Lifesaving Care & a Home for Poppy
$10,945 of $3,000 goal
We've named her Poppy.
From her x-rays, it seems two of her discs are crushed, and she needs surgery to survive. Her chances are relatively slim, and the surgery is $2,000-$3,000. If she makes it, and we are hoping hoping hoping and trusting trusting trusting she will, she will need a lot of post-op care.
She will be going into surgery soon. If you can spare $5-$10 or more, every dollar will help. If you are giving to other causes or just don't have the money, could you please invest your positive energy, love, healing vibes, strength, affirmations, prayers, meditation, or whatever you do to reach a higher power, and send it to Poppy?
Thank you, with love, amanda
I am happy to share updates on Poppy's progress! I am always posting news and photos to her Facebook page (Poppy the Puppy Who Stole Our Hearts--@PoppytheBotswanaPuppy), and I'm sorry I haven't posted here in awhile.
Here's the news:
Poppy is now at the Greenside Animal Hospital, a wonderful facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her vet, Dr. Suzette Gruebel, and the staff there treat her like royalty. Poppy is adored and has mostly free reign of the place, including in the big, grassy backyard where she lies in the sun and plays with her toys.
We now have the results of her MRI. The images reveal Poppy's spinal cord was completely severed at the level of T11 -T12. Her spinal cord after that is very swollen, and the MRI shows a fluid space. We will never know how Poppy was injured, but the damage is such that spinal cord surgery will make no difference to Poppy's recovery. Her vertebral fracture could be fixed, but that would not help her spinal cord. The vets--and all of us who spend time with Poppy--believe she is in no apparent pain, and her vertebra appears to be healing well on its own. Surgery would put Poppy through unnecessary stress. Poppy does have some movement in her back legs and tail, but that is likely mostly reflex movement.
What does all of this mean for our beloved pup? First all of, she is as happy, playful, curious, and bursting with life as ever. Given what I understand now about the severity of her injury, I am only more in awe of Poppy's incredible tenacity and spirit. What a brave little pup. We didn't find her in that remote part of Botswana--she found us, and I truly believe she knew what she was doing. She's earned every bit of love and adoration and concern for her future we all share. What a beautiful, tiny, but powerful symbol of hope in the face of adversity. She's helped me see how one little "stray" being with a loving, soulful, present gaze can bring so many people together, across languages, nationalities, world views, and beliefs.
What's next for her continued recovery? Dr. Gruebel believe continued physiotherapy will help Poppy improve more and regain strength and maybe even some ability to stand on her own. Poppy will also soon get her own fancy cart, or wheelchair, to help her race around and chase squirrels. She's already super fast, but a cart will help reduce abrasions on her hind legs from high speed dragging!
Meanwhile, we are working with a pet travel company, getting her ready for her journey to her forever home and family in Washington, DC. They are waiting for her with open arms (and paws) and hearts.
How have I spent your incredibly generous donations? So far, Poppy's care, tests, kenneling, and transport from Botswana to South Africa has totaled:
30,000 pula in Botswana (x-rays, vaccinations and food, documentation for border movement, physiotherapy, kenneling for a month, transport to Johannesburg) = $2,845
8,000 Rand in South Africa (MRI and kenneling and care at Greenside so far) = $585
Donation to Maun Animal Welfare Society = $500
As I know more about the costs for her remaining time at Greenside, her wheel chair, and transport to the U.S., I promise to give another update!
I am so deeply grateful to all of you! Poppy is a happy pup, full of love and sweetness and spunk. It's thanks to all of you she has such a bright future. With appreciation, xo, amanda
Thank you again, with love, amanda
Poppy still has some journeys to make before she can meet her family in person, but at least now she has the security of knowing where she will land. The next step is getting her to Johannesburg, hopefully, next week, where she has a whole team of specialists, vets, and at least one sweet foster mom waiting for her (lucky pup!). Then once she's stabilized--either following surgery and/or fitting with a wheelchair--we'll make arrangements for her to travel to her new home.
Tears of joy for you, sweet Poppy! You are loved virtually by so many people all over the world, and soon you will be embraced by the real arms of a family who already love you. Thank you, MaryBeth, Howard, Sydney, Molly, and Buffy for opening your hearts and your home to Poppy! with love, amanda
I can only speak for myself, but you can use my modest donation in whatever way you deem appropriate, whether for Poppy's surgery, a wheelchair, medicine... or for one of the other friends you've adopted. There must be a reason these animals find you, Amanda.
Such good news! Go, Poppy, go -- lot of healing love coming your way. IMO, use the donations for her care at whenever time and for whatever is needed -- the clinic care in Maun, wheelchair, surgery, etc. Should there be anything left on balance, please pass it on to those who are doing great things for the dogs and kitties of Botswana. :-) ♥
Dear Amanda, thank you for your updates and all you do for Poppy and her peers. I'd be glad to have you donate a part to MAWS, especially since it didn't work when I tried to make a paypal donation. There was an error message saying they have to open an account first ...? Cheers, Janicke