Hello family, friends and neighbors! This site is to benefit the sweetest little pup who recently came into our lives. Her name is Willow and this is her story (in the words of her new foster mom)...
"She was brought into my work on a Saturday by a good samaritan who found her on the streets. She was having difficulty walking on her hind legs and after a quick complimentary exam the doctor stated she will definitely need x-rays. However, since an owner had not had time to claim her and she was not microchipped, we sent her home with the good samaritan with medication to help relieve some pain from whatever was going on with her legs. I told the woman to let me know on Monday if no one claimed her and if not I would see about fostering her. No one claimed her and the wonderful woman who took care of her over the weekend brought her in to me. We could immediately tell her pain was worsening and she was almost completely incapable of standing at all. In fact, when she did try to stand she was basically doing a doggie 'handstand', putting all her weight on her front legs and holding her hind legs up in the air. After many radiographs and an email to an orthopedic specialist, we learned that both of little Willow's knees are fractured. The specialist stated either she fell and somehow managed to land directly on her knees, or she was a victim of animal abuse. Unfortunately, we lean towards the latter as a dog landing squarely onto both knees would be highly surprising… although we will never know for sure. And throughout this entire ordeal she gave us nothing but kisses and tail wags."
Willow was able to have the surgery to repair her legs and is doing amazingly well! The injury was determined to be about 10 days old so the surgeon had to re-break her legs and then put plates and pins in them so they could heal properly. She is over two weeks into her recovery, which included a lot of physical therapy and time spent mostly resting in a kennel to allow healing, but Willow has been a trooper! She gets to go on short leashed walks soon but a second surgery to remove the pins will have to be performed in a few weeks.
Obviously, these procedures are not free. Although Willow's foster mom works in a veterinary clinic and her care is discounted, the amount still adds up. In the end, all of her care will total over $2500 and that's why we have started this site. Anything will help and we will be sure to keep you updated on this adorable puppy's progress. We know Willow will steal your heart just as she did ours! Her past will remain a mystery but at least we know her future will be spoiled! :) Thanks in advance for any and all help!