At 5:35 pm Friday, November 1, 2013, our precious boy, Mex, crossed over the rainbow bridge. I am so heartbroken. He put up a good fight. He touched everyone who met him.
Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and kind words. I can't even begin to tell you how much Mex changed our lives and the people who crossed his path. He was a special boy. Thanks for letting us share his stories, good and bad. He is now running free. Maybe even chasing a couple of cats.... We love and miss you sweet boy!
Mex is doing well in his cart. We are still in an adjustment period. But, it is amazing to see him go! He tires easily. I suppose, 5 months of inactivity will do that to you. We could never thank everyone for the generous donations, well wishes, thoughts and prayers!! Mex means the world to us and to think, out of the kindness of family, friends and stranger's, has brought such joy to our HERO!!
The day finally arrived! Mex took a little spin in his new wheels. We were all shaky a first. But, after a couple of adjustments, a few treats and a lot of help from Dr. B and Traci.... Mission Accomplished. He will need a few more trial runs to figure it all out, especially, the brakes! I am so proud of my puppy boy! Freedom, is much closer for him! Stay Tuned.....
So, we have had yet another set back. Mex received his second cart from Eddies Wheels. (Kudos to them for fitting him with a larger cart.) Mex had an appointment with MedVet for his fitting and test run. Unfortunately, the vet is very sick and had to cancel his appointment. As disappointed as we are, we are wishing Dr. B. a speedy recovery!!!
So, we had a major setback. Mex's cart doesn't fit. He has picked up enough weight, due to he lack of exercise, in his hips, that the cart is too narrow. Also, it isn't long enough. When we first took his measurements, it was quite trauamatic for him. We had to muzzle him and he was really agitated. This time, Mex was an old pro. We got the new measurements,, I contacted Eddies Wheels, gave them the new info. They are building him a new cart!! It will take 2 - 3 weeks to build. I am shipping this cart back to them. Unfortunately, there will be another pet that will need it...
Thanks to Eddie's Wheels, Mex now has his wheels!! Going to MedVet tomorrow for his trial run, laser treatment, healing touch session and a couple of months worth of meds! Will figure out physical therapy too!
WOW! Overwhelming support! Because of you, we have started the ball rolling. We are going through all the emails, voicemails and messages. We received so many offers for a cart, we are trying to narrow it down. I need to make sure it is appropriate for Mex and the progressive disease. I will be setting up the physical therapy and laser treatment packages at MedVet. Since we have exceeded our goal, we will be able to purchase additional laser treatments and meds for him. His meds run about $200 a month. I can't wait to see him running in the yard!!! I will continue to document his progress. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!
CWD Mex 23909 was awarded the United States War Dog Association Service Award and Medal on June 11, 2013. Mex served 2 years in Afghanistan supporting the 101st Airborne, 10th Mountain, 3rd Infantry and 502 Infantry Divisions.
Mex will be receiving a cart like this one from Eddie's Wheels ( http://eddieswheels.com/). "Many caregivers of dogs with DM are choosing to order their carts with the variable balance axle. The variable balance allows the owners to fine tune the cart, moving the wheels forward as the disease progresses to the front limbs. This option gives the owner the ability to deal with the cart once, and change the balance of the cart without contacting us again for upgrades."
Mex is a 5 year old German Shepherd and a retired Contract Working Dog (CWD). He was diagnosed with severe Hip Dysplasia and Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. This is an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord that is similar in many ways to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Mex is no longer able to use is hind legs for standing or walking. We use a Help 'Em Up Harness to get around in the house. To be mobile outdoors, he needs a cart, wheelchair, for his hind legs. With the cost of the cart, physical therapy, laser treatments and medications, the vet bills are mounting up. We were blessed on October 4, 2012 with the adoption of Mex from Military Working Dog Adoptions. As I mentioned, CWD Mex is a retired Contract Working Dog that worked as a Patrol / Narcotic Detection Dog(PNDD) for 2 years in Afghanistan. A CWD is owned by a private contracting company and is contracted with the Department of Defense (DoD) to work alongside Military Working Dogs (MWD's) protecting our service men and women.
On June 11, 2013, CWD Mex received the United States Military Working Dog Service Award. The United States War Dog Association presents this award to Contract Working Dogs who have served in support of a United States Military unit while deployed to a combat zone. Please help me honor this hero!
**Please note** any funds received over the goal amount will be donated to Military Working Dog Adoptions and The United States War Dog Association.
I as so sorry to hear about Mex. I have donated previously and been following the story of his wonderful life. He was so blessed to have you and your family and all the comfort you provided. Animals touch us in a way that is truly remarkable. I pray for comfort for you and your family now and in the coming days. Cherish the memories and know he is not suffering anymore. I wish you and your family the absolute best. Please use this donation for any additional expenses. If not needed please donate wherever you choose in honor of Mex. God Bless and take care!!!
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