Zuzu the Newfie needs knee surgery
Zuzu is a 3-year old Newfoundland dog who has an unflappable spirit and love of life, but her legs just won't keep up. She has had 4 surgeries on her left knee in the past year, and we just received the devastating news that she needs surgery on her right knee as well. As her surgeon says, she is a dog without a good leg to stand on...and we really want to help her to make it better.
She is her happy, silly self, and even though she has a pronounced limp and probably always will (we have a long road of rehab ahead!) we don't care as long as she is happy and pain free.
She has even remembered that in the morning when her big sister wakes up, she greets her at the bottom of the stairs and then the two of them go for a snuggle on the couch. It has been at least a year and a half since Zuzu has gotten on the couch by herself. Just warms my heart to see it.
I will always be grateful to all of you who made this surgery possible, who believed in Zuzu like I did and never gave up. Thanks to you, and to the wonderful folks at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, I have my girl back!
Zuzu continues to play and be silly. We joke that she plays with us like a giant penguin, as she likes to sit directly in front of us on the floor and huff and puff and bounce around in place, eventually throwing herself into our laps in a fit of cuddles. ;)
She'll be happy to be done with the antibiotics, I'm sure! Wish us luck for Monday....and if you feel so inspired please do share our page out again, as we're coming close to some really big bills for continuing her care...
Mary and Zu
I've found that it's really great, with all her surgeries, to have toys that make her work or think but not feel the need to stand up or bounce around. The Genius does the trick!
I am so incredibly grateful to the people who have shared our story with friends and family, made donations, and sent me notes of support. It is truly heartwarming - thank you!