Pip Needs a Hip!!!
This past November 3rd we added a new member to our family. I took my wife Avery, my daughter Ellie and MIL Chrissy to the Super Dog Adoption event
sponsored by Always Adopt
and Save One Soul Animal Rescue League
in Rhode Island to “look” at the 400 dogs up for adoption. After several hours, Ellie noticed a pup huddled in a corner. Stormy Daniels, as she was called, a black lab mix, was extremely shy compared to the other dogs the girls had seen, but Ellie saw something others did not.
When she was about 6 weeks old, the poor pup managed to get trapped in a storm drain in Jackson, Mississippi. Malnourished and frightened, the puppy developed mange and lost all of her fur. After a week in the storm drain, the pup was rescued by Elizabeth Pippa Jackson, a member of the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi
. During her rehabilitation, Stormy’s story drew the attention of the local news
Since her adoption, and a name change, Pippa (in honor of her rescuer) has been an incredible addition to our family. She is a happy, intelligent, energetic pup, excellent with our two little girls and has become a best friend to our Tibetan Terrier Mix, Baxter Lou. Pippa loves to play in the yard with the girls and Baxter, run through the woods, sit on laps (despite being 55lbs and growing), and she has responded very well to training.
A month after adopting Pippa, we noticed an awkward, clumsiness with her two back legs. At first we assumed this was a result of normal development, and we had no other reason to think there was anything wrong. But as time progressed, it was evident that Pippa was in pain. In early July, we brought her to our vet, who referred us to veterinary orthopedic specialists. We learned that Pippa’s hips never formed correctly. According to the orthopedic specialist, Pippa’s hips never developed the proper ball and socket joint, so her body has formed its own false joint as a result. Presently, Pippa is an active dog despite this condition and our many attempts to slow her down, but it is apparent that she is in pain, particularly when going up and down stairs. Unaddressed, Pippa will continue to experience greater pain as she ages and could potentially lose the function of her back legs.
To address Pippa’s needs, the specialist advised that the best option is to give her a full hip replacement. This is an expensive surgery that we never anticipated when we rescued Pippa. We need all the help that we can get to afford it. We are asking for your support in reaching our goal of 6,000 dollars. Any donation will be very much appreciated! Help us #givepipahip!!! Like, share, and spread the word!!!