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Save the Lumicorn!! (Luvable Lumen)

$18,250 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 329 people in 16 months
Created September 9, 2017
Lumen the Great Dane was born with congenital abnormalities in her feet and legs. She was abandoned by her breeder in Mexico when she was just 4 weeks old. Lumen is now at Luvable Dog Rescue in Eugene, Oregon, thanks to many caring people who felt she was worth saving!  Lumen's only chance at life is to find a way to help her bear a VERY large adult weight, as she is a Great Dane puppy, on feet with no main pads to support her!
So far we have spent over $17k witout yet getting Lumen where she needs to be, but thanks to so many amazing donations she has come so far!!!  Lumen had an experimental surgery done at Oregon State University a few months ago, where 3 of her four feet and both hind legs were operated on over several surgeries. We had hoped she could just use her own feet, but this is not going to be possible.  They may never look like "normal" feet, but as long as they can carry her soon-to-be substantial Great Dane weight with a little extra orthotic assistance, and give her some mobility, Lumen could still have a great quality of life!
We are still trying to raise money for the other $8k in medical bills Lumen has already incurred through OSU, Willamette Emergency Hospital, Edgewood Animal Clinic and See Spot Run rehabilitation. Then we still have her new orthotics we will be casting her for soon once the ulcer she developed on her right hind foot is fully healed. Lumen started to develop a large ulcer, essentially wearing through her feet from the inside out from all her weight that her foot is not meant to bear without paw pads. She is otherwise healthy, loving and the happiest little unicorn around! 
Because of Lumen's deformities, it is painful to walk as she has no cushioning. This does not stop Lumen from acting like a normal Giant breed puppy who LOVES to run and play! All.the.time. We have to keep Lumen sedated everyday to help keep her from running too much and damaging her feet beyond repair. Lumen has to spend quiet time in a large pen in the living room each day to try to keep her calm during the day. But when Lumen gets on grass....WHOA!!! This girl RUNS!!!!! She is carefree and you can see that it isn't hurting her to do what she loves. We want nothing more than to be able to give Lumen a soft, durable surface that she can run in her yard everyday and be as close to having a normal life as possible. There is an incredible company called Alpha Turf that makes a faux grass that is installed but is made to withstand dogs!! Chewproof, dig proof, does not absorb bacteria, drains like real grass and for all intensive purposes is like having grass that can't be destroyed by dogs leaving you with just a mud pit. The amazing people at Alpha Turf have offered us a %5 discount to help the rescue dogs and we were blown away by their generosity! But even with that discount, it is an extremely expensive product and there is nothing out there like it. To do the yard space it would be between $22,000-33,000 depending on if we did the entire yard or part of the yard. So we are hoping to do this for Lumen so she can know the joy of running like the puppy she is without destroying her feet. We can just  picture the bliss on her face now :) :) :)
Thank you to everyone following and supporting Lumen's journey! We are so thankful she is with us and we cannot imagine not giving her the full life she deserves!! Thank you to The Dodo and Big Barker and VerizonWireless for sharing Lumen's story! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, you are all angels!!! <3
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Update 4
Posted by Liesl Wilhardt
15 months ago
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Hello Everyone! Lumen is still recovering from her first surgery (on two of her feet) which is taking much longer due to a nasty staph infection that set in while she was staying at the hospital. She needs bandage changes every 3-4 days, but she is healing and is already walking better! Please visit the wonderful organization "The Dodo" if you are on Facebook or Instagram to see a very special video about Lumen and her amazing story! And thank you for any help you can give for her care. She is truly a special dog.
Luvable Lumen
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Update 3
Posted by Liesl Wilhardt
16 months ago
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Lumen was finally released from the hospital after a month of post-surgery care. She grew to over 50 pounds and is a very big puppy now!
We were a bit worried about Lumen's mental state after so many weeks in a hospital, including some time in isolation. To our amazement, Lumen burst out of that hospital full of joy and energy and happiness, like nothing had happened! She still has one foot/leg bandaged up and needs careful monitoring and re-wrapping every few days as it continues to heal. But otherwise, she has recovered and went back to her home and dog family and picked up right where she left off. I'm going to try to post a video of Lumen playing with her very best friend, a small blind Chihuahua named Wicket. If you are on instagram, you can look up their adorable antics there, @lovecommalumen or @luvabledogrescue Lumen has a beautiful spirit, which is why we want to help her heal her broken body as much as we can. We can't thank you all enough for your kindness!!!! Please continue to follow and share Lumen's journey.
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Update 2
Posted by Liesl Wilhardt
16 months ago
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Lumen's first surgery went well, but unfortunately, she developed a very bad and contagious staph infection. She was put in isolation while the medical staff cultured it and tried to find antibiotics that would fight the infection. Lumen has had to live in isolation for two weeks, but thankfully an antibiotic has helped and she is healing. This was a huge setback in her recovery and increased the estimated cost of her initial procedure a lot. It has also delayed her second surgery, which we do not yet have a financial estimate for. This initial amount is going to cover the cost of surgery on two feet and her entire month of care in the vet ICU. This is a really tough situation because we are so invested in Lumen and we have reason to hope that she is going to have a good outcome, but it is costing us more than expected along the way. But we don't feel we can give up. All we can do is thank you all so much for your help and support and move forward. At least she is recovering from the staff infection and we hope she will be able to return home soon!
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Update 1
Posted by Liesl Wilhardt
16 months ago
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Lumen's surgery was several weeks ago, but we are just now getting this fundraiser up and running, so we're a bit behind on updates! But here goes: Lumen's first surgery lasted four hours and had up to four people working on her at a time. The doctors chose to work on her right side-her front right paw they released extra bands between her toes to give them more separation which was the easy part. Her back right foot and leg is by far the worst. They went in and separated the sesamoid fused bones in her foot and separated several toes so that she now has 3 distinct digits. They also removed the deformed toenail that continuously was getting infected. Lastly, they removed the extra skin (congenital scar tissue) that runs from her back ankles all the way up her leg that won't allow her to straighten her back legs and is causing angular limb deformity. This was an extra scary one since they were hoping it could be tucked into her natural skin folds and not have to do a full skin graft. Thankfully, right now they were able to avoid that. She has a few open wounds and they are mostly worried about blood supply to that back foot. They said she did well and will need a LOT of intensive physical therapy..we do not know how long she will have to stay there
Lumen's foot showing fused toes
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