Coyote Attack - Service Dog Gabriel
$11,680 of $11,680 goal
Gabriel's needs have grown! In order to ever walk again, his surgeries just for his legs are estimated today at $12,000 , and that doesn't include the 24 follow up visits (12 weeks per leg, without adding the $2.5 thousand already spent saving his life from the internal organ damage.) It's really almost 19 thousand dollars, and the family is in shock, but not giving up as it is fixable. He can walk again, but the orthopedic specialists confirmed he's in terrible agony, even at rest. We need to form a pack of Gabriel's Angels to combat the damage a pack of coyotes did to sweet 92lb Gabriel. He needs a miracle, and just one share could help us find it!
http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/pack-of-coyotes-attack-german-sheppard-1/423499488 Meet Gabriel, an A-1 certified therapy German Shepherd dog. Gabriel was viciously attacked by a pack of coyotes in his own yard with his owners nearby. Despite rushing to save him, he suffered 2 seperate internal injuries, a spinal injury, and both front legs were seriously damaged. His owners have already incurred thousands of dollars in emergency care and medications. Gabriel's front legs aren't healing properly, and he's going to need surgery to repair the damage to his ligaments and tendons in order to walk again. Gabriel may also benefit from a specially designed wheelchair device that could allow him to use his back legs for mobility, It may take up to a year for his recovery. Gabriel's been lending a paw to special needs children, orphanages, nursing homes, and veterans through his work as a therapy dog for years. He now needs us to repay him for his service to help with his immense veterinary bills, surgery, and mobility equipment. Gabriel's such a special dog that he was recieving training as a disaster response service dog, before his attack. Please help Gabriel heal so he can get back to his own work of healing people with his loving temperament. He's such a special dog, please share or help as every penny counts! Gabriel's owners are so thankful for your help in this heartbreaking situation. Their dedication to him is so inspiring, with his owner never leaving his side. "We're not rich in money, but we're rich in love" was her response to the the outpouring of love after Gabriel's story became public. Bless you all for your kindness and help getting Gabriel back on his feet, and back to helping others in his work as a therapy dog.
In the event that we surpass the donations needed for Gabriel, we're interested in starting a "Gabriel's Fund" at the Matthews ER vet. The fund would be used to save other pets who are victims of coyote attacks whose owners could be faced with euthansia as a result of the expense needed up front to treat the injuries.
Gabriel and his owners are blessed by your kindness and caring. (All donations go directly to Gabriel's owner, Debbie. This is Gabriel's official page. )
His first steps seen in his last update were some of the few that ever occurred. Debbie couldn't give up. She slept beside him on an air mattress and attended to his every need. In the end, she was hand feeding him as he yelled out in pain. His shoulder had atrophied and was spasming on the alternate side trying to compensate. He'd had ulcers open from infection in his artificial joint, and pins had come out of the other leg. Both needed another operation his vets believed he couldn't survive. He was on so many pain medications Debbie stopped sleeping, for fear he would fall off the air mattress in the night. Her heart was breaking watching him suffer, but he fought to stay with his family. They'd exceeded the kind donations by several thousand dollars but were trying water therapy, laser therapy, anything and everything to save Gabriel. He was more than a service dog, he was her "soul mate". Her once in a lifetime dog.
The decision to relieve him of his pain was made by Gabriel's vets after a weekend at the ER vet and again in his primary vet's office as his pain reached a level they were unable to alleviate. His eyes had " a far away look" and he'd stopped eating. They were devestated, but knew Gabriel needed peace. Debbie sang to Gabriel his last 30 minutes of life, sending him to the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by his family and so much love.
It's been impossible for her to discuss. They are heartbroken. We'd like to thank this wonderful community who gave him a chance, and 6 more months of life and love. Without you, he never would've had
that chance. Gabriel did take a few steps, continue his work as a service dog, even flew on planes during his brief good days!
Bless each and every one of you for your kindness to Gabriel and his loving family. The connection between Gabriel and Debbie was the strongest I'd ever seen between a pet and owner. Please send her your support as she continues to grieve. She's afraid she let us down in some way by not being able to save Gabriel from his injuries. Instead, seeing the love and caring she gave Gabriel will stay with me forever seeing more dedication and love than could ever be equaled. Thank you for giving them the chance to be together a bit longer. It meant the world to both Gabriel and his family.
I'll keep updating you on his progress as long as anyone is interested, but Dr. Dvorak advise we have enough funding to take care of Gabriel's care. We will take steps to close the donations but continue to value you and your friendship forever!!!!!
Debbie & Gabriel :) <3
I can never forget the feeling of a nightmare turning into a miracle because of all of YOU.
God bless YOU and YOURS.
This has been so hard, I don't know how in the world to thank you for helping! I have been in such great fear of what to do and feeling so alone in this pain. *-*-* Thank you for the financial help, prayers and encouragement. God bless you every one. I love you to the moon and back! ♥ *-*-*
I'm so sorry to hear of Gabriel's passing. Thank you Laurie for starting the Go Find Me page. Debbie, you are so brave to have gone through so much with your fur baby. Please take care of yourself now. I admire you for trying so hard to fight for your Gabriel.
I'm heartbroken to learn that Gabriel has crossed to the Rainbow Bridge. I was fortunate enough to meet Debbie one day while I was at CARE and Gabriel was there also. She was so kind and sweet and her love for Gabriel shown out. I feel so sad for Debbie. Bless you for giving him every possible chance and so much love as he went through this awful situation. Bless you Gabriel!! I'm glad you no longer are in pain.
Gabriel looks so handsome in the wagon with the flowers , what a great a spirit he has , God bless Gabe and the Dr's working on his next surgery , I look forward to meeting this courageous fellow when he is walking again, God bless his mommy as well , she had s rough for a while
Thank you for keeping us posted on Gabriel's progress. I am sad to hear he tore his tendons in his other leg. I am praying the second surgery goes well and he is walking soon. He is such a sweet, special dog and I hate this happened to him and that he has to endure such pain to get better! All the best to you and Gabriel.
For those that have not met Gabriel and Debbie let me tell you that both are true warriors , the day I sat down next to Debbie waiting for Gabriel 's FIRST surgery, we both cried together, knowing that her little baby was in good hands having his first surgery. We owe this to all of you!!!! We waited patiently and then I left and Laurie took over, we both did not want to leave her alone. For those that have dogs, know they are like our little children. We are all so blessed that we have a group of amazing, caring sweet people, that felt Debbie's pain right away and all helped us to achieve the monetary goal. Yes when all this is over, and Gabriel will have his second surgery and start walking again we will all meet somewhere so you can all meet our two warriors Debbie and Gabriel. Debbie sleeps with him and does not leave him alone for a minute, that is totally true dedication and love !