Tri-State Sheltie Rescue needs help for a wonderful Sheltie that came to them this week.  Her name is Petunia and she needs a CT scan and surgery that will cost an estimated $4,000.  They believe that this little girl deserves to have this surgery so she can live a normal life for whatever years she may have left.

Petunia is approximately nine years old and came from a shelter in PA where she was dumped.  Petunia was in horrid condition.  She had severe flea infestation and flea dermatitis causing her to lose patches of hair.  Her nails were so long that they curled under her paws making walking very difficult and painful.  Her ears were so badly infected with yeast and pus that they could not see inside her ear canals.  They are both completely blocked with such an infection that they think Petunia may be deaf due to this.  Her teeth are also in terrible shape and she needs to be spayed.

But this is not why the rescue is seeking help.  The reason they need help is that Petunia has two tumors growing out of her vulva.  One is about half the size of a woman’s palm!  Upon examination by the vet, they feel that the stem of this tumor is in Petunia’s urethra and therefore she needs a CT Scan and a specialized surgeon to remove it.  The tumors are already inhibiting her ability to urinate properly.  If the tumors are not removed, they will continue to grow causing severe pain and discomfort and sadly, Petunia will have to be euthanized.  (You can see more photos of Petunia on her page here.)

It is quite evident that little Petunia has been neglected and treated poorly her entire life.  She was most likely used as a breeder dog that could no longer produce and was thrown away.  She holds no bad feelings for the life she has been forced to live. All you have to do is touch her and her little tail wags with delight!

Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciate and help them get to the goal of $4000 so Petunia may have this life saving surgery.

Sheltie Nation will also be donating $20.00 from every new Premium Member Registration at our forums through June 11th.  You will get a Sheltie Nation decal and some great perks while also helping this deserving Sheltie! 

If you would prefer to make a donation directly to the rescue, please either go to the website – – where you may use a PayPal button to make your donation or you can send a check made out to Tri-State Sheltie Rescue, Inc.  You can click this link to go directly to their paypal donation page.

TSSSR PO Box 422 Malverne, NY 11565

Please remember that all direct donations to TSSSR (501(c)(3) non-profit charity) are tax deductible.

Join us on the forums for updates on Petunia’s progress! 

18 Responses to “Sheltie Nation Fundraiser for Petunia”

  1. Mark Rhodes

    Hello all,
    My name is Mark Rhodes and I am one of Petunia’s Fathers. I am vary saddened to report that Petunia crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday evening Saturday, May 10, 2014.

    We were 10 days shy of having her in our lives for two wonderful years. During those two years sweet Petunia went from an abused and neglected senior dog, riddled with cancer to a glorious and splendid sheltie. She persevered through her cancer surgery and subsequent radiation treatments – thanks in a huge part to the generosity of the fine folks here in Sheltie Nation. Petunia slowly healed and recovered and in time went on to live a beautiful and full life. It was not always smooth sailing, as she was plagued by chronic Urinary Tract Infections, but she fought hard, persevered her treatments and never failed to smile her special smile and fill our hearts with joy.

    Petunia traveled the country with us and enjoyed hiking and days at the beach and fine hotels and fresh cooked meals every day. Petunia was loved by her two fathers immensely, and also by two sheltie brothers and one sister cat.

    I would like to thank all of the wonderful people here at Sheltie Nation for the wonderful outpouring of love, support and generosity that made Petunias last two years possible. I know that she lived a happy and full life with us, possibly the best years of her whole life, given the state she was in when we got her. I know that we tried very hard to spoil her with love, tenderness and attention and that she knew well that she was an important and integral part of our family. I also know that I learned and grew as a person more from knowing Petunia in those two years than I ever thought possible. I will never forget Petunia and the wonderful two years we spent together, and my life without her will certainly never be the same.

    I would also like to pay a special thanks to I came to know of this organization in Florida when visiting my sister and the time for her dog Bailey came to cross the bridge. Lap of Love is an organization of vetrinarians who will come to your home and help your loved one cross over. It was a huge benefit to Petunia, and to us as a family to be able to remain in our home and surround petunia with love and affection as she crossed over. I was greatly relieved to not have to take her in to the vets office and have her final moments spent in the cold and frightening place she had suffered so much of. For those of you who may not be familiar with this organization, I hope you will check out their website and keep it in mind for the time when your friends or family members are in the position of making these final decisions.

    Mark Rhodes

  2. vansickel

    Petunia Update:
    For those of you who dont know me, my name is Mark Rhodes, and I am one of Petunia’s dads. Petunia came through her surgery beautifully, and we were so happy to get her back home. She was a little sore and needed some time to recuperate, but all in all did very well and was very happy to be back home. Unfortunately, the biopsy of her tumors did come back positive as cancer. So, in addition to her surgery, Petunia also needed to go through radiation treatments.
    Within two weeks of surgery, Petunia was back in the hospital for ten days, receiving two radiation treatments a day under sedation. Petunia is now back home, doing miraculously well, and three weeks later, you would never know the horrible ordeal this little dog has gone through. Her fur is growing in from all the shaving, and she is a happy healthy cancer free little girl!
    I would personally like to thank Sheltie Nation for their support and for covering Petunias story, and for all of the wonderful people who have donated to Petunias medical fund. If not for the kindness and generosity of so many beautiful strangers, Petunias future would have most certainly been a very different one.
    Mark Rhodes

  3. Rob, Katie and Laddie

    We made our donation for this precious little girl today. Keeping her in our hearts and prayers that she does well and gets a loving forever home! Looking forward to positive updates on her condition.

  4. Sue

    I joined as a premium member to donate to Petunia’s care in memory of our Xander. May sweet Petunia have a chance at a loving forever home for her final years.

  5. Tami

    I just made a donation for Petunia. Poor baby. I could never work at a shelter. I’d be in jail.

  6. Amy/copper5228

    Thanks, Julie!!

    I’ve posted a few comments under the thread that Kelly started in EVENTS. Thanks Kelly!! Anytime we have new info, I will post a pupdate!!

    Thanks everyone for loving this wonderful breed and giving this sweet girl a chance to enjoy the rest of her life!

  7. Gloria

    Count me in…
    Petunia needs our help! No dog should be treated so poorly. We need to make up for others who did not care.

  8. Connie

    Donated and shared on FB with a plea for more donations. I have Shelties, now seniors, and I adopt senior Shelties from a local rescue. They are THE sweetest dogs and the best company. I really want Petunia to experience the good in life and a loving home. Thank you for looking out for her by doing this.

  9. Julie Canzoneri (Director, Tri-State Sheltie Rescue)

    Hello! My name is Julie Canzoneri and I am one of the founders of Tri-State Sheltie Rescue. While I asked Amy, one of our board members, to update all of you on Petunia, I had to leave a message myself thanking all of you so, so much for contributing and helping us to help Petunia!!
    I am overwhelmed by all the donations today by all of you.
    I have no doubt with you behind her that we will get to where we need to be!

    Amy is going to post updates on Sheltie Nation as well
    as send out emails updating all who donated as we go along until she is recovered and in her forever home.
    Please also keep Petunia in your thoughts and prayers as we go along.

    Again, I cannot thank this group enough for all you are doing!

    Julie Canzomeri,

  10. Sullivan

    Like everyone else, I cried when I read this story. I can not fathom how anyone can abuse these beautiful little souls. ALL in the world they ask for is a kind word, a little food and a warm, safe place to lay their bodies down each night.

    I made my donate in loving memory of my beautiful little Angel, Bambi. I knew the “Nation” would be up to the challenge, just by our sheer will, we will pull little Miss Petunia through.

  11. erna

    That poor sweet baby. I can barely hold back the tears.
    I am glad she is in good hands and is getting some love and attention. Please, tell her how sorry we are that some people are unfit to have a sheltie and are too heartless to care.
    Thank heavens for the rescue , and for happy days ahead for Petunia.

  12. Sharon

    OMG Words fail me. Donation made for Petunia, to turn her life around. I look at my two 10 year old, happy healthy girls and I just cannot fathom how someone could have neglected their dog like that.

    Please, keep us updated, Petunia will be on my mind now.
    Best wishes to her and the Tri State Sheltie Rescue for coming through for her.

  13. Danny's mommy

    Count me in too. Will be donating to this worthy cause. Sweet Petunia finally can know what it is to be loved and cared for. Give her a big hug from me.

  14. joanna

    My heart breaks for Petunia. Many of us have Shelties that live charmed lives. I’ll help Petunia have a few years to experience some of that, too.

  15. Nickie Clifford (Amanda's mom)

    I was in tears reading about poor little Petunia’s medical travails. It was so incredibly easy to click on the paypal link to donate to her medical care fund – I simply used my credit card – no different than an internet purchase. Everyone with beautiful, healthy, well-loved Shelties – please pop right on there and donate for this little girl. If many of Sheltie Nation’s followers do this – it should put a dent in that CT scan bill. This baby shouldn’t have to suffer more than she already has.


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