poor vet had to deal with my balling, but in the end it was the best
thing for her. There is nothing that will keep this girl down! She got home
about 10 days ago, and let me tell you she is doing GREAT! We are taking
daily walks to build her stamina back up after so many months of minimal
activity, and she just loves them. Could it be the fact that all the
neighborhood kids fawn all over her? She has already figured out how to
carefully get down all of the stairs in our house, though she still needs
help going up. She hops around the backyard to get to the back fence to
best friend Casey that lives behind us. She hasn't done that for
months because it was just to hard. Her little nub was wagging away, and
Casey was so happy to see her! She will get her stitches out in a couple of
days and then she'll be good to go. I expect that it won't be long before
she has mastered this 3 legged thing, and starts running around like the
little wild child she
used to be. We'll post new pictures soon. Be sure to check out AABR's
Facebook page for
updates as well.
We want to thank everyone out there who has been so supportive of Eve.
You will never how how much we appreciate every donation and prayer that has
been offered on her behalf. Thanks to all of you Eve is on the way to a full
recovery. We could never have done it without you. It amazes me every day
how many good people are out there that love and support our best girl, and
Love and kisses from Eve and all of us at AABR.
Hello again everyone! Just wanted to update you all on Eve's
progress. We are now about 2 months out from her last knee surgery. She
started physical therapy about 3 weeks ago, and is making progress. It seems
to be slow, but relatively steady. She is using her leg pretty regularly,
but still has a wicked limp, and relies on her other leg for the majority of
support. Her leg muscles have severely atrophied since this arduous journey
began back in May, and it will be no small task to rebuild them.
Unfortunately her arthritis is returning, as we knew it would, but she takes
Rimadyl and Tramadol every day to try and keep it all under control, and
manage the pain associated with it.
Eve started swimming last week, and this is a major step toward her
recovery. As you can see by the look on her face, she is not exactly loving
it, but she's really trying hard, and she's on her third visit in these
photos. There's a lot less panic involved than there was on day one. We're
getting her into the pool at least twice a week on top of her regular
therapy sessions. She really loves her cold laser treatment, and usually
falls asleep during it. The swimming takes a lot out of her, and she's
pretty sore the next day, but in the long run she'll be much better for it.
Once again I need to ask you to please help Eve financially. The cost of
therapy, laser treatments, and her medication is so very expensive. All of
these expenses are on top of the meds she already gets to control her mega
esophagus. Please, if you can help in any way we would truly appreciate it.
No amount is too small. I know some may wonder why we spend all this money
on a little dog with so many issues, and all I can say to that is spend just
5 minutes with her and you'll know. She is the most wonderful, loving,
sweet, funny, and in spite of everything happy little monkey you'll ever
meet. She is a true ambassador of what a wonderful breed boxers are. Please
continue to support our Eve, and Adopt a
Boxer Rescue. You'll be so glad you did the day we post that picture
of her running and playing in the yard, and you can say that you had a part
in saving a very special girl.
Happy New Year to everyone from Eve!! We are all
hoping that this year will be a better one for Eve. As you know, Eve
needed knee surgery over the summer. That was when the trouble
started. She had the first of four surgeries in June in New York.
It went very well and she was recovering on schedule until one of her
roommates ran into her in the yard. The collision caused the wire
holding her knee together to break, which led to surgery a few weeks
later when it began irritating the inside of her skin and had to be removed.
At that time, the vet also discovered that she had developed a form of auto
immune arthritis that only affects the knees, and she had a moderate to
severe form. It was a set back, but our little fighter started
recovery all over.
Eve begin going for acupuncture, and started swimming as part of her
rehab. Things were beginning to show signs of improvement, and then
another set back. The pin that went through her lower leg bone had
literally started working its way out of the bone and was rubbing
relentlessly against the inside skin and tissue of her knee. We
couldn't believe it! Once again, she needed surgery to remove the pin,
but she just didn't show any improvement post op, and the arthritis was
Eve went to see a new surgeon, closer to home, and it was decided that
the initial surgery had failed, and a fourth and extensive (as well as very
expensive) surgery would be needed. What a nightmare for Eve!
She had the surgery in early December, and so far so good. Eve has
started physical therapy, and is just beginning to try and use her leg
again. It will be a slow and difficult process, but if anyone is up to
the task - our little Eve is! Even on her worst days, she always had a
gentle kiss, and a little wiggle for everyone - even when it was obvious as
to how much pain she was in. It just broke my heart to see her so sad.
I am happy to report that I am seeing her old spark return, and she is
betting back to beating up her stuffed toys, trying a little tug of war with
her best pal, Lilly, and bossing Rocky and Treasure around. She loves
her therapist, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she keeps improving.
All total, Eve's care has been very expensive for the rescue, and is well
into the thousands of dollars. Her therapy will be hundreds more, but
this rescue will not her down. Eve has been with us for over three
years now, and has worked hard as an ambassador for AABR, even though she
has yet to find her forever home. Until she finds a forever home of
her own, Eve will remain a cherished member of the AABR family.
Hopefully, you will also become a part of her extended family by making a
donation on Eve's behalf so that we can get her back to the happy, playful,
and oh so sweet little bundle of joy that we all love very much. She
is counting on your support. Thank you for helping Eve!!
EVE NEEDS SURGERY!! CAN YOU PLEASE HELP? You all know our
Eve by now and her medical history of megaesophagus. She has been doing
quite well with her condition, maintaining a steady weight of 40-42lbs. She
is a typical happy, rambunctious 2yr old boxer girl despite her mega-e.
Unfortunately that wild side has now gotten her into serious trouble. Eve
has somehow managed to tear her ACL (cruciate ligament) in both of her hind
legs. She is painfully lame, and anti-inflammatory and pain meds are not
helping her. Her injury is causing arthritis to develop in both knees and
both hips. She still wants to run and play, but the effort is just to
painful. Some days she needs help getting up from her bed It's very
difficult to see this spunky little mite so sad.
The only answer now is surgery. She will need both knees repaired. They
can only be done one at a time, and the estimate we received from the
University of Pa Veterinary Hospital is $2000 PER knee. She will need months
of rehab before the second knee can be done. The road ahead will be long and
difficult, but this little powerhouse has beaten the odds on a daily basis
dealing with mega-e by living a full and happy life.
She loves everyone, and everyone she meets, people & pets alike, seem to
love her too. She has been the best of friends to so many of our other
foster dogs helping them recover from injuries, neglect, and bringing the
sparkle back to their eyes as they adjust to new their lives, and watched
them eventually move on to their forever homes.
Please, please help us by making a donation on her behalf, that will
bring that same sparkle back to the eyes of the sweetest, most loving little
boxer you'll ever meet, our lovely girl Eve.
Happy New Year to everyone from Eve. She has just had her
2nd birthday and her second anniversary here with AABR. I truly can't
believe that she is still here. Yes, Evie has her issue, namely the
megaesophagus, but she is the most wonderful girl, and you all are missing
out on so much. Her mega-e is just not that big a deal! She has outgrown her
special chair, and we didn't bother to build her a new one since she is
doing just fine without it. Last July we started her on a medication that
has helped her immensely. In fact she has gone from regurging 6 to 8 times a
day to maybe once or twice a day max, though most days not at all. She has
the routine down pat, and she'd be happy to teach it to you. She's as
good as gold, gets along with dogs, cats, and kids of all ages. She has seen
so many other members of her foster family move on to loving homes of their
own that I can't help but wonder what she thinks of it all. Does she wonder
"Why not me? Why doesn't anybody want me"? I cannot explain to you just what
a fabulous little girl she is. She is beyond words. She goes week after week
to adoption events, meets so many different people who say "Oh what a sweet
dog, she's so adorable", they see how loving and funny she is, some even
express an interest in adopting her. Then I have to tell them about her
special needs, and suddenly the interest is gone. Nobody wants a dog with an
issue, so back home we go, and hope that maybe next week someone will see
beyond her mega-e to the huge heart full of love that she has to share.
She's been waiting such a long time. Could that someone be you?
had her annual check up, and her veterinarian at the University of Pa was
seriously impressed with how well she is doing especially in regard to her
weight. She has been maintaining a pretty steady 42lbs, and that is
phenomenal for a girl with mega-e.
She is about as active & happy as a boxer girl can be, and was quite the
star when she made an appearance on a local Philly television program called
The 10! Show. Everyone was CRAZY about her, and she flirted her little heart
out with them all. I just can't understand why this little girl can not find
someone out there willing to give her a home.
She is a beautiful, happy, bouncy, loving, snuggly, and most of all
deserving boxer. Yes, she needs more care than an ordinary boxer, but who
wants ordinary when you could have EVE?? It's not hard to prepare her
food: soak it a few hours in the fridge, put in a blender or food processor,
give it a good whirl, and your pretty much done. I make it in batches that
last for a couple of days at a time, averaging 3 meals a day. I say get in
your seat and she does. She knows the routine, and makes it easy, unless of
course that cat comes by and distracts her. She and the cat have a "thing",
and the cat just loves to push Eve's buttons. They really are quite good
friends when it comes down to it.
The best home for Eve would be someone who works from home, or maybe a
retired person who has some extra time each day to care for Eve, and has
another dog (a boxer would be especially good) to be her playmate as she is
very active. She has very good manners, is crate trained, house trained 99%,
and walks well on a leash, but must wear a harness because of her condition.
We use a specific brand that I have found works best for her. I will give it
to the family that finds it in their heart to make a place in their home for
Please, please consider being Eve's forever family. She is so worth the
extra effort, and you will be so glad you took a chance on her the first
time you wake up in the morning to find her little head nestled on your
Here we go again gang, another update for Eve. We've been doing this for
over a year now, and Eve is more than ready to move into her forever
home. I know that the extra care she requires may sound a bit daunting,
but honestly it's not that bad. Once you get a little practice at
preparing her food, and the actual feeding process itself, you'll see
it's really no big deal.
We have learned a lot caring for Eve this past year, and I believe
that some of her previous updates may have caused undue concern about
what it takes to live with Eve. She has the routine down pat!! She gets
into her chair on her own, and often knows on her own when to take a
break & let her food begin to digest before continuing to eat. She is an
AMAZING little girl, and I have grown ridiculously fond of her.
Thank you NBC's Tracy Davidson and AABR
volunteer Linda Rosen for being there for Eve.
Here is the video that Tracy Davidson from NBC 10 news did to help us find
a home for our little Eve, who really is not so little anymore! I think it
was great that she took the time to do this for us !
doing so much better than we ever thought she would! Eve will be 1 year old
at the end of November ,and she is as happy and healthy as she can possibly
be. She has actually out grown JoJo
the other foster dog in our home, with whom she has become the best of pals.
They run and wrestle and carry on constantly. I just can't imagine where
they get all of that energy. If I could bottle it we'd be millionaires.
We have her feedings down to twice a day, though ideally 3 times a day
would be better. I balance her out by adding Boost or Ensure to her meals,
and that makes up the difference in calories & protein of the missing meal.
She also gets 2 kongs stuffed with peanut butter every day, one in the
morning and one at bedtime. She is the sweetest, dearest little dog. I
really can't say enough about how adorable she is! . She will bring love ,
joy, and laughter to your home. Please make room in your heart and home for
doing extremely well. We have gotten all of the results back from the vet
and the news is very good. Eve passed all of the enzyme tests with flying
colors, which means she has no additional deficiencies, and the mega
esophagus is her only medical problem. The new "chair" has been very
beneficial, and the Ensure we've started adding to her meals is helping her
gain steady weight. She is a little more work than your average dog, but we
are very comfortable saying that it is really time for Eve to find her own
forever home. She would love a home with an active playmate, that will run
and wrestle with her. Though she is smaller than some boxers, she can
definitely hold her own with the "big boys". She loves everybody, is just a
bundle of joy, and will absolutely bring sunshine into your life. Please
consider bringing this little love bug into your home. She is soo sweet!!
doing FANTASTIC!!!! We finally got the special chair that one of our fine
volunteers built for Eve. It is called a "Bailey's Chair", designed by
someone who also has a mega esophagus dog. Though she's not too crazy about
it yet, she is bearing with me about it. It is definitely making a big
difference for her. We have been able to shave about 10 minutes off of the
time it takes for her food to make it down to her belly, since the chair
keeps her in a much better upright position. We have made an adjustment to
her diet by adding some powdered Ensure to her meals, and the extra calories
are doing their job, especially in combination with the new chair. She has
gained 6 whole pounds this past month, and is now a whopping 36lbs. Everyone
is commenting on how good she looks, and she is a nonstop bundle of! energy.
Our new foster dog Pete has become her new best friend!
Eve has rejoined our foster family. She has been doing pretty well and has
grown a good bit (she's up to about 21lbs). We still have some concerns
about her weight as she is still too thin. She is going back to the
University of Pa Veterinary Hospital for some follow up care in the next
couple of weeks (blood work, x-rays, and whatever else she needs). We are
hoping to get a better handle on improving her diet so that she finally
grows a little bit rounder. The
mega esophagus will never let her be a
normal sized boxer but we are quite enjoying her petite size. It makes her
typical rambunctious boxer behavior easier to deal with though the senior
members of our canine family may disagree. Eve is doing pretty well with her
house training as well. When she does have an accident it is usually because
we need to adjust the amount of water we add to her food.
Eve had her first big adventure out with her new pack last weekend. We all
headed out to the state park for a nice long walk. It was a little tricky
getting 3 boxers of different sizes, and 1 Chihuahua mix to walk in unison,
but after a few stops & starts everyone seemed to figure it out. We met lots
of new people, several kids of various ages, and new dogs, and enjoyed the
outing immensely. We were all tuckered out when we finally got home but had
so much fun it was well worth it. The nap at the end was pretty good too.
Eve will be at SPOTS on Montgomery Ave (info in the event section on
home page) with her roommate Dutchess and pal Oscar this Saturday June 16th
from 11am to 2pm. Please come out and meet us!
Once again Eve needs your
help. We would really appreciate any financial assistance anyone can offer
us to help cover Eve's upcoming vet visit. Blood work and x-rays are very
expensive but this little girl is such a gem we need to do what we can for
her while we search for her very special forever home. Thanks from all of us
at AABR, for your generosity, and a big sloppy thank you kiss from Eve!!! We
will have some new photos very soon! Hope to see you at SPOTS!!!!!!
diagnostic testing we now know surgery can not help Eve. Eve was seen at the
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School by their specialists. We have
learned that she will need special care for as long as she has. She needs to
be feed at least 4 times a day (6 would be great till she gets a little
bigger) and held with her front paws up for 10 - 15 minutes after each
feeding. This helps prevent her from inhaling her food. Eve's esophagus is
very large and does not have normal motility. We are looking for a home who
wants to nurture this adorable, happy puppy. If you think you are that
special home please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We now believe we know Eve's Date of birth.
Adopt A Boxer Rescue got the phone call on Christmas Eve that there was a
puppy found as a stray and she was sick and in dire need of being rescued. She was in a
high kill facility and they were full so her chances of survival were slim.
An incredible volunteer dropped everything and went to rescue Eve!
The little Boxer puppy just barely weighs 2 pounds! She is emaciated and
loaded with worms. Her first stop was to the emergency vet hospital where
she was treated and given a complete physical. It was reported from the
shelter that Eve would throw up her food each time so we had her X-rayed and
Eve has a genetic defect called mega esophagus, that won't allow her to
swallow properly. In order to save her she must eat tiny amounts of food
every hour or so. In order for her to live we must perform a very risky and
I ask each and every person that reads this to PLEASE make a donation
right now so that we can have the surgery done as soon as possible. We need
your help to save Eve. She is a precious bundle of unconditional love and
she deserves a chance to live.
We will keep you posted on how she is doing. We will do what we can to
If you would
like to help please mail a check to:
Adopt A Boxer Rescue
PO BOX 423
Harrison, NY 10528
(click pictures to enlarge)
Eve in Aug 07
Eve in June 07
Scott and Christina Padgett
Barbara and Michael Wilson