RIP Obie

obie1February 27, 2017

Obie was one of those dogs that literally followed you EVERYWHERE. He didn’t care where you were or what you were doing, he made sure to be right there, routing you on. Licking the water out of the dishwasher while you unloaded it, peeking his head in the shower to make sure you remembered he was right there to protect you from anything that may be lurking, head in your lap while working on your laptop, head on your feet while you cook dinner, a pillow for a sweet little girl who loved him to pieces… And that tail was always wagging! We don’t even know that Obie ever knew love before he became a GRR baby, but in the short time that he was with us, holy cow.. he knew love.

We knew early on that Obie was probably a hospice case. We were told he was very sick and he was likely in end stages so clearly we would love him until it was his time but obviously have our guard up because we knew eventually the outcome would be grim.. Obie had other plans for us. We loved him like we had forever with him. We hoped for more time with him but it just wasn’t in the cards and our sweet boy let us know that he was ready to go home. As devastating as it was to say goodbye to our sweet boy, we know he isn’t in pain anymore. We know that he had so much love while he was with us, he was always so happy and he was truly apart of a family of his very own. I put off writing this, for obvious reasons. I realized that it was selfish to not share this with you, as you all play just as big a part in this as we do.

Let’s rewind to the day we had to let our sweet boy go… We discussed many options with his amazing , compassionate vet, and absolutely tried to find a way around the inevitable. We went over so many scenarios and possibilities and in the end we kept ending up at the most humane and loving thing we could do, let him go. I laid on a floor with his vet and a vet tech and pet his jibber and just kept apologizing for not being able to do more. I felt we failed him, there was just no way to fix him. It was heart wrenching and one of those moments that makes you waiver and question if you can even do this anymore. In that moment that I watched him slip away, I decided that maybe I needed to take a break from rescue. In a weird twist of fate, Obie’s vet also happens to be Tink’s new Mom (our famous $10k dog💓). Tink just so happened to be in the next room over (she goes to work with her Mom) and moments after I felt such loss, I got to meet our “win”. An adorable little girl who is full of life and who has a mama who is head over heels for her. In this sometimes heartbreaking adventure called rescue, we have surely seen our share of loss, but guys we are making a difference to every single one of the animals that we help.

Karli and I have always felt so grateful to have the backing that we do from you all. Whenever we ask you for anything, we are swarmed by a team that holds us up and pushes us through. Everyone always tells us to keep up the great work, it’s all of you that keep us going. In the brightest times, we celebrate with you, and in the darkest times, we grieve with you. We don’t stay down long, for another soul comes along for us to help and we bounce back.

Just know that what you do makes a difference, no matter how small you may think it is, it doesn’t go unnoticed. Your support means everything to us and to dogs like Obie, who had a chance to know love and a family of his very own because of GRR (which includes all of you). Rest Easy, Obes💙 -Brittani & Karli


Obie was wandering on a back road in Laurel and desperately needed help.  Here is Obie’s story starting with the most recent FB post – because we want you to know that the dogs we rescue are safe and getting the vet care necessary to recover. We know we can’t save them all, but with the help of our GRR supporters, we can help, one animal at a time.

January 15

Obie is doing well! He’s taking his medicine like a champ and charming everyone he meets.

Spoke to his vet today and the thought is still MMM. We will know for sure in about a week.

We are still looking for a foster or foster to adopt home that is willing and able to give Obie the TLC he needs to get back to 100%.

Obie is absolutely everything friendly and would into just about any house hold.

Please let us know if you’d be interested in meeting this handsome fella.


January 13

Obie here.

Wanted to let everyone know the nice lady that initially picked me up came back and got me from the vet today. We are going to have a slumber party while the girls at Grass Roots try to find me a home that will love me forever and ever.
I know I look pretty rough right now, and quite frankly I feel like crap, but the GRR girls and my friends at Seaford Animal Hospital tell me I’m going to start to feel better soon. I had special blood work done to confirm whether or not I have masticatory muscle myositis (MMM) and am currently taking antibiotics. It will be back in about a week and a half at which time we will be able to move forward with a treatment plan which will hopefully get me back to 100%!
In spite of my horrid condition, I still LOVE everyone. I don’t discriminate…kids, other doggies, kitties…they are all ok in my book!!

I understandably don’t have a whole lot of faith in humans, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and hope that someone out there will see my face, hear my story and want to make sure I never suffer again.

Please share my story and if you think I could maybe come live with you, message my friends here at GRR and tell them a little about yourself.

Night everyone.

January 12, 12:43 am

Obie update before bed…..

Obie is in pretty poor shape. When dealing with a dog in this condition it’s kind of hard to decide where to start…Here is where we are at:
*The sunken head appearance
*His mouth is a MESS.
*The only thing worse than his mouth, is his skin. It’s incredibly inflamed and very, very uncomfortable for him.
*The pads of all 4 of his feat are pretty damaged and very painful for him.

obieAfter looking at all of these symptoms together, Dr. Christie believes the signs may point to masticatory muscle myositis. I’m by no means an expert, but from my skimming, my understanding is with this autoimmune disease antibodies attack the muscles responsible for chewing and operating the jaw which is what causes that sunken in look. Having an autoimmune disease would also explain many of the other things Obie has going on.

Plan of action:
*Started him on a course of antibiotics.
*Did a skin scrape which showed no mites, yay!.
*Ran general blood work to test for HW, tick diseases, thyroid levels and a few other things. These results will be in tomorrow.
*Run the 2M antibody blood work that tests for masticatory muscle myositis. There is only one lab in the US that does this blood work. They are in CA, so this will take some time.

According to the staff at Seaford, in spite of everything Obie has going on, he’s a DOLL. He is incredibly sweet and surprisingly well mannered once he calms down.He had no reaction to the kitties he met, did well with a 3 year old and made friends with a poodle. The staff said they will test him with larger dogs for us tomorrow. We are committed to helping Obie and doing whatever we can to get him well again….BUT…we need your help. Obie needs a foster home that is willing to give him the TLC he so desperately needs to recover. He will be able to be discharged tomorrow and we aren’t sure where he’s going (oops)……. Please let us know if you can help….and spread the word!!

Thank you to our friends at Seaford Animal Hospital, you guys are the best!!

January 12,  1:37 pm

Many of you saw the post about this guy in Laurel and tagged me (Thanks for that…lol….hopefully we will get tagged in a giant cash give away soon too!! Bahahaha) . Well, here he is, we are calling him Obie.

Christie, the same woman that found Tink, happened to be in the area and went and picked him up. As soon as he saw her truck he hauled ass across a field to get to her. This guy was definitely ready for someone to take pity on him and rescue him.
After Christie had him she messaged us and we agreed to vet him and try to find a foster for him. So far he has met a little poodle and done well, and he also did well with Christie’s 3 year old son.

He is currently at Seaford Animal Hospital. We will update everyone with info on him when we get it.

Please let us know if you can help by fostering this poor, neglected soul.


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