On May 8th the perfect puppy was born. He was black and white, just like his father. Gorgeous. His sister, a little tri just as beautiful. Then there was the merle female. This puppy never stood out to me. I never thought she would ever steal my attention. I watched the babies as they grew, each one fat and healthy, I love them all and grew more and more fond of the little boy. When it came time for them to move to their new homes the male was spoken for and left quickly. I didn't feel the other homes chosen were suitable for the female puppies as drivey and energetic as they were, so I took it upon myself to place them. The tri female found an amazing agility home, but everyone who came out thought the merle was "a little too much" for their household as crazy as she was. I began to realize, she was everything I could ever want in a puppy. She was super drivey, toy crazy, happy go lucky, bold, confidant and ready to take on the world. I began falling head over heels for the puppy that I never even considered keeping. As perfect as everything seemed things soon turned for the worse. We went camping, with the dogs as we commonly do and my new baby now "Lickety Split" toddled around as we set up the tent. Moments we began sitting around the fire and then took a short walk with Syke and Lickety Split. We soon noticed something was wrong. Lickety fell over and went unconscious. We ran back jumped in the car and rushed to the E-Vet which was an hour and half away. All the while Lickety looked like she was on death's door. She was completely out, her tongue hung from her mouth and she moaned in horrible pain. Her breathing grew more and more shallow. I've never been more scared. As we came to the vet we found she had ingested a poisonous plant on the site and was luckily able to recover and released in the morning. Weeks went by after the catastrophe. We put it behind us. Lickety continued to grow strong, healthy and beautiful. She was back to my amazing puppy. I thought nothing could go wrong: Then it happened. It was just an average day, the dogs went swimming and hiking with us then I began an agility lesson in the evening. Lickety had learned to climb the xpen weeks prior so I used a tie out close to the course so she could get a glimpse of the action. As I began my lesson with Syke, a complex course that he was conquering with such great ease, I went to finish the sequence. All of the sudden I looked over and Lickety had fallen on the ground screaming. Her leg became entangled in the tie out and she lunged. She lay on the ground calling out in pain. Being Saturday with Sunday following we could not take her to our regular vet, and none of the E-Vets offered orthopedics, so we began a five hour journey to Princeton, IL. After a grueling and terrifying drive we had our verdict. Lickety had broken a large piece of bone off her leg and fractured a toe that could affect a growth plate. The next day a grueling emergency surgery ensued to fix the broken baby. Lickety came out of surgery, and this is not the end of the road to her treatment, a clinic closer to home will be finishing the process. Still a large bill follows me. Being a college student, with no current job due to class and plenty of college debt to pay off I received little to no credit to help pay the surgery. I was told I had 30 days to pay off my bill before it will be sent to collections. It's a very scary time, and I am doing my best to do everything right for Lickety. If you could help us along our journey we would be very appreciative. Every donation counts in efforts towards her recovery. Thank you everyone for your moral support on our journey, I am still wishing for a happy ending!
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