In our journey we came across many beautiful dogs and lovely breeders. When I spotted this tiny girl, I fell in love immediately and knew she was the one for me and my daughter.
When Shyla arrived from Tasmania, we pulled her out the crate for some much awaited love only to discover she had sustained an injury to her leg. I rushed Shyla to the vet where we discovered she had a luxated elbow (dislocated elbow).We were referred onto a joint specialist who advised her elbow had been dislocated, her ligaments were not present and she had damage to the soft tissue surrounding her elbow. We were devastated. To eliminate any further damage, she would require immediate surgery and that it wouldn't be cheap. We were advised that as she is so young, her bones are so soft and developing which makes it very hard for the surgery. They don't want to interfere with her bone structure which could mean many surgeries however we held out hope that this would be her first and last surgery.
It was decision time but for me there was no decision, she is family and she would get the treatment she needed. I wanted her leg to return to normal, to allow her to be a puppy which since the day she arrived she has not been able to do. There has been no crazy greetings at the door each time we return home, there has been no chasing of her new besties in the form of our cats, there has been no snuggling in my daughters bed to keep her warm. After turning just 9wks old, Shyla underwent her first surgery where screws and a prosthetic ligament were placed in her elbow.
Apon picking Shyla up I received the bad news that the screws had within the last hour popped out as her little bones were still so soft and that there was so much as 6mm to anchor these screws to. It broke my heart that she would not be coming home with me, that I again had to put her through another operation. Again, they couldn't guarantee this would work. I gave the go ahead for next days surgery where pins were placed in her elbow and an extended straight splint applied. Apon picking her up her spirits were high, she was loving all of the vet staff but out of everything, the love this little puppy gave me and my daughter we will never forget. We’de only had her one week prior to her having surgery yet it was like she had been with us for a lifetime, she knew we were “home” the moment we walked in, she knew her family were there for her.
Although we have Shyla home, there has been a lot of tears as she must be confined to a crate (in her case, I purchased a porter cot so that there is no chance of injury placing her leg through the holes in the crate when she wants out) so there is no puppy play. How do you tell a 9wk old puppy to stay still, that she is not allowed to walk anywhere let alone run and socialize with other dogs. She requires around the clock supervision which has meant a lot of late nights & time off work, she has to be taken out for regular toilet time at which her leg must be placed in a plastic cover to avoid any infection getting into her splint and she has to be carried everywhere we go (she is lonely enough being placed in a porter cot 24/7, to leave her on her own is not an option). Although this is not how we pictured our lives when we got a puppy, we are 100% sure Shyla came to us for a reason- she was meant to be ours all along and we are willing to do what ever is necessary to keep our angel.
At present we have her back to the specialist to have her splints changed every 4 days. This coming Tuesday, Shyla will be 12wks old having her 3rd operation to see how her leg is holding up. I have paid out just over $4k which covered Shyla up to and including her second surgery however I was relying on Shylas Puppy Insurance to re-imburse me these costs. Her claim has been rejected and we are now on our own. I still have to come up with the money for Shylas ongoing account for her splint changes/visits and her 3rd operation this Tuesday . I cant bring myself to think what will happen if I cant come up with this money. I would be forever greatful to anyone, no matter how small your donation would be as this would ensure we can continue to help Shyla fight her battle so that she can become a healthy puppy, a puppy that she deserves to be.
Pls don't hesitate to contact me for anything you would like to know about Shylas progress or past. I have submitted a claims dispute with the insurance company. If this appeal is accepted and my claim paid out (unlikely but I must not give up hope), I would most certainly pay every little cent back to everyone.
They say life isn’t always fair, that when it throws a lemon at you, you make lemonaide- one positive thing that has come from this. I have this most amazing, beautifully natured and loving little baby that is worth all her weight in gold and more