I’m so sorry for the long time between updates.
Yesterday, July 28, 2010, Spanky went to meet his potential new family. It was love at first sight for all! Here is a photo of Spanky with his new Mama.
Nikki and her family have another doxie, Marley. He and Spanky got along great. Spanky now has his own big pool to swim in and his new Mama is dedicated to helping Spanky’s hip/leg become as strong as it can.
I’m going to miss you little buddy but I am soooooo happy that you found such a great new home. xxxooo
We’ve set up a NEW BLOG for adoptive and foster parents of DREAM dogs to post updates. Please visit us over there for future updates on Spanky!
Spanky is doing so well! It has been difficult to get him to a "real" pool (only managed that once so far) but we’ve been swimming in the tub and the (new – bigger than the baby pool) kiddie pool. If I hold him up so that his feet don’t touch the bottom, he will paddle and that is better than nothing I guess.
Having made it through all of the obstacles thrown at him so far, Spanky still has a ways to go. He is such a sweet little guy and deserves the best that life can offer him now. Spanky’s vet bill is already extremely high (over $7,000) and he will need more doctoring over the next few weeks so we’re not done yet. Please…if you can help with his vet bill we would appreciate it so much. We can only help the dogs with your generous donations.
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We tried swimming in the tub last night with mixed results. It isn’t easy to hold onto a pup and convince him to swim in a small enclosure like a tub while you’re leaning over it. LOL I got into the tub with him but that made the space for him even smaller and his sharp little claws clipped my legs several times. I think we’ll have to come up with something else for this swim therapy.
Today we tried the baby pool, but it isn’t deep enough for swimming. At least he did walk around in it some and that will help I’m sure. Time to find a full sized pool to visit a few times a week for therapy I think.
No new pictures today but wanted to let y’all know that the miracle boy got his staples out today. They also took more blood to double check his white blood cell counts…want to make sure that they are staying down.
We’ll start swim therapy tomorrow. I can’t wait to see how he does. Will post update and pictures tomorrow night.
Spanky is doing so well after his surgery! He isn’t walking totally normally yet, but the physical therapy is definitely helping and he seems to be in much less pain than before. Here he is minding Court (temporary DREAM foster). Court is sleeping on the chair, Spanky is holding the end of his leash while he snoozes too. LOL
I put a VIDEO up last night. Spanky wanted to tell everybody hi and thank you for all your support!
Spanky is home and doing well. He is on a couple of different pain meds for the next few days. This surgery is one where they actually want the patient to move around/use the leg right away. He isn’t allowed to run and jump, but quiet, slow walks several times a day are recommended. When he walks slowly (hard to get him to do!), he uses the leg. When he runs or walks fast, he holds it up. We want him to use it, bear weight on it so that it doesn’t seize up.
I have to do range of motion exercises with him 4 or 5 times a day, for a few moments each time, then ice his hip. He HATES the exercises! I don’t blame him…it must hurt. But it has to be done, so we’ll work through it. After his staples are out (10 to 14 days), they recommend swimming a couple of times a day. Since he is so little, I can do that in the bathub.
Bullet has some swelling (pitting edema) on his neck/throat. It started a few days ago. They shaved the area when I first took him to the vet the other day so I could keep a better watch on it. If it was a bee sting (Bullet always chases bees – silly boy!) it would have been gone by now. Doc isn’t sure what it is but says not thyroid or glands so thinks it might be a spider bite. White blood cell count is up a bit so he gave Bullet antibiotic & shots today and some antibiotic pills to start tomorrow. Poor baby isn’t eating much at all (I think it hurts to swallow) and is a bit dehydrated.
Minor update: May 26 Spanky’s surgery went well. No real details yet, but docs are optimistic that he will do well now. More details as I get them.
No new pictures today. The house is sooooo quiet tonight!
Spanky’s blood work from yesterday was very good. His white blood cell count is almost back to normal again. Hooray! He went to UGA today. He is going to have surgery tomorrow to remove a couple of pieces of bone from the hip area. X-rays show that while some of the breaks have healed up ok, his pelivs has shifted forward on the right side and the head of the femur is not sitting in the hip socket properly. The ends of the bones are rubbing together and causing him pain. To be honest, when we saw the x-ray we were amazed that he is walking as well as he is.
They can not stretch things back into place because that might cause nerve damage or rupture a main artery. So, they will remove the pieces that are rubbing and therefore remove the worst of the pain. He will need some physical therapy afterwards but the docs are very hopeful that he will do very well. The muscle in the hip area will give enough support for him to be able to walk pretty normally and without the pain, he will be more willing to walk and build up more muscle. Apparently the smaller the dog, the better the chance of great results with this type of surgery. Keep those good thoughts and prayers coming.
His student doctor from last time was on hand to welcome him and was amazed at how great he looks.
Spanky will be coming home on Thursday or Friday. I’ll keep you updated.
Spanky is Cricket Hunter Extraordinaire! When we went out for potty time, a cricket was "singing". Spanky tracked down his exact location and hunted until he found him. (sorry Mr. Cricket!)
Video of Spanky playing with Bullet while Tucker steals my shoe in the background. LOL
Spanky seemed a bit intimidated by Bullet’s size and wouldn’t really play with him until today. It seems he has decided to trust him. I just love the little snuggle at the end of the video!