1st Annual Sweetest 16 March Madness PupTournament!

It’s MARCH! That means March Madness! Hopefully your bracket isn’t busted already, but we have one bracket where everyone is a winner. It’s our 1st Annual Sweetest 16 March Madness PupTournament!!


Everyone can play, and everyone can win! How?? It’s easy! It’s just FOUR simple steps.

  • STEP 1: Take a look at our Sweetest 16! Roster and pick the pup you would like to see advance to the FINAL FOUR. Your competitors this year are:



  •  STEP 2: You’ve made your pick, now what?? Go to our website at, www.coastalgsrsd.org and click on the “DONATE” button, located under our PupTournament Bracket, or in the upper right corner of the web page. This will bring you to our PayPal donation portal.


  •  STEP 3: NOW IS THE IMPORTANT PART: Make sure you note which Coastal Pup you are voting for by entering the dog’s name in the “Adding Special Instructions for the Seller”.


  •  STEP 4: Wait and see if your pup made it! We will announce the 4 dogs that made it to the FINAL FOUR next week.


You can vote as much or as little as you’d like, or even donate multiple times. Each dog will get 1 point for every dollar donated. The 4 dogs with the highest point totals will advance to the FINAL FOUR, where they will face-off again!

Spread the word and share the fun with your friends! The winning pup will get an extra special treat, and YOU will get satisfaction in knowing that whether your pup wins or not, your support will go to help all the Coastal Dogs!

PUPDATE: Hobie and Valentino

     There is an old saying, “When it rains, it pours.” That couldn’t be any closer to the truth than with Hobie and Valentino.

     Having read that, you must already know this may be a long update. We implore you to read their stories and their updates. We need funds to continue their care, and we also need to get their stories out there in the hopes of saving lives that could be lost in situations such as theirs.
     Hobie went home with his foster over a week ago. He was eating again and seemed to be improving, but it was short-lived. Within a matter of two days he began refusing to eat again and had to be rehospitalized. It was still a matter of getting the right diagnosis. Without that, his chances were grave.
     The next day, the doctor got exactly what Hobie needed. He was diagnosed with Valley Fever. It is a fungal infection that can be fatal if left untreated, but can be easily treated if caught early. It is something that many believe doesn’t exist in California. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and Hobie had been fighting it on his own for quite a while.
     One of our most trusted vets took over his care and contacted two vets who had been recommended to us, vets who are in Tucson, Arizona and have treated many cases, some less severe than Hobie’s, some more. They both gave us good chances if he could just make that turn. The problem was the normal meds just weren’t doing it and it was a race to treat before it affected his brain. It had already made it into his legs at this point.
     One more drug was added to his regimen, the “big guns” of anti-fungal meds. We were given great hopes that this could be Hobie’s answer. The only problem, the doctors couldn’t find it. They spent hours on the phone with the manufacturer, the resellers of the product, even reaching out to civilians in the area, only to be told that they didn’t have any and wouldn’t have it for two more weeks. That was two weeks Hobie didn’t have. After a lot of work by his team, three vials were located and made their way to the hospital.Three vials would provide him six treatments. It has to be administered three times a week intravenously.
     Hobie received his first treatment the next day. His doctor gave the news that if this didn’t work, there may be nothing that could be done. He was fighting as hard as he could, but one can only fight on their own for so long. Everyone braced themselves to see what would happen. It had been more than a week since Hobie had eaten anything. He was receiving his nutrition through a feeding tube. He was on pain meds so there was no pain. His team gave him as much TLC as they could, everyone stopping by to pet him. His belly rubs were less frequent. He had stopped rolling over for them.
     A day and a half after his first treatment, our volunteer went to visit Hobie, determined to try to get him to eat something. As they waited in the lobby, one of the technicians who had been treating Hobie came out, tears coming to her eyes. She sat down and held out her cell phone to the volunteer. It was a picture of Hobie with the little button to push to play a video. It was a video of Hobie eating a little tray of chicken, his favorite food. He hadn’t stopped at one. He had eaten two. It was a short video, but it was the hope we needed.
     The next night, the same volunteer came to visit Hobie. He came into the room, put his head in her lap and just dropped his body onto the floor, half on the blanket, half off. He was more relaxed than he had been in so long. He stayed in that position for almost 30 minutes until there was the most wonderful sound. Hobie was gently snoring.
     Hobie has turned the corner and is going in the right direction. We now know the battle that he is fighting and with your help we can provide him the medications and treatment that he needs to win. He is still eating his chicken. He is still getting his calories through a feeding tube also until he can eat enough on his own. He is now giving his belly for what he really enjoys, the belly rubs and there are many fans in the hospital who give them to him on a daily basis.
     As you can imagine, we need help for his treatment. The cost is $5,000 to $7,000. Please help if you can financially, through prayers, good wishes and light the candles.  


     Valentino made it through surgery, went home to a wonderful foster and should have been well on his way to being healed. The only problem, he wasn’t. He still didn’t want to eat. He was tired and the little that he did eat, he regurgitated it right back up. Despite the advice to “just give it time,” his foster knew that something just wasn’t right, and we knew that when she said it wasn’t right, it really wasn’t right.
     By the time he got to the hospital, he needed to be placed on IV fluids. He just wasn’t bouncing back. Not only that, he was getting worse. We got the call from his doctor that he needed an emergency ultrasound or he may not make it. They had to remove 2 liters of fluid from his stomach.
     We begged her to call the person that we trusted most, and she did. She came in as soon as she could and did the ultrasound and let us know that Valentino had what is called an intussusception of the intestine and needed surgery right away. She was worried that he may not have the strength to get through it as he had just undergone surgery less than a week before, but it was the only chance he had.
     Four hours later we got the call. He was a very strong dog. He had made it through the surgery and was in recovery. She had to remove 8 inches from his intestines, but everything looked good. The next 48 hours were crucial. He had to get over that hump to make sure there was no break or leak in the seal where his intestines had been repaired.
     Valentino had come into the rescue a very sick dog. He had surgery for a blockage the first day he came in. They had no way of knowing that part of that blockage was because his intestine had been telescoping in and out of itself, causing a blockage when it was in and then letting it through when it was out. When he had his first surgery, the plastic that he had eaten had come up and the intestines appeared to be okay. Valentino is living proof that timing is everything, especially with this condition. When his intestine telescoped into itself for the last time, it stayed, creating a literal sewer in his stomach, one that would have killed him before the morning was over as his intestines were almost perforated from the blockage.
     As the days passed after his second surgery, Valentino’s true personality began showing. Fortunately for us, he is still the sweet dog that came in on the first day. He loves everyone he has met and he has quite the team at the hospital. He shows them all just how thankful he is with nothing less than hugs and wet sloppy kisses. He will be going home with his foster again this Thursday. He is being monitored until then to make sure that he is well on his way to recovery and a much needed weight gain before he goes home.
     We are asking for your help to pay for the surgery. We couldn’t wait to have the funds, but now we need to raise $7,500. 


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Saturday, March 30th

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