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Here is the new baby girl that I just picked up tonight. Our newest foster who has no name as of yet. Any suggestions? This picture doesn't even begin to do justice to how bad this girl really is. She is skin and bones and has mange. Almost zero hair on her body. From the color of her skin, it's looks like she tried to be a harlequin and a mantle at the same time. Not sure until the hair starts to come back in. She could even be a merlequin.<br><br>
My heart breaks just looking at her......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><br><a href="http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?&petid=7882679&mtf=1" target="_blank">http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/...=7882679&mtf=1</a>
 

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OMG!!!! That poor thing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> Whoever did that to her should be locked up. Thankfully she has you to nurse her back to health.<br><br>
As for names, how about Whisper?
 

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Is the body color black? She looks like a mantle with a lot of ticking; if there's no outright merling on her she's not a harl or a merle. If she's got merle patching, she's what other breeds call a cryptic or blanket merle, where the black patches in the merle all run together and leave only little traces of merleing on legs or cheeks.<br><br>
Well, thank goodness you got her; now it should be all success for her from here. Looks like she's going to be a pretty girl once she gets back into shape.<br><br>
Please keep us updated with pictures!
 

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I'm really not sure if there is any merle coloration at all at this moment. Poor baby. Looks like there might be a little on her hind end but it's hard to tell when there isn't much hair to speak of. Her skin color is pink and black (more black than pink). I am going to take some better "before" pictures because that one from the shelter does not do justice to how bad this little girl really is. Then I will update with pics as she heals. We will start her on a raw diet this weekend and try to beef up her system. She will get some plain yogurt and Juice Plus with it as well as Missing Link. We try very hard to stay away from dipping and chemicals for the mange if we can. Thankfully, she not bloody yet. She's just a scaly lizard Dane. Unsure if it's demodectic or sarcoptic. I'm sort of hoping that it's sarcoptic because even though it's contagious, it's the easier one to get rid of. She will be vetted by us on Monday and we will find out. In the meantime she will get a medicated bath and some diluted tea tree oil to sooth her raw skin.<br><br>
She is soooo snuggly and wants to be in your lap at ALL times. She just sinks against you when you rub on her. It probably feels good for this itchy girl. Keep the name suggestions coming please!! We have tossed around several (including the two already suggested) and I will present the suggestions to our Pres. and see which one we all agree on.
 

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If you fuss with the edges of her ears, sort of bend them or twist them, does she go nuts and try to itch them or pull away? My holistic vet uses that as a quick-and-dirty test for sarcoptic, because the s. mites love the edges of the ears so much.<br><br>
I suppose it's good news either way--if it's sarcoptic, Revolution should do it; if it's demodex, good food and care will do 90% of your work for you.<br><br>
How old is she?
 

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We are not sure how old she is. By looking at her teeth I would guess her around a year but she is pretty small. That indicates to me that she has either been stunted by poor nutrition her whole life or her parents were small or even that she has some sort of mix in there somewhere. She doesn't really look mixed to me other than her size but again that's hard to tell because of all of the scales and swelling in her face and body.<br><br>
Thanks for the quick test on the mange! I did not know that! She has been put to bed for the night but I will try that in the morning.
 

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Bless you for taking that poor baby in and getting her back to health. Thanks to you, she will have a loving family one day, a soft bed to sleep in and lots of love. Dogs are so resiliant, I hope this one can bounce back from this abuse.<br><br>
I like Hope.
 

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When I saw her picture I immediately thought of some old-fashioned names...don't know why. Dottie, Delores, Doris, Deirdre.....<br><br>
she kind of has an old soul look to her.<br><br>
Well I went and looked up all the d names I could think of and they all meant "sorrow".....or something sad. Obviously that picture impacted me.<br><br>
Except "Dottie" which is derived from Dorothy and means "gift of God".<br><br>
Some more positive D names:<br>
DaphneGreekLaurel Tree<br>
DarleneAnglo SaxonTenderly Beloved<br>
DemetriaGreekGoddess of Harvest (a favorite of mine)<br>
DelilahHebrewPining with Desire<br>
DoraGreekA Gift<br><br>
Keep us posted. You are such a dear person to be caring for this hurting pup.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> How could someone let her get that bad??? That is so cruel, especially a <i>dane</i> they are my favorite, they really are gentle giants. No dog deserves that.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
I am sure a name will come to you when you get to know her more.
 

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Oh that is so sad.... people are sick sometimes....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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The first name I thought of was Maggie.
 

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ITA with this sentiment. The first name that came to me was Athena. Poor baby, at least she's in a better place now!! I bet she's just gorgeous once she's filled out and fixed up.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I'm so glad you are going to be fostering her back to health. What a shame.<br><br><br>
ITA with the tough warrior type names. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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