Bailey Chairs and Mega-esophagus

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Today’s session is about Mega-esophagus and a special lady that helps dogs that have this.

It all began by accident and its now been 10 months since we built our first Bailey Chair for a precious Valley Bulldog named Gremlin, who has a condition called Canine Mega-esophagus.

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My name is Susan and I have a service dog named Gigi.  I am a 3 time Cancer survivor and am now battling cancer once again.   During my treatments, I would try to find things to keep my mind occupied and I started sharing my life and travels with Gigi on a few of the social media networks, Instagram being one of them (@susan_and_gigi).  I began following a woman named Chrissy and she followed me back.  At one point, she commented on one of my photos showing a custom bed that my husband had made for Gigi.  She absolutely loved the bed and jokingly asked if my husband could build a chair for her dog, Gremlin.  Of course, I was curious why a dog would need a chair and had to ask Chrissy.  She responded by telling me that Gremlin had a condition called Canine Mega-esophagus and needed to eat in an upright position.  She suggested that I view their video on YouTube showing Gremlin and how he had to eat.  Well, after seeing Gremlin in the video, I fell in love and built that precious dog a special chair, which is called a Bailey Chair.  Chrissy invited me to join a Mega-esophagus support group and I was so impressed and humbled by the love and constant care provided by the owners of these special dogs.  The financial burden of this condition is daunting and the need for Bailey Chairs is essential to the survival of these dogs.

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I’m sure by now, you are wondering what Canine Mega-esophagus is….

Mega-esophagus is difficult to detect and diagnose and the medical options are few. The muscles of the esophagus fail and it cannot propel food or water into the stomach  (Its like a balloon that has been inflated several times and then hangs limp). The result is that ingested food sits in the esophagus within the chest cavity and never makes it to the stomach.

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The most serious complication is that digestive fluid/food will at some point pool in the esophagus, which generally results in aspiration (breathing in), of digestive fluid/food, leading to pneumonia (Aspiration Pneumonia). Mega-esophagus can occur at any age.

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Symptoms include the following:

Regurgitation of water, mucous or food (Regurgitation is throwing up without any warning; not to be confused with vomiting, which is associated with retching). Loss of appetite or refusal to eat. Sudden weight loss. Swallowing difficulty, exaggerated and/or frequent swallowing. They will also try to clear their throat frequently with a hacking sound. Sour and/or foul smelling breath. Many canines may be misdiagnosed with a gastrointestinal problems. Aspiration Pneumonia is a frequent complication. When Chrissy posted a picture of Gremlin in his new chair, we received so many responses from people wanting to know how they could purchase a chair. It was then, that I realized we had to help and we began making Bailey Chairs for whoever needed them. As we continued to make chairs for these precious dogs, I always posted pictures of the chairs on all of my social networking sites (Instagram, Facebook, etc.).

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We received so many responses from people who were interested, that we decided to start a donation site called Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs www.baileychairs4dogs.com . This allowed people to donate money for a chair for their own dog, or for another dog in need whose owner could not afford the cost of a chair.  The cost of building a Bailey Chair can vary depending on the size, but we only ask for the amount needed to purchase materials and ship the chair.  None of the proceeds go towards the labor of these chairs, as they are built out of love for these dogs.  We build these chairs in our garage during my husband’s spare time.

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Over the past 10 months, we have built over 327 chairs.  213 of those have been donated. We have also donated chairs to over 27 rescue/shelters nationwide. For every chair we sell, we donate a chair. We have also been able to donate chairs thanks to private donations and donations from Companies such as Hoff Productions, Mary  Kay, Scentsy, and For Tails Only. It absolutely amazes me the support we have received from total strangers. They all come together for the good of the dog, our canine companion, and it is a beautiful thing to see. We ship chairs all over the U.S and have even shipped chairs to Canada, Australia, Ireland  and England.

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As I mentioned before, for every chair that is purchased, we donate a chair and we recently had a local family purchase a chair for their Chihuahua, Diego. We were then able to donate a chair to Hero, a German Shepherd being cared for by Tamara at Animal Rescue Recon in Brentwood, Ca. They both showed up at the same time to pick up their chairs and were able to meet one another.  It was very touching. We truly love making these chairs for our fellow fur friends and hope that people continue to come together and help us get chairs to all those in need.  We also hope that this article brings understanding and awareness about the severity of this condition, to all dog owners.  Mega-esophagus is not discriminating and can affect all breeds of dogs.

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For more information on Mega-esophagus or on how you can donate to help us build Bailey Chairs, please visit the following sites.

www.baileychairs4dogs.com

facebook.com/baileychairs4dogs

www.caninemegaesophagusinfo.com

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Susan and her husband are awesome! They are providing a much needed service and chairs to some very deserving and needy dogs. Please help them continue to help dogs in need by spreading the word and this article.

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Guest Bloggers Wanted

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.

We are currently looking for guest bloggers! The best way to help humans, help dogs, is to share our experiences. So if you have a great tip, or you have a lot of experience with dogs or you just want to get involved in rescue, we want you to guest blog with us. The subjects can be on anything that can helps dogs and animals, writing about how to blog, how to use twitter, how to use Face book, how you way your dog, tips on training, etc.

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Thank you for joining us today at Daisy’s Rescue (www.daisysrescue.com), we hope that you enjoyed todays article and that you found it helpful. Please remember to visit and like our Face Book page at www.facebook.com/daisysrescue . You can email Daisy at daisysrescue@comcast.net .  You can download Daisy’s Rescue podcasts at ITunes.com or www.daisysrescue.com/podcast/

 

Just A Little Busy!

Hello,

We haven’t posted a new article recently, because we were a little busy. While it is not an excuse, it is our reason. A few weeks ago we got a call from a coworker that her neighbor had “come into money and moved to Florida, leaving behind a dog, horse and her kid”. While Daisy’s Rescue isn’t a rescue, we do work with a lot of rescues. We of course offered our assistance in helping the horse and dog.

We don’t know much about horses, except that they must eat regularly or they can develop problems and can die. The horse is named Rose and is 20 years old and the Dog is named Daisy.  The story is the mother came into money, tried to load the horse into a horse trailer, but couldn’t get the horse in and decided to leave the horse, dog and kid behind.

So, we worked hard going through all of our contacts and our contacts, contacts. To make a very long story short, we were able to find a rescue for the dog Daisy and the rescue was able to find an adopter for the horse Rose.

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So now Daisy is in her forever home and so is Rose all safe and sound. The child left behind is being taking care of, he is a teenager. We are not involved with any legal proceedings, we were just worried about the animals.

Just when we thought that we could relax, I found a stray dog running around on a busy street in a city. While at work I saw a small yorkie running loose on a busy city street. After we were done our task at hand, we went back to the street and the yorkie was still there. With the help of my partner, we were able to catch Amelia the yorkie. She was dirty, thin and had long 1/2 long nails.

Now, I had to figure out what I was going to do with Amelia. I can’t keep her while I’m at work and I have nowhere to put her. Luckily, I have a friend who lived a few miles away. So I quickly get on the phone and catch her before she leaves her home. She is home and off from work, Amelia is quickly dropped off. Now I know she is safe and in good hands until I get off work.

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Amelia after her bath.

I picked up Amelia after work, she was bathed and groomed, she was a pretty little angel. When we got home Amelia had a nice big healthy meal and had a nice padded warm bed.  The next day she was accepted by a rescue. Amelia has been fixed and needs her teeth cleaned. She has limes disease and is now on antibiotics for treatment. She is going to her forever home very soon, where she will be loved and cherished until the  end of her days.

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Amelia in her foster home. Amelia is a sweet little girl. She loves to be on the lap of her human. She gets along with other dogs and children, and is afraid of kittens.  Rescue Express stepped up to find her a great home www.rescueexpress.org . If you would like to help out with Amelia’s care or if you would like to see if you can give her a great forever home, or one of the other very deserving dogs, please go to their site.

Thank you for joining us today at Daisy’s Rescue (www.daisysrescue.com), we hope that you enjoyed todays article and that you found it helpful. Please remember to visit and like our Face Book page at www.facebook.com/daisysrescue . You can email Daisy at daisysrescue@comcast.net .  You can download Daisy’s Rescue podcasts at ITunes.com or www.daisysrescue.com/podcast/