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  Meet Patty!

Little Miss Patty came to National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.'s Paws of Winter Senior & Special Care program from a hoarding situation with another little Griff name Zoe, who despite being 4 years younger than Patty, sadly succumbed to the ravages of years of neglect despite heroic efforts by her foster mom & dad and the veterinarians attending to her multiple life threatening medical issues.

As you can imagine, 14 year old Patty was lost and heart broken after losing her life long best friend Zoe so soon after arriving in her new foster home. To this day, she continues to sleep in Zoe's bed for comfort.

14 yr old - 13 lb Patty is completely blind and requires drops several times a day to keep infections and her eye pressure under control. She came to rescue with only 2 teeth and 1 of them was loose.

Because she was missing so many teeth and had such bad decay, her face is now deformed. Her nose is off center, and her facial bone is caved in. The vet stated that the reason her tongue hangs out most of the time, is there is nothing keeping it in. That’s okay with us. We think she's perfect just the way she is!

Patty's medical team also discovered she had an abscess, causing a hole in her pallet, that went up into her nasal cavity, and had 2 teeth in dire need of removal.

She also, has chronic kidney disease like her best friend Zoe, so she is on a prescription diet as well as receiving subcutaneous fluids 2-3 times a week to help with her kidney function.

She has an enlarged heart and a heart murmur, and is on meds for that. In addition, her liver values are poor requiring medication to address that life threatening issue also.

And if all that was not enough, she has also developed fluid on her lungs and around her heart, and is now on medication to help that condition from worsening.

Since coming to NBGR's Paws of Winter Senior & Special Needs program, she has undergone extensive tests, xrays, ultrasounds, multiple medical procedures, and is currently on a long list of medications for her health issues.

Yes, this poor girl is a hot mess! But despite her health issues, she is one feisty girl. If she doesn’t want to do something, she will fight you with all her little 13 lb might! She enjoys cuddle time and having her belly rubbed. We are working on her social skills.

She was comfortable around her best friend Zoe and liked cuddling up to her in Zoe’s “big bed”, but now that Zoe is gone, and with her loss of vision, she is hesitant and a little skittish.

You can’t blame the girl for having a bit of an attitude. She's been through quite a lot in her lifetime, and most of it was not good.

But when she is hungry, she gets sassy and isn’t afraid to let you know it! She barks, she kicks her legs like she’s a bull getting ready to charge. It is just the cutest thing ever, and it takes all we have not to laugh. She is a big personality in a small package, and we wouldn’t want her any other way.

Patty will never be eligible for placement with an adoptive family, but like so many others who have found their way to us, despite multiple medical, temperament, or behavioral issues we never turn our backs on a Griff in need.

Each and every one will be lovingly cared for by our amazing nationwide network of foster families who welcome these unfortunate orphans of the storm into their hearts and homes as though they were their own, and where they will remain for the rest of their lives.

To date, NBGR has paid close to $4000 in veterinary expenses on the girls within a matter of months, and the bills will continue to mount steadily due to Patty's on going medical needs for the rest of her life.

Similar to Patty's case, NBGR has a large number of other Griffs who have settled into their foster homes long term through our Paws of Winter Senior & Special Needs program. For various and obvious reasons, it is very doubtful that the right adoptive family will be found for them, or a change in environment would affect these Griffs negatively.

Thankfully, we have many foster families who willingly care for these Griffs as their "Forever Foster" while NBGR continues to pay their medical expenses. We are so very appreciative of our foster families who have agreed to care for these little Griffs in need for the remainder of their lives.

However we cannot do this without the generosity of our virtual adoptive families who help provide financial assistance for their care, and the generosity of others who donate to NBGR.

If you would like to help us help Griffs in need like Patty, you can designate a particular Griff you would like to help or you can make a general one time or on going donation to our Paws of Winter Senior & Special Care Program via PayPal or sending a check.

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 long term foster care could, they would thank you from the bottom of their little hearts too!

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