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Scout in the snow

Priscilla writes:

Today Scout is a happy, mischievous, 16-month-old puppy

who can bounce through the snow on all four of his legs.

It is a sight to behold and one that will always make me stop

and be thankful, as it has been a long time coming.

I still remember it like it was yesterday that I received a call

alerting me to an Airedale puppy who had literally been

run over by a truck and whose owner wanted to euthanize him.

Fortunately, the veterinary hospital had heard of ATRA

and called to ask if we could take this four-month-old puppy named Scout.

They felt he could be saved, although he was in critical condition.

I can still vividly see the small helpless puppy for the first time;

I can still hear his cries from the pain while driving him back to Denver.

Surgery on his shattered bones would have to wait due to internal bleeding.

Amy Waters visited Scout the first night he was in Denver

and was emotionally shaken, as she did not think Scout

would make it through the night.

The damage to Scout's pelvic area was extensive.

The surgeon repaired what he could and performed

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) surgery on Scout's right hip

because it was shattered so badly.

Scout came through the surgery well; his recovery seemed to be on track.

But things began to change and his right foot was extremely painful.

The surgeon felt there was nerve damage,

a rather common complication in FHO surgery,

or the sciatic nerve was caught by healing bones.

An acupuncturist worked with Scout

in an attempt to free up the sciatic nerve.

As the weeks passed, it became obvious that Scout was not improving.

It was the norm for him to hop on three legs.

Putting all his weight on his left hind leg was taking a toll on Scout's

physical health because he had suffered a hairline fracture in his left hip.

Eventually he needed assistance to hold up his back legs

because he was not able to use his right one

and his left one was too weak. The surgeon began to talk

about Scout's quality of life. He felt Scout would not improve;

amputation was not an option because of the damage to his left hip.

This came as a complete shock to me.

I remember leaving the veterinary hospital in tears.

I had worried about amputation, but had never considered ending Scout's life.

As I drove home, thoughts went through my mind such as:

he'll never have a chance to have a 'big boy' haircut;

we'll never know how big he would have been.

Every time I looked at him, I became teary-eyed.

The surgeon told me it was not a decision I had to make that day,

but should be made relatively soon. I talked to Amy Waters about it,

as she had been there for us from the beginning of his recovery,

offering moral support and suggestions.

We decided we to take him to another physical therapy group prior to making a decision.

We owed that to Scout, as he had tried so hard and suffered so much.

The new therapist offered us hope and began more advanced physical therapy.

Scout began to lower his leg and gain mobility without assistance.

But progress was slow; Scout would make strides,

then plateau and not progress any further.

Finally in October, the veterinarian/therapist suggested

Scout be

examined by a surgeon who specialized in repairing pelvic injuries.

The surgeon found large spurs at the top of the bone that

had been cut off during the FHO surgery.

That was Scout's problem;

another surgery was necessary to remove them.

The news brought mixed emotions.

The thought of Scout being able to use his right back leg

seemed surreal after all he had been through.

We were afraid to believe the possibility.

After receiving approval for the surgery from ATRA,

I scheduled it with the surgeon.

Amy & I made the decision to not tell anyone

because we did not want Scout's many supporters to be let down again

if the surgery wasn't successful.

Fast forward to today.

When you see Scout bounding around on all fours,

you know the surgery was a tremendous success.

He is no longer a little 24-pound puppy,

but a big 78- pound bundle of fur.

He is a happy boy who enjoys his newfound mobility

and looks up at me sometimes as if he is smiling.

And seeing Scout at that moment makes me aware that despite the long,

emotional journey we've traveled together, it was all worth it.

A special bond formed between the two of us during the yearlong journey.

There's no question where his forever home will be: it will be with me.

And Scout will also always have Amy, who was a steadfast

& caring advocate from the beginning.

I cannot take the love & support Scout has come to rely on away from him.

he deserves that much & more.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent financial support

& well-wishes for Scout.

Your contributions played a major role in enabling Scout's story to have a happy ending.

GAIL & TOM ALEXANDER GAVE THE DONATION THAT BROUGHT US TO $7000; THEY WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF CYN MOBLEY'S BOOK, Aire-Town. RE-DONATED BY AIRECANADA, AND, IN HONOR OF ALICE ROSS, A POUND OF AUNT LYDIA'S KOOKIES will be included, IF the winner is in the US or Canada. If not, SCOUT will receive a pound of Aunt Lydia's KOOKIES, Flavor To Be Decided by the winner

THE DONATION THAT BROUGHT US TO $6600 WAS MADE

BY AIRECANADA, AND WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF CYN MOBLEY'S BOOK, Aire-Town. DONATED BY THE AUTHOR

[You might be surprised who the main character is. ]

THE WINNERS OF THIS AIREDALE CROSS-STITCH KIT, DONATED BY ELLEN McGEAGH FOR THE DONOR WHO BROUGHT US OVER $6300 ARE

ERNIE & JENNY SATTERTHWAIT

DONOR ELLEN McGEAGH writes:

This is a 1984 Bernat counted cross-stitch kit. It is a vintage kit, in perfect shape. You can't buy this anymore.

You get everything in the original kit: cross-stitch fabric, floss, pattern, hoop and a picture of the finished product. Someone started this years ago, put in about 17 stitches and stopped. Finish it and hang it, make a small pillow or give it to your Airedale-loving friend.

THE WINNER OF Dog is God Spelled Backwards (read about it HERE ), DONATED BY AUTHOR CLARKE GREEN, FOR THE PERSON WHOSE DONATION BROUGHT US OVER $5000 IS

AMY MEYER

THE WINNERS OF Emma's Journey (read about it HERE ), DONATED BY SUE F IN OZ, FOR THE PERSON WHOSE DONATION BROUGHT US OVER $4500 ARE

SIDNEY & STEVE NELSON

DONATING TO THE SCOUT IN COLORADO FUND ARE.

ANDREA DENNINGER & NEAL SKRENES

THE SKRENNINGER SIX-PACK

Source: www.alldogssite.com
Category: Airedale

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