Rescue Dog: Grace

Published on November 6, 2011 under Sponsor Dog

Meet Grace

About Grace

Grace at the shelter

Grace was found at a shelter, dumped by her owner in deplorable condition. She is suffering from a severe case of demodectic mange and will need medical treatment to get her well again. Her bills, with shampoos, medications, high-grade food, supplements, shots and spay will top over $1500. We need your help to give this girl the life she deserves.


What is Demodectic Mange?

Demodex in the dog is a common infestation of the dog’s skin with tiny, cigar-shaped, eight-legged mites. Also referred to as demodectic mange, the mites reside and feed in the hair follicle and oil glands of the skin.

Demodex has to do with the dog’s lack of immunity to the mites that are living within the skin.  Puppies aren’t born with these mites, but they usually do get them from a mom with the same problem in their first few days of life.  However, they are also supposed to get their “immunity” to it from their mother’s milk and, in theory, a genetically strong immune system.  Sadly, this is not the case for some dogs, especially those that come from irresponsible breeders.  Demodex is caused by a lack of immunity to the demodectic mites, which are on the dog’s skin.

Explanation of how Mange works

The mange will progress between two stages.  The first stage involves starts between 3 and 9 months of age and will begin with scaly, rough areas on the skin with some hair loss.  The early lesions resemble a rug burn, hence the nickname “Red Mange”.  Without treatment, the mange will progress into a second stage as the condition advances.  Opportunistic bacteria will begin colonizing on the affected areas and spreading all over the skin.  At this stage, the skin becomes greasy, red, swollen and scabby and tends to have an odor.  Itchiness from the secondary infections occur and the dog will begin to become extremely uncomfortable in it’s own skin and will begin getting sick as well.  Lymph nodes will enlarge due to the spread of the infection and the mites and from there, the mites can enter the bloodstream and begin affecting organs.  If allowed to progress, the condition can even become fatal due to overwhelming infection.

Grace's Mange on her Torso

Grace’s First Day In Rescue

Grace getting her first medicated bath

Hi there!  My name is Grace and I am about 1 year old.  Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I don’t really remember when things started getting so bad or why, but all I know is one day I was taken to a shelter, where I sat scared and lonely, cowering and shaking in the kennel, until a nice woman from SCBR came and saved me.  She took me right away to a vet to get checked out.  The lady at SCBR already knew what was wrong with me – I have something called demodectic mange.  It’s actually pretty easy to manage when you first find out you’ve got it, but my last owner let it get out of hand and now my skin is so itchy and irritated and I’ve lost most of my fur.  It hurts sooooo bad…. I was very happy to go to the vet because I got all the medicines and shampoos I will need to get me better.  Then she took me home and gave me the best bath I’ve ever had!  It felt so good to get clean and that shampoo feels good on my irritated skin.  She also snuck in some kisses during my bath and I was very grateful to get some love and attention.  No one has taken good care of me in a very long time…

Grace admiring her new foster mom

Another nice SCBR volunteer took me from there and drove me to meet my new foster mommy at 9:00 at night.  I didn’t understand why I was traveling so much, but once I got home, I knew why.  Lots of other doggies came to greet me and tell me hello.  They all told me things would get better from here.  After I got a nice bowl of food and some medicine, they showed me where to go potty.  It took me a while to go, as I followed my foster mommy around the yard.  I was so scared she was going to leave me alone.  She kept saying she wouldn’t, but I’m not sure I believe her just yet, so I kept jumping up, laying my head on her legs so that she wouldn’t forget that I am here and want to be with her.

After potty time, I got to go into the nice, warm house and scope out all the fun stuff for bullies to do here.  I checked out the beds that we get to sleep on, the couch, got some water, visited with the humans, and then crawled in my kennel to sleep for the night.  It’s been a long day, and I’m really worn out.  I know it’s going to be a long road ahead for me to get better, but after today, I know that these people that rescued me are going to take good care of me and make sure I am ok.  I’ve been through a lot in my short life, and I know it’s only going to get better from here.  I hope you’ll consider helping me and SCBR out after reading my story.

Please watch Grace’s video for more about her story:

Please consider making a donation to help SCBR cover the costs of Grace’s rehabilitation.  Her costs will exceed $1500 and will include some of the following costs:

High-Grade Food: $75/month
Spay: $125
Medications: $100/month
Medicated Shampoos: $50/moth
Supplements: $75/month
Shots: $100

Please click the DONATE button below to make a donation towards her cause.

Or, send a Check or Money Order to:
Southern California Bulldog Rescue
PO Box 10313, Santa Ana, Ca, 92711
Note: Please include the name of the dog in the memo section.

All of your donations can be a direct gift, or in honor of a special person or pet.

THANK YOU from all of us at Southern California Bulldog Rescue!