Vector Borne Disease Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention & Education - 1514 dogs, puppies (and a few kitties) saved since October 2001.
Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc (IBR) is a 501(c)(3) Charity and licensed shelter by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Tax-deductible monetary gifts can be mailed to: P.O. Box 364 Wood Dale, IL 60191


Lisa and Olivia's Birthday Fundraiser

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Another trip around the sun, so time for another birthday fundraiser for me and my special Olivia. It's been nearly 6 years since she came to me-- nearly being killed in an over-crowded shelter in North Carolina, mid-February, 2018. Best guess is Olivia is 14 or older now and she struggles with some dementia besides a heart problem, sight and hearing loss. For the last 2 years I've had to force feed her to keep her going, but she still has a good quality of life. Once in a while she even bounces out the door in a gallop. My birthday wish in 2018 was to help her recover.

I personally have a soft spot for senior rescues, but when they suffer from neglect, vetting expenses can add up quickly. I hope you can help me reach my goal this year to help more senior dogs in need. Perhaps because I am a Valentine's baby, is why I have such a big heart for rescue animals. Since 2002, Illinois Birddog Rescue has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed more than 1500 homeless English Pointers, Setters, Beagles, and mixed breeds of all kinds. We are proud of our tick borne disease treatment program, and because of that, Olivia has had a longer life. Same for all the dogs that enter our program.

Olivia-- My Special North Carolina Rescue

Olivia's Recovery Facebook Album

With all the new Setters in need of medical help and nearly 100% of them fighting tick borne disease, we really need a lot of help with donations. Want to be a Setter Sponsor? Please visit our SETTER SPONSORS FUNDRAISING PAGE. Any donation no matter what size would be appreciated. Would you consider a monthly donation to help a dog like Olivia or one of our other seniors? Take a look at our monthly sponsorship program.

Sponsor a pet in our program.


Seasonal Fleece Dog Coats From Foggy Mountain

Is your dog cold? We have some new dogs coats to help keep your dog warm in the colder months.

Fleece Snuggler: The Snuggler Coat is a lined plush fleece that is soft and snuggly. The front is sewn closed to make it easy to put on and take off. Contoured haunches give a custom fit. The fleece belly flap secures on one side with Velcro. It's simple and functional design make this such a great coat for the dog on the go!

SHOP DOG COATS ON EBAY :O)


IBR's Life Of The Party **JH**

HELP XUMA HERE!!

Xuma came into IBR's program BROKEN last May, covered in kennel sores and suffering from old injuries after being hit by a car. She'll never have the perfect gait and she still favors her right rear leg even after months of chiropractic care. She is also fighting horrible Lyme disease, that she'll have to fight the rest of her life. I've been saving Pointers for over 20 years-- helping many get back into the field, and doing what they love. Xuma is a special girl and it's been great seeing her do well in foster care.

September 23/24 2023: Xuma had the best time at the Fort Dearborn GSP and LaSalle Brittany combined hunt tests at Des Plaines Conservation area. She ran hard and pointed a few birds to pass 3/4 times. She had the time of her life and I even needed help catching her after her last run as she didn't want to stop.

CONGRATULATIONS to Xuma for completing her AKC Junior Hunter title!!


IBR's White Lightning **BCAT**!!

Rue LOVES Fast CAT-- and with recent AKC confirmation, she is ranked 6th in the country for Pointers competing in this sport and TOP FEMALE!!! She also completed her BCAT-- Beginner's title.

Rue has been in IBR's Foster care program for over 15 months and I can't understand it. She's a fun, athletic happy-go-lucky Pointer that sadly came into our program with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but she is feeling great now. She is amazing to watch in the yard, running and leaping over 2 to 3 foot fencing just for fun. She's also quite pretty and she loves to snuggle on the couch. While she is in foster care, I feel her talents are being wasted and she really should be training in Agility and maybe Dock Diving. My hope is if I get her out there doing some competitive sports, that I can find the best adopter that can continue her training. Paws crossed.

CONGRATULATIONS to Rue for completing her AKC BCAT title!!


Three New Dogs With Lyme Disease Need Your Help!

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We have 3 new dogs in our program-- English Setter-Alivia , Pointer-Xuma and Beagle puppy- Marigold. All 3 girls, sadly tested positive for Lyme disease. Alivia had bleeding gums upon arrival from a shelter in southern Illinois. She was dumped because she wouldn't hunt. Alivia moved to Foster to Adopt upon arrival to a family that recently lost their last IBR adopted English Setter and she is helping them mend their broken hearts.

Xuma, (pronounced Zuma), is a petite Pointer originally from Canada, bred from French Pointer lines. She was purchased 4 years ago by a man in the northern suburbs, who surrendered her to the rescue in June. She lived a life outdoors and had a history of being hit by a car. She has some mobility issues and some lameness in her back end, but she has been going to the local doggie chiropractor and she seems a lot better. Xuma also came in with sores all over her body and she also had intestinal parasites. Xuma also has a bad underbite and she also needs a dental. She is a joyful sweet Pointer and is doing great in foster care. She has tons of personality.

Little Marigold came into our program the last week in July. She was going to be put to sleep when Animal Control was running out of options because they could not find a rescue to help her locally. My vet called me as she was found in his town and we luckily found her a foster home quickly. Marigold is only 12lbs and she is a sickly camper due to her Lyme disease infection. She was also loaded with worms and we think she may have a growth spurt now that we are addressing her health issues. Marigold also has something called Cherry Eye-- inflammation in the third eyelid and she will need surgery to help that get better.

Vetting expenses add up quickly when we bring in new dogs with health issues. Bloodwork and vaccinations cost $350 each. Spays will be $90 each and dentals for Alivia and Xuma will cost approximately $200 each. Cherry eye surgery for Marigold will cost $150 and each chiropractic adjustment for Xuma is $50. Additional medication for Lyme disease treatment will cost approximately $200 each dog to start. We could sure use some donations to help with their care!

Drift Roasters- Birddog Blend Coffee Fundraiser

In the summer of 2020, a very handsome tri-color and white field bred English Setter Nick came into IBR's program. He was fostered by a wonderful family that also have a side business called DRIFT ROASTERS and they have come up with a special fundraising coffee called BIRDDOG BLEND. A small portion of every sale of Birddog Blend coffee will be donated to Illinois Birddog Rescue. It is available in whole bean or medium roast. It smells amazing!!! Thanks to the Tanzer family for their thoughtfulness in helping IBR and also for their care of Nick who did find a wonderful forever home.

From Pam- IBR adopter, "My kitchen smells amazing! My Bird-Dog Blend arrived a few days ago!!"

IBR's 20th Anniversary Fundraising Mug

How about a fun mug to go with your Bird Dog Blend coffee? My hope is to sell a few to help with the care of our senior dog population. I think it's super fun and the watermark is not on the uploaded image. You can order your mug HERE.


Olivia-- My Special North Carolina Rescue

It's been 5 years since I heard about Olivia's need for rescue from an over crowded shelter in North Carolina. She's come a long way from that sickly emaciated Setter with the terrible skin infections and mange and fighting Heartworms and at least 3 tick borne diseases. She has become a first class squirrel hunter and bed hog and sometimes I have to cut matting out of all that hair! She also has feathers on all her feet much like a Clydesdale! I never had a doubt that when I saw her first photos that I could help her recover because of IBR's Heartworm Slow Kill program and also because of our education into long term tick borne disease treatment. She is a special girl and will be doing adoption events and she is so very sweet with everyone she meets.

Recent blood work in April of 2022 shows Olivia is still fighting her 3 tick borne diseases- Ehrlichia, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. I have tried the past 2 years to give her a break from her antibiotics, but she starts to shut down. I am glad she is still with me as I too struggle with chronic tick borne disease and need to be retreated throughout the year and understand the issue of chronic disease more than most- vets especially. My hope is to help Olivia live a good long life in spite of her struggles.

Olivia's Recovery Facebook Album

Olivia's recovery has been going very well. Every day I look at her and see a totally different dog that came into my care February 19th, 2018. I am not a vet, but I know what I know- especially about how to help a dog recover from mange and heartworm disease complicated by tick borne disease. Everything I have learned helping dogs recover while a foster mom for Illinois Birddog Rescue, I poured into Olivia's care- this started in the beginning with getting our wonderful vet Dr. John Rimkunas to do her CBC/Chem and Tick Panel done. While Olivia's 3DX snap test in North Carolina showed Ehrlichia, I knew she was at risk for more and the Immuno Fluorescence Assay (IDEXX #371 IFA) serology showed not only Ehrlichia, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. She was a sick camper!!!! Her treatment included doxycycline and cipro in the am and doxycycline and clindamycin in the pm. These antibiotics worked to help with the tick borne disease, the skin infection caused by the mange and also weaken the adult heartworms. Olivia also was given Heartguard twice a month to kill the heartworm larvae and besides every other day medicated shampoos, she wore a Preventic collar. This aggressive treatment helped her skin heal, and it was amazing how quickly her hair started to grow back. As her blood work showed anemia from the tick borne diseases, Olivia's energy level also started to increase. As she also had some bladder control issues, that also got better.

As of this writing in early July, 2018, Olivia has 100% of her hair growing back and it is so soft and she has so many spots!! The cost to help a dog like Olivia would have been in the thousands with all the vetting appointments, but I came up with a plan and fundraised for supplies and helped her on my own.

Olivia's health care plan going forward is the continue the Heartworm Slow Kill program and manage her tick borne diseases by rotating antibiotics. She many not be clear of the worms for another year plus and as the tick borne diseases are not curable, she'll always need to be medicated, especially being a senior. We are due for new blood work soon and I am sure Dr. John will be pleasantly surprised at her progress.

With all the new Setters in need of medical help and nearly 100% of them fighting tick borne disease, we really need a lot of help with donations. Want to be a Setter Sponsor? Please visit our SETTER SPONSORS FUNDRAISING PAGE. Any donation no matter what size would be appreciated. Would you consider a monthly donation to help a dog like Olivia or one of our other seniors? Take a look at our monthly sponsorship program.

Sponsor a pet in our program.


Donate with QuickPay with Chase by Zelle

Most every fundraising app takes a big percentage of the donation- up to 7% and added processing fees. Chase QuickPay by Zelle transfers donations without any fees and the transfer is automatic. If your bank has Zelle transfers- you can sign up with their app. Transfers can be done using IBR's email address: info@illinoisbirddogrescue.org


The Lyme Quant C6/4DX Snap VS the IDEXX IFA Serology

The past 15 years nearly 100% of our incoming dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are showing tick borne disease infections. Why is this? Several years ago this rescue and me personally went on a quest to help find the best testing and diagnosis to help our rescue population. Because I suffer from Lyme disease, I understand how hard it is for people to be diagnosed properly, and the testing available for pets is often not accurate and sadly as Animal Hospitals are businesses-- many clinics use diagnostic labs that offer them better pricing. The worst thing about what I have learned is the best tool for diagnosis is not even in the IDEXX manual. The 371 IFA serology is most like the testing that is often more accurate in humans. The testing IDEXX promotes is their snap tests that use a Lyme Quant C6 approach to Lyme disease diagnosis which we have shown test after test, is not accurate. The turning point in IBR's tick borne disease testing was when a DVM adopted an infected Pointer from me, "Because he wanted to learn more about Lyme disease." Since then Dr. John Rimkunas has adopted a beagle also struggling with tick borne disease. Seeing both his dogs struggle physically and emotionally has helped him see what I have been seeing for years.

I will be posting more about this- but wanted to at least show the comparison between the IDEXX 4DX snap test and the IDEXX 371 IFA Serology that we ran on new rescue Pointer Shaun. Shaun came in with a fever and enlarged lymph nodes. Shaun was also limping from his left front wrist and had a large bloody seroma extending from the joint and another seroma on the right wrist too. Dr. John noted that he suspected tick borne disease and thankfully we did the better testing as Shaun is feeling so much better now that he is being treated. Many vets are taught that Shaun's Lyme titer of @1:800 and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) titer @1:200 would be "exposure" and not treat-- even if the dog is symptomatic. I will never understand this- and so frustrating. Note that the result for Lyme disease on the 4DX snap was negative and sadly the snap does not test for RMSF. Could Shaun had been vaccinated for Lyme disease- not likely and we will do follow up testing to see where his titers go. Because he also has RMSF, we can assume he has been subject to tick bites. I do hope some folks find my page and if their dog is struggling and only a 3DX or 4DX snap test was performed, that a better IFA Serology can be done for better diagnosing. Tick borne disease is epidemic in this country- and so many animals are suffering because of it.


Rescue Pointer Brady-- VINDICATED!!

***This is an older story-- but a very good story***

Brady finished his Derby season with first in Open Walking Derby at the Fort Dearborn GSP Club in September and a first in Amateur Walking Derby and another first in Open Walking Derby at the German Wirehair Pointer Clubs trial in October. Brady came into IBR's program in the worst health suffering from at least 3 undiagnosed tick borne diseases- Ehrlichia, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Brady had chronic diarrhea and bloody stool and was a pointing training reject. Brady has made the most remarkable progress in foster care with his loving foster dad Hector Becerra and while he had a few medical setbacks, he has regained all of his natural scent pointing and hunting abilities. As we have Brady's FDSB papers, we know his Great Grand Pappy is Hall of Fame Inductee CH Erin's Southern Justice and his pappy is CH Erin's Brave Heart . While he has fine genetics, being infected with tick borne disease caused terrible damage to his health while affecting his confidence and drive in the field. I knew we could help him and thanks to many sponsors, after a year plus of medication- he is recovering very well and we are thrilled at his success in Derby this fall.

To date Brady's breeder has no interest in this puppy's health or welfare and was unwilling to test his mom and sold her :O(. This lack of responsibility for the dogs breeding programs is a HUGE problem with the the American Field and with back yard breeders everywhere. Rarely are any of the puppies micro-chipped for their protection and so many of these magnificent dogs wind up in landfills or shot dead when they don't perform. We have proven over and over that these dogs are so at risk for tick borne disease working and training in tick infested areas or being borne to infected Bitches that there is no hope for them to recover unless they find a rescue as dedicated as we are here at IBR to help them succeed and find forever homes. Brady's Vindication is one amazing little Pointer- he looks like a million bucks on point and has the sweetest personality. I can not be more proud of Hector and Brady and am grateful that he trusted me mentoring him in the field- but that was easy- Brady was such a natural once he got over his bad memories and fear. On his last run at Des Plaines Conservation area on October 26th- he ran hard, was incredibly smart and bold following the Derby course and was breathtaking in point. Hector handled him magnificently and as a newbie to field trailing and Pointers, and brought back so many memories of my own when I ran my first Pointer in field trials so many years ago.

THANKS TO ALL- that donated and sponsored Brady's medical bills and Field Trial entries to make all of this possible. We do GREAT work here at Illinois Birddog Rescue and we need as much help as ever. Lisa- IBR Founder and President.


IBR's Talk To Da Paw JH- A Very Special Deaf English Setter

***My sweet Gavin turned 13 in 2023-- but he is hanging in there.***

So many TO DO's on my TO DO list while trying so hard to raise funds and help save more- that I pushed Gavin's Story further down on that list. His story is an important one and I created his own Web Page. I never gave up on him- NEVER- even when it was suggested that he be put to sleep. I thank my own Setter stubbornness and my Setter guardian angel for helping him be the little over-achiever he was meant to be.


SLOW KILL Heartworm Treatment- A Safer Option

I have been in Pointer/Setter rescue for over 20 years now. I have seen many vetting successes and many vetting failures and once we started to see the high incidence of tick borne disease in our positive heartworm dogs and how so many of these dogs struggled with the Immiticide/Cyanide treatment we had to find a better way. After doing some research and hearing from vets that only used Heartguard or similar product and adding doxycycline for the Wohlbachia issue, then adding good blood work including the IDEXX 371 tick panel to uncover tick borne disease complications- we are happy to share the IBR's Slow Kill Method success story page. All the dogs that went through this treatment plan were examined by our attending vets and they in turn scripted out the Heartguard or Iverheart and helped us get the appropriate blood work done. Some dogs were treated out of state and to the surprise of their attending vets also did very well. As a rescue we never want to rush treatment in order to move a dog out the door for adoption and thankfully most of the dogs in the slow kill are in foster to adopt.



IBR in Upland Almanac

It is always wonderful to be recognized for all the hard work we do here at Illinois Birddog Rescue. It is especially gratifying when my hard work pays off especially when it comes to my special deaf Setter rescue Gavin. I will put fingers to keyboard soon and document his story as it needs to be told. This little dog is what makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth while.

UPLAND ALMANAC


Whoa Doggie! Slideshow

View the new Powerpoint slideshow showcasing our rescue legacy from the first nine years.
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Illinois Birddog Rescue wants to make sure all of our adoptable dogs stay healthy throughout flea and tick season. We welcome donations of Frontline, Heartguard, or any similar product. Email Lisa if you would like to help.

Monetary donations can be snail mailed to:
Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 364
Wood Dale, IL 60191


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