THIS JUST IN: Update on Gini the Pup

Gini the pup was part of our Epic Top Fifty Schnozzles review, clocking in at #18.

Sender-Inner Melinda had said Gini was very ill, with something wrong with her kidney. Melinda now writes: “I have a good news! Gini is fine now. She has a very rare disease called Addison’s. Our pet-vet discovered it after 2 weeks. We thought she will pass, but finally with 4 pills per day we can cure it. So thank you for your nice words, and that you take her picture to the site!”




  1. That’s QUITE a schnozz! I was thinking manatee at first. Glad Gina is doing better.

  2. Yay–so glad to hear that Miss Gina of the adorable schnozz is doing better!

  3. Mary (the first) says:

    SMMOOOCCCHHH right on her face with hurrays for recovery!!

  4. That is great news!

  5. sabrina rose says:

    Hugs and kisses to brave Gina, her caring owners, and the persevering vet who was able to diagnose and treat Gina’s illness. May her schnozzola make the Top Fifty each year!!

  6. It’s a Puppy Christmas Miracle! So nice to hear good news in a scary world. Modern Medicine can be miraculous.

  7. I just love a happy ending!! Warm hoorays for sweet Gina, her loving hoomans and her smartypants vet.

  8. Here’s to many more fabulously smooshy nose boops! My dog has Addison’s, too. The (really expensive) pills weren’t working for her so she takes a Percorten-V injection every month or so! Works like a charm! It’s not an easy disease to diagnose, but I’m glad the vet got there in just 2 weeks!

  9. Yea Gina!!!

  10. That is great news. Did not know dogs could have this because I have Addison’s Disease and I have to take steroids every day for the rest of my life and will never be cured! I certainly hope than can cure Gina’s and maybe they can find a cure for me.!! This is a hard disease to find and I am so happy they found Gina’s! So, So happy for her!!

  11. Wishing the best to Melinda & Gina during this holiday season;
    Now Gina Puppeh can happily recuperate underneath the Christmas tree, surrounded by gifts….. if she can stay awake, there’s a chance she might get to see Santa sneaking in with his sack of goodies, with a steak of course for Gina……!!! 😆

  12. Thanks for the good news. My friend’s dog has it and after a lot of fooling around with medications he’s fine.

  13. Miss Gina needs lots of smooches ❤

  14. I am glad Gina is doing better 🙂 Merry Christmas Gina and her humans and the Vet for finding the problem. 🙂

  15. phred's mom says:

    Three cheers for Gina, Melinda, and her
    wonderful vet!

  16. Yay! Good news for Gina and her majestic muzzlepoofs!

    And a BOOP for good measure!

  17. Hurray for Gina, her people and her doctor!

  18. Yay!! I’m doing the happy dance for Gina getting better!

  19. My Lhasa has Addison’s. We found out 3 years ago and with meds it can be managed easily.
    Yay for you and Gina!!

  20. Hey you guys – check out this link from Pumpkin the guinea peeg’s person – it’s the full 12 months of his pictures – QTE!

  21. YAY to Gina and Melinda! I am so glad Gina will be OK.
    That is an epic schnozz, but I will nonetheless attempt the following:

  22. So happy for Gina! But that is still way too much muzzlepuff for one pup.

  23. Don’t worry, Melinda! Our neighbor dog Buddy was diagnosed years ago with Addison’s, but thanks to regular care by his vet and loving humans, he’s doing just fine. Kisses to Gina on her wonderful nose!

  24. Yay! It’s gonna be a Merry Christmas at Gina’s house! (if they celebrate it)

  25. Thank you for all your lovely words! It means a lot to us. Me and Gini.

  26. Yay! (Do we still have our super stupendous yay somewhere, for flipping out at the right time??)
    Feel better doggett!

  27. Hooray for Gina!

    (Gina, can I BOOP yer schnozz??)

  28. Thanks! Its adorable 😀

  29. Yay! Happy nose! But is it “Gina” or “Gini”? I’m seeing both there.

  30. I have no words. Literally. What was that in July? A mer-guinea? A pig-fish?

  31. i believe JFK had addison’s disease

  32. Correct. I had no idea dogs could get it though. Learn something new every day around here. (My dad’s cousin had it too, and she too almost died before they finally diagnosed her.)

    Oh, and I’ll add a “BOOOOOOP” to Gina’s nose. Since all the cool kids are doing it. 😉

  33. Pirate Queen says:

    Glad to hear Gina is on the road back to wellness! I have Addison’s myself. There actually seems to be much more attention devoted to dog Addison’s than people Addison’s online, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to manage her care well.

  34. Thank you, thank you! I’ve added Pumpkin to my favorites so I can enjoy her (or heem?) any time. And I have no idea what July is but mer-guinea works for me. 🙂

  35. Our Daisy has it too and she’s fine. Daily prednisolone and Pepcid ac in cheese. You’d never know she was sick. The vet said she’ll live a normal life. She almost died when she had the initial “addisonian episode”. My stepdad has it too so we say it runs in the family 🙂

  36. What a wonderful Christmas event. I’m overjoyed hearing the story. ^_^ It’s the best Christmas present ever!

  37. For those who are less technical, Addison’s is like Diabetes: a permenant but managable hormone imbalance. Addison’s involves the stress hormone cortisol instead of insulin, so thankfully you can take pills instead of a needle poke!

    Get well, Gina!! With treatment, Gina will be right as rain soon. 🙂

  38. MinglesMommy says:

    Wonderful news – congrats Melissa & Gina & here’s hoping you have a long and happy life together!

  39. OoOoPz eet’s ‘GINI.’ Ma bad n’ stuffs.

  40. My little Rat Terrier, Art Rat The Dog, is an oddity. Most Addison’s dogs are middle-aged females. We do the monthly injections AND the pills and he’s almost 16 years old! He’s crazed for food all the time, but the night he almost died was the worst.

    Addison’s people, unite!

  41. Do the steroids make you hungry all the time?

  42. 🙂

    What’s the Pepcid AC for?

  43. And in more Addison-related news, Fiona Apple recently canceled her tour so she could stay home with her goggie who has Addison’s.

    She wrote a letter that should warm the hearts of Cuteologists everywhere.

  44. dear sharpy: i’m just going over old posts because i’ve got a new job and don’t have the time to keep up these days. i don’t know if you’ll get his but thanks so much for posting the link to fiona apple’s letter – so sad but so wise. i love her attitude about life and love, and i feel better equipped to deal with the inevitable loss of my beloved pets after reading it. happy holidays and thanks for all you do… 🙂

  45. That is very kind of you. Kindness is everything right now and I send it back your way.