A Leg Up For Rez Dog Rescue

$1,320 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 35 months
Bernie Nordman Wahl  BILLINGS, MT


Rez Dog Rescue of Montana is a Dog Rescue group saving dogs and puppies from the Indian Reservations in Montana. Many of our dogs are strays or given to us by families who can no longer care for them. All of our dogs are fixed, vaccinated and medical issues resolved before we find them loving homes. The dogs come to us with fleas, mangy, starving and a whole host of other issues. Sometimes we acquire a Momma dog and puppies. If their family wants the Momma back, we make sure she is fixed before returning her to her family. All of our dogs are fostered in loving foster homes. Each home has their own niche. One home takes most of the adult dogs, one home takes puppies, two homes take the mangy and/or older puppies and teen dogs. Our final home takes in the dogs/puppies that have had major surgery. We affectionately call it the "gimp ward." Our gimp ward was full this past month with two puppies that each had a leg amputated. These two amputations were huge unexpected medical bills only weeks apart.

Our first big bill was for Pogo, the pup on the left. Pogo is short for Pogo Stick. He was hit by a car and his family asked us to help and turned him over to us. It turned out his left rear leg needed to be amputated and he recovered quickly. One would never know the little guy was missing a leg, he has great balance and is very playful. The running joke is when he finds out his leg is missing he is going to be so mad. He was adopted by a wonder family and is doing well.

The little gal on the right, Truffle, was a stray in Hardin, Montana. Her left leg was very deformed and we had it removed. It was removed up to the shoulder. Her other legs are not strong and we are not sure if it is due to poor nutrition or a birth defect. We have been feeding her high protein food and supplements to help her regain strength in her other legs. It's been two weeks since her surgery and her staples will be removed this week. We are not sure if she will need therapy in the future or if she will have other special needs at this time. She is with a foster home and will be in our system for a month or more before being adopted.


The cost of both amputations was close to $2,000.00. This was a big expense in one month's time. Rez Dog has never set up a page of this kind before. We never needed to before now. Puppy season is upon us and with that means getting many puppies and adult dogs fixed. We are not sure what kind of special need dog might find its way into our system next. We know we want to be ready to help pay another large vet bill down the road. Any donation will help allow us to help fix broken dogs in he future. Thank You!

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Update 5
Posted by Bernie Nordman Wahl
34 months ago
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The time has come for Truffle to find her forever home. Since many of you have been with her story from close to the start, I thought I would share her Petfinder listing so you can know a bit more about her:
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29218789/
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Update 4
Posted by Bernie Nordman Wahl
34 months ago
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Thank you all for the donations and sharing our page!
Here is as picture of Truffle that was taken this weekend. Her fur is slowing starting to grow back and her incision is healing nicely. She is almost ready to be adopted. We are thinking another week or two. She loves to jump up on her back legs and bump you with her friend leg. She is enjoying running and playing.
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Update 3
Posted by Bernie Nordman Wahl
35 months ago
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Thank you all for your amazing donations! They will all be put to good use. A lot of folks don't know what a "day in the life of a rescuer" can be. This week we spent a day going out feeding dogs and rescuing Momma's and puppies. I made a blog post so people could understand what happens before the puppies are shiny and clean and ready for adoption. It took me a long time to write this so please ignore any spelling errors. It is an usually long post but one that is worth the read if you are interested in where these dogs come from and what can happen when we go out for a day to rescue:
http://onemixedbag.com/2014/05/two-white-girls-shovels/
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Update 2
Posted by Bernie Nordman Wahl
35 months ago
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Today is National Specially Abled Pets Day! Truffle will be celebrating with a large bully stick to munch on! Our rescue has had many "specially abled pets" cycle through our system. From dogs with legs amputated, blind dogs, dogs with surgeries on other body parts. We had a littler of dogs who had Cerebellar Hypoplasia, their cerebellum didn't get big enough so they walk like they are drunk and sometimes can't stand all the time. I must admit my husband and I kept one of the CH puppies and he is amazing. Not every puppy or dog that comes to our rescue is "perfect". They all have their quirks or things that make them extra special. Some of the quirks are just more noticeable than others.
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$1,320 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 35 months
Created April 21, 2014
Bernie Nordman Wahl  
RR
$50
Rachael Roper
34 months ago
AA
$50
Ashley & Kyle Adams
35 months ago

Thanks for rescuing our wonderful pup, Dodger!

AS
$100
Anne Stratioti
35 months ago

You and Bernie are doing great work and my heart breaks for all those dogs who need so much.

WP
$50
wendy pierard
35 months ago

Great work

BC
$25
Brigitte Conner
35 months ago

Our Rez Dog Rescue pup says "thanks for rescuing me Sheri and Bernie, I am one lucky dog!"

PC
$200
Paula Colarusso
35 months ago
JE
$10
Jennifer Engellant
35 months ago
JS
$50
Jeanne Schnitzen
35 months ago
LS
$25
Laura Simonsen
35 months ago
LF
$25
Lynne Fitzgerald
35 months ago

Pogo is an amazing dog! I am so happy he found me!!

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