Axl is our eight months old German Shepherd.
He is part of a bigger family, of three kids, two girls (9 and 2.5 years old) and a boy (6 years old). Axl joined our family when he was just 3 months old. Like many other German shepherd owners we were not aware of their sensitive hips and joints. But we had to face the severe issue 3 weeks ago when we saw that our dog was unable to walk properly, let alone run or play.
This is when we took him to the vet to get all the tests done. I forgot to mention, we live in Lebanon, as you may know it is a third world country, although the human medicines tries to follow the worldwide standards, the animal medicine is far from it.
That is why we sent the test results to a family member in Germany who was able to get the test through to the "Vostand der Chirurgischen und Gynakilogischen kleintierklinik " in "Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat " in Munchen Germany. The latter was more than helpful in evaluating Axel's status. He was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia level D and he needed a total hip replacement for both legs as soon as possible. Each of the leg's operation costs 4,500 USD (9000 USD for both and the extra amount requested is related to the cost of the 2 ways flight tickets ( Beirut-Munich-Beirut ) , an operation that is not even available in Lebanon so we are left with no choice but to fly Axel to Germany.
That amount is a big one and one we cannot afford. But, when you own a dog you know you are willing to give whatever you have to keep him a part of your family for the longest possible. It is evident that without this medical intervention Axl will not have a normal life or no life at all, as it is very difficult to sustain any regular activity due to the pain that his condition causes.
This is when we looked at all possible options, fundraising is a big hope for us. We rely on the people that could understand this situation and are willing to help even with a small gesture. Any little donation will count for Axl and by default for our family. Axl is a joy, he brings life to our days and is a forever best friend to our kids.