Brie – read bio please

Brie – read bio please

Brie was beaten with a 2×4, repeatedly. We know she was struck and her face crushed, her facial bones shattered, her hip broken…. We know that the pain from that horrific time hid other significant hurts. For instance, the eye that looked “normal” was actually the one causing her daily headaches and making her nearly stoic from pain. We know that the shelter that took her in saw her battered exterior and didn’t notice right away that she was pregnant… we know that she looked bad. She felt worse. And the next few months would bring unimaginable occurrences no one could have predicted.
Once it was discovered Brie was pregnant, the heroic efforts began. Transporters jumped to action and she was brought the eleven hour round trip the next day. Good thing, too… just 24 hours after she arrived, not only did we have an inkling into her past and what has caused her deformation, she birthed TEN babies. It felt so much like she had been holding them in… waiting to feel safe, seen, to trust someone with them. The moment she did, she released them to us. It was so profound…. Brie was immediately a wonderful mother. She nursed with a broad smile on her face, even while napping. She was proud, she was excited, she was relieved to have them out of her and we marveled at the timing of it all.
Just a week later, Brie began seizing. She went to the ER where for days, she underwent a battery of tests. She was started on Keppra, which worked to abate her seizures but also meant she could no longer nurse her newborns… Brie’s body has ramped up to feed her brood. She was heavily-laden with milk and hormones (the neurological specialist vets at UF believe this is to blame for her seizures). Immediate cessation of nursing was extremely hard on her body. Her natural response to birthing such a large litter was to produce a HUGE amount of life-giving milk for them. This continued for several days and was extremely painful for her. Cabbage leaves, cold-compresses, an antibiotic, and time were all we had for relief. This took over a week.
In the meantime, we also had questions we needed to address like WHY was she having seizures? WHAT could be done about her crushed eye? WAS she visually impaired, in pain, did it need to be removed as suggested by her initial vet visit? HOW bad was her broken hip, did that need surgery, also? … the list went on…
Once Brie was stable and less-painful, the specialist appts began. We first took her to FETCH where our goal was to determine if her SPAY, FHO, and EYE-REMOVAL could take place concurrently or if we needed to break them up and how. They decided that with her increased mobility since not being pregnant and her capabilities of running and taking long walks as well as her newly acquired life skills of jumping on to furniture, Brie would no longer be an immediate candidate for FHO surgery. In fact, she may never have to have that done at all! GREAT news! We were then FLABBERGASTED to hear from them, they suspected it was in fact her CRUSHED EYE that was visual and her large, unobstructed one, was likely not working AND that they strongly believed a more advanced specialist like UF Opthamology dept would determine that it was causing her pain. You could have heard a pin drop as we listened…ok… so, the BIG, BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY-LOOKING eye was PAINFUL AND NEEDED TO BE REMOVED?! What did that mean for her vision, her future, would she be eye-less, ultimately?
To UF we went.
With a marathon appt at UF, taking ALL DAY and having many tests and conference calls with the ophthalmology and neurology depts, we finally had a plan and some answers for Brie. They confirmed FHO was off the table for her. They confirmed her “normal-looking” eye was non-functioning and needed to be removed immediately. They determined Brie could see out of her crushed eye and hoped to be able to correct her field of vison some while she was in surgery. They told us they were confident her seizures were a result of an influx of hormones related to her pregnancy (happens often with heat cycles as well) and suggested doing her eye surgeries and spay, waiting six months, taking her off meds, and should she remain seizure free, the problem was solved. Should she begin seizing off her meds, the course of action would be to continue the Keppra on the effective dose and chalk it up to idiopathic (unknown origin) since the “why” was likely the massive brain trauma she had endured. We had a plan and we were excited to get started.
One week later, Brie had her surgery for her eyes. The non-visual eye was removed. The visual (albeit crushed) eye they hoped to be able to correct proved unworkable however. The damage caused with the blows to her head created such a tight fit and so much scar tissue, the risk of messing with it, was too great. It was possible that in trying to correct the placement of her eye (it is turned inward, looking down her nose rather than the middle of her field of vision as it should be) would result in her losing function and leading to removal of it as well. There was no way anyone would risk that. Brie can see. We wanted her to stay that way!
Then, the most unbelievable thing happened…. 48 hours into recovery from her dramatic procedure, Brie felt GREAT. I don’t mean like a little better…. I mean her foster family contacted me Sunday night begging for a sedative because Brie was so REMARKBLY in better spirits and less pain, she was a WILD WOMAN! UF prescribed a sedative the next day (barely touched her though!) and we all just marveled at how removing the eye that LOOKED GOOD, but was secretively causing her tremendous pain, yielded a TOTALLY DIFFERENT DOG. Within days, she felt so markedly better, she was lively, she was playful, she was excited for life to begin anew!!!!
Fast forward several weeks… Brie has healed and been cleared by the vets at UF. She has been spayed and healed from that. We know now that the dejected, stoic, run down dog she was when we got her in November is ABSOLUTELY NOT who she is today. Brie is a lively puppy, capable of RUNNING, WRESTLING, PLAYING WITH TOYS, JUMPING, YOU NAME IT… and isn’t on the hunt for a retirement home but an ACTIVE home with other playful dogs her size or larger with parents who want to show her more of the world.
We are THRILLED to say that this RESILIENT, BEAUTIFUL, HAPPY, ACTIVE, PLAYFUL girl is now accepting applications for the most perfect family to call her own! Brie loves everyone. EVERYONE who meets her falls madly in love. Every vet, tech, staff, visitor, passersby have commented on her friendliness, her sweet demeanor, and her SMILE. Brie’s quirks may be a result of the abuse that caused her trauma, pain, and impacted her life significantly. Yet, we celebrate them and think she is beautiful INSIDE and OUT regardless of her imperfections. Her head tilt, her previously broken jaw, her eyes, her head shape, her gait…. They are no match for her resiliency and irrepressible love. Brie is a fighter. She has overcome the cruel and unusual world she lived in before she was ours and she will continue to thrive and grow with a family of her own very soon. For this girl, for the chance to be a part of her story, we are so grateful.
🐕 Another playful dog her size – or several!
🐕 Fenced yard
🐕 A family who expects to take her to optho visits yearly for her eye, check the hip for dysplasia or worsening, understands surgery may need to happen
🐕 Someone who gets that aging may be rough on her battered body but will do EVERYTHING necessary (joint supplements, adequin injections, health supplements for over all care, acupuncture, etc) to ensure quality of life and never give up until it’s absolutely time.
🐕 PREFERENCE will be given to someone local as we want to keep close tabs on her
🐕Brie is living with a kitty but Minnie doesn’t take any crap from anyone so a cat who will stand up for herself would be necessary if present.

Brie is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and microchipped. Her adoption donation is only $250!

Maxx & Me is an all volunteer, all foster home rescue and do not have a shelter. Please allow at least 48 hours for applications to be processed (missing information may slow the process, so please take your time and be thoughtful in your answers). All dogs posted are available (so no need to ask). We place dogs based on best home for each dog and not order of applications received. Email us at for updates and questions. Thank you for choosing rescue.

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