Chihuahua Nearly Euthanized Now Fighting Debilitating Illness

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Little WafflesLittle Waffles has been saved from the brink of death, not just once, but twice now! The Chihuahua mix was first rescued from a high-kill shelter in Missouri, where he had been scheduled for euthanasia as an unclaimed stray. He had been found wandering alone on the streets with no place to call his own. After being brought from the streets, he didn’t seem to thrive in the shelter environment-not surprising for a little dog weighing in at just 6 pounds!

Instead of being euthanized, though, he was rescued just in time and brought to Ruff Start Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue organization in Central Minnesota. Though the shelter had been a very scary place for him, once he was placed with a loving foster home, he really began to blossom. He came out of his shell and revealed his spunky, playful personality with a love for life.

Unfortunately, Little Waffles was not destined to have an easy time of it. Shortly after arriving, he developed a cough and after more than a week of medical intervention, his health deteriorated rather than improved. He stopped eating, stopped playing, and began to have seizures and symptoms of left side paralysis.

Ruff Start’s emergency vets were mystified as to the cause and the sudden onset of seizures. They suspected a neurological condition with a poor prognosis for recovery. However, these veterinarians are as passionate about saving lives as the rescue workers and they acted swiftly to intervene and stabilize him. No one was going to give up on Little Waffles!

Little Waffles has now been seizure-free for the past 7 days and Ruff Start Rescue is working diligently to get him into the University of Minnesota for additional testing and diagnostics. Once they determine the cause, everyone can work on addressing his medical needs and improving his quality of life. Little Waffles definitely has a great big love for life and is so happy to have been given a second chance.

Everyone hopes that he can live for years in the love of a home environment-something he never knew until now. He definitely has many people fighting for him and showering him with love. He has been everyone’s Christmas miracle and now they hope he will be the miracle for the start of 2014 too!


Ruff Start RescueRuff Start Rescue is a small, but mighty, non-profit 501(c)3 rescue organization in Central Minnesota dedicated to saving companion animals whose lives are at risk. They are committed to educating the community about the importance of animal rescue and responsible pet guardianship. They are a no-kill organization and have no facility to house animals in. Staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about saving lives, every dog or cat in the rescue is paired with a foster family who promises to integrate them into their household and respond with love and patience to address the sometimes unique needs of the rescued pet until they can be united with families who will love and care for them their whole lives. They believe that every animal should have a chance to live a quality life.

29 thoughts on “Chihuahua Nearly Euthanized Now Fighting Debilitating Illness”

  1. Rescued from High Kill Shelter..was that a bad thing that shelter? mebbe #INGODWETRUST on the money right TRUST GOD if he wanted a family for that dog he woulda found one in 3 days!!!! maybe GOD needed THAT DOG IN HEAVEN..there is a HEAVEN RIGHT….God likes to have things done for him GOD does not like to do all the work himself the dog to the shelter with the EUTHANIZING MEDICINE..EUTHANIZE MEANS DIE PAINLESSLY RIGHT? without SUFFERING? Maybe GOd decided it was dogs time to be HUMAN or something YOU ARE DELAYING THAT DOGS GREAT REWARD MISTER BY KEEPING HIM ALIVE AND SUFFERING!!!!!!!!

      • No, I dont consider myself a shaman or better than anyone else. this life i lead is quite burdend actually. God called me one morning he spoke to me through a sermon one sunday on the radio..all i heard was “SURENDER” and I somehow just knew that Almighty God wanted me to lay down on floor to show my respect for how much greater he was than I, and surrender everything that I am to him, but please let me ride along if thats ok? I realized my life might have been over and he coulda sent me to heaven but here i am! and life is amazing! good air tastes freasher, food tastes better, i only drinkwater and tea…guess i am called a tea totaller? there is a movie called constatine with best movie star ever!!! keanu reeves! he really gets into his parts and heis so versatile, if only given a chance! would be good romantic comedy guy! God thinks! anyway in constatine he comes out of building and looks up ….billboard says “time is running out” somehow movie impresses tthat constatine knows God is sayin hurry up…then movie scene pans back to billboard and teh rest of message says ‘to buy your new chevy” it was an advertisement to everyone else!!!! but god knew somehow months in advance? (how do u do this shit god?) he knew constatine would be coming out of uilding and needing a nudge to hurry up!
        wonder if this works this way for anyone else? how did movie script writers know how to do that? mebbe god put idea into their heads? where do ideas come from?

  2. sunny d believes that every animal deserves to live a life without pain and suffering if abused it needs rescueing…sunny believes if a dog or cat etc is given a MONTH ONE MONTH 30 DAYS of care that is ENOUGH TIME TO ALLOW GOD TO HOOK THAT PET UP WITH A FOREVER FAMILY!!!!#@#$E)(#U*$)#(*U)(@#&9402-
    SPREAD THE WORD OK SUNNY CANT BE EVERYWHERE EXPLAINING GOD listen to lone star HEY GOD youtube it…GOD HAS A PLAN ITS MYSTERIOUS AND HARD TO UNDERSTAND..better start thanikin him for everything good in your life

  3. Sorry this has turned into a rant on religion…but want to make clear…something strange about bible..supposed to be inspired word of god..but incongruencies…ie bible says somewhere GAY people are ABOMINATIONS before GOD..SO NOT TRUE..i think Gays are GODS special People Loves them MORE if anything! NO SHAME u are PERFECT listen to Pink perfect clean edition!!!BUT the Rest of US are SCARED if you tried WE MIGHT BE GAY TOO..Cant HAVE THAT..NO BABIES..NO CIVILIZATION..DID YOU SEE THAT SOUTH PARK EPISODE WHERE EVERYONE WENT GAY >>NOT GOOD THING …please dont try to convert me and I wont convert you to be like me live and let live…let god convert if meant #INGODWETRUST #LETGODBEGOD also Jesus Wilted and Killed a Fig tree for not having the forethought to bear fruit and have it for him..didnt know trees were sentient? NOT THE JESUS I KNOW AND LOVE would do that!!!!
    therefore not everything in the good book is good or TRUE
    I DO NOT GO TO CHURCH TO MUCH AMEN PEW BETTER THAN YOU…TOO MUCH CHURCH DISSENSION I dont like sermons lets get new preach…ITS GOD WHO WANTED TO TELL YOU WHAT THAT SERMON WAS #ingodwetrust PREACHER WAS JUST GODS MOUTH since you wouldnt want a voice in your head like some AMANDA BYNES..she not crazy that is GOD talkin to her i bet!!God is both good and evil…evil teaches us lessons see book of JOB some of these voices speakin to amanda may be from evil side of God dunno…My advise to amanda bynes read Jeremiah 10 10 and surrender yourself to Almighty God ask special favor to ride along while God uses your body and see what he does))…but anyone else not hearing voices maybe you arent ready for this…its ok someday you will be…do what feels right ok?


        • That reminds me of a joke I like to tell! There was this very religious man who decided not to evacuate his house near lake ponchetrain lousiana during that hurricane Katrina!!!! There were warnings on the tv and radio to evacuate to high ground inland!!!! hurricane coming in! bad bad will be bad flooding high winds etc etc…get your cars to safety or they will be total losses bought by disreputable used car dealers to sell to niave dummys! Really if you were a somewhat skilled ameteur mechanic you could buy one of these totall loss submariner vehicles and dry them out good and change seats carpeting etc with some that were just in horrible head on collision accidents. OOPS sorry Jerry got off track there…so this louisiana redneck didnt have tv and didnt listen to the radio that day…he was Swampman!!! living in a converted old church…like that one in movie with mad max beyond thunderdome! that movie where he lived in the civil war days and fought for the rebels…they had camp back in swamp of north/south carollina much like this church that louisiana redneck lived in (ok ill reveal his actual name ok> his name was Marcel Ledbetter kk?)
          Marcel Ledbetter didnt have his radio on that day he was a swampman lived off land…he was shootin squirrels that day to eat and skin and get those beauty squrrel tails to preserve and send into Mepps fishing lures to make spinner tails with! GOTTA LOVE THOSE MEPPS (EVERY SURVIVAL KITS SHOULD CONTAIN SEVERAL!!!) sorry for the sidetrails ok? it started to blow and rain bad so marcel was hurrying on screened in porch (ever seen a lousiana swamp mosquito? they are about the size of a ruby throated hummingbird) j /k ! Marcel was on porch skinning squirrel when a louisiana nat guard hemmit went by (modern day duece and a half) they had loudspeaker and said “SIR HURRICANE COMIN THIS AREA IS UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATION GET A QUICK LOAD OF YOUR STUFF AND GET IN THIS HEMMIT!” Marcel isnt as dumb as youd imagine…HE SAYS GTFO my PROPERTY I KNOW MY RIGHTS!!! I AM A MAN OF GOD>>>GOD GONNA TAKE CARE OF ME!!!! to make a long story shorter these national guards reported Marcel and GPS location! the flood got worse and they sent a swamp boat…Marcel was on porch roof snackin on crawdads and prayin to god to beam him up! .(marcel thinks he can ask god yes/no questions and god said be patient transporter is busy your in the que wait time approx 2 hours. so the boat nat guards were waved off GGTCOM! the flood got worse and worse Marcel was clinging to the chimney of this church and since they had GPS and valued even dumb redneck life a Sikorsky Rescue Chopper flew by and dropped a ladder to Marcel…but Marcel had a waterproof watch and it had been only 3 hours since God said he had 2 hour wait time….Marcel figured transporter just got overheated and slight delay so he waved off the sure bet of a chopper ride to safety.
          Scene shifts to spiritual heaven….Marcel was bewildered asked God what happened? God told him…ya dummy i sent you a Hemmit, a swamp boat, and a Sikorsky Coast Guard chopper! I didnt have time to tell you that the tranporter malfunctioned and we had to call Haggle from the Deep Run Tram to come fix it! And he was busy sifting thru trash WOW FTW!

  4. I have been following his story for a while. So happy that Waffles has been seizure free. We continue to pray for him. What an amazing pup! Thanks Ruff Start for giving this pup a second chance at life.

  5. You clearly have no clue how to spell, so go back to preaching to the choir and I hope that if you get sick, you will euthanize yourself because it’s your time! Even with a cold! This dog could have anything wrong with him, something so simple that it’s nothing to worry about, but yet you come on here and comment 3 times, make no sense, and think anyone cares? Join a support group in your city, maybe invest in a straight jacket, and let Waffles live the happy life he’s living right now

    • I play this game called wolrd of warcraft please dont get involved with it if you cannot afford good internet, and 15 dollars a month and about 8 hours a day for the REST OF YOUR LIFE….kk its very very addicting…more so than any illegal drug!!!! WOW for the win!!!!! PLEASE choose to play alliance only until u get familiar with the game…the alliance are good guys they rep the god of jeremiah 10 10. the horde represent whoever it is that said gays are abominations and that jesus wilted a fig tree. its ok though I believe there must be an opposing force/opinion…just like in high school debate! debates are wars! fought with words instead of bullets! debators must come prepared to take either side of an issue ! pro or con! Could somone please clue in Amanda Bynes for me? tell her to surrender to Jeremiah 10 10 God!

      PS if you have 12 yr olds etc young adults that play world of warcraft FIND OUT IF THEY ARE PLAYIN HORDE ok? its not bad but they must understand they are repping this voice of god? that says gays are abominations and jesus is wrathful against poor tree having a bad year!

    • THank u!!! sunny has some advise!!! dont feed the trolls!!! I misspelled words on purpose i play a mmorpg (many men role playin girls) its called world of warcraft….be careful before checking it out…its like that hotel california…you can check out sometimes but you can never leave!!!!
      so i learned this technique of misspellin on purpose!!! there is always some mr know it all that cannot help but point out spellin mistakes!!!!!
      it makes sunny very pleased to get comments! thats the whole purpose of playin wow ….its all about trade chat trollin!
      wow trolls like smoky old poolrooms and clear mountain mornings….little warm PUPPIES and children and BABES who play wow!!!!
      them that dont know em wont like em and them that do most times dont know how to take em
      but that trolls PRIDE wont let him do things to make u think he is RIGHT!

  6. YOU ATHEISTS WILL SEE YOU WILL BELIEVE IN GOD BY VALENTINES DAY U SEE!!! God can DO ANYTHING…YOU GET CAR HOME FROM WORK..cold know tires get a problem tire seal go temporarily bad..ALL 4 TIRES completely flat overnight..better buy a bicycle pump …wheewwhh that hard work..mebbe take you an hour apiece to renifliate when it warms up may need to use handsoap solution along the bead to get it to seat? maybe u could buy up a whole buncha air bubbles…dont suggest fix a flat can though mechanics charge extra to wipe crap outta tires..pew pew theydont like that shit…..belive in god yet? how bout horn locks up..better have wire cutters and know which wire to cut….usually reason for horn locking up is pinched wiring harness…hope u dont need a new harness thats high dollar…bad luck thats it charlie brown karma..10 car pileup on day u suppoosed to give big presentation get promotion..pileup reason a whole pack of stray mutts lookin for a forever family you get a clue..everything will be explainable by bad luck bad karma…but maybe u better try apologizing to God of Jeremiah 10 10 and thinkin that mebbe jesus did die to make us able to pray to almighty god directly instead of always sayin in jesus name i pray..mebbe thank you god is all that u need thank you god for great food i know lots are starving this very moment innocent human children..while i give every spare dollar to keep those dogs u need back alive…you know dogs act like they understand and they love unconditionally i too ugly for real person to love me and understand me..too bad this dog who understands me i cannot say deputy dog…u tap right paw when you mean yes and left paw when u mean no…since u understand i ask u yes no questions…but somehow they cant respond..mebbe God needs to fix them…

    • Just what exactly do you have against this dog being saved or any other dog being saved? If someone you loved was in the hosptial, would you tell them to just euth them? Why do you have to come onto a site and write terrible things about such a beautiful story of a young 5month old pup who got his second chance at life and is gonna make it because people cared and believed in him. He will get to live a happy life with lots of love!!! He did not choose to be dumped on the streets and he did not choose to get sick, but he did choose to live as he fought and he pulled through! You really need to find something better to do with your time. Your preaching is out of line. If you are such a good person of “THE LORD” you would not be so rude and heartless!

      • hey u anonymous…you forget what i say about god gonna MAKE U BELIEVE…have you bought bicycle tire pump? have u bought wire cutters and found horn wire? mebbe u ride short bus ..dont worry about maintenance!!! …do u lick the windows too?

      • ? Hey u avid readers…read this posters comments? are these opiONIONS or are they JUDGEMENTS? sounds a lot like Judging to me..that feels right…obiwan tell sunny : reach out your feelings and become one with God! (force) god surrounds us and penetrates us! he is a lot like neutrinos! read up! neutrinos go faster than light..and back again! they very unusual stuff! 3 kinds! father son and holy ghost come 1 2 3 ya know! betcha there are 3 kinds of ANTI neutrinos? or do they already know this? regular = jedis anti = darth vader types how did sunny get so smart? he watches lots of movies…best pickup lines..sunny loves romancin the ladies!!! / loves all ..those trannies are special…some of them are soooo hot! but not for sunny he has picked out special little gal! gonna concentrate and see if he can strut around like turkey until she comes to check out fringe benefits

      • SERIOUSLY>? are you trollin mwaaaa ? I have nothing against this dog or any other dog…i walk and talk with god of jeremiah 10 10 he is a SPIRIT i told him USE ME let me ride along! SO HE DID HE DID ..god is responsible for sunnys messages…sunny doesnt consider this preachin,…messages explainin how things really are….hey mr osteen preacher man that GOD LOVETH UBER much…he has such a TREMENDOUS message! on September 22, 2013 you listen please GET A CLUE kk? buy some trunks learn to swim ok? learn to DOGpaddle in deep water?

  7. Sunny loves dogs…especially in Kansas where each person is allowed 18 dogs by the state ISNT that generous..just think of ALL THAT SHIT….sunny loves Ollie sister rat terrier that comes to visit regularly…his name Ollie but Sunny calls him POOP MACHINE…because sunny doesnt get it but this dog seems to have more SHIT than the amount of FOOD he consumed…this does not compute! error error
    18 dogs in an 8th floor apartment? sunnys head hurts!!! see monty python utube


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