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Let's go on a rescue journey together from beginning to end. This is a front row seat to see what STRSE does and a look at our standard of care.
It was brought to our attention by another rescue group that we have worked with in the past, that there was a young male (4 year old) Scottie in a shelter in SC. This boy had sustained a broken right front leg at some point in his life. It was never fixed or treated medically and has atrophied and drawn up and inward to the point that he has no use of it. The shelter had already scheduled him for a neuter surgery. They also offered to amputate his problem leg during that surgery. (All for $58)
The STRSE Executive Board feels that you get what you pay for and wanted a second opinion. We had our contact email the shelter and let them know that we are willing to assume all cost of his neuter and leg issues if they would release him to us for our veterinarian to give that second opinion and treat him. We are so grateful to have a very good reputation as an absolute responsible rescue.
Thankfully they agreed to release him to us for his care.
We were all hoping and praying that the leg could be fixed by seeing an orthopedic specialist, and that was the route that we were willing to take. This boy is young, has a lot of life left and we owed him the best possible chance to keep his leg.
To our disappointment there was no way to save the leg. This is a very complex amputation considering that it is a very old injury that has no muscle left on the shoulder or the leg.
It's been a very long and expensive journey with trying to put much needed weight on him, calming his stomach and getting the GI inflammation under control, along with the anemia. We needed him to be in the best possible shape for his surgery. We slowly made our way to that goal.
We currently have one of the best vets that we know amputating and seeing to it that he's properly cared for this morning and for the days to come.
We are all asking for prayers, positive thoughts, and lots of love sent his way, as we have all committed to step up and see this little love through a major surgery, the stress that comes with it and his complete recovery.
Upon intake on Jan 24 2016, we decided to name him Jonah-meaning dove. The dove calls for you to gain your serenity and is a symbol of peace. Jonah is a very sweet boy and well deserving of his serenity along with a good, healthy, long life full of kindness, love and care.
He has a long road of recovery ahead. This may be a setback but he has the mighty heart of a terrier and he is now stronger than ever, knows that he is surrounded by love, kindness and the care that he should have received to start with. STRSE is in the process today of righting the wrongs that he has endured. He will come out of this an even stronger, even tougher, and a more tenacious little Scotsman with a fierce and happy heart.
Thank you in advance, Scottie family. We are a strong network and in our unity, our prayers are always heard. ❤
Posted on March 28, 2016 by STRSE
Jonah’s Happy Story Ending/Beginning
Posted on April 24, 2016 by STRSE
I often say that I can't be sure of who helps who more ... me, or the dogs that I foster. I think I learn just as much from them as they ever learn from me.
❤Jonah❤ was adopted today and is off to live his happily ever after. Goodbyes are always bittersweet, to say the least. He managed to find his way to STRSE and now his journey has taken him to one of the finest families in NC that we could have ever hoped for.
The lessons that we take away from this little fella is that no matter what life throws your way, you just keep moving forward one step at a time.
Never let anyone tell you that ANY disability is defeat and makes you less than.
Small accomplishments turn into big achievements over time.
Where there is a will, there is always a way!
A strong little determined terrier, with only one front leg can & will still dig away, trying to go after his prey. (i.e.: chipmunks & frogs in drain pipes!)
He's also shown us the power of unity, as he was greatly supported, prayed for and had thousands of people cheering him on during his 3 month stay with us at STRSE. He had many donations made toward his care and many, "Get Well Soon" cards from all over the world. It was humbling to see so many who cared so much for his well being.
Everyone thrives when love is present and he is certainly a prime example of that. He is also representative of courage, strength, bravery and living peacefully in the moment.
The only problem that I have had since his amputation 3 weeks ago, is keeping up with him! ... and saying goodbye.
What a remarkable teacher!
Happy Tails, little one! It has truly been a pleasure. STRSE is so very fortunate to have been able to help you become one of the happiest Scotties ever! ❤
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