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  Meet Gizzy!


The round blue Paws of Winter Senior & Special Care logo by Gizzy's name means he has been given the status of NBGR "Forever Foster" and will live out his life with his foster family, however on going donations are needed to help us continue to cover his veterinary expenses.

Virtual adoption offers an opportunity for others to provide tax deductible monetary donations which help us help senior or special needs dogs who are not appropriate for placement in an adoptive home, so will remain with the foster families who love them, and NBGR will continue to cover any veterinary needs for the rest of the dog's life.

NBGR has a number of senior or special needs dogs who have settled in with their foster families, and it is very doubtful the right adoptive family can be found for these dogs and/or a change of environment would affect these dogs negatively.

Thankfully their foster families are willing to keep these dogs as a "forever foster" and we are very grateful to these individuals.

Would you like to become a virtual Paws of Winter Senior & Special Care supporter?

1) Please visit our Rescue Stories Page. Look for the blue griff logo to identify those dogs who are in need of a Virtual Caregiver. These dogs are not available for adoption, but will need on going veterinary care. Your donations will help us help these special Griffs.

2) Go to our Paws of Winter Donation link

Scroll down to the Paws of Winter donation form. Please indicate if your donation is one time or reoccurring. Any amount large or small will be greatly appreciated. You can specify Gizzy #3609 or give to our POW General Fund.

All of us with National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.'s Paws of Winter Senior & Special Need program thank you in advance, and if the precious senior and special needs Griffs in forever foster care could, they would thank you from the bottom of their little hearts too!

This is Gizzy’s story

Hi! My name is Gizzy and I have lived with my fosters since mid-March 2020, so we started out in the bubble together.

In my former life I just seemed to pee all over the place and at any time. You would think I wasn’t even house trained!! My hair was falling out. I had a bald tail and a big bare spot on my hip. They were just at a loss.

Enter NBGR!! With your help I went to the vet and with a thorough exam it was discovered that I had Cushing’s. It was determined that I would need special pills to help me out and like magic, I became perkier and my house training came back and so has my hair.

I am very good at taking my pills. My foster dad sets a timer and when it goes off, my ears perk up and I head for the kitchen. I love, love, love my pill pockets!

I did have one scary moment in the early summer, when I went to the park for a picnic and became overheated. We found out that I need to be very, very careful in the warm weather, so it’s air conditioning for me! I can get out and play more once the weather turns. Sometimes in evening I go out and spend time watching the squirrels and the rabbits from our gazebo.

I also love to go with my foster dad anywhere he goes. Being a good boy at the bank gets me an extra snack and they are starting to know me at the recycle center and Lowe’s. The other day we even took a day trip to a town with a dog fountain! (I sniffed a number of the fountain dogs’ butts and I was suspicious. I just thought it was weird that they were spewing water! )

Thank you so much for what you have already done for me. You are giving me such a happy life! I know I am not inexpensive to keep, but to know me is to love me.

NBGR is very grateful to Gizzy’s foster family for their loving care of this special boy.

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