Amazing Grace, One Tough Sheltie
With the help of social media sites such as Lost Dogs MN, Lost Shelties MN, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and Wildwoods of Duluth we were able to get the word out about Grace. Through the efforts of many people searching for Grace we were able to track her flight. While we watched helplessly from afar, friends went searching for Grace. She was spotted several times running down dangerous roadways. Strangers became friends and spread the word about Grace. So many kind and caring people went looking for her but to no avail.
We arrived home on the 8th day of Grace’s journey and we were finally able to go searching for her. As we called out in desperation at the last place she had been seen, there was no sign of Grace. Although another sighting took place that very night, sadly, we were unable to find Grace. The next morning, after being gone for 9 days, and as we were driving back to search for Grace in daylight, we received tragic news that she had been hit by a car! Miraculously, she was found by a veterinary technician on her way to work and Grace was immediately brought to the Duluth Veterinary Hospital. The staff at the hospital was able to identify Grace through our post on the Lost Dogs MN Facebook page!
When we arrived at the hospital Grace was in a deep state of unconsciousness. She had a laceration above her left eye, a broken pelvis, and a collapsed lung. We were unsure of the extent of damage done to her brain when she was hit. Although the veterinarians did what they could, we were told she may not make it through the night. But Grace is an amazing girl and survive she did! For the first several days she was left blind and deaf by her ordeal. And in spite of losing half her body weight while on the run Amazing Grace has pulled through! Unfortunately, we have also discovered that Grace may have a fractured jaw. The orthopedic surgeon will repair her jaw when she is strong enough to have surgery on her fractured pelvis.
She has made remarkable progress in her first two weeks of recovery. Grace is now eating on her own, standing by herself and learning to walk. We are also confident that Grace can now see and hear! Grace is a fighter and she is getting stronger each day! Unfortunately, she has a very specialized surgery coming up. Grace will need to regain strength in her three good legs and build up muscle mass she lost while on the run before her surgery can be performed.
While we are hoping Grace will be allowed to have her surgery within the next few weeks, the surgery and estimated veterinary costs are @ $3,500. So any amount, big or small, will make a difference in our efforts to help Amazing Grace. Thank you!
- Grace's Family
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Grace's litter-mate, Dora, is at this moment in for her teeth cleaning. The veterinary clinic just called and she will need to have her two upper canine teeth extracted! To the tune of $750 -- and we don't have that amount of money! We have no credit cards. Grace also badly needs her teeth cleaned and is scheduled for January 21st with an estimate of approximately $300-500.
Really, our plan was for Patty to go back to work this Fall. But when Grace went missing and then hit by a car she needed 24 hour care. It didn't allow for Patty to be away from home. With her long recovery there has just been no way for her to be away from home. To add insult to injury, Eric's business has been incredibly slow this fall too.
So, we raised our goal on the Go Fund Me account at http://www.gofundme.com/amazing_grace Please know that any amount is appreciated! If anyone is interested in giving us a loan we could pay you back when Patty gets a job? Just a thought.... in the meantime
If someone has a lead on a job where Patty could work from home that would be awesome!
We heard back from Grace's surgeon and he is not convinced there has been any change in her pelvic bones. So, for now, we are going to continue to give Grace ice and therapy treatments and see how she is doing next week. If there isn't significant improvement we will consider additional x-rays and, if necessary, surgery. The good news is Grace started on muscle relaxers and with the additional pain medications she is doing better; moving better and actually wagging her tail and doing a little spin/happy dance when she goes out! This leads us to believe she may have only hurt a muscle. So fingers crossed! She has also responded well to her treatments from Marcia Swanson so we are hopeful this will just be a bump in the road to her recovery.
Marcia is going to take Grace to her home tonight for a couple days so that Grace can get some additional therapy and attention (and give us a little break). We are so very grateful to Marcia for the amazing care she is giving Grace. As difficult as it is to be away from Grace, it will be a welcome respite. Just think of it as a spa weekend for Grace! We are indebted to you Marcia Swanson!!!
Happy Holiday's everyone! Hoping you and your families have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you all so much for the Love!
She has been out in the snow these past couple days and doesn't even seem to mind! She has started to wag her tail when she sees us and has even started to come when we call her! These are truly amazing baby steps toward full recovery!
We can't thank you all enough for your generosity and encouragement along the way. It is the kindness of others that has kept our spirits up throughout this process. Thank you all again SO MUCH!
Grace's staph infection is clearing up nicely which means we can expect that she will have surgery as anticipated sometime next week. An exact date has not yet been set as the orthopedic surgeon travels from St. Cloud on an as needed basis. We will be sure to keep you updated when we get the word!
Thank you again all for your love and support!
Patty, Eric, Ruby, Pearl and Grace
How is Miss Grace doing? If Patty is still looking for work~ if she is interested in sales have her call me at 2183102961 ~ Genelle
So good to get an update, but what does no change in her pelvic bones mean? Are they broken? healing? did she have any surgery?
Precious little Grace, we are SO grateful that you were finally found, and for all the guardian angels that are working day and night to take such good care of you! I'm thinking about you all the time, and keep praying you will continue to make a full recovery with no more pain. You have touched my heart and are SUCH a special girl!!! You have been through so much, no dog should have to go through what you did. But you are such a sweetheart and a trooper, and a real inspiration for all of us. I love you!