FlapJacks, the Survivor

Writes Sender-Inner Clayton R.: “I apologize in advance for the length of this, but it is a great story with a happy ending. We got him on Saturday August 6th. The following day,my girlfriend had to leave for New York. That same morning, he began vomiting and diarrhea. I took him to the emergency clinic, and he tested positive for parvo and a few other things. He weighed 15 pounds that day. The vet wanted $2400 to treat him for 6 days and gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. He recommended putting him down. I called my friend that owns his own veterinarian clinic and he recommended the same thing. I phoned the people who we purchased the puppy from and they said they would give me my money back if I returned him and they will put him down. I decided that I might as well try to save him regardless of what they all said. I took care of him that day by squirting pedialyte in him (orally and enema) every 15 minutes, day and night! The following day was a Monday and I took my week of vacation from work. Thankfully, another vet tech friend of mine agreed to help me by providing some antibiotics and IV’s. I also was able to find a local shop with some homeopathic remedies (Parvaid and Vibracta Plus). I began by giving him the parvaid every 15 minutes the first hour and then every 30 minutes for the rest of the day and night. I kept giving him his antibiotics and meds and trying to keep him hydrated as the IV’s I were to give were for subcutaneous administration. Tuesday, my sister and I brought him to the vet tech and the puppy was so dehydrated that the only place he could get the IV in was directly in his neck (jugular). This was the point where we all thought we would lose him as he was basically lifeless. He didn’t even make a fuss about the needle. We kept him on the IV all that night, but every time he would turn his head, the catheter would get kinked and the IV would stop. My girlfriend returned from out of town on Wednesday night…what a relief! We went back to the vet on Thursday and had them place the IV in his leg. He was also given an injection of antibiotics since he was still throwing up and having very bloody diarrhea. We kept up with this routine until Saturday. Keeping him on a heating pad or in our arms. He began to come around, but then we noticed the paw of the leg with his IV had swollen to 5 times its normal size. We removed the catheter and IV and went back to forcing pedialyte, parvaid, and molasses for his blood sugar orally. Monday, he was looking dehydrated again, despite all of our efforts. The vet tech was unable to place the IV anywhere. We tried again on Tuesday, and the same results. We kept up with giving him fluids every hour. Wednesday, the vet tech didn’t give up until the IV was placed. What a relief! Jax, the puppy, did make some noise about the needle this time. He weighed 10 pounds at this point and you could count every rib and vertebrae. The vet tech also loaned us a pump for the IV since his veins were so far gone. Jax started to come around that night. We purchased some plain yogurt, cottage cheese, raw beef liver and baby foods. He ate a little bit of the raw liver and licked the other stuff. We were super excited! The following days he would eat a little more each time. Every time he needed to go out, we would have to stop the pump, unwrap and disconnect the IV, take him out, flush the IV, reconnect and rewrap. It may have been all of this movement of the catheter, because we noticed his IV leg (in his shoulder/armpit area) had a huge amount of fluid under the skin (a scary amount). The pump had pumped it under his skin as it was out of the vein. Once again, we removed the catheter and IV and let the swelling subside. Once the IV was out for a day, he began drinking on his own. He had developed a secondary bacterial infection and his white blood cell count was through the roof. He had large amounts of mucas and was coughing like he had pneumonia. We placed him in his crate, covered it with a sheet and placed a humidifier in there to help break up the stuff in his lungs. We also tapped/cupped each side of his body every so often to help break it up. The vet tech gave us some drops for his nose and eyes to treat the infection and recommended to stop using the humidifier. After a couple of days, he was starting to walk around and really show some life. We then started oral administration of the strongest antibiotic we could give a puppy that size. The coughing finally stopped and the snotty nose dried up. We were still giving him pedialyte and parvaid orally every two hours at this point, because he was not drinking enough. After a week he was eating and drinking on his own, playing with his toys a bit and would walk to the neighbor’s house. He slept most of the time, but every day he did something new. He wags his tail a lot and gives us lots of kisses. We are giving him high calorie foods and put prebiotics/probiotics on the food to help his digestive system. He is fully recovered now and is sooo happy! We treated the yard with hydrated lime, but were unable to water it into the yard due to the water rationing in effect here (had not rained in forever). The following morning, it rained hard and took care of it for us. Sometimes, you just have to do a little hard work and God will take over from there.”



  1. You are complete and total heroes.

  2. Weimaraners are wild, insane, loving dogs. I’m glad Flapjack was able to make it. We bought a sick Weimaraner back in 1998, but luckily for us it was Kennel Cough and much more treatable. Smokey was, in my Dad’s words “The best dog I’ve ever had.” You are saints for taking so much of your time to nurse this dog to health instead of giving up on it.

  3. cutekitteh says:

    This pup will repay you in in the most adorable sweet wuv for the rest of your life!

  4. bookmonstercats says:


    Such lov,e and brave refusal to be beaten by the odds.

    And what a pretty puppeh.

  5. God bless you for your kindess to a fellow creature.

  6. Thank God for animal lovers like you. You now have a great companion and friend because of the selfless acts you performed to heel this dog!

  7. Second that. I lost my puppy to parvo a few years ago. I didn’t even know that you could do half of the stuff you did for your pup. Our vet just told us there’s nothing you can do except make him comfortable. And so I just tried and tried everything I could, made him chicken dinners and held him. I would have done everything you did and then some if I had only known. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope it saves another puppy’s life.

  8. I commend you for your stubborn refusal to give up. I hope Jax lives many long happy years with you!

  9. oh what a sweet baby! heartfelt gratitude to everyone in this story… thank you for rescuing and for sharing this 🙂
    restores my faith in humanity!

  10. Who needs paragraphs when you have puppygraphs?

  11. name withheld says:

    This is the best CO post ever.

  12. As pet owners, I believe we are responsible for being righteous, loving stewards and caretakers of the animals we take in. You and your girlfriend have done this to such an exceptional level, this story brought tears to my eyes. God bless you both for being such wonderful human beings and for loving this precious dog so much. He is just beautiful, and the expression on his face speaks volumes as to the kind of pet owners you are.

  13. Thank you.

  14. Retired Hippie says:

    St Francis is smiling down at you guys!

  15. Amazing! Was filling up anyway then saw his face which finished me off. So many ups and downs in such a short life but now the only way is up.

  16. Gives new meaning to the phrase “you lucky dog.”

  17. What a lovely story to read, especially these days. Thank you on behalf of pet owners and lovers for taking the extraordinary steps required to save this animal’s life. I’m sure the daily rewards will soon make the sacrifices seem distant. You are a true hero, and not just to Jax!

  18. We have a weimaraner too and your story is amazing. Thank you for being such wonderful dog parents and human beings. This restores some of my faith in humankind.

  19. Queen of Dork says:

    What a beautiful pup and beautiful people to not give up! Now my day feels so full of happiness. I’m so happy right now from reading that. 🙂 I’m kind of teary eyed and speechless. Thank you for fighting like that for the health of your dog. The world needs more people such as this.

  20. Chemchopity says:

    I am sobbing. You are wonderful people.

  21. Yeah… I’d’ve just put him down and gotten a new one. But it is nice to see that he pulled through.

  22. 1. What a great name for a doggie.
    2. You guys rock!

  23. And you will be rewarded a million times over with your little boy’s love and devotion. Thank you, thank you, thank you. *hugs*

  24. TrixandSam says:

    Unbelievable story of love and selflessness. Thank you for sharing this with us! *sneef sneef*

  25. It makes you wonder about the breeder, though, if they’re selling dogs that are in such a mess.

  26. Fird Birfle says:

    1: Today seems to be “dogues with icy blue eyes” Day at CO!!
    2: wow.

  27. *snif*

    It’s getting a little dusty in here. Just go about your business….

    Tremendous dedication and heart, Way to go!

  28. A true happy goober of a dog and bless those pooch parents for not giving up on him. Oh great, here comes the waterworks. Bahhhhhh! It’s just so wonderful!!!

  29. What a beautiful puppy, and God bless you two for not giving up on him! If I could reach you, I’d hug you! ❤

  30. Fird Birfle says:

    oops, couldn’t remember #3 and hit “send” too quickly.

    #3: enjoyed the hovertext wonderfully, also 🙂

  31. Hooray!

    What a beautiful face and coat he has now — very special doggy!

  32. Clayton R, thank you so much for being my hero. Flapjacks, God love and keep you strong. Some day your illness will be just a blip on the screen of your long and happy life. Bless you all.

  33. That’s a touching story, but holy lack of paragraphs, batman. Paragraphs are not your enemy, people.

  34. You guys are warriors, pure and simple.

    I was exhausted reading this, never mind living through it! But what a prize.

  35. Because of YOU there is a sweet happy guy running around. You are a hero.

  36. You contemptible troll

  37. MagnusZoey says:

    Thanks for not giving up on him. Wish many others would follow your love and commitment for their pet(s).

  38. True meaning of selfelssness. You are amazing people for putting so much effort into a little angel that everyone else gave up on. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to go home and give my doggie and kitty the biggest hugs ever! 🙂

  39. Eugene Ponder says:

    Ihope this dog lives a exceptionally long time and brings you eons of joy

  40. Jackie Rose says:

    “Whoever saves one life, saves the whole world.”
    Blessings on you both.

  41. You are wonderful! The puppy looks great, and I hope he has a good long life to reward you.

  42. Is Jax middle name Lucky? Or perhaps Happy?

  43. Wow! Sounds like an episode of Doghouse, DVM! (At least it wasn’t lupus or paraneoplastic syndrome.) Amazing story, but next time, can I recommend breaking it up into a few more paragraphs?

  44. Lewis n' Clark says:

    I hope I speak for most CO peeps when I say that you and Flapjack are permanent stars in the CO universe, and I hope we get updates from time to time. You are both amazing!

  45. *tears* OMG I hate you guys. I’m at work. I haaaaaave to keep from sneeflingks and crying. Uuuugh. TT_TT

    Puppers is so lucky to have you guys. Mighty cheers to your patience and unconditional love for him. ❤

  46. An amazing story. Bless you for never giving up – look at your happy, smiling reward!
    Thank you for sharing your story!!

  47. Oh, that’s wonderful. What a sweet, happy pup and what wonderful humans. Love Weimies!

    At the dog event I mentioned, someone had a 19-year-old Weimaraner–which is like the Methuselah of Weimaraners–named LAZLO.

  48. I’m sad to say I might have done the same…I’m not sure I’ve the stomach to watch a pet die slowly with such a low chance of survival (plus, my dad didn’t put down my childhood pet even when she was very old and suffering a lot in her final weeks. I’ve sworn I won’t do that to a pet I love!). But, I don’t know that I would go back to the same place. Sounds like they aren’t checking out their puppies’ health very well before sending them off to new homes. I’m so glad this one ended up in the right place for him so he could be cared for and recover, though!

  49. It’s awesome what you did and awesome that the dog survived. However please avoid homeopathic medicine in the future. Homeopathic medication has no scientific merit and, in fact, has no active ingredient. The water in those products might have helped him slightly by assisting in keeping the dog hydrated but overall it tends to be a net negative because it often prevents people from taking actions that could be more helpful to the patient. http://www.ncahf.org/pp/homeop.html

  50. Now THAT is a real dog! *pats screen*

  51. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful story, and what love and dedication you all have to this sweet pup! Elebenty million dog biscuits (or human equivalent) to you guys!

  52. You beautiful people…I would do anything for my housebunnies and nursed my first one when she was ill until we both knew that it was time to say goodbye. Hope you have a long & happy life together. x

  53. Oh good Lord – what did I do NOW to get back to the mod lounge??? I didn’t even mention the vegetable-that-shall-not-be-named!!!

    Oh, well, since I’m here, I might as well pour another martini!

  54. grammatoanna says:

    Your story brought me to tears. It is so gratifying to read such a touching, uplifting story. You indeed are heroes, and wonderful, dedicated people. God bless you all. I wish you continued success in your efforts. Healing karma to your pup! Beautiful dog!

  55. Thank you for the lesson in faith, sender innner Clayton R.
    Bless you. Bless you. Bless you!

  56. Anyone else just want to go home and cuddle the bejesus outta their pets right now?!?

  57. Thank you for that heartwarming story. You must be a very kind person.

  58. What a story, tears of joy right now. God Bless-

  59. sunnylessmum says:

    Wonderful quote! Totally agree. 🙂

  60. Oops, you forgot to capitalize Batman. HA HA HA HA HA!!!! Just kidding, your comments made me laugh. Wait, I’m not kidding about capitalizing Batman.

  61. amazing amazing amazing parents!!!!!!! but darn you all for making me mist at work!!!!!

  62. Quite dedicated care by Clayton R., his girlfriend, and the vet tech!

  63. Love you guys, and FlapJacks!

    That’s what’s called going the extra mile (and a hundred miles more!)!!!

  64. NurseNoir says:

    Wow. Just… WOW!
    I hate to inject anything negative among all the positive comments swirling around, but was this gorgeous doggeh not given the standard vaccines at the usual ages? Poor lil’ guy! That twinkle in his eye and the Weim expression say it all, though. Amazing dog, and amazing dog parents.

  65. sunnylessmum says:

    Thank you for sharing this story with us. You are truly an inspiration! Such effort, such love, such faith; thank you so very much for all of it. You have really helped restore my faith in the world. Please give Jax a ton of hugs and kisses, though I’m sure he already gets them every day. 🙂

  66. Bridie Larsen says:

    He’s an angel, and so are you. Enjoy this beautiful boy!

  67. This made my day. I am so glad he’s ok! Pets are everything and it warms my heart that you took the time to save him! All the best to you. 🙂

  68. You are human angels! I wish everyone were as kind and compassionate as you are and your puppy, what a fighter! After reading the story, his picture looked even more beautiful – he looks healthy and happy and he will keep kissing you and giving you love. Well done, love to all 3 of you and your helping friends. Michela

  69. Vegetable-that-shall-not-be-named? What is that? Since it cannot be named, can you spell it vertically or in an anagram?

  70. Cadbury's Mummy says:

    it’s so nice to read stories like this to remind you that there are good owners out there who love their pets and want to do the right thing for an animal- regardless of how small or short the bond may be! I’ve had a rough week worrying about a dog who lives 2 doors down from me and it made me lose faith in humans – but this made me feel better!

  71. Now THAT is love!

  72. My sister’s no 6 1/2 -year-old beagle (Rosie) developed Parvo as a very young pup, too. Sometimes it happens before the dog is old enough to have ahd all the complete vaccinations.

    Rosie survived, but she has a neurological glitch from it. She’s a great and very cuddly dog, but sometimes, while being petted, she will suddenly snarl and snap. She hasn’t actually hurt anyone yet, but we are all careful of her and don’t let her interact much with kids in the family.

    I hope Jax, who is darling BTW, doesn’t have any long-term problems.

  73. I meant “now 6 1/2-year-old beagle,” NOT no 6 1/2-year-old beagle”!

  74. You are angels. God bless you for all your efforts and you will surely be loved by your newest family member.

  75. I truly appreciate pet owners with this level of dedication and commitment. I realize it is expensive to visit a vet for treatment, but proper veterinary care has is merits. Veterinarians are trained to properly place and monitor IV placement to avoid the swelling that occurred in this pup.

  76. Wow! I’m really impressed! What a lucky dog to have such tough and loving dog-parents. May you have years and years of joy with Jax. 🙂

  77. when my boyfriend and i adopted our cat from the local shelter, she was too young for the vaccinations, so we got her checked out at the vet. her distemper symptoms didn’t start until a day and a half after we had adopted her fuzzy butt AND had her checked out by the vet. she’s now a healthy, happy little girl. turning one in two weeks!!

    it’s very sad, but sometimes these things happen. although the fact that this poor little guy got parvo from a breeder’s home is another issue all together.

  78. Wonderful story. Beautiful dog.

  79. (And I’m not even a dog person! But he is gorgeous.)

  80. Angus's Mom says:

    Amazing story…i hope you get to share many more years of happy times. Best wishes.

  81. See Theresa’s comment at http://cuteoverload.com/2011/10/13/this-this-cant-be-real/#comment-572498

    Or, if you don’t wish to click there, it is the veggie that pickles are made from.

  82. rescue gal says:

    All I ever get is moderated. 😦

  83. Thank you for mentioning this! at least the main ingredient in homeopathic medicine (Water) hydrated him.

  84. I have an mini eskimo dog that does that too. I never thought of it being a side effect. I got him at 9 months because he was snapping at their kids.

  85. As a fellow pet slave who has also spent many a night and day giving fluids, cleaning eyes and other places, etc. you are at the top of the animal loving list.

  86. Becky Doodle says:

    Oh dear! That made me a bit tearful, poor lil’ turd. I am glad he is doing well!!

  87. the puppy looks SO happy and healthy!! :))))))))

  88. I concur! Your willingness to sacrifice sleep and a week of vacation days to save an animal is commendable. You should look into wildlife rehabilitation as it’s the same rewarding feeling when you save baby animals.

  89. Teresa in St Louis (formerly of KC) says:


  90. I was OK through the story, but the simple hovertext made me wibble

  91. When Philo was about a year and a half, he developed a sudden and devastating vomiting problem. He wasn’t a very big kitteh to begin with (runt of the litter) and he went downhill very fast. We took him to three vets, including two emergency vets, and he even ended up having emergency exploratory surgery to find out if there were any physical issues (they found nothing).

    This took place in November, and once he came home, I bought a Chihuahua-sized sweateuw to keep his shaved tummy warm. He must have appreciated it, because he never tried to get out of it. I took a picture of him in his sweateuw, made prints of it, and sent thank you cards to the three vets (Philo, being a handraised “bottle baby” kitteh, is somewhat of a handful at the vet; they call him Philo the Psycho).

    Hubby has called Philo “5K” ever since, because that’s what we ended up spending before it was all over with. The vomiting cleared up, apparently on its own, and today Philo is a fat and happy 4.5-year-old.

    You do what you gotta do for those in your care.

    “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
    ― St. Francis of Assisi

  92. Karen Kees says:

    Un freaking believable. There IS a God.

  93. P.S. “Flapjacks!!” I cannot get over that name. It’s like “Waffles” the kitteh.

  94. This story made me cry, because I went through a similar situation. When I was about 11, my parents finally decided to adopt a dog since I had been begging so much. We found a beautiful 6-month old shepherd mix at the shelter. Her name was Hope. When we brought her home, she was so happy and full of energy. She was a typical goofy pup, curious about everything. A week passed and she began vomiting and had diarrhea. We took her to the vet and they gave us the bad news. It was parvo. He recommended we euthanize her. This made my mom particularly angry, and she took Hope to an emergency clinic. After another week and a couple thousand dollars, clinic called us and told us that despite their best efforts, she wouldn’t make it. Our family drove in silence to say goodbye to our puppy. We cried the whole way home. I wish we could have done more for her, but at least she had a family during the last few weeks of her life. It has been over 10 years now, and I still miss her. But we have since adopted three other rescues, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

    I am so happy Jax is now happy and healthy. He is truly a lucky boy to find such a loving, caring family. I hope you spend many happy years together.

  95. Oh my heart. ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥

  96. Amazing story and puppy, God bless you

  97. Wonderful, wonderful story. Good on you and thank you for taking such great care of one of God’s angels. I truly believe that our furbabies bring such joy into our lives, they are truly angels right here on Earth. This one clearly takes after his extraordinary mommy and daddy. Thank you for being such great people!!!

  98. victoreia says:

    Touching story. Hooray for Flapjacks and his people.

    Just one little peeve: Paragraphs! Where are they?

    Okay, back to your regular posting.

  99. Clayton, here’s a kiss for you, and one for Jax, and one for your girlfriend, and one for the vet tech and a few for anyone else I’ve missed xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  100. Aww, that is the sweetest story! So glad the puppers is happy and healthy!! Next step– I’m getting pet insurance!

  101. One more reason not to buy from a pet shop. It’s extremely contagious and they will not tell you they’ve had a case of parvo recently in their shop until you call them saying your pet is sick.
    Jax was lucky to find you guys!

  102. Yeah, that’s one big block o’ text, that is. I’d be appreciative of paragraphs.

  103. FlapJacks looks like a very healthy HapJacks! He is very lucky to have such caring humans.

  104. Yayyyyyyy!!!!!

  105. indeed.

  106. great story, but attn CE dept; paragraphs, pls

  107. i feel like such a heal for pointing this out, but… never mind.

  108. You are wonderful people but what about who you bought him from? Puppy Mill? Shouldn’t they be investigated?

  109. its people like this that restore a bit of my faith in humanity.

  110. Yeah, seriously! Cannot believe how much knowledge and support they got. It truly took a team of animal lovers. And thank goodness, y’know?

    I am so sorry for your pup too. I’m sure you wish you could have done more. But the most important thing is he knew until his last breath he was massively loved by his people! xo

  111. You. Are. Wonderful. What an amazing story. I wish I could give you a hug.

  112. I see what cha did there. I fheel ya, hon.

  113. ChaseFace says:

    This story brought me to tears! Glad you made it, FlapJacks! ❤ ❤ ❤

  114. Great story, great dog, great people!

  115. Wonderful sentiment, and true as well!

  116. FlapJacks is so lucky to find such persistent owners. There are not many people out there that would have continued trying as long and as hard as you did. Bless you for that. he is a beautiful boy and worth every minute you spent saving his life.

  117. I do not even know you, but I know you are wonderful people. Most wouldn’t pay with money and sleepless nights to save a poor sick animal, but you did. And looking at his face, I think he knows it.

  118. Horsegurl says:

    If it was from a pet shop, then it sadly was probably sourced from a puppy mill. Puppy mills often produce unhealthy animals with health issues. Don’t buy next time, adopt instead!Btw dont start a commentraversy over this please.

  119. I went through the very same thing with two Siamese cats, brother and sister out of the same litter. It was a long time ago but I remember what a long haul it was. Extremely well worth it in the end – they were amazing cats.

  120. many hugs to Flapjacks and his people

  121. I thought the same. Amazing love story, you are really heroes.

  122. That’s an amazing story!

  123. Now he looks ready to be flipped! So, so glad he pulled through–such a gorgeous goggie. He’s very lucky to get such wonderful parents.

  124. Gunner's Sister says:

    What a beautiful weimaraner!! And he kept his blue eyes 🙂 Ours is 13 this November. They are the best dogs if you keep them active. I so glad to hear your happy ending.

  125. Beautiful boy and beautiful story. You are good people. Hugs!

  126. Wow, I am so happy to see that there are people who really care, we went through something simliar with our cat “Louise”. who was 6 years old at the time and was a resque from an abandoned house. It was not parvo but she was also close to death. We are now 10 years later and she has developed kidney disease but the way we, and our vet, take care of her she has a very good chance for another 5 or more years. I know that our pets are not going to live as long as we do but once you accept a pet in your life it comes with the responsibility to take care of them to the best of your ability. Basically it it just another child.

  127. Christine Russo says:

    There is nothing better than to hear such stories from people like you! Thank you for be amazing human beings!

  128. Candy Chitty says:

    I doubt very much that the 2400 hundred bucks the vet wanted would have been well spent. Vets could never give Jacks the time and effort he needed to survive, only someone that loves him could do that. I admire you and your girlfriend very much. You’re both very special people.

  129. The world would be a better place if there were more people like you.

  130. Most people that say they love animals are just talking the talk, YOU really love animals, and that love will be returned a million times over. Enjoy Jax, I hope he has a long and healthy life, love his smiley happy face.

  131. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    That would be çûćūmbėrś. I hope I don’t get moderated for that……

  132. It’s so wonderful that people like you walk this earth, you are amazing and what a blessing this little one is for you and your girlfriend. May he live a long, very happy life with you, give him kisses from “Aunty Ruth” !!!!!!!!!!!!

  133. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    Crudsies. I got moderated.

  134. Btw dont start a commentraversy over this please.

    that’s exactly what you’re doing. don’t.

  135. you’re gonna put an eye out with that thing.

  136. You are all going straight to heaven. The end.

  137. Have you all gotten into the healium again?

  138. Third Shift says:

    So much awesomeness!

    My little Australian Shepherd puppy I adopted from the pound died of parvo at 16 weeks. Little sh it broke my heart. I was always going to get another one, until I discovered GREYHOUNDS! And there’s no going back.

  139. Everyone else has said it all. I just want to say thankyou.

  140. HRH QueenCat says:

    Amen to that … wish there were more compassionate peeps like you in the world;

    your woofer is adorable !!!

    may you all have long, happy & healthy lives … Blessings

  141. God Bless you and your family!!!

  142. 🙂

  143. The photo of a huge smile at the end of that amazing story is the best part ♥

  144. You have and will continue to be blessed because you have loved a dog that everyone said give up on! Thank you for sharing!

  145. Thx for not putting him down! Some people may have put him down, not wanting him to suffer. But you were patient, even though his condition seemed awful, and thx to you, Jax is going to live a happy life! I wish you and Jax all the best!

  146. You guys are amazing, this was such a heartwarming story. The world would be a better place with more people like you.

  147. TrixandSam says:

    Heinlein reference?? YES!

  148. I really needed to listen this history today!
    Thank you!

  149. I am soooo happy for you guys and the dedication you showed in saving your pup’s life! I have one constructive comment, though. Parvovirus can survive for **7 years!!** in the soil despite being treated, so if you get any more pups in the future, walk them in a different area until they’ve gone through all their vaccines to try to reduce the exposure. Bleach will kill any parvo on a bleach-able surface. Great job!!!!

  150. TMI

  151. I cried through the whole story (although told it was a happy ending) and cried even more when I saw the picture of that beautiful dog!! You’re “preaching to the choir” when you think people go to extremes to save/help their pets and/or other animals…

  152. What you did is amazing. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

  153. Weepingks – what a lucky dog he truly is.

  154. I’m speechless….. you are super amazing. If the general population had half the determination and compassion you have, the world would be a MUCH better place.

  155. Wow. Just, wow. What a labor of love. I hope you have many many years of doggy joy with Jax. He’s gorgeous and goofy looking and has such beautiful eyes.

  156. I don’t see that it’s trolling. It’s just what most people would do (on the advice of the vets, if you’d bothered to read the story).

  157. Bless you for saving this baby. That face shows what a happy boy he is now. Give him lots of squishes for me!

  158. mintyheart says:


  159. Alice Shortcake says:

    Yes, I wish more people understood that homeopathic medicine is pure magical thinking. Homeopathic medicines in liquid form are diluted to the point where they are unlikely to contain a single molecule of active ingredient – you may as well use tap water.

  160. White Jenna says:

    Having taken care of a number of parvo puppies as a vet tech, I’m going to have to disagree with you. That amount sounds about “right” for parvo treatment. He would have been on IV fluids and drugs from the start, with subcutaneous fluids as needed. Techs would have been cleaning up after him in protective clothing in a quarantined area.
    Not at all minimizing the tremendous effort his owners put in, this comment just kind of grates on my nerves as I remember deathly ill puppies, bloody diarrhea, and “oh good, you’re feeling better and decided to chew through your IV line”.

  161. I love Weimies’ big insane grins.

  162. Fird Birfle says:

    um, the story was posted by Meg who runs this site.

    Kwitcherkvetching. Browse a different pic rather than telling Meg how her posts should be.

  163. Fird Birfle says:

    so twue.

  164. Anneother says:

    Don’t use homeopathy if you don’t want to but why the aggressive, militant tone ? These (heroic and incredibly resourceful) pet owners used it as a complementary measure, to boost immunity. Homeopathy does work, it’s widely used in Europe with documented, positive results. Homeopathic doctors and vets over here are most of the time classically trained medical doctors/vets as well and wouldn’t dream of not administering needed allopathic drugs. The people in this story did exactly the right thing.

  165. bob drummond says:

    Praise the LORD !!! I love stories with miraculous endings . I hope that you guys will have this pup for many long years ! God bless you both for hanging in there with him !

  166. well, i think that’s great they did all that, but isn’t that what you are supposed to do when you take on the responsibility of a pet? sleepless nights and credit card debt is just sometimes what happens.

    i wish people would adopt/rescue and stop buying from breeders. and yes, I’m a big jerk for saying that. *shrug

  167. Judy Baum says:

    What a wonderful story! Bless you for taking care of Flapjack and not giving up!

  168. Word, but recall we all have individual cute-o-meters. Again, IMO, cute pic but the story could have been linked, as for the ‘Sketches’ pic and saga.
    Some commentors clutch their pearls for pics of pets in not-plugged-in food processors, but self-aggrandising stories including enema details are on my very short not-cute list; I ROFL at the former [and 99.97 % of Meg’s posts] and mildly eye-roll at this latter.
    For the record, I’m also pro- bunny dressage, inter-species snorgling and chinchillas in wine glasses.

  169. Jennifer H says:

    AWESOME!!! 🙂

  170. LunaChickFringe says:

    Clearly he was meant to be yours.What wondeful people he found.

  171. Anneother says:

    Very mild comment approving the owners’ choice of treatment deleted by moderator, and three anti-homeopathy comments left on for all to read ?

  172. Good karma is coming your way!!! If only veterinarians these days cared as much about animals as they do about MONEY!!! You’re awesome!!!

  173. Kristine G says:

    God bless your hearts. You get what you give, and what you’re getting is unconditional love from this beautiful puppy. What an amazing story!!!

  174. Clayton, your capacity for love is extraordinary. I have never been so moved by total selfless love and caring. You have, now a forever best friend. Thank you for being so wonderful.

  175. Sky Henderson says:

    Both of these people for presidents!

  176. Sky Henderson says:

    PS – I loved reading through the whole story and wondering what was going to happen next and being more and more relieved that they weren’t going to give up even after all of this work and I wondered if I had it in me to give up so much for one wee pup…and then I scrolled down to see that happy dog who was LITERALLY smiling up at the camera! That was pure pleasure to read. Thanks, CO, for making me feel good.

  177. Fird Birfle says:

    I agree 200% that a link for the story might have been a more-savvy strategy.
    That’s really quite a wonderful suggestion, and the mod’s here, have been known to do that previously. I’m kinda picturing Meg as so happy about the pup’s eventual recuperation and how devoted the people were…..she rushed over to the nearest computer, etc etc.

    Anyhow, have a groovy day, dub1 !

  178. Fird Birfle says:

    It does seem pretty targeted to sound “cynical and cool” given that most times anyone OPENS this page, then opens a comment box, they are fairly familiar with
    the majority of regular readers/ commenters being in general more affectionate about animals than most avid readers of, say, the Wall Street Journal.

    The commenter’s same concept, worded as “I’m not sure that I would have gone to the same levels of dedication or funds”. would have communicated the same message without a level of passive-aggressive hostility, which DOES come across to me, from Jolly’s message. I was raised in a family which spoke up with LOTS of criticism (my mother continues same at 82 yrs) and almost never had an equal amount of nurturing or encouraging statements to make to anybody; so I rather recognize when something can be worded effectively without needing to state scornful or hostile mood/ reaction.

  179. My family has had Weimies since I was 6! That’s from the 50’s!!!!! They’re the BEST dogs ever! You are very special people to do what you did. Flapjack is very fortunate, that’s for sure!!!!!

  180. The puppy that lived! Congratulations, all of you! He is a beautiful goggie.

  181. Amen.

  182. It gives me hope for this world that there are still people that would go to the time and expence to do what you have done. Thank You.

  183. Parvo pups CAN be treated — they don’t need to be put down, and I know one vet who would have quoted $600 for in-hospital treatment for the same period of time (I asked her without telling her exactly why I was asking), and if the client could not have afforded that, the hospital would have provided all necessary hydrating materials, by-the-numbers instructions, and phone-help as needed for $35 a day, and they would have arranged for the client to make payments as needed, if needed.

    The dogs lose their intestinal lining due to the virus and cannot absorb food or water until the virus runs its course and the intestines repair themselves, but this virus does run its course and the dog will almost always live if treated symptomatically and correctly. Clayton R. and family did everything right: they kept their pup hydrated; supplied with nutrients as possible; warm, and clean (and very little else in the world smells as bad as parvo diarrhea). They kept FlapJacks surrounded with love, attention and concern, and they fought on accompanied by a belief in their dog’s desire to come back from the brink of death and rejoin his human pack. You are great people, and even though I don’t know you and only know about you, I’m still glad that I know about you.

    Whereas leptospirosis and rabies vaccines carry some serious risks, parvo vaccines rarely cause any problems, if at all. People who live in certain areas (near dry river-bottoms in our part of the U.S.), people who buy from breeders, and people who believe that their young dogs might ever — even once — be exposed to coyote feces would do well to consider getting their dogs vaccinated for parvovirus ASAP.

  184. Amen

  185. I want to see more pics of Jax! Does he have a facebook?? 🙂

  186. On the other hand, why look for a reason to be offended when it might not have been intended? Especially when the second sentence is sympathetic and not cynical.

  187. Christina V says:

    While I am very very glad to hear your puppy survived, consider yourself very very lucky! As a licensed vet tech for almost 10 years, I had to cringe as I was slightly horrified at the “treatment” your puppy was given. Also beware that parvo can live in the soil for over 5 years, regardless of rain or sun, and bleach only kills on solid surfaces (bleaching your yard won’t work). Please get that puppy properly vaccinated ASAP as he may only be lucky so many times. Good luck!

  188. Great story and THANK YOU for NOT putting it it paragraphs!! LOL

  189. How wonderful to see that there are still some big beautiful hearts out there.
    One great picture of the recovered puppy.
    Love that big goofy grin.
    Big Hugs to you.

  190. not anti-homeopothy, pro-science and anti-ignorance XD

  191. James Herriot pointed out in one of his books that with the advent of effective drugs (this was the 1930s) vets and animal owners were ignoring nursing care. It’s clear from Flapjacks’ story and from your comment that dedicated round-the-clock nursing is key to helping a pup overcome this horrible illness.

  192. It’s a shame that Flapjack’s humans can’t be bothered by the inconveniences of a pet. Seriously, go Flapjack! Yea for his family!

  193. Janet in NYC says:

    Yes, I would appreciate getting updates on Jax, and the wonderfully committed people who saved his life when it would have been so easy to give up. You are heroes!

  194. speaking of great veterinarian literature. that’s the stuff that made me fall in love with james herriott.

    and the the vet hospital you speak of? i will give you a million doll hairs for that phone number. 😉

  195. This is an amazing story. Soooo glad to hear that Flapjacks is better! I am sure he will continually thank you for your dedication with unending devotion and unconditional love.

  196. Wonderful story. Truly inspiring. It would have so much easier to give up but you followed your heart and saved a life. It’s nice to know there are such big hearts out there

  197. What a lucky dog. God bless all of you. Weimers are the best!

  198. Sorry, was your scroll button broken?

  199. So amazing. What wonderful people, and what a wonderful trooper of a puppy! This story made my night.

  200. So noble.

  201. such a awesome story, shows that no matter what people say to always put a fight until the end! thank you for saving this sweet sweet little man!

  202. Jax is his middle name. His first name is Flap. They also considered A and Ball ‘N for his first name but felt that Flap best represents his intense love of breakfast foods.

  203. If you don’t live on the Central Coast of California, the phone number probably won’t do you much good.

  204. And yet, zucchini is acceptable. Go figure. 😯

  205. @Micaela : how about an exchange year on the other side of the pond ? Looks like you need to get out of the lab more, broaden your horizons and meet up with some *ignorant* European scientists.
    Ah, youth !

  206. Anneother says:

    @jeff : best and most useful post in this thread. Thank you.

  207. I think you missed the point: No homeopathic ‘cure’ (and by homeopathic I mean the idea of diluting something until you have nothing but the ‘essence’ of it left) has ever been proven effective when put through a well conducted clinical trial. Any existing good quality clinical trials show homeopathic remedies have no effect. This is why no study reporting positive results has ever been published in a validated peer-reviewed scientific journal. Sure, have an open mind and down all the homeopathic remedies you care to. Just don’t expect it to work (as it clearly didn’t in this case) and please please don’t substitute out validated medical interventions for it.

  208. Amazing story! One long paragraph is a metaphor for the long, arduous battle for Flapjacks’ life and it’s the perfect way to tell it. Kudos to Meg for recognizing the power of presenting it that way and for having the guts to post it. A blessing on your sweet head, Clayton R.!

  209. You’re selfless and real heroes. Please don’t waste your money on homeopathy next time, though.

  210. YEAAAAAA love a happy ending….our pets are truly our family….good for you to keep pushing and not give up on your little guy! He looks so happy!

  211. LOVE James Herriot’s books! I’ve read them all.

  212. “It’s a shame that Flapjack’s humans can’t be bothered by the inconveniences of a pet. ”


  213. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    I’m gonna try spelling it vertically now.


  214. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    Well, vertically works.

  215. kisekileia says:

    If you look at the story more closely, you’ll see they made multiple visits to vets/vet techs to help with the IV issues. The first vet quoted them $2400 for “proper” treatment, which is completely undoable for a lot of people–tons of people don’t even have that much room on a credit card. It sounds like they got as much help as was financially possible for them.

  216. kisekileia says:

    That was the 1930s. What was happening then doesn’t mean anything with regard to what happens now.

  217. Seriously? Hm… I see… thank you.

  218. (LOL at comment thread)
    So, zucchini is acceptable, and “crumb cues” are not acceptable when written in the correct spelling order horizontally, unless the writing is vertical. Then what about bananas? With the exception of this guy holding one, *shifty eyes* there’s criminal intent with this little guy.

  219. You are amazing human beans, now your reward is an amnazing dog. I love happy endings!

  220. You’re right! I almost edited the thing, but the shed length and detail and run-on sentences and lack of exact timeline and emotion is what makes it great. You’re totally right, TMI would be an ideal hover text tho. Damn I didn’t think of it.

  221. *wipes eyes* Sorry, I think my allergies must be acting up, or a contact lens, or something. :’)

    You are amazing, wonderful people and what a beautiful pup. All the love in the world to you.

  222. just a girl says:

    no paragraphs? who cares! the bestest parts of this story are the huge efforts made by flapjacks humans and the amazing ending, thank you very much for what you did and for sharing it with the rest of peeps here, clayton r. and girlfriend. and meg. and cute overload!

  223. What a beautiful baby! He’s lucky to have such a determined mom and dad.

  224. agreed, Third Shift – I grew up with poodles, got my bignosed girl a few years ago. there’s no going back for me either 🙂

  225. I second the moshuns and move to adjourn…

    WONDERFUL story and amazing pet owners. Long life and health to beautiful Jax!!

  226. He was so lucky to have you sent to him. From an animal lover who couldn’t let her two year old German Shepherd die with leptospirosis, I know what you went through and applaud you for having the strength to try when others wouldn’t. God Bless You.

  227. It’s just irony. 🙂

  228. or sarcasm?

  229. I love animals, but as I read the story I couldn’t help thinking, “Was it worth it? That poor puppy, to keep putting him through more misery, handling him and basically insisting that he keep fighting…Was that fair? Was that kind?”

    But when I finished the story, and scrolled down to look at Flapjack’s pic, I saw that crazy, joyful grin on that beautiful dog and instantly realized, “YES! It was obviously completely right. Thank heavens the puppy wound up with those loving people.”

    I shouldn’t have doubted.

  230. i’m so glad you worked so hard to save jax. and he is, too. you can tell in his beautiful smile how grateful, happy, and loving he is. wishing you many happy and fulfilling days with jax.

  231. What awesome dog parents you are!!! Best wishes to Flap! Shame on the breeder for failure to give proper imunization to their pups! They should be reported!!! “We’ll take him back and put him down”??? What the hell is that???

    Once again Best Wishes you and your pup Flap! Please post updated photos every now and then!! 🙂

  232. I cried like a baby reading this even though it said it had a happy ending. You were just absolutely amazing and so heroic. I truly wish there were more people out there like you. The world is just losing its humanity every single day and to read this story just gives me hope that perhaps not all of humanity is lost yet. Even Vets do not work that hard to save animals because it is expensive and time consuming and they have to deal with other patients with other problems and it sickens me. 😦 I am SO glad Jax is doing well. He looks so healthy, happy and full of life. Congratulations to you and your girlfriend. You got a strong willed dog for a very strong willed family. 🙂

  233. You, are awesome!!!!!!!!

  234. Awesome story. How lucky that puppy got that he was adopted by a couple who could dedicate so much time, effort and money to save him.

  235. WOW! You two deserve major medals. That is so fantastic what you did for your baby and just look at that face. We could resist that…thin or not, sick or well. This my friend, is your little baby for life. KUDOS to you both!

  236. sunnylessmum says:

    So true Heather, so true.

  237. Parvo is a very scary, very contagious disease. I’m amazed you guys all made it through okay. Thank you so much for being a caring friend to animals. They deserve long, healthy lives just like we do, regardless of the cost.

  238. wildviolette says:

    Who’s a good owner?!? Who’s a good puppy owner?!?
    If I could give you a thousand cookies, I would. This was a wonderful, happy story to hear. You and your pup are blessed to have found each other!

  239. Clive Rutter says:

    They say that dogs are a mans best friend. In this case you are a dogs best friend. Congrats to you and all the best to Flapjacks. This story really made my day, I think I’ll go and hug a stranger.

  240. Amen! I agree with every single word. 🙂

    To the OP, thank goodness for people like you and your friends. The world needs more like you!

  241. The whole story, as heartbreaking and difficult as it was to read, made that beaming puppy smile at the end all the more special.

    I imagine that’s how you wonderful people who cared for him in his hour of need feel, only on a much bigger scale. ❤

  242. What a wonderful story, and such a happy dog 🙂 Thank you for helping him make it through this!!

  243. Killer Klown says:

    Had to re-read three times ’cause my eyes kept tearing up.

  244. You are my HERO! Thank you for not giving up. You did not take the easy way out and for that, you will be thanked immesureably by your pup!

  245. What an inspirational story! You all are amazing and so is your wonderful fighter of a pup! I am so grateful for my lil furbabies and I wish every person was as compassionate as you all and the people that helped you and your pup. Wishing him all the health in the world!

  246. Wow, that’s amazing. I wonder how he knew how to do all that stuff? I would have been so terrified I would have made it worse.

  247. I agree with Fird Birfle. And “just putting him down and getting another one” was not the vet’s advice.

  248. Actually, putting the dog down was TWO vets’ recommendation.

  249. American Eskimos are known for being biters.

  250. I must have gotten lucky with my Eskie then! 🙂

  251. If you ever need a couch to crash on in Taiwan, drop me a line. Least I can do.

  252. Love this story. Every risk that you take trying to save an animal is worth it. You always learn lessons/gain knowledge and you may gain an animal friend in the process. ❤

  253. I send you Thanks and a prayer for your noble and loving treatment of this gorgeous puppy. I wish I lived closer, I could have and would have helped you out. You are truly a child of God and he is smiling on you today!!

  254. Or, there are two very compassionate pet owners. Good for Flapjack wherever one attributes his turnaround.

  255. Thanks for all of the comments! I appreciate all of the kind words and will definitely send in some update pictures. I apologize for the lack of paragraphs or structure in the story.
    To answer some of the questions:
    I purchased him from an individual on craigslist. We were given his paperwork, which included proof that he had received his first vaccination 6 days before he joined our family. The vaccine was a 7-in-1 vaccine which contained live parvo virus which is supposed to help them develop an immunity. My girlfriend had given me a book on weimaraners as a stocking stuffer last Christmas and the information within it states that these types of dogs should not be given the combined vaccinations.
    I believe the homeopathic remedy, specifically the Parvaid, did make a huge difference. I didn’t really believe in these types of medicine, but it worked for us. He would not keep anything down at all, not even water. We gave him the Parvaid, waited 10 minutes, then gave him water and it would stay down. It was like it really calmed his stomach.
    I have pictures of him during recovery. Sad to see, but heartwarming when you know the outcome. He is a fighter (and quite a handful now!). He has been losing his baby teeth and knows how to sit, stay, shake, lay down, and speak! He does demand a lot of attention and needs to play fetch every day or he will have a little too much energy to get a good night’s sleep. He is a cuddler and loves being in your lap. He is super friendly when we go walking or go to the pet store (once we get passed those super scary automatic doors without peeing in the doorway..lol).

  256. I know this is a really late comment, but I wanted to add something I hadn’t seen noted — because Flapjacks has survived the virus, his body now produces antibodies that can help other dogs if they are infected. His blood can be taken and spun down to provide white blood cells that know how to kill the virus and insure that others survive. I’ve known of two other puppies who survived parvo to go on to donate blood to be spun down to save the lives of entire litters. Please make sure that vets in your area know you have a parvo survivor.

    Also, it was mentioned that Parvo lives for extended periods of time in the soil, which it does. It also can travel on the feet of cats, rodents, or insects OUT of your yard. So it’s VERY important that you sanitize all areas where Flapjacks was for up to 24 hours before the onset of symptoms and several days after (at the moment, I can’t recall how long they shed virus after symptoms resolve). Parvlan is a good product to use, but it’s EXTREMELY caustic. A simple 30/1 solution of bleach water (30 parts water to 1 part bleach) will also kill the virus and wont kill grass and most plant life.

    Much love to you, your pup, and your family for the heroic measures taken to save your baby!

  257. My dog is 15 years old and I know how much they become apart of your family. God bless you for taking care of your baby. God always has a plan and you were meant to be his daddy.

  258. Don't blame the Vet says:

    Vet school, medicines, medical supplies, salaries for good, trained employees, insurance, building expenses, etc., etc. are not free. What makes you think the Vet doesn’t care about animals and only cares about money? If Vets treated every animal with a sob story for free they would be out of business in a week.

    Parvo costs a LOT of money to treat because there is so much involved. They have to keep the puppy in isolation to avoid spreading the disease within the clinic, it is labor intensive for the staff, there are fluids, medicines, and many many supplies involved. All of that for a week adds up to a lot of money, but I doubt there is any profit in it for the Vet.

  259. Wow, this made me cry. I wish there were more people like you, who fight for the lives of their animals that hard.
    You are heros in my eyes!

  260. >>If Vets treated every animal with a sob story for free they would be out of business in a week.

    what if they provided serves pro bono for just a few sob stories a year? that’s the vet who i’d rather give my money to.

  261. Maybe they do, but this one just didn’t happen to be one of them.

  262. Wow. I don’t know what else to say.
    Bless you guys and your incredible dedication to the life and well-being of another living thing.
    The world should be full of people like you.

  263. that is AMAZING and you are truly great people for giving your puppy a chance at a great life with very clearly GREAT people. 🙂