Great Dane Ricky
Ricky is a Great Dane with Merle colorings. Ricky was found on the street last week. He has been abused and starved. We adopted him from The Harbor Shelter in San Pedro, CA. After visiting the vet we were told he has a premature fusing of the radius bone growth plates on both front legs. He needs surgery to repair his legs. We believe he has been kept locked up in a confined space on concrete because of all the sores and scabs on his feet, tail, nose, and worst of all, his elbows. He is between 7 & 9 months old. He only weighs 80 lbs, he should be around 110lbs+. The vet is not sure if his front leg deformation was caused by Trauma or breeding. Either way , he should have been cared for. Our vet says the surgery could cost in upwards of $10,000. or more with aftercare. We are trying to raise money for his surgery/surgeries. We see the Orthopedic Surgeon April 26th and hope he will take on this daunting deformaty/injury so Ricky can be the great, dog he should be. His quality of LIFE should be so much better. We are reaching out to you, to try to bring in your family, friends and their friends etc. Some local Rescues have joined us to save Ricky as well. We are starting this fund now so we can get the funds to pay for this surgery and future medical costs. We have never tried a platform like this or used the generous help of rescues before. This is an incredible time we live in now and a little giving goes a long way. Ricky has only been with our family for 5 days now but is just as loved as our other pets. We have another Harlequin Great Dane "Minnie" who is 3 1/2 yrs, a Giant Schnauzer "Lincoln" who is 14 months, and "Chile" our awesome cat who already puts up with Ricky as well as the other 2 crazies. Ricky tries to wrestle and play with Lincoln nonstop now. Follows him around like a shadow. Ricky has an older brother now. Lincoln is very strong and has almost put his wresling on a lower level when he plays with Ricky. We think he knows Ricky is disabled in a way. Minnie is still being the timid girl she always is when a new dog comes into our home. Shes gettin there though and Ricky respects her,(Hes no dummy). Our pets are our children. We adore and treat them that way. They give us so much joy and laughter they are never forgotten. Ricky is the sweetest, gentle, goofy puppy Great Dane and we wont give up on him. We were not expecting to have to do a major surgery on him. We have spoken with many experts and we believe this is the right action to take. He needs a better quality of LIFE. We cant thank you enough, words cant express the gratitude we have for those of you who care about Ricky to join our quest to raise funding for this well deserved Great Dane. NO animal should ever be treated as he HAD been!! Thanks again,+ Read More
Ted,Dana, Minnie, Lincoln, Chile, and of course, RICKY!!
Ted,Dana, Minnie, Lincoln, Chile, and of course, RICKY!!
Hi Ricky fans, So we have started the countdown to Ricky's surgery. The big day is July 15th, 2019. We started phase 1 on July 1st with the CT scans of his legs. From these scans Dr Sebestyen will be using a 3D printer and print Ricky's bones. In Layman's terms he is making a mold of his bones so he can do a mock-up surgery before the actual surgery. This will let him get all measurements and angles for his cuts to the bones. It also lets the Dr know where to drill for placement of the pins and tooling that Ricky will need for this complicated surgery. Then after the Dr is happy with his computer program and the corrections he will make, he sends all the materials to have them sterilized and bagged for the big day. It is a great way to eliminate problems that the Dr may face after opening Ricky's legs and helps with a quick procedure. He will be doing both legs at the same time. Poor Ricky will be with the great staff for the week and is supposed to come home that Friday the 19th. We are very worried about him and want the best for him. We have done all we can to prepare Ricky for this surgery. He is up to almost 2 mile walks daily on grass. He actually runs with the other dogs and looks so silly and uncomfortable but he's so happy. This is from barely being able to stand. He has gained 25 lbs (104lbs now) and grown an inch and a half . He's about 34 inches tall in the rear now. He has had 5 hydrotherapy (swim/massage) classes with 2 to go before the big day. Earlene and her staff at Tailwaggers in Torrance have been fantastic with Ricky. I have to say that this therapy has had a remarkable change in his coordination and strength. He has become so bouncy from the swimming and his front and rear legs have become so much stronger. This strength will be a big factor in helping him get through this surgery. We wanted to thank all of you who have donated for him. We just started to use the donations for the labs that were taken last month and the CT that was done on Monday. We have raised about 1/3rd of our goal. If you could spread the word to your family, friends, animal owners and neighbors, we would appreciate it. The hardest part of this fundraiser has been getting the word out to people. You all have had such generous hearts and it has really made us realize the kindness that is still in our society no matter what we see in the papers and social media. THANK YOU ALL!!!
Here's Ricky's Update # 4. Sorry for the delay but we have been pretty busy . Ricky has been improving and gaining quite a bit of endurance. We are starting to walk him a little over a 1/2 mile on the grass parkway at the harbor. He is actually trying to run with us and the other two dogs during play. It isn't pretty and looks painful but he does more and more each day. We are going to start going a bit further this week. We went to our 2nd visit with Dr Sebesteyn (the orthopedic surgeon) on May 17th. He was very pleased with Ricky's progress. The stronger we can get his rear legs will be better for Ricky's recovery with both front legs being operated on the same week. He answered a lot of my questions we still had doubts about. He feels very strongly that Ricky's recovery will go very well seeing his improvement the last month. I had asked about how long he thought Ricky would be wearing the alloy bone pin and adjustment rings around his legs. He expects Ricky to have them on for about 6 months. The first 6 weeks is the most critical to keep Ricky inactive and calm. I have spoken with a couple of families who have gone through these type of surgeries and this will be the most challenging part since Ricky, Lincoln and Minnie love to wrestle so much. I feel much more confident after this last visit. We are planning to proceed with the procedure the first weeks of July. We took Ricky in to All Pets to get a urine sample and blood work to make sure he didn't have any underlying internal problems plus this blood workup will also be used for his pre-op labs. Everything came back OK. We were very relieved for this. We also just started a physical therapy with massage and hydrotherapy at TailWaggers of Torrance. He had an evaluation last Tuesday and does his first swim session today. This should really begin to loosen up those muscles he hasn't been using because of his deformation and confinement. I'd like to thank all off you who have donated to Ricky's cause. This has been a very heartwarming experience for us. The kindness you have shown is amazing. Please keep spreading the word about Ricky. The donations have started to slow and we can use all the help we can get from you all by forwarding Ricky's battle to your friends and even strangers. Thanks again!!