Not too long ago, while jumping straight up in the air to catch a toy, he miscalculated and tilted a little backwards as he caught it causing him to give his body a hard jerk/twist in an effort to right himself. Just as he did this, another Dane slammed into him while also going for the toy and caused him to do a flip and land on top of his Jolly Ball, his full weight coming down on his ribs. He yelped when he hit but when he got up he limped slightly for 4-5 steps and then seemed fine. After seeing him limp for a handful of steps intermittently, maybe once every three or four days, we took him in and have been treating him for an inflamed bicep tendon. We are thinking that this is likely when the traumatic tear in his diaphragm started that ended up being the initial causation of the insane series of events that unfolded this weekend. Unfortunately, they had never seen this before and frankly couldn’t fathom that it was even possible and cautioned that his odds were only around 40% and that there were many other risks that they could not determine until they were in there, including the possibility of opening him up to immediately see that there was nothing that could be done.
Upon learning what the chances of survival were as well as hearing that the potential cost involved could reach unattainable amount for them of $5000-6000, they made the hardest call that they would have to make. The family was already gathered in the room, preparing themselves to support him as they put him to sleep when someone entered and said that there was a rescue willing to assume financial liability if he was surrendered to them. They were told that he would stay there to receive care and recover and, if we were able to find a way to cover his costs when he was healed they could adopt him back but, if we couldn’t, they would cover his costs and put him up for adoption. Michelle obviously agreed to this without hesitation knowing that it would be a longshot, and a pretty much impossible one, that she would be able cover the bill herself in the next few days but also knowing that she would much rather have him healthy with someone else then the only alternative that she was able to provide in that moment. Not only did he sail through the surgery with flying colors, but he has continually met and far exceeded the doctor’s expectations for his recovery. Now, it is time to figure out where he goes from here. That is where we come in. Tragically, this was not the only series of unfortunate and unlikely events that the family has experienced this past month and they now need our help. To give you a glimpse of what their last month or so has been like… With the Christmas season approaching, and everything seemingly going smooth for the family, they actually covered the medical bills of another Great Dane that was surrendered by his family amid health complications. When he was taken care of, they then proceeded to wrap up their Christmas shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. It was after this that things took a turn for the worse. They found out the next day that they would have to replace one of their vehicles, subsequently had to replace the water pump and perform other repairs on the new vehicle and deal with a dental emergency. Little did they know, the worst was yet to come. That Wednesday, they got a call that Josh’s mom had passed away completely unexpectedly and the family of six now had to take a last minute round-trip to Kansas City. There simply has not been enough time for them to recover from all of these things that left them reeling. One of the reasons we are trying so is because, last year at this time, the kids were trying to come to terms with their other grandma being diagnosed with stage four metastasized breast cancer while dealing with the senseless murder of their other dog. To make matters worse for them, they have already lost their maternal and paternal grandfathers (one of which also passed away over the holiday season), making this the third beloved grandparent that these children have lost at a young age. We are appealing to everyone’s Christmas spirit, love of animals, and general desire to do the right thing and are asking that anyone that is able to make a small donation and share the page with others. I cannot say enough good things about what this family has done through rescue with providing transport when needed as well as continually taking foster dogs into their home that are in need of a temporary place to stay and, in some cases, behavioral or medical rehabilitation. I am fairly certain that Michelle has said yes every time the phone rang with a request from the rescue organization. We left the goal high enough to cover the total amount as well as the fundraising fee as it would be nice to send them into the Christmas weekend having to only worry about his recovery. We know that this is asking a lot and we would be equally grateful for any amount of assistance that is provided knowing that the most important goal, getting him the medical attention that he needed, has already been met.
(In the event that any funds are raised above what is needed, they will be used for another dog and family that is in a similar situation or used for the general care of other animals in rescue.)
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