Monday, 9/13/99, I was headed to the feedlots on a farm road.
As I was driving down a desloate section of this road, I saw a
small body struggling on the side of the road in the hot sand,
I slowed and realized it was a dog. Since there was traffic behind
me, I drove until I could turn around and came back. What I saw
was absolutely pitiful. It was a black and white puppy that
was dragging itself by it's two front legs with a little help
from it's left rear leg. The poor thing was panting, out of breath,
in the heat with no relief. I talked to it as I approached and
it cowered down. I picked her up and her right leg flopped off
to the side. She didn't even whimper. I placed her in my car and
headed back the way I had come.
took this puppy that I named TIERA to the closest veterinarian
to my home. As we are new to the area, I didn't know any vets
out here. The vet looked at her and told me (I had told him I
found her on the road), that since it wasn't my dog it would be
better to euthanize her. Well, I went ballistic. I told him it
didn't matter whose dog it was, she needed help! That she hadn't
given up, she had struggled down that road, that she was breathing
in and out and deserved a chance. He continued to try to talk
me out of saving her. (incredible!). I finally told him that if
I was driving down the road and saw his child struggling along
after being hit by a car, would he want me to leave them? Or,
if I had picked up the child and taken it to a doctor, was I supposed
to tell the doctor to pull the plug??? This puppy had a right
to live. He finally said okay and the haggling over payment began.
All this time TIERA just laid there, quitely, accepting.
vet would not take payments. I had to run to an ATM machine and
give him $150 cash to do anything! After I paid, they started
treating her! I had to practically sign my life away on paper
to pay for her treatment!!
was in shock so they had to give her fluids, etc. The did x-rays
and found that the sacro-something or other that connects her
pelvis is broken. Her pelvis is "free floating". Further
treatment depended on whether or not her bodily functions were
operating. I called to get an update today and she did urinate
during the night (good sign), she ate all her food (good sign),
but had not had a bowel movement yet. If she has a bowel movement
tonight or tomorrow morning, we can then opt for further treatment.
treatment has two options. 1) complete cage rest for 6-8 weeks.
Hoping that she mends correctly. 50-50 chance. 2) Surgery to set
the pelvis back where it belongs (there is also some other damage,
but not as severe). 80 - 100% chance of recovery.
talked to our previous vet (who knows what a nut case I am about
animals and is a good friend). He says that if bodily functions
are operating, after looking at the x-rays, he will contact some
veterinarian surgeons he knows and get me a discount on the surgery,
which is the best option as she is 3-4 months old and stands a
better chance of mending correctly than an older dog in the same
bills are at $350.00. Surgery will range from $1,700 to $2,000.
The vet still thinks I should put her down because she wasn't
my dog. Huh??? She's a TIER dog now!
I am doing that thing that I have a hard time doing, asking for
financial help. If anyone would like to help us help TIERA get
the surgery that will help her to be a happy, cared for dog, we
would be most grateful. I am uncomfortable asking, but I just
don't have the funds at present to help her.
9/19/99: I picked up TIERA (the puppy I found that had
been hit by a car) on Saturday morning (another $155.50) and took
her to my old vet. He looked at the x-rays and said "Gail,
she is really smashed up. One side of her pelvis is broken off
and a chip is floating around, the other side is pushed up. Where
her pelvis should make a triangle, with the point being at her
spine, it makes a V with the spine in the center because the pelvis
is detached and pushed up." Yucko news, huh? He was worried
about bodily functions as the bones were pushing on those organs.
Due to some
wonderful folks (thank you everyone!) (Alda, thanks for the phone
numbers. Still waiting to hear.) I told him that folks were trying
to help TIERA financially. He then told me to hang on while he
made a phone call. He called a surgeon, explained that I had found
her on the road, that I was a friend of his and that people were
sending funds to help this pup. He then asked if this surgeon
would take us on. The Surgeon told him to send me over. I loaded
up little TIERA again and we headed off. By the way, TIERA kept
trying to crawl in my lap on the 1 hour drive over! She is alert
and sweet. We are all blessed to have her in our lives!
came in, looked at the x-rays and said there was no reason that
TIERA couldn't function as a normal dog after surgery!!! Wait...it
gets better!!! He also said since I stopped to help her, because
I was a friend of Dr. Jeff Weitz of Mile Square Animal
Hospital in Fountain Valley, CA (yes, that's a plug!)and
because I did rescue, he would not charge us for his services
during the surgery, etc. That's not all either! He said he would
also take 20% off the cost of care! This was Dr. Rooks
of Allcare Animal Hospital in Fountain Valley, CA (Definately
a plug!!!). I couldn't help it...I started crying. Wow! Instead
of TIARA's surgery/care running $1,700 - $2,000, it should only
go to $1,500 or less! Isn't that awesome????? It wasn't until
later that I found out that Dr. Rooks is the head honcho of this
place that has 102 employees and 28 doctors! Every animal that
undergoes surgery has a technician with them from the time they
come out of surgery. I saw dogs and cats laying on pallets almost
the same size as a twin bed, with I.V.'s, bandages, monitors,
with pillows and a technician sitting on the floor with them,
stroking them, talking to them, checking them. This was a wonderful
animal care facility. There should be more of them.
are contacted daily on TIERA's status. Today (9/19/99) they called
and said she was doing well. If she is stable tomorrow, they will
do the surgery. If she needs more time to stabilize, they will
do the surgery Tuesday. I will keep everyone posted.
thank you, thank you! I just don't have enough words to truely
thank those of you who have (as usual) gone the extra mile for
an animal in need. Thank you.
surgery today (9/21/99). She is doing well and looking good.
They had to put a plate on one side of her pelvis and a screw
on the other. The surgeon said it looked like older fracture.
She did well under anesthesia and came through recovery without
I went to
visit TIERA on Sunday, 9/26/99. I spoke with
her surgeon who told me that her pelvis had probably been broken
7-10 days PRIOR to my finding her at the side of the road!! I
just cringe when I think of the pain this little puppy was in
for so long. Someone, somewhere had to have seen her, and yet,
there she was, dragging her little self down a hot, dusty road!
Thank God I saw her and picked her up. She would have suffered
so much longer and the end might have been quite different.
is doing well except that her right hind leg has lost it's muscle
tone (due to 7-10 days of non-use before I found her!!). She is
currently having electronic muscle stimulation and therapy in
both hind legs. As you will see from the pictures on our website,
she has difficulty in getting up. Her right hind leg still drags
behind her and she does not have control of it yet. That will
change with physical therapy and the stimulation and time.
be at All-Care Animal Referral Center for another week.
And...hang on to your hats folks.........The total bill for the
surgery, physical therapy, muscle stimulation, board and care,
etc. will only be $1,800.00. Isn't that wonderful? Dr. Rooks of
All Care informed me that he was not charging for his personal
services (surgeon extradonaire) and the All Care Foundation would
pick up 35% of the bill!!!!! The original bill would be in the
neighborhood of $3,000.00, but Dr. Rooks has gone the extra mile
to help us out.
I would like
to take a moment to thank all those who have contributed to TIERA's
medical bills. Her bills are totalling $2,155.00 and your donations
are helping to pay that. $355.00 was to the first vet that I took
her to. He stabilized TIERA (she was in shock and terribly dehydrated)
and took the x-rays. My old vet (Dr. Jeff Weitz, Mile
Square Animal Hospital, 11362 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley,
CA 92708, (714) 546-7676) then looked at her x-rays (no
charge) and called Dr. Rooks. Dr. Weitz explained that I was a
friend of his, had found her on the side of the road, that I helped
rescue horses and that I didn't have much money. Dr. Rooks did
not hesitate to tell him to send us over and he would help!
be at All Care (18440 Amistad Street, Fountain Valley,
CA 92708, 800-944-PETS (800-944-7387), 714-963-0909 Fax 714-962-1905)
until the end of the week. Call if you want a verbal update on
All Care contacts
me every single day with an update on TIERA. They are open 24
hours so I can call them anytime I want to find out how she is
doing! Also, TIERA is a big favorite of the staff. Everytime someone
walks up to her she wags her tail and is glad to see them! That's
you for your help. We have received funds that enable us to pay
almost 1/3 of her bill! Still a long ways to go in paying the
entire bill, but I truely believe she is worth it! Apparently,
so do you! Thank you so much from TIERA, myself, my husband and
all the critters for caring enough to make sure TIERA is receiving
the assitance she needs. Without you, this would be an entirely
TIERA is home! Yeah! Many thanks to those of you who are helping
us help TIERA. Many people have made an effort to assist this
lovely little girl. My heartfelt thanks to you all! TIERA
is doing good. She is confined to a cage for the next 60 days
(poor baby!) She does get to go outside, but she is not allowed
to run, jump, etc. Her right hind leg is still not bearing weight,
although she does use it to balance herself occassionally. And,
she does get to lay on the couch and watch TV with my husband
at night! HA! I will be taking her to therapy once a week. Ideally,
twice a week would be better, but we are unable to travel the
distance during the week and arrive before the therapist has gone
home for the day. So, we go on Sunday. The therapist will be showing
me how to do "joint manipulation" and massage so that
TIERA will eventually have full use of her right leg! Isn't this
just wonderful news????
you all from myself, and, of course, TIERA.
Sunday (10/10/99), TIERA was taken in for her physical therapy
appt. From Friday night until Sunday morning, TIERA had lost her
appetite and was not remotely interested in food. On Saturday
night she had a bad case of diarrhea. The wonderful vets at All
Care Animal hospital (please visit their site listed on our webpage!)
did testing on TIERA and the results were
Parvo! We had only
had her home a week and now she has a virus that gives her a 50/50
chance of survival! They kept TIERA at All Care Animal Hospital,
gave her fluids, (she had dropped weight in only 2 ½ days!) (she
was dehydrated, even though I monitored her water intake and she
was drinking), they also gave her vitamins and antibiotics. A
test was run on her white cell count to see how severe the Parvo
virus was. Fortunately, it looks as if we caught this deadly
virus before it could do too much damage. TIERA came home today
(Tuesday, 10-12-99). She is on antibiotics and a diet of boiled
chicken and rice. Her prognosis is good! This girl is a fighter!
The cost of
her 2 day stay are astronomical! Although AllCare gave us a 20%
discount, (they had also given us a huge discount on her previous
surgery for her broken pelvis and the surgeon didn't charge us
anything!), the cost was $368.00!!!!! But, the end result is that
we have a living, breathing, tail wagging, loving, black &
white TIERA in our house! Thank you all for continuing be there