Sun 7 Apr 2013
I got a call from a local vet saying that a guy had brought in a golden who had been shot and wanted him euthanized. Apparently the dog was running lose and came home with his leg dangling. The guy thought it was amusing that it was just limp so waited a few days before taking him to the vet. Just putting him down did not seem like the answer.
I went to get the dog. He is the sweetest boy. There he was with his leg shattered, with gunshot splattered inside and he was wagging his tail when he saw me. He was matted, stinky and very, very grateful. I made some phone calls and took him to the teaching hospital we have here in Albuquerque and the orthopedic surgeon could operate that evening.
Now, you know with all that crime show stuff we see on TV, it never has hit me like this. That one little gunshot wound, and that shattered bone. Whew. We decided to try to save his leg rather than just amputate it right away. So they implanted a pin and screwed it back together. That is him in intensive care.
I will keep here here with me. He will be crated for 8 weeks and we will pray for the best.
And I am unabashedly asking for money. The surgery will run $4000 or so. I made an act of faith in the generosity of those of you who love Goldens as much as I do. You can donate through the paypal button or can send a check. Call at 505-345-3737 for the address. It is all tax deductible. And no matter what, send light, prayers, and good thoughts.
We are going to change his name…so stay posted.
new Name is Dustin. He likes it.
We came home from the hospital with antibiotics, pain killers and some sort of Rimadyl NASAID. I had looked up the death rate for Rimadyl at the FDA so declined that. I figured I was going to give Arnica a try. Gave it to him every hour the first say and by the next evening, the swelling was down by 50%. We kept it up, and started great food, fish oil, and some organ meat stuff from Iceland that they gave me samples of at Long Leash on life. He is very happy with the routine.
he is contained, goes for walks with a sling. His scar has healed up so he no longer has to wear the cone. He finally pooped and pees regularly. Now we just wait to see how the bone heals. I added another homeopathic called *bone knit*. Sure sounded good. Off course can’t see inside the leg, but he lifts it to pee and his muscles are all working.
I keep the sliding glass door open so he can watch birds and clouds. He is ready to go out running, LOL. but we bless the wonders of modern medicine.