From Hope: Kosa was rescued by my mother at the age of three. His previous owner got him as a puppy and decided she did not like him. So she kept him in a stark, bare room or in an empty pantry. He was only let out of these rooms twice a day to go potty. No human contact was allowed except for these two times by her animal caregivers. My mother had recently lost her beloved rescue corgi Beau to a brain tumor. The house was so empty so Mom called her veterinarian and let her know she was looking for a younger male Corgi. A day later a Vet Tech called and said they had a young male Corgi, the one the owner didn’t want, that needed a new home.
Fast forward to 2018. I began noticing the Kosa was limping and took him into his vet who felt Kosa was dealing with arthritis. We were treating him conservatively but in recent weeks he started to have more problems walking. I reached out to Bandit’s BandAid and they helped us get Kosa examined at a specialty center. In addition to his walking problems Kosa had been exhibiting symptoms of a UTI, and in fact they did determine that he had an infection. After a thorough exam the vet informed me that Kosa has a neurological deficit that is causing his walking problems. However she could not be more specific because he will need an MRI to determine the cause of that deficit. We have therefore contacted the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania to meet with their neurology department and schedule an MRI and any further treatment that he may need.
We have reached out to Bandit’s BandAid because my mother is bedridden and on a fixed income. I am her caregiver and she needs help 24/7 so I cannot work outside the home. My mother has always covered the basic bills for Kosa but we just cannot afford to cover a major veterinary bill like this. I have always tried to help other dogs needing rescue but now I find myself needing to ask for help for my own rescue boy. Kosa had such a rough start to his life, and I want to ensure that we do everything we can to give him a good rest of his life. Kosa means the world to my mother and I and we would be most grateful for any assistance he could receive.
Nancy and Hope Lane
Ryan Veterinary Hospital
University of Pennsylvania