Maxwell Strong  Maxwell Strong was given that name as an incentive for him to grow up big and strong. Maxwell came to SEVA GRREAT when the costs of diagnosing his health problems began to pile up for his original family. Returning him to the breeder most likely would have led to euthanasia for this beautiful boy, so his family surrendered him to us at the age of 5 months. We immediately got him to a specialist who confirmed the diagnosis of pituitary dwarfism. This condition causes him to lack the hormones necessary for growth and for good health. International experts have been guiding us in the treatment of this poorly understood condition and he has been receiving injections to stimulate healthy growth. Since starting treatment, he has grown quite a bit, has the vitality of a young golden, and has a beautiful fur coat, all signs that his treatment is working. Maxwell will need lifelong treatment because, without growth hormone, he will face a number of life threatening conditions. Currently he is living life to its fullest with a wonderful foster family. He brings great joy and laughter to everyone he meets. 
 Brady Brady was rescued from a local shelter in rural Virginia and was said to be about 7 years old. For those 7 years, Brady was chained outside and it appeared he rarely had contact with others and no contact with other dogs. Brady was heartworm positive and had significant behavioral issues. SEVA GRREAT was able to give Brady a new life that included medical care and social skills training. Without SEVA GRREAT, Brady would have been left in a stressful shelter and, because of his behavioral issues, would be an unlikely candidate for adoption. Brady is such a handsome and sweet boy and deserved another chance at life.
 Bentley Bentley is about 5 years old and came to us from a local Humane Society with a very large mass on his neck. After further evaluation with biopsy and a CT scan to determine the extent of the mass, we learned he had aggressive thyroid cancer. We knew without prompt treatment that his condition would quickly worsen, and felt this special guy deserved a chance. He had surgery to remove the large mass and has recovered very well. Bentley has an amazing foster family and 2 golden siblings that adore him. Generally we do not authorize chemotherapy or radiation for our dogs with cancer; however, he will continue to receive the treatment he needs to keep him comfortable and happy for the remainder of his life. We want him to enjoy a great quality of life in the months (or hopefully years) ahead.  Bentley is a typical happy golden who loves everyone he meets, and at this point has no idea anything is "wrong".
 Daisy Daisy came to SEVA GRREAT from an animal control facility in NC. Poor Daisy is only about 4 years old but has so much going on with her medically. #1 on the list, she has a mammary mass that needs to be removed ASAP. Mammary tumors have a 50/50 chance of being benign and we are hoping for the best news. She will also be spayed during the surgery. In addition, Daisy is heartworm positive, so we will begin that treatment as soon as possible. Daisy also has a suspected torn ACL. Additional surgery is not advised until after the heartworm treatment is finished. And finally, her teeth in the front are all worn down to the gums with roots exposed. The vet feels she might have been used for breeding and kept in a cage. Poor Daisy probably wore her teeth down trying to escape. Well, she is in a wonderful foster home now and settling in beautifully. We will do all that we can to get Daisy better.
 Max Max also came to us from the animal control facility in NC along with Daisy. They weren't together initially, as they were found as strays in different parts of northeastern NC. But we are grateful to the shelter for finding them and sending them to SEVA GRREAT. Max was recently neutered, and he is also heartworm positive, so he will be with us for quite some time as he undergoes treatment. He was quite afraid of people and new situations to start but is doing so much better. He too has a wonderful foster family and they, along with us, will do all that we can to help him become a healthy dog and eventually find a forever home.
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China’s Dog Meat Trade

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C2019 china golden golden and puppy bars 261x300hina’s dog meat trade has been going on for decades. The “tradition” of eating dogs in some areas may have started during periods of famine when the only option for survival was to eat the stray dogs. Unfortunately, as a result, this has continued into prosperous times. As you read through this account of the dog meat trade, you must keep in mind that this is not a cultural tradition and that there is a rapidly growing outcry against the practice not only internationally but from the Chinese people themselves. Please don’t paint the Chinese people with a broad brush.

2019 china golden dog snatching 208x300You may be under the misconception that there are dog farms in China, similar to our cattle ranches: dogs are bred, born, raised then taken off to the slaughterhouse for a humane demise. You couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade are stolen pets! Due to the lack of awareness dog ownership responsibilities and of the risk, many people in China do not keep their dogs on leashes. Dog meat trade vans will cruise the streets of Beijing and surrounding towns looking for dogs. Here is a possible scenario: someone is walking his/her dog down the street (off leash), a van pulls up, a guy jumps out and snatches the dog before the owner can react. Most of the time, in cases like this, the owner will never see that dog again! Millions of pet dogs are stolen every year and sent to slaughterhouses.


2019 china golden goldens bars 6 300x225Strictly speaking, the selling and eating of dog meat is against the law in China. This is not because of any animal rights laws, because there are zero animal rights laws, but because dogs are not only nabbed off the street but are also poisoned, shot with spear guns, caught in leg traps, and kept in large, unsanitary conditions. Many of the dogs butchered and sold for meat are sick or have died from poison or disease.

The slaughtering of dogs is extremely unpleasant. The “custom” of consuming dog meat requires that the dogs be slaughtered in a certain way in order to make the meat more succulent. This includes boiling or skinning dogs alive and, in some areas, severely beating the dogs to increase their level of adrenaline.

The stopping of trucks and confiscating dogs on their way to a slaughter house is dangerous work that requires a large group of dedicated volunteers whose sole purpose is to save dogs from the horror in which they’ve been living and a very painful death.

2019 china golden goldens bars 4 254x300 The stopping of a dog meat truck (at times carrying 400-500 dogs) usually begins by someone seeing the truck on the road. The use of social media comes into play. The sighting of the truck and its location is quickly broad-casted on Weibo (Chinese Twitter) and WeChat. The trucks are stopped at stop lights/signs, at “rest areas”, or government check points. Volunteers put their lives on the line because the dog meat vendors are usually members of gangs or other criminal organizations.

To keep the trucks from moving while waiting for reinforcements, volunteers will lie down in the road in front of the truck’s wheels.

Once there are enough volunteers at the scene, the dogs are confiscated and off-loaded. Some dogs have already perished and must be taken away. The remaining dogs go through a triage and sorted into groups according to their levels of health.

Some of the dogs, although still alive, are too ill and are euthanized at the scene. Those that the volunteers are able to save are given water then placed back into a crate for transport to a holding facility. If the police are involved, the process can become even more complicated. The police can require all the dogs kept at a facility for 21 days while they decide the dog's future. During the 21-day waiting period, the dogs are not given vet care and more will die. Without police involvement, the surviving dogs are placed in various shelters.

Even if SEVA GRREAT and other Golden Retriever rescues were to bring 100% of the dog meat Golden survivors over to the U.S., it would not end China’s dog meat trade. What will end it is pressure placed on China’s government by its own citizens and large animal rights groups, such as Humane Society International. However, bringing the dogs over to the U.S. will support China’s internal anti-dog-meat trade movement and alleviate the pressure in the various shelters, and most importantly, we will have given so many Goldens a second chance to live with loving families.

Please, if you haven’t done so already, please donate to help SEVA GRREAT bring rescued “China dogs” to Virginia.

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