Mickey (the DFB) Needs More Surgery

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Raised by 73 people in 8 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.



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.


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.


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...


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


Kelley and Mickey The Dog Face Boy
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It is with great sadness that I have to tell you all that late yesterday afternoon I said goodbye to Mickey the Dog Face Boy.

He seemed like he was doing okay and then on Sunday he took a turn for the worse. The Vet and I tried a couple different things but I believe that Mick was worn out by this point. He was a fighter until the end but I saw that he had lost that light in his eyes, It was time. I know he's no longer in pain,

I'm feeling a huge hole in my life right now. Even Chetthecat is feeling it. The last few days she stayed close to him and would rub up against him. This morning she's been wandering around like she's looking for him and she looks at me and meows.

I want to thank everyone of you who cared and sent us not only donations but your prayers and good thoughts. Your generosity has been amazing. I'm touched. I only wish I had better news.

Mickey was an amazing companion and he and I had lots of great adventures. I only wish we could have had more.

Once again THANK YOU ALL for everything. It meant a lot to me.

I'm going to add a couple of my favorite photos to this update.

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8-15-18 Update

I haven’t been posting any updates recently as I’ve been frustrated. Once again we are one step forward and multiple steps back.

After Mick recovered from his saliva gland surgery and doing so well (he was totally off the steroids before the surgery) we cut his other meds. For a few weeks he was doing great, happy, and moving better than he had in months.

A short time after my last update I noticed that Mick wasn’t doing so well. I took him in to the Vet and she confirmed that some of his infections had started to come back. Specifically the ones around his butt.

We immediately got him back on the meds and the steroids and that looked like it was working. After two weeks we tried to slowly reduce the steroids because we know they’re a double-edged sword (helping heal him and causing other problems). Then Mick developed other symptoms. So once again we are on full-strength steroids along with his other meds.

It would appear that his immune system is pretty compromised and he could be on medication for a lot longer than we planned/I hoped.

The great news is the saliva gland surgery was successful and even with all of this hot weather recently Mick is doing okay, panting a lot, and drinking lots of water.

After dealing with all of this for almost eight months Mick and I are pretty worn out. But that doesn’t mean we’re stopping by any means.

A friend has been advising and getting me some things that are meant to help build up his digestive and immune systems. I’ve been adding these things to his food with his other meds. At this point his digestive system is doing better and he is having a much easier time being regular (for lack of a better phrase), and although all of the meds he’s on make him very tired, we are still doing our twice daily walks, although slower and we’ve cut back on distance again.

So please don’t stop your good thoughts and prayers because we still need them. Like I've said before, I believe Mick helped save my life after my surgeries by making me get out and walk and build my strength back up. I'm going to keep helping him as long as I can. He's a great companion and there are still lots of road trips we haven't taken yet.

I’m determined to help Mick feel better and pay off the debts that we’ve accumulated so far during this ordeal.

Thanks for all your support and hopefully in a couple weeks we’ll have better news. Until then Mickey and I will keep moving forward. Take care.

Kelley & Mickey

Here's a photo of Mick and I in a motel room last fall, somewhere in America...
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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.
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.

Kelley & Mick

Check out this recent photo and see how good he looks.
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