Rutherford has been through quite a lot in the past few months. He was dumped in a shelter after he was found walking all alone. Due to no room, he was timestamped and about to be put to sleep when the rescue pulled him out. Rutherford had serious skin issues that needed to be addressed, however, before that could happen he was attacked by another dog. He spent around 5 days in the hospital where he needed drains in his neck, and a lot of care to stop the swelling. Luckily, he got better, but his vet bills were quite high!
Since he is healed from that injury, we are now able to address his many other needs. Rutherford has difficulty walking, and still has his skin issues. A recent visit to the vet found that he will need an MRI in order to diagnose him. Right now, the vet thinks he may have Wobblers Syndrome, which could require a quite expensive surgery(YIKES!). Wobblers Syndrome is caused by a chronic bulging invertebrate disc. The vet also said it seems like some of his bones have been broken in his hind legs and were allowed to heal on their own with no medical care, she said this could be from being hit by a car or anything really. You see, when Rutherford walks, he sometimes falls (which he gracefully plays off like it was on purpose), and he drags his feet. One picture is of his feet after walking. They bleed because he is dragging them, therefore, no long walks for our sweet boy. Rutherford has a chance at walking better, and not being in pain. Our goal is to do that for him. This sweet boy gives kisses, and wants to cuddle all day long. He tries his very best to get up steps simply to be by myside.
The rescue has already put in a lot of money for this handsome pup, but funds are low and we desperately need to raise some money for what he needs. Right now, the money is needed for his MRI which for one scan costs $2,500. We don't know how many he will need until we take one. He requires blood work which cost $268 and still needs care for his skin. Honestly, this will be an upward battle for our boy, but we are ready to fight with him!
In the short time I've had this sweet boy, he has stolen my heart. He is the most loving and silly pup I have ever met and I really hope we can raise the money to give him the comfortable future he deserves. If you can give anything, even $5 dollars, I would be so so so very thankful and I know he would too. Thank you for taking the time to read my Rutherford’s story.
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