Diesel the Doberman

$8,235 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 38 months
Christi Rivett  LOWELL, MA

Diesel the Doberman needs your help. He is a service dog and best friend to his mom, Kristina. Kristina suffers from Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Diesel is a remarkable service dog! He can alert Kristina when her blood sugar is too high or too low, he helps her up when she falls, he can he even sense when she is going to have a Lupus or MS flare up, days before it happens.

Diesel can even pull Kristina in a wheelchair when she is immobile! If Kristina is bedridden due to one of her illnesses, Diesel stays with her and will not leave her side.

On Tuesday, October 8th, Diesel was playing ball with his mom. He jumped up and landed the wrong way on his right-hind leg. He ended up with a spiral fracture on his right tibia.

Kristina brought Diesel to Linwood Animal Hospital where Diesel is a patient. X-rays revealed the break, and determined that Diesel would need major orthopedic surgery. Kristina cannot take care of herself, let alone help Diesel recover for 6-8 weeks. She was left to make a heartbreaking decision.

Kristina wanted to euthanize Diesel. She could not afford to do the surgery and she does not have the resources to help Diesel recover properly.

Diesel is six years old. He is a sweetheart and in otherwise good health. We urged Kristina to surrender Diesel to Linwood. This way he might still have a chance and not have to be put to sleep. Kristina thankfully agreed, and we proceeded to treat Diesel as a Linwood "pet."

Dr. McCarthy performed Diesel's orthopedic surgery on Thursday, October 10th. He placed pins and wires in Diesel's leg to stabilize his fracture. The surgery was very complicated and also revealed that Diesel suffers from Von Willebrand's disease - a blood clotting disorder found in dogs.

This discovery resulted in major blood loss during surgery. Diesel may have to have blood transfusions before he undergoes anymore surgeries.

We are hoping Diesel will not need another orthopedic surgery, but he managed to pull out his external fixator overnight. He had his "cone" on, but was able to Houdini his way out of that as well!

We want Diesel back with Kristina. His days as a service dog are not over, but he will not be able to go back to work in the capacity he did prior to his injury. The bond between these two goes way beyond that of a service dog and owner. Diesel is Kristina's family, her best friend, her caretaker.

The doctors and staff at Linwood are asking for your help to raise money for Diesel's medical, and rehabilitation costs. We are not sure if he will need another surgery, but if he does it will have to be done at another facility with an orthopedic specialist.

Any amount you can donate would be incredible. We are forever grateful to Kristina for letting us give Diesel a second chance. We want to thank her by returning Diesel to his home and to his mom.

Thank you for taking the time to read Diesel's story.

The Doctors and Staff of Linwood Animal Hospital, Diesel, and Kristina

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Update 6
Posted by Christi Rivett
35 months ago
Diesel has left the building!! He was released on Saturday and is back home with Kristina! Diesel still has a long road of physical therapy ahead of him, but his leg has healed wonderfully. Thanks again to all who supported and donated to Diesel. He is one lucky pup and touched so many hearts along this journey. We will miss having him here with us at Linwood, but we are happy that he can finally sleep in his own bed again!
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Update 5
Posted by Christi Rivett
37 months ago
Diesel update!!!
Diesel's cast and splint came off today!! He is doing awesome and is receiving massage therapy from our Veterinary Technicians. He will also being taking longer walks throughout the day, building up his leg muscles! We are focusing on bulking him up to his 80lbs that he weighed before surgery. We hope to have him home with Kristina before Christmas!
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Update 4
Posted by Christi Rivett
37 months ago
Diesel is such a sweetheart!! His sutures have been removed and he has about two more weeks with his splint. After the splint is removed we will take another x-ray to see how well his bone is healing. Hopefully he will begin physical therapy in the next two to three weeks!
Diesel is getting better each day!
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Update 3
Posted by Christi Rivett
37 months ago
Diesel is doing great! He returned to Linwood yesterday from Countryside Veterinary Hospital. Diesel spent a week at Countryside recovering from his second orthopedic surgery. Dr. Lori Gordon did a wonderful job repairing his leg. The attached pictures are of Diesel currently with his "lampshade" on and the post-op radiographs of his repaired leg. He will get his sutures removed on 10/29 and then begin physical therapy. More updates to come as they occur! Thank you again for all of your donations and support!
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Steve Silvia
38 months ago

I am wicked broke, I got no money at all. BUT, I am sharing this like crazy, I met Diesel a couple times, he is a terrific dog, and I have always had a soft-spot for dogs&cats. I wish you both the best! D:

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Sharron Newell
38 months ago

I have 4 furry friends and understand the anguish. See what good we can do when we band together. Good job everyone!

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Amor Por Siempre
38 months ago

how is he nw

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Irene Kelley
38 months ago

Hope all my face book friends see this and help out.

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$8,235 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 38 months
Created October 11, 2013
HH
$15
Helen Hudson
35 months ago
$10
Anonymous
36 months ago
MS
$10
Mary Slayter
37 months ago
$10
Anonymous
38 months ago
JR
$20
John Rivett
38 months ago
SC
$5
Shirley Chodin
38 months ago

I know how important ones' dog is - he/she becomes part of the family. Hope the outcome is a healthy one because the joy will be boundless for dog and owner.

CM
$50
carolyn mills-meyer
38 months ago
JB
$50
Janet Brochu
38 months ago
$20
Anonymous
38 months ago
DC
$20
Dianne Chalifour
38 months ago

Blessings to all, what a touching story.

Steve Silvia
38 months ago

I am wicked broke, I got no money at all. BUT, I am sharing this like crazy, I met Diesel a couple times, he is a terrific dog, and I have always had a soft-spot for dogs&cats. I wish you both the best! D:

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Sharron Newell
38 months ago

I have 4 furry friends and understand the anguish. See what good we can do when we band together. Good job everyone!

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Amor Por Siempre
38 months ago

how is he nw

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Irene Kelley
38 months ago

Hope all my face book friends see this and help out.

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