Help Limping Leroy Brown

$625 of $2,900 goal

Raised by 25 people in 42 months
Sara Gantner  FLORISSANT, MO
On a Sunday evening potty break Leroy somehow injured his leg, leaving him limping and with his back left foot flopping. On a trip to our vet they took x-rays to find he had dislocated his ankle and he was given pain medication and a referral to a veterinarian orthopedic specialist for the next morning. So, this morning we brought him in with hopes of them putting things back in place and giving him a splint, but due the severity of his injury the only option is surgery...a costly one that is more expensive than we ever could have anticipated.





(On the way to see the orthopedic surgeon this morning.)


Leroy was rescued from a puppy mill by the animal shelter I used to work at after having lived there for the first four years of his life. He has been through so much already, having 9 teeth removed, struggling with swallowing his food, incontinence, and foot problems that have led to him having to have his foot lanced open from a case of bumblefoot due to the wire cages he had stood on for so many years. We are not sure if this is just another problem due to those years of neglect or if it is just a random fluke, but we do know that he deserves all the best. Unlike the stereotype of hyper chihuahuas, Leroy is as sweet as can be and just loves to be loved by those he trusts. He is now nearly 7 years old (on October 23rd!) and we plan on giving him a comfy loving home for many years to come.




(When he arrived at the shelter)

(After a bit of time in our home.)


As for what we need help with...Leroy will be having surgery on his back left ankle and they will be putting in bone graft and screws to replace a part of his ankle. So far the costs have been nearly $400 and if the surgery goes as planned, with no complications, it will cost another $2,180 - $2,334.50. After that he will be on doggy bed rest for quite a few weeks and have follow-up appointments and x-rays which we estimate to be at least another $400 or more.








We feel very hesitant to ask for help, but a friend suggested we reach out and see what happens and after our daughter being born and the associated medical costs, along with recent mechanic costs, our emergency savings is running on empty, so we are humbly asking for any help we can. We asked about payment plans at the surgeons and they do not allow for them, so for now we are borrowing what we have to and doing our best to pull together what we can (we had $142.00 worth of change - score!) to quickly repay the costs before additional interest starts piling on and making this procedure even more costly.


We understand money is not easy to come by and that there are many important causes to help with, but if you feel moved to help out our little furry dude we would be endlessly grateful - as would he. Our cat Roxy would be too. She wants to get back to their daily wrestling matches and is not digging this whole bed rest thing.



(They were quick friends. And no worries, his feet aren't all red like that nowadays.)



Thank you so much for taking the time to read Leroy's story.


Sara, Eric & Leroy Brown


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Update 6
Posted by Sara Gantner
40 months ago
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Leroy is all healed up and finally putting full weight on his injured ankle and I just wanted to send out one final big fat squishy thank you to everyone who chipped in to help with his surgery and for all the kind words of support. Little Brown Town appreciates it all and so do we.
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Update 5
Posted by Sara Gantner
41 months ago
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About the birds of prey and why I think one went after Leroy. After hearing a horror story or two of hawks or eagles going after tiny dogs and then having a tiny dog myself, I've always been a bit worried about them. For that reason we always either take Leroy out or make sure he goes out with our other two 60lb dogs...furry body guards you could say. He was out with them when the incident happened though and I still think it was a hawk. Let me tell you why. Well, there is my already present fear of such but then the day after his surgery I took him out front for a potty break, I was just standing there with him doing the whole lets get our business done and get inside dance and I heard a swoosh and then look up to the corner of our house and a giant hawk is sitting there staring at us. Totally cool but in this case also totally freaky. So we carry on as usual and a couple weeks later Eric says he was taking him out and heard a hawk call and Leroy flipped out and started darting and tugging toward the door as fast as he could. Then, when bringing him to our vet for a rewrap of his cast she said someone brought a chihuahua in the day after Leroy with the same exact injury. We go to a vet only a few minutes away so I suspect the hawk was making its rounds. I still see them swooping by here and there and give them the side eye. Looks like little dude will only be going out on a leash for good unless we are out in the yard as well because I'm 99.7% sure it was a hawk.
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Update 4
Posted by Sara Gantner
42 months ago
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Two and a half weeks in and going strong. Thanks for everyone's continued support and checking ins on our little dude. He is definitely over bed rest and Roxanne cat is officially over his bed rest too - I caught her in his x-pen with him the other day. Not sure how she got over the sides and I haven't seen her do it again, but I think they are just desperate to be back together...so I've been giving them a bit of supervised rug time here and there to hang out.

Follow up appointments are coming in at around $42 dollars a pop so our estimates were about right. For now it's all going on one line of credit and being paid off little by little and we thank you for helping us get there. We had further unexpected medical costs come up with our human part of the family so all of this help with Leroy has been even more appreciated in recent days.

Also, I am really concerned about this injury having been caused by a bird of prey....but that's a story for another day.
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Update 3
Posted by Sara Gantner
42 months ago
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Leroy is doing well with healing but now that the stronger pain medication has worn off he is NOT diggin' the bed rest. We try to take him outside to enjoy the sun and bring him to the couch to snuggle when we can, but if anyone has ideas for brightening the days of this little bed resting chihuahua send them my way. Luckily Thursday will cap off week one!

And we are also now 21% to goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I will probably leave this up until his bed rest has ended and then call it a day, so five or so more weeks of fundraising to go to see if we can get any closer. Oh, and happy fall from us all! It's almost sweater weather for us all. Leroy looks pretty cute in his that he has for those really cold days. :)
Enjoying some outside time.
Out for a potty break.
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$625 of $2,900 goal

Raised by 25 people in 42 months
Created September 17, 2013
JS
$25
Jon Scorfina
42 months ago

As Bill and Ted would say, be excellent, Leroy.

AW
$50
A Kind Woman
42 months ago(Offline Donation)

An offline donation from a kind volunteer at the shelter I used to work at. Thank you!

$10
Anonymous
42 months ago
JP
$30
Jenny Pease
42 months ago

Feel better little man!

$100
Anonymous
42 months ago
VR
$25
Vickie Rolfes
42 months ago

My dad, who I love and miss everyday was a dog lover (as am I). His favorite song was Bad Bad Leroy Brown, I know he would want me to help this little guy. Feel better soon little buddie

$10
Anonymous
42 months ago
SS
$25
Skylar Salisbury
42 months ago

You can do it, Leroy. Hang in there!

HP
$10
Hannah Price
42 months ago
$10
Anonymous
42 months ago
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