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Mickey (the DFB) Needs More Surgery

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Raised by 66 people in 4 months
A lot of you know my pal Mickey, otherwise known as the Dog Face Boy. He’s a seven year old, 95-pound Chocolate Lab, who goes with me everywhere. Many of you met him on my book tour this fall, promoting my book Road Dog.

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While we were out on tour Mickey was attacked twice by dogs in two different cities. Mickey is very gentle and didn’t fight back. Luckily I was able to pull him away quickly and I thought no damage was done.

I was wrong.

I don’t know when it happened but one of the dogs bit Mick in the leg and broke the skin. I didn’t see anything for weeks and then one day I noticed he was licking and chewing on his leg. Then I saw a sore that was getting infected. It was about this time I noticed that his (for lack of a better word) ass was turning bright red and he was having difficulty going to the bathroom. It looked quite painful.

I took him to the Vet and she said the mark on his leg was definitely a wound from another dog. Mick started antibiotics immediately but it wasn’t soon enough. He quickly dropped 10 pounds. More tests followed and it was determined that he didn’t have cancer which had become a concern. Mick had a couple of very bad, and very deep infections in various parts of his body.

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Mick developed some sort of autoimmune illness. He got an ulcer in his mouth and one on his eyelid. Then the skin collapsed around his rectum.

We continued the antibiotics and added a healthy dose of steroids and painkillers. He kept losing weight, getting weaker, and was absolutely miserable.  When you looked in his eyes it was like he wasn’t there. During one horrible week both the Vet and I thought we were going to lose him.

After a few weeks and a ton of medication we saw a slight change.  He was slowly starting to heal.  A couple more weeks went by and he kept healing, slowly but he was making progress. Last week I was able to stop giving him the painkillers and started cutting back on the steroids. He continues to improve. After our last check-up the Vet said she could see the flicker in his eyes again.

This whole ordeal has been going on for over 3 months and with the help of a family member I’ve been able to cover all the bills.

Until now.

Mick continues to improve. He has lost a total of 15 pounds and some muscle mass in his back legs. We are walking 2 -3 times a day. We go slowly and he’s building up strength.

His bowels and colon are fine, he just has this inch and a half by inch and a half hole under his tail where his rectum used to be.

The Vet and I have been discussing surgery that will basically “create a new rectum”. It will connect his colon to the outside of his body and close up the majority of the hole that exists now.

The surgery will be around $1500.00 and after care and follow-up visits will run another $500.00 

I am hoping to raise $2000.00 to pay for the surgery and the follow-up visits and medications.

If Mick's healing continues we plan to do the surgery at the beginning of March.

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Why do the surgery? 

If we leave the hole the way it is we run the risk of Mick getting more infections as there’s nothing separating his colon from the outside of his body. Right now Mick spends most of the day wearing a cone so he doesn’t lick himself.

One of the most important things for me is that by doing this surgery we are going to improve Mick’s quality of life. He’ll be able to travel with me again and we’ll be able to resume our walks, hikes, and general running around on. 

Some of you already know that Mick is a rescue and he means a lot to me. He is my exercise companion and has kept me healthy since my own health issues 5 years ago.

I may have rescued him, but he has certainly rescued me.

If this surgery wasn't going to improve his life, I wouldn’t do it.

Mick and I have already been through a lot already, so please give whatever you can so that he can have this surgery.

Remember no amount is too small it all helps.

Thank you.

Here are some more pictures of Mick when he was healthy...

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Once again Thank You for whatever you can do to help.

Sincerely,

Kelley and Mickey The Dog Face Boy
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Hey Everyone,
I just wanted to give you all a quick update. Mickey seems to be doing great. We are regularly walking 2.5 miles in the mornings and have increased to about a mile for our evening walk. Mick has a great appetite and I have seen him wag his tail more these last few days than I have in the last few months.
I'm really happy and so is he.
Thank you all for your support so far please keep us in your thoughts as we move forward.
The fundraising portion of the page is still live as I still have surgery bills to pay.
I will continue to let you know how Mick is doing. Once again Thank You.
Sincerely,
Kelley & Mickey the DFB
I can't remember if I've posted this post surgery photo of Mick after our morning walk.
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June 7, 2018

Mick and I had an appointment with the surgeon today to check his progress. It went great. Mick is healing very well and they took the drains out from where they removed his saliva glands. They were still draining but the vet assured me that it was time to close it all up and soon everything will return to normal.

This is a huge relief. After checking him out I was told Mick doesn't have to go back again unless he starts swelling or develops other issues. They do want him to come back to visit because they all fell in love with him but they believe he's on the path to becoming his old self.

We've been increasing our walks at Mick's insistence and one of the big things I noticed a couple days a go was that he wasn't panting. The last couple weeks before surgery we would get maybe half a mile and Mick would just be panting like crazy and now he's not. Another one of those reminders of how bad he was before surgery.

He is still not feeling 100% but he's getting there. The doctor told me to wait about 3 more weeks and then Mick and I could go to the coast. Something I've been looking forward to for the last 7 months.

Thank you all for your support throughout all of this. We still have a ways to go but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and for once I feel like it's not a train!

The fundraising page is staying open as I still have a few pretty hefty bills to pay but I know we'll make it.

Once again Thank You and I will continue to update our progress.

Sincerely,
Kelley & Mick

Check out this recent photo and see how good he looks.
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Update 6-1-18

Mickey has been home for a couple days. He's still sleeping a lot but doing well. The Surgeon took out two huge things from his neck that looked like "stones", they were all calcified. It was weird because they were hollow and apparently had liquid in them. They were huge and he was surprised Mick was able to eat or open his mouth at all.

I am very relieved that this part of the ordeal is over. It's been a long journey. Now comes the healing. Mick has tubes in his neck for drainage and they are certainly working. We have another appointment next week and hopefully they will take the drainage tubes out.

In the next week or so we can resume walking but I think we'll have to build back up to where we were. His mood is good, a friend dropped by yesterday and Mick grabbed one of his stuffed animals and was wagging his tail.

We still have a ways to go and I'm feeling good about everything.

Thank you all for your support it means a lot to us. I'll continue to give you all updates.

Sincerely,
Kelley & Mickey (the DFB)
A snoring DFB who's happy to be home.
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May 29, 2018

Success! Mick had his surgery today and the Vet called to tell me it was more complicated than what he originally thought but he was able to remove the saliva glands and everything looked good. Mick is spending the night there for observation and hopefully I'll bring him home tomorrow. My fingers are crossed.

This has all been very stressful and I am hoping that Mick's physical ordeal that started so many months ago is almost over. It's kind of funny that Chetthecat (yes that's really my cat's name) has been acting funny since I dropped off Mick. She knows something is different and she misses him.

The Surgeon said Mick will be pretty swollen for a while and I'll have a bunch of things I'll need to do for him but I'm fine with that. Mick and I still have a lot of touring we need to do over the next few years. As I've said before, I feel like Mick saved my life when I adopted him 5 years ago after my heart surgery as he made sure I've walked every day no matter what the weather is. Now it's my turn to make sure he walks every day. I'm very happy.

I want to thank all of you who've supported us throughout all this. You are all very special and I am humbled by your generosity. Thank You all so much! I'll continue to give you updates as Mick improves.

Sincerely,
Kelley & Mickey

Here's an old picture of Mick from out last tour...
Mick in Wyoming before the snow starts
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