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Monday, December 24, 2012
Its Christmas Eve and here I am running late as usual. I wanted to get this in before Christmas but looks like it won’t make it. In any case I wish you all the warmest of holiday wishes and hope the coming New Year will be filled with happiness.
I have to say that I sure won’t be sorry to say goodbye to 2012 as it has been a rough year here at the rescue. Starting with my near amputation of both ring fingers in February and 3 surgeries (still needing one more). Both bones were broken and one tendon cut.
Then on April 7th Chaddo had a torsion of his colon in the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully I got him to Colorado State University in time and he survived an almost full mesenteric torsion thanks to their skilled surgeons.
In regards to Chaddo’s recovery, it has been touch and go for the last 8 months trying to get him through this. Lately he is starting to do much better and starting to bounce around and be playful again. His colon was damaged from the torsion so he now has colitis and has to be on a medicine regimen daily but thanks to God and the prayers and good wishes of everyone he survived when they didn’t think he would.
He had to go back in August and have his stomach tacked so that his chances of flipping his stomach would be less as they feared this would be too much after what he had gone though. They couldn’t tack his colon as it was just too damaged but the vet said that a colon torsion was rare and he didn’t think it would happen again. I have since looked it up on the web and there are only 4 cases in the veterinary records. I guess Chaddo would make 5. Three are GSDs and one is a Great Dane.
I think for the rest of my life my memory of this year will be of me with a brace on my arm and both hands in bandages walking Chaddo around the yard to make sure he could go potty.
Thankfully a couple of years ago I had the presence of mind to buy health insurance for Chaddo so that saved my personal pocketbook over $4000.00. Wouldn’t have mattered though as he is a necessary part of my life. I don’t think I would ever again go with out insurance for my dogs
In spite of my looking forward to saying goodbye to 2012 not all things this year were bad. During all the crisis with Chaddo, and me they were working on the new building and by the time I had one good hand to use they had the building dried in and ready for us to take over. Even though we had a lot left to do when the contractor finished we now have it almost completed.
We still have the floors that need epoxy, the walls around the indoor pen area, dog doors, pens set up inside and we need gate panels for the indoor pens. We need a hanging vented gas heater and gas pipes. Right now we are using electric heat and I am a little worried that a power outage will be a problem (that may be an understatement).
I would like to give a special thanks to all those volunteers who are such a vital part of this rescue that have stepped up to help, as we have had to depend on you even more than usual this year. Without you we would be looking at bare walls, freezing pipes and many dogs that would not have been rescued. I would like to mention just one person and that is Brian Browning (Liam’s adopter), who spent 4 days out here putting up the drywall and taping and bedding. What a job that was and we are all indebted to you, as I truly don’t think it would have gotten done without your professional help.
Last but not least I would like to thank all of those who have continued to support our cause by their donations. Without you we would not be able to continue our mission, the rescue and rehab of German Shepherd Dogs in need.