Rescuers LOVE to get emails from our supportive shelter folks with the subject line of "Boy, have I got cuuuuuuute Golden Retriever puppy for you".
It's usually followed by the inevitable, "....but...".
Meet 18-040 Sunny.
Found wandering alone and hurt along a road in Williamson County, this sweet 8 month young puppy was picked up by a Good Samaritan and brought to the local shelter, who in turn, contacted Gold Ribbon Rescue.
Would we take him? Of course! And we immediately whisked him to CTVSH here in Austin where he was diagnosed with a growth plate fracture on the right femoral head. The damage was a month old already. Poor fella was likely hit by a car, and left to cope with the pain, on his own for an entire month ... can you imagine?
Growth plates in puppies are very important and any damage to them can, at its worst, be disastrous. So we all worried - would the damage be too great? Was there any damage to the spine? If not, would he need to have his leg amputated? Would the plate damage cause him to have discomfort, and perhaps not grow into his legs properly? We worried ALOT, because it was so obvious that this little guy was so sweet, had suffered alone in pain for so long, and needed to catch a break.
Good new for Sunny! Our wonderful doctors at CTVSH determined that they were going to save his leg, and perform a Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO). He'll never be a big time athlete, jogging partner or be able to go for long hikes, but the surgery will give him the chance to lead an otherwise normal life.
True to his name and his breed, Sunny is sweet, a major snuggler, and has a tail that goes a mile a minute.
The cost for the surgery and medications will run close to $1400.00, after a tremendously generous discount by CTVSH.
Won't you please help this sweet guy on his journey to a wonderful forever life, free from pain?
- Mollie Mitchell
- Jana Drane
- Carol Kay Carney
- Karen VanLoo
Organizer and beneficiary
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