Blake Needs Some New Hips
Organized by: Marie-Lyne Grenier
One year ago, I agreed to foster a dog that was one day away from being euthanized. I took him in thinking I would find him a good home. After a few weeks of trying to find him a good home, I realized (with some nudging from friends and family), that the best place for him was in my home, with his new best-friend Bacchus. I thought a great deal about the financial implications and time commitments that owning an extra dog would require from me. It wasn't easy, but with a little "life re-arranging", we made it work. He had some serious anxiety issues and some health issues (chronic ear infections), issues we have worked hard together to overcome. I knew, as he got older, his hips would need surgery. What I didn't realize is how soon we would have to tackle this obstacle. A few weeks ago, I brought Blake for an extra long walk. He limped the entire next day. The anti-inflammatories and pain medication he has been taking over the past year are becoming less and less effective. Since he is only two and a half years old, this is the best time for him to get hip replacements. This is the time for two reasons: 1) He is young and will heal faster, and 2) The quicker he gets new hips, the less pain he will have and the more active a life he can live. I have researched the different surgical options and discussed these with his veterinarian. At 65lbs, the only option for him is hip replacement surgery (this surgery also has the best success rate and 95% return to full activity). The vet says he is a good candidate for hip replacements. He is young and fit and should recover in 4-6 weeks. My new job will allow me to spend time with him at home during the rehab phase (and there is an extensive rehab program). There is only one problem... The surgery will cost between $5400-$5700. Money I just don't have. I have started this page to ask all of you for help raising money for Blake's new hips. Any little bit helps. I have 134 friends on my facebook page and if everyone gave $40, the surgery would be covered. Please help Blake lead a healthy, long, active, happy, and pain-free life. I promised this little man a year ago that I wouldn't give up on him and would take care of him. Please help me make that promise possible.