Angie (Angelina) R.I.P.


Angie went back into surgery today after a very rough last few days.  Canada West did an exploratory to discover that after her original shunt had been closed off, the portal vein was not large enough to sustain normal blood flow.  This caused multiple new shunts to develop, one that was almost as large as the original shunt.  Unfortunately in this situation, there is nothing we could have done to save Angie.

Today we say goodbye to our little trooper, we were glad to have had her in our lives for as little time as we did.   We enjoyed her strength and her cute little quirks.  Rest in Peace Sweet Angie.

We would like to thank all of those generous pet loving people who donated to try to give this little girl a chance to live out her life.  We would like to thank Jocelyn and Olivia for being the best foster parents Angie could have ever had.  I am sending you both lots of love right now.

We want to thank all the folks that were interested in adopting Angie.  We understand that you were all so desperate to adopt her, however we know that many unforseen circumstances can arise, which is why we waited patiently to see what the future would hold before making any promises.




Well Angie had her bile acids tests done to see how her liver was functioning after the surgery, and unfortunately the levels were off the chart.  So another Ultrasound was done, a 6mm shunt could be seen.  We are not sure yet if this is the same shunt that did not close off, or a new shunt that had appeared.  Another surgery may have to be performed.  Angie also battled a bout of pneumonia after her surgery as her immune system was compromised.

Poor Angie…we had hoped for a seemless outcome for her, and 1 out of 200 PSS cases experience these complications, Angie unluckily is that 1 out of 200.

We will be posting more updates a little later after we decide what is going to be done.

Thank you all for the ongoing support.  Angie couldn’t have gotten this far without all of you!

UPDATE ON ANGIE. april 30, 2009

Thank you Chelsea fo getting my butt in gear to post another update on Angie!!  She did great after her surgery!  She sure is a trooper.  She has not had one seizure since the shunt was repaired, and is growing again!  She plays like a little maniac and is having a grand old time finally being a healthy normal puppy!

Thank you to Olivia and Jocelyn for fostering her throughout this entire ordeal.  Without you both I am sure Angie would have had a much slower recovery.  You have been so diligent in getting the meds to her on time and keeping her safe and healthy!!  We love you both!

Thanks to all of those who donated to Angie’s surgery, it helped out so much.  We still owe Canada West $700 for Angie’s surgery, and in 5 more weeks she will need another Ultrasound to see how her liver is doing and how things are healing inside, that will cost $300.

So we are still accepting donations for Angie’s cause….Donations can be made directly to Canada West Veterinary Specialists.

And remember all you animal lovers out there – don’t forget about little ELLA.  She is still in desperate need of PDA surgery, she will not live past a year with the heart condition she has right now.  We have only raised $600 so far for her.  And we need to reach $2900.

All Inquiries regarding Angie, fundraising for Angie, and future possible adoption of Angie should be made directly with our rescue society at, please do not contact Canada West regarding your inquiry.  Thank You.

Thank you all again, the dogs love you and send lots of kisses and wags your way!


UPDATE  APRIL 25, 2009

Angie is going in for her PSS surgery this Monday April 27, 2009.  Thank you to all who donated so far, we have in the pot for Angie $2200.   We are hoping that the animal loving community will continue to donate after Angie’s surgery so we can cover the remaining balance of her bill.  We are hoping to raise another $1000 to cover her surgery and her U/S  she needs after surgery.

We will give another update after Angie surgery, and her stay in hospital, next Friday.

Angie is a beautiful 4 month old mini Schnauzer who was diagnosed with a Portosystemic Shunt.  She is in desperate need of the surgery to correct this, so she can live her life to the fullest.  Now the surgery to help her is expensive, but we feel we are going to give this a shot. Angie’s surgery is far more urgently needed than Quasi’s and even Bat’s, we need to raise enough funds for her to have her surgery by the end of April, as Angie needs this surgery sooner than later.

We all got together to raise enough for Quasi, and for Bat….I think if we all work together again, we can and will raise the $3000 needed for Angie’s PSS surgery at Canada West Veterinary Specialists.

We also need a foster home who is willing to care for Angie after her surgery, and then of course in the future, she will be seeking her forever family.

Please help us help Angelina. Your donations can be made directly to Canada West Veterinary Specialists 604 473 4882, or you can email us for our account information, cheques can be mailed to our box at 235-2607 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, V5R 5H4.  You can also sponsor Angie through our Petfinder site, see the link on the left hand side of our webpage.

All Inquiries regarding Angie, fundraising for Angie, and future possible adoption of Angie should be made directly with our rescue society at, please do not contact Canada West regarding your inquiry.  Thank You.

Angelina Thanks You!!!


  1. dhanametta said,

    March 25, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Angie would like to thank Sean for the first donation of $200……

    THANK YOU!!!!! give Jack a hug for me please….


  2. Dalene Paine said,

    April 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I will make a donation at the Vet office of $100.00 this Friday.
    I have forwarded the link to others and hope they will donate as well.
    I hope that Angie will be able to get the surgery and be well.

  3. dhanametta said,

    April 3, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Thank you Darlene for your donation, and also for passing the word around. The more people that know, the better chances Angie has to get this surgery done sooner rather than later.


  4. Helmut & Inga Wartenberg said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Angie surely deserves a chance to live as I am sure she will be an excellent
    companion for somebody who needs a friend. We know, because we are Schnauzer people! We are happy to make a modest donation directly to the Veterinary Clinic in the next days. Good luck, Angie.
    Helmut & Inga

  5. Alexandria Galvan said,

    April 24, 2009 at 4:22 am

    I know we live so far away in John Day, OR, but my fiance convinced me to look at Schnauzers for adoption instead of buying a new puppy and we just happened to see Angelina on Talk about a face an angel would love! I really hope she is doing okay – it would be nice to know where you are at with your fundraising/surgery process. I read about the diagnosis she has and really hope she recovers fully.

  6. Chelsea said,

    May 9, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I was just wondering if there was an update on Angie yet?! I’m anxious to see how the little girl made out with the surgery.

  7. Chelsea said,

    May 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Glad to hear Angie is doing well! I knew she was a fighter. I was also wondering if she already has a forever home?

  8. dhanametta said,

    May 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    She may already have a forever home, her foster parents are seriously considering adopting her!

  9. Grant said,

    June 8, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    So very sorry to hear the sad news about poor little Angie. Even though I never met her I’ll miss her as I know how hard LS is to overcome.

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