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superstretch

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01-26-2016 07:57 AM

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This past week, my loyal friend and companion of 5 years suffered an FCE- a spinal stroke- that has taken his ability to walk. The vet railroaded us in to starting diagnosis and treatment and subsequently raised our estimate each time we met. Bump has begun to slowly recover, but the amount to which he does and our ability to bring him home depend on the rehab he receives. I feel awkward looking for support, but I’m sure the dog-lovers can understand just how much your dog can be family and the lengths to which you’d go to help them.

https://www.gofundme.com/bumpers

-- Dan, Rochester, NY


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JimRochester

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 12:10 PM

Dan; I feel for you. My dog tore both ACL’s in two subsequent years. We have more in to him than I do in my car. I’ll do what I can and hopefully others will to. I’m in sales and one of my best weeks was when my sales pitch was please buy anything for my dogs operation. Most were very understanding some jerks said to put him down. Would never do that unless it was a last resort.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 02:10 PM

My dachshund suffered a severe disk rupture with paralysis to rear legs. We caught it quickly and the doctors at the Purdue Small Animal Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana did a miraculous surgery. My dog has recovered better than 95% and is doing extremely well.

The Veterinarians and staff were wonderful. I was so happy to have my dog back as I expected the worst.

Being older with no kids at home, dogs become more important.

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superstretch

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 02:57 PM

Jim, thanks for the comment! I know there are a lot of people on here who appreciate how much dogs can mean to someone. Sorry to hear about yours.. Is he an agility dog?

Red, glad to hear about your dog’s recovery! I hear some great things about animal medicine out of Indiana. Not being in a position where surgery would help, its done a fair amount to temper our cost but at the same time raised our anxiety about recovery.. Sitting and waiting is the hardest part!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 05:55 PM

There wasn’t anything I could do for my last Lab, “Maggie”. Lymph cancer. I kept her as long as I could and could bare to see her suffer. I had her in my arms when the vet gave her the needle. Best dog I ever had! My daughter has one of her pups and Duke spends the day with me while daughter works. Duke’s a great dog, but she’s not my Maggie. Yes Duke is a female. It was the only name she would answer to.

I miss Maggie everyday.

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lew

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#5 posted 01-26-2016 06:06 PM

We had a poodle, in the late ‘60s. He injured his spine and lost the ability to use his hind legs. In those days, there was only one of two choices. We decided to care for him until he passed (he was 4 at the time) as the vet said he would have the spinal stroke in about a year.
To help him get around, I built a “wheelchair” from a picture the vet showed us. He passed away at the age of 14- not from his spinal injury but from cancer.

The one I built was very much like this one-

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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nkawtg

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#6 posted 01-26-2016 06:12 PM

Just as with humans, medical costs for our loved animals is quite expensive. I’m sorry I can’t help with your situation, but for others I would encourage you to get insurance for your pet.

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Redoak49

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#7 posted 01-26-2016 06:21 PM

While the spinal surgery on my dachshund was not cheap, I was very surprised. With a person, it would have been 100 times more expensive. They even provided an accurate estimate before the surgery so we could evaluate the options.

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superstretch

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#8 posted 01-26-2016 06:32 PM

Bob- Very sorry to hear of your loss! Growing up, my parents always told me about their first dog as a married couple and how each successive dog just doesn’t compare.. I can agree to that!

Lew- Outstanding! Glad that you got another 10 years of companionship! I’ve started researching equipment for mobility if we should need to make a purchase.

nkawtg- Good point. Insurance is definitely something we’ll be getting in the future!

Red- Surgery wasn’t considered after they figured it was an FCE, but the cost estimate doubled from what they had originally told us. That particular vet office has terrible reviews on Google for exactly that practice!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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7Footer

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#9 posted 01-26-2016 07:31 PM

Omg Stretch, I was tearing up reading your GoFundMe page… I’m so sorry man, that must be one of the toughest things ever, I have a 5 year old yellow lab that I’m just in love with, and cannot imagine how hard it must be. I can make a little donation to help on Friday. Also I love the name Bump. Hoping for the best, stay up bro.

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superstretch

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#10 posted 01-26-2016 08:25 PM

Thanks man.. its been tough no doubt and we appreciate the kind words an any support people can lend!

As for his name, his father’s (owned by my brother) name is Thump, named after a bouncer he knew. Bump was easily twice as big as all of his siblings when he was born, so he quickly earned the name Baby Thump, or shortened to Bump!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 01-26-2016 09:10 PM

I’m very sorry that your doggy is sick…

He has our prayers… and sent…

I like Lew’s solution… can you Make one?

Good Luck…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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superstretch

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 09:47 PM

I’m not that skilled, sadly. I do think in the past few years that prices on the equipment have come down, relative to income. The rehab facility will have some suggestions, I’m sure

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 01-26-2016 09:50 PM



I m not that skilled, sadly. I do think in the past few years that prices on the equipment have come down, relative to income. The rehab facility will have some suggestions, I m sure

- superstretch

Lew?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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superstretch

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#14 posted 02-08-2016 05:45 PM

Thanks to everyone for the support, prayers, and good thoughts. We were able to raise enough to cover 10 days of rehab, so we stepped out in faith for another 10 day regimen. I’ve posted some updates on our gofundme page if you want to take a look, http://gofund.me/bumpers

The short story is- he’s walking, with help, but still struggles with bowel control and has some bad sores on his hind end and tail. We’re just taking it one day at a time and hoping and praying for continued recovery!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 02-08-2016 08:17 PM

Sounds good!

Prayers work!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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