When they found Dobby, the sweet little puppy could not open his jaw.

He was one hurt little guy. His X-rays showed head trauma. An eye was injured. The vet thinks he was kicked in the head, causing the eye injury and the locked jaw.

Dobby was discovered by an employee at Stacey’s Dance Studio in Kingwood and the studio owner, Stacey Wilms, knew the puppy needed immediate medical care.

She thought immediately of Twyla’s

Friends. Wilms reached out to Twyla’s Friends and the sick pup was placed with a Stacey’s Dance Studio family and admitted into Twyla’s Friends Rescue.

“Dobby was lucky he was found when he was and we were able to get him his lifesaving surgery,” said Maria Langford, who is president of Twyla’s Friend’s, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer canine rescue and adoption organization in Kingwood.

Dobby was rushed to Glade Valley Veterinary Clinic where he was stabilized. Their advice: Dobby needs a very specialized surgery including a tracheotomy for the surgery to be successful.

He was accepted for surgery at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists located on the Katy Freeway in Houston near Memorial Park. Dobby had his pre-surgery consultation with the Gulf Coast surgeon and a CT scan and now is waiting for his surgery.

“Dobby is doing amazing in his foster home,” Langford reported. “He is on special prescription liquid food that he can take through the side of his mouth. His foster family is doing a fantastic job nursing him and Glade Valley vets are monitoring him and helping him with IV fluid, pain meds and antibiotics. He is becoming spunkier every day.”

That “spunkiness” comes at a cost, however. Physician consultation, scan and surgery is, potentially, $7,500, but Langford, her foster families and volunteers take their mission seriously — to help homeless dogs and transform them.

“Our directors, all our volunteers and families are amazing, dog-loving humans and I am honored to work with them,” she said. “We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid members. All of our volunteers have families and jobs to juggle alongside their various foster dogs and volunteer jobs.”

Langford and the volunteers often are asked if they are Twyla and “I have to say, no, none of us are Twyla,” she said. “Twyla was a dog rescued by Diane Young, the founder of our group. Diane and her friends assisted with stray and abandoned dogs near her Kingwood home and, in 1995, they became Twyla’s Friends.”

The organization does not have a shelter. Volunteers foster the dogs in their homes until a permanent home is found. All dogs are thoroughly vetted and examined by their vet partner of 15 years, Glade Valley Veterinary Clinic, vaccinated, heartworm and fecal tested, spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

“Our adoption fee is $200, or $250 for puppies and purebreds, which doesn’t begin to cover our basic expenses,” said Langford. “We receive no government funding, which is why we rely on adoption donations and selling the famous Twyla’s collars.”

There are two other “Twyla’s Friends” like Dobby with special needs.

Willis is a poodle mix who was matted, starved, dehydrated and had trouble walking. Forest is a Shih Tzu mix who was starved, dehydrated with tumors in both ears, and near death. Both received lifesaving care at Glade Valley Vet and are now on a slow road to recovery.

“I can’t thank Dobby’s foster family enough for all their care for him. They are a dance family at Stacey’s Dance Studio and they have been fantastic,” Langford said. “I am so grateful, too, for each one of our foster homes. They are the backbone to this amazing charity that we run. I especially want to thank those who have already generously donated for little Dobby. Thank you from all of us at Twyla’s Friends. We are Team Dobby!”

Due to COVID-19, the twice-a-month adoption meetups on the first and third Saturdays are suspended at this time. To become a member of Team Dobby, or to foster, volunteer or make a donation, visit twyla.org/donate.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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