I am so scared. The pain is excruciating and I can’t walk. That scares me the most – I am a 4-month-old puppy and I can’t put any weight on my back legs. I was playing. I don’t know exactly what happened. I didn’t even see the car coming, until it hit me. SCARS runs a Spay and Neuter program in my community. A witness to the accident called the SCARS intake team. I am on route to care. They say they will help me. They say there is a whole community of wonderful people who will wrap their arms around me and get me through this. If you are one of those wonderful people please consider donating to my care through Canada Helps on the SCARS website: www.scarscare.ca/donate/. They gave me a name, I am Little Tyke and I am going to need all the help I can get.
Sept. 23 Little Tyke update. I am a little less scared and there is a lot less pain. These people are wonderful. I had a long ride in a car to get to the vet clinic. Everyone has been so kind and gentle with me, so caring and understanding of my pain (I got great pain meds for that in case you were wondering). They use big words here – bilateral fracture of my femur. In simple dog terms it means the big bones in both my back legs are broken and have to be put back together with metal plates. This is a big surgery, so I am heading to the specialist to get the care I need. I am so lucky that SCARS exists and they have so many amazing supporters. Without you all, my future would look pretty grim but because of SCARS. Today, I have hope.
Sept 25 update… Wow. All I can say is, Wow! From lying in a ditch unable to walk all the way to recovery from major surgery the last day or so of my life has been a blur. I am less scared now because people are so nice and kind to me. I’m still a little dazed and confused about everything that has happened, but I’m mostly just so darn grateful that I seem to be able to make my legs work again. Not walking yet, but I have movement. It was a big surgery – metal plates and screws to put the bones in both legs back together. My surgeon is pleased with how everything went.
I have big hurdles in front of me though. The severity of my injury will require lots of physio. There is a potential complication in puppies with femur fractures called quadriceps contracture (these people use such big words all the time for a small pup like me). What it means in simple dog is my big leg muscle potentially could heal right onto the big leg bones they just fixed. This would be a devastating complication that could greatly impact my mobility and quality of life. I don’t want that to happen. This is where the physio therapy part comes I absolutely have to follow the instructions. Well that means my wonderful foster home will follow the instructions and I will happily participate. I am all for anything that gets me running and playing again. How can you help? Glad you asked! The best way would be to make a donation to SCARS. Any contribution to injured animals like myself would be greatly appreciated. Donations make a life and death difference to animals like myself. Thanks so much you SCARS people are the best.
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society