Frankie

$5,135 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 124 people in 17 months
I have never had a family. I've had to eat garbage and forage on the streets to survive. On Tuesday, I didn't make it to my destination while I was doing street dog stuff, and I ran into traffic. I was so scared and the vehicles didn't stop. I kept getting hit. My back legs stopped working and I was trapped between oncoming cars. Thankfully some people stopped and moved me out of the way. Then a really nice lady picked me up and put me in a car. She patted me as my new dad drove us to the vet hospital. My new mom stayed with me while the veterinarian checked out my injuries. They said my pelvis was broken in multiple places. I don't know what that means but it really hurts and I can't stand up. I stayed at the hospital for a few nights and then my mom came to get me. She took me to a surgeon for a second opinion, and he said he could help me walk! I can't go to the bathroom on my own and my skin is really dry and itchy. They say I have mange. My legs still move but they really hurt. People keep telling me I'm a good girl and that I'm really lucky. My mom named me Franklin but she calls me Frankie or Frank the Tank because I got hit by cars and survived. My new parents need help paying for my medical bills so that I can walk and run and play with other dogs again. Will you please help them to help me?

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Frankie has been admitted to the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Hospital where I have no doubt that they will take extraordinary care of her. She tried to stand up on the drive from OKC to Stillwater and rode most of the way with her head in my lap. The injuries to her pelvis are extensive and surgery was the recommendation to promote the best quality of her future life. She has multiple pelvic fractures including a really nasty sacroiliac fracture that could prevent her hips from aligning properly without surgery. She may also have acetabular fractures to the left side of her body, as her nerve assessment showed potential lack of sciatic nerve function, but her femoral nerve seems to be ok! Both hindlimbs are weak, especially the left side. The surgery will help to hopefully prevent a "crunching" of the pelvic halves which would impair bathroom function. The veterinarians plan to put in a plate and some screws to provide her with stability. She also suffers from mange all over her body and roadrash from her accident. Despite these extensive injuries, she has been nothing but sweet -- only yelping occasionally when she must be moved. 

This whole situation was entirely unexpected, and as such, I am struggling with the burden of her medical bills. I have paid $5,000 out of pocket so far (hospitalization and downpayment for surgery), but surgical expenses will be at least $1000-1500 more. For those of you who know me, understand that as a graduate student, this is quite a financial load! I really appreciate any and all efforts to help give Frankie the care she needs. None of us asked for this horrible incident to happen, and she deserves a second chance. Thank you for your love and support! ~Sarah (and Frankie)

Also, if the funds raised somehow exceed the expected costs of surgery and rehab, I am planning on donating them to local rescue organizations to help other animals who may be facing similar situations.
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Pupdate: Franklin is recovering really well from her spay. She is sans cone now. She and Lucy managed to escape Nic's yard even with the cone on this weekend, and she came home covered in blood and mud from running through thorns. Before each of the last two vet visits she was attacked/got in a fight (she lost) with her brother (now nicknamed Murder Dog), and I've now had to explain to the vet 3 times why she has been so covered in cuts! She is a mess. BUT she hasn't even noticed her condition and is the happiest dog EVER. It's seriously annoying how happy she is. I mean, maybe she's just trying really hard to transfer this feeling to me....After this past adventure she casually laid in a muddy pit with her tongue lolling out fully in the dirt without a care in the world. I guess she likes the taste of mud.

While she's still dealing with some skin issues, she's pretty much a normal dog now! She's been featured on social media platforms for both Bullymake Box and Positively Woof, and she has more Insta followers than all of my personal social media sites combined. Thank you all for providing emotional and financial support throughout this entire process. Pretty soon I'll be listing some hand-painted Frank Face earrings on my Etsy store, MadelineHatterCo, so if any of you are interested in up-cycled, wearable art with Frank's face--stay tuned!
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Pupdate: Frank is at home and resting. She's also super stoned from her medication (although she did make an effort to steal Lucy's bed and not return to her crate). When I went to get her at the vet office, she wouldn't leave my side. We were both very relieved to see each other. She has a recheck appointment in two weeks, and hopefully we won't need to see the vet for anything else then with the exception of annual wellness checkups!
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Pupdate: Frankie's surgery went really well despite her being in heat. There were no complications. She is currently in recovery and I can hopefully pick her up this afternoon. I am feeling much better about everything, and Lucy and I can't wait to see her! Thank you all again for your support today and over the past few months!
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So Frankie is at the vet right now for a spay. She went into heat on Thursday, though, and the procedure may be more complicated. The veterinarian was confident that even though her blood vessels may be more dilated, they will take every precaution to ensure her safety and good outcome. Poor Frankie didn't want me to leave and she slipped out of her collar as I was exiting and ran down the hall after me. (It was really heartbreaking, and I hope she trusts that I wasn't leaving her). Please keep her in your thoughts today as she undergoes this procedure. (I am also a nervous wreck.) We love Frank, and we hope that she will be out of the woods after today.
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Raised by 124 people in 17 months
Created May 11, 2017
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$15
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6 days ago
$5
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$15
Maria Balbin
7 days ago

I commend Sarah for willing to help animals in need. I wish there are more people like her

MU
$25
Mary Umholtz
8 days ago

God's greatest gift to us was the animals. They are completely innocent and dependent on us and trust us and love us unconditionally. You stepped up and gave when so many didn't. Thank you!

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$50
Velina Ussery
8 days ago

Thank you Sarah for caring enough to help this precious dog in-spite of the cost you knew you would incur. I hope this amount helps to reach the goal of $5,500.

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