Help Maizie get back on her feet!
We are so thrilled to see the love and support everyone is showing Maizie and her family! When we first started our gofundme we set our goal not knowing what things may cost. We have learned that Maizie's surgery costs have exceeded $16,000 and raised our goal to reflect that. Thank you for your generosity! Keep sharing!
Our good friends puppy, Maizie, was hit by a truck this week. She has suffered several fractures, including her pelvis. She will have to overcome several surgeries to repair her limbs and will need to do lots of rehab, but the important thing is that she will live.
Maizie is an 8.5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog. She is very energetic and fun to be around. She has the best bark when she wants to play. She is the reason we got another Bernese puppy!
Her owners are very active members of our Bernese Mountain Dog community. They organize meet ups and hikes throughout the Okanagan so we can meet new friends and spend time outdoors. They have also created events to fundraise for Service Dogs in Kelowna!
Their creativity, generosity and love for dogs is contagious!
We want to help them out!
We want to raise funds to help cover some of the cost of surgery and physio during Maizie's recovery. Please follow Maizie and her brother Moose on instagram: @moose.and.maizie
Please share with your friends and family! Your love and support will be greatly appreciated!
WOW, we are blown away by all of the donations Maizie has received since her accident! Including offline contributions, we have raised just over $13,500 CAD. We are SO thankful for each and every one of you who has shown us your incredible love & support!
We thought it might be time for an update:
All things considered, Maizie is doing great! She is up and standing, walking, wagging her tail non-stop, and giving us love & cuddles all the time. We made her a generous closed off area with and x-pen and foam mats to help her grip the floor. We can go in and visit with her and sometimes we bring Moose in as well so they can bond (but no rough playing!)
A few weeks ago, her left carpal pad came off (probably an aftermath complication of the accident) so we had to be very careful with that open wound. It was cleaned and bandaged daily so it wouldn't get infected and it's looking real good now! We drove down to Langley on December 6th and Maizie got her cast off, along with some follow up x-rays. We would have gotten rid of the cone at this point as well but because of the carpal pad's open wound we didn't want her licking at that so the cone is still on. Here is what we saw on the December 6th x-rays:
- Her left forelimb ulna/radius break is healing quite nicely. One bone is beginning to bridge back together and you can clearly see this in the x-ray photo!
- Her right elbow is back in place and her cast was removed. The surgeon said there is minimal chance of it popping back out again! We're doing range of motion physio with her everyday to help with the healing process.
- Her pelvis is still on the mend. There are multiple fractures that weren't plated since we were told they will heal on their own with time. Her left hip joint is reacting to the trauma oddly; we were shown that the bone is growing in an elongated way rather than a rounded joint as it should. The surgeon says she's not entirely sure what will happen here, but if it continues to grow like this then it will become more fragile and prone to injury. She said they may have to operate to remove a chunk of the hip joint and stabilize it.
- On the right side where the plate went in across her major pelvic break, there is one screw that is protruding into the bone next to it. Normally this would be okay, but because it is just the tip of the screw, the other bone is trying to form away from it. Maizie's surgeon says if this continues they will have to go in again to remove this screw.
We are very excited for Maizie to continue to heal and before we know it she'll be running around our backyard again, throwing her toys around and chasing Moose. We're very hopeful that she won't need more surgery, but only time will tell. We go back to Langley for another follow-up and more x-rays once her carpal pad wound heals (it's SO close) then we are going to start her on a physiotherapy program in Lake Country. They'll do a consultation with her but most likely she will make use of the underwater treadmill and more laser therapy!
Once again, thank you to everyone for your continued support ❤️ HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! Dalton, Michelle, Moose and Maizie
1:00pm Friday Nov 16:
Maizie is experiencing some discomfort and pain today. She had a few visitors yesterday and was very happy to see old friends and meet new friends ☺️ She doesn't like being left alone and pretty much demands that we lie next to her on the floor if she's awake and we're in the same room. I made a little bed for myself next to her and we cuddle all night long. I swear she gets heavier and heavier each time I lift her to take her outside to relieve herself! Happy that her 'Help Em Up' Harness is arriving today and hopefully that will help significantly. Dalton and I have a good team system of care going for her but soon he will be back at work so I need to come up with some sort of solo system
8:30am Thursday Nov 15:
Maizie is having a hard time adjusting right now. She had the shakes almost all night and was up panting half the time. Which meant we were up half the night she's still eating like a champ and taking her meds easily. Hopefully she will begin to relax some more today without giving her a sedative.
(Taken from Michelle Goodwin's Facebook Page)
Maizie is finally home! She was a little uncomfortable during the drive but that's to be expected. We took her outside in the backyard and she had a really good pee while we helped her stand. She's having some trouble placing her front left foot. Doctors say it could just be sore from the surgery or there might be some nerve damage. Only time will tell. She's a little unsure of her surroundings at the moment but she was very happy to see her big brother Moose (he on the other hand is being a little shy towards her.) Here's to hoping the first night goes well!
Maizie has started laser therapy and physio on her injuries. She's starting to get a little antsy now that her body is coming down from the shock and adrenaline. She's still being given morphine & fentanyl for her pain. Her bacterial culture for a possible UTI came back negative and her fever has gone down! She rolled onto her back today during our visit -- not sure if she was just uncomfortable or demanding belly rubs They're going to keep her overnight again tonight and we'll see if she's well enough to come home tomorrow! Fingers crossed
'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' by David Lee Murphy ft. Kenny Chesney just came on the radio ☺️
10:00am Monday November 12:
Maizie is sporting a stunning new haircut today. She has a little bit of a fever and the doctors suspect a UTI from the catheter. She's been given antibiotics and will receive another dose after 24 hours. Hoping it will clear up quickly. She's very tired and sleepy but she did wake up for a little while to have a visit with us.
6:00pm Sunday November 11:
Her pelvic surgery went good and she is resting up now. The surgeon put a plate on the larger fracture that is weight bearing and her other non-weight bearing pelvic fractures will heal without plates. We're going to see her tomorrow morning and she will most likely stay another night until Tuesday. They want to make sure she can relieve herself after removing the catheter and get her up and standing before we take her home. Thank you to everyone for the ongoing support ❤️
10:30am Sunday November 11:
Dalton and I got to go visit Maizie this morning. She is looking very exhausted and sad She wagged her tail a little bit, but we mostly just sat with her and watched her rest. She has two casts on her fore limbs, and some bandaging around her upper body to support her right joint that was put back into place. They are going in to fix her pelvis later today.
7:30pm Saturday November 10:
Maizie's fore limbs surgery went well. She has a plate on her left radius and left ulna. Will get to see her in the morning and hopefully she will be good to go for her pelvic surgery tomorrow.
4:45pm Saturday November 10:
Her right shoulder popped back into place without surgery. They're going in to her left arm now to put a plate in across the radius ulna break.
1:00pm Saturday November 10:
Maizie has been admitted to Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Langley and we were able to speak to the surgeon about her game plan. As I write this, Maizie is being prepped for surgery and they plan to operate on both front legs today. Surgery for her pelvis tomorrow will depend on how everything goes today and how well her body handles the anesthesia. Our spirits are definitely stronger today and we are so thankful for all the love and success stories each of you have shared with us ❤️
9:00am Saturday November 10:
Yesterday morning our hearts broke as our little girl Maizie was struck by a truck in front of our home. We have been doing our very best to keep everything together through this devastating tragedy. Right now she is alive, but she has several fractures to her pelvis and two front legs. We have been told that she will require at least three surgeries; starting with fixing her pelvis and if she makes it through that then her legs.
We are beside ourselves, and we have thought long and hard about the quality of life she will have if she makes it through. After much consideration, we decided she's not done yet. She is only 8.5 months old and she has her whole life ahead of her. She wags her tail and lifts her head to greet us when she sees us, and that itself is enough to tell us that she wants to live! So, we are doing absolutely everything we can to get our girl back to us safe & sound, all fixed up.
Our close friends and family have been by our sides supporting us through this incredibly difficult time. We are sharing her story with you today and asking everyone to send positive thoughts and warm wishes out into the universe. She can use all the support she can get. Dalton and I are taking it hour by hour right now, focussing on getting her through each step. After much consideration we have decided to take her to Boundary Bay Veterinary Hospital in Langley and she will have her surgeries there as soon as she is ready & stable enough. We are currently en route and Maizie is sleeping beside me in the backseat.
Thank you to our family and friends who have shown us unconditional support & love. Helping us to stay strong with your kind words of encouragement and dropping off food & care packages. You know who you are. Thank you to Dr. Oz all the kind staff at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, and a huge thank you to my friend Shannon for going in on her day off to stay by Maizie's side and comforting her in this time of need. Thank you to Chris and all the staff at Fairfield Veterinary Hospital for looking after her overnight and for reassuring us that we are making the best decision for ourselves and our little Mazeball ❤️
We will do our best to keep everyone updated on her status.
Michelle & Dalton