Age: 5 Months
Adoption Fee: $700
Special Needs: no
My name is Mary Jane and I am five months old. I was born with a birth defect, a cleft palate. Many cleft palate puppies are left to die. But my skin mom loved me so much she was not about to let that happen. She fed me with a bottle and a tube for weeks and weeks.
When I started trying to eat solid food, it would go up and get caught in the hole in the roof of my mouth. She would have to rinse it out every time. Stuff would get caught and end up in my sinuses and I would sneeze out nasty stuff. That makes my breath stink. But she did not mind the extra work, she loved me.
But as I got older she knew if I were to have the quality of life I deserved, I needed a special surgery she could not afford. So that is when she contacted rescue and that is why I am here. You should have seen how much she cried. She said she was both happy and sad. How could that be? She was so sad to see me leave, but she was happy I was going to get a chance at a full life.
So I met Dr. Larsen and got to sit on her lap. I also met Dr. Lay and he will do my surgery to close up my palate. I am nervous and yet excited about the change and my new life. Because I have never been able to eat right I only weigh 24 pounds. So I am looking forward to putting on some more pounds real soon.
I am very calm for a puppy and love to sit in laps. I have a couple of chew toys I especially like. Everyone says they love that I don’t chew on everything like most puppies my age.
Stay tuned to watch my recovery and transformation.
10/6/21 Update: Foster girl Mary Jane is so much more alert and active than last week. She is beginning to eat more. Because of the length of the incision in the roof of her mouth, it slightly alters the way she eats, so she is having to adjust a little.
It looks like a small gap has opened in the front part of the cleft palate repair. Dr. Lay says that is not too unexpected. They will wait a month until everything heals and examine her again. They may have to do some minor repair then.