Save Scout the Beagle

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Raised by 67 people in 35 months

I'm Tracy and I work in Contemporary Christian radio in Austin, Texas. I haven't always been a dog person but I became one when I fell in love with a sweet rescue beagle named Skylar. I lost her back in March of this year when she suffered a heart attack. We had 5 great years together and she was my greatest love. Months went by and I began exploring getting another rescue dog. I made the decision to get another beagle, a younger one so I would have more years with her. I located a 4 month old beagle in San Antonio named Scout, her owners were prepared to give her up. Because of their personal choices or circumstances they could spend virtually no time with sweet Scout.

I made the decision to bring Scout home with me!


The first 24 hours with Scout went fine. The next day I took her outside and she began running in a tight circle and screaming, unlike anything I had heard or seen before. I took her inside and within 10 minutes it started again, running in a tight circle and screaming, as though she was in excrutiating pain.
I rushed her to the nearest emergency animal hospital. Thankfully I live within 3mi of a 24-hour ER center. After Scout was examined, x-rays revealed that she had a perferoated intestine that was likely caused by the administration of an excessive amount of something similar to Advil or Tylenol. They had to call in a surgeon, it being Friday night.

I found myself with a crucial decision. I had three choices. One, I could do nothing in which case she would die from septic shock within hours. Two, I could have had her euthanized at 4 months of age or three, they could operate and have a 90% chance of saving her life.

So I chose to save her life. 

I find it difficult to rationalize that people can be so insensitive and cause animals such pain. Yet here's where I found myself; they could save her life but the cost at that time was estimated between $4000-$5000.  
Thankfully she has been saved and should be coming home within a few days, only it wasn't $5,000, it was $9,500.

Once they operated they found that the amount of bacteria that had seeped into her body cavity was much more than what they thought. Had we not elected to operate she would have died within hours.

She has had to be monitored 24 hours a day, given a wide array of antibiotics along with a drain inserted into her little body cavity, spending five days in the ICU.


The vets have assured me that her body is no longer toxic and she is projected to live a full life in a loving home.

The thought of putting this puppy down due to the carelessness and negligence of her previous owners was beyond my comprehension. When faced with this decision, I just could not make it.

If you can find it in your heart to help me save this innocent puppy I would be so very grateful. Your gift will help to cover the cost of her surgery, treatment, ICU stay and recovery.

I'd be so grateful if you'd share this with dog lovin' friends too.

This precious puppy, through no fault of her own found herself in this awful predicament. 

Thank you so much for your consideration!
Scout & Tracy
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Scout has been out of ICU for one week today and is alert and recovering well. We'll get stitches out tomorrow, boy is she ready. We're thankful she's keeping food down, playing & teething.

This week is so much better than last. She was in big time pain and we were faced with a hard choice. Scout was relieved with this new & improved soft cone. So long to the days of wearing a lamp shade!

We are so thankful for you and for your help. What a blessing you are, giving this sweet girl a second chance at this wonderful life.

Scout loves playing, loves peanut butter and she enjoys people watching. Seeing the world through her causes me to think, why don't I see the world with more wonder and curiosity. She's content sitting on a pillow watching cars and people walk by.

We'll keep you updated!
This soft cone is amazing!
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Status update today: She still has inflammation from her septic stomach that is producing fluid. They don't want to prematurely remove it and we need more time for the antibiotics to do it's job. Just faster. Prayers that the her body will respond more rapidly to the antibiotics would be appreciated. Thank you so much for your support. #lovingscout
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We got to walk a little during our evening visit. They've kept her in ICU another night in hopes she'll have her stomach drain removed tomorrow. She tired pretty easily. With major surgery on Saturday, it's amazing how quickly puppies heal. We both thank you for your support! We're overwhelmed by your kindness. #lovingscout
Someone is ready to get out of ICU
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Jamie Allen
35 months ago
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Raised by 67 people in 35 months
Created August 22, 2016
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Anonymous
35 months ago
$25
Anonymous
35 months ago
BW
$50
Barbara Waite
35 months ago
JS
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Joe/John Santos/Rutherford
35 months ago

Tracy, Thank you for making the right decision to save Scout's life. I hope our donation will help you and Scout. Long life to you both.

SR
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Susan Rutherford
35 months ago

Love to you, Tracy, and little Scout from your Shanklin cousins AND Beagle lovers, Bill & Susan. Hoping each day is one of healing and joy as she recovers!

LL
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Lori lomas
35 months ago

Hope this helps.

RH
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Rick Hart
35 months ago
$100
Anonymous
35 months ago
$500
Laura Rosenfield
35 months ago
$50
Carla Jenkins
35 months ago

So glad she is coming home and that you found each other!

Jamie Allen
35 months ago
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