BUSTER LOSES HIS LEG
When Buster came to us 3 yrs ago, he was limping and the pad of his paw was a bloody, raw mess and the rest of his leg atrophied and mostly unusable. We thought he might have been a hit and run victim leaving him with a broken and badly mended leg. However, X-rays revealed a much more sinister diagnoses. He was born deformed. Calcium deficiency. He was, almost assuredly, a product of backyard breeding. You know the story. Mother dogs are used as breeding machines to produce one litter after another without benefit of proper vetting, vitamins or food. Their bodies depleted, they are unable to make healthy babies.
For the most part, we've been able to keep Buster in good repair, but recently he re-injured his paw. This time it was different. Normally stoic, he could not hide his pain this time. His paw refused to heal and he began chewing into the open wound, widening and deepening it up to the bone. It was like he was methodically removing the source pain even if it meant chewing off the paw. I have seen my share of open wounds. I have worked as a surgical photographer seeing the raw insides of human beings. I have never been bothered by this. But when I saw what Buster was doing, it brought me to my knees.
Clearly, we were out of choices. It was time to operate. Buster's leg had to be removed. We hoped we would never have to face this. After all, even with a limp the leg was a source of support to his big bully body. Amputation would be hard on him but being still a young and otherwise strong dog, he had a better chance to overcome this trauma now than if he had been older. His good temperament and happy go lucky outlook on life would help see him through it. We were told that many non-bully dogs do not survive such a surgery by more than a few months, the trauma being too great to overcome. The success rate for pit bull dogs, however, was high due to their inherent tolerance for pain. Certainly, Buster had a great tolerance for pain. Regardless of the outcome, we had no choice. His only chance now at a decent life was amputation.
Because of the emergency of his injury, Buster could not wait for us to raise the money for his surgery. Our veterinarian is graciously working with us, allowing us to make payments as we can. So far his bill is $670 for the amputation but Buster has an immune deficiency which causes him to heal slower than he should. To avoid infection and to insure proper healing, he will have to stay at the clinic for a while longer. Boarding costs and medications to see him through it will likely cap the total bill at around $1000 all in all. We have received and paid a $200 donation already.
Please help us pay the remaining $800 of Buster's bill by donating to:
P.O. Box 111888
Nashville, TN 37222
Or through PayPal:
Or directly to:
Dr. Rita Tinsley
Animal Clinic of Stewart County
533 Hwy 79
Dover, TN 37058
Please remember to mention Buster for your donation.
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BE MY VALENTINE!
This little kitten and her siblings were born around Christmas time in 2009. Mamma cat did her best to care for them but the neighborhood human bullies tormented and abused them, as well as others like BOO. They were saved by the same Good Samariatan who nurtured and loved them and loved them and made them whole again.
It was near Valentine's Day when a very lucky new family fell instantly in love with this little spitfire. Tucked into her new daddy's coat, she went home to a life of luxury and spoil heaven. They named her Valentine!
Happy Valentine's Day, little girl!