Save our Service dog Scout
Organized by: Jamie O'Neill
My husband Daniel is in the Army and stationed at Fort Bliss which is over 1300 miles away from our families. This past year (being so far from my huge Italian family) has been the most challenging time of my life. Rescuing Scout and having our own little family has been the biggest blessing to Daniel and I, especially considering how often Daniel is working 24 hour shifts or away for weeks at a time training. Scout is truly my everything while Daniel is away. We rescued Scout from a kill shelter October 15th 2013. Scout had been abandoned and was between 4-6 weeks old. He was malnourished weighing only 6 pounds. Within only a couple weeks of having him in our care, he was potty trained and could respond to commands such as sit, shake (with both paws), lay, roll over, and speak! This puppy was making a huge come back. Scout's favorite thing in the whole world is to walk down the road to a big open grass land and play fetch, frisbee, play with other neighborhood dogs, and with children (he loves playing with children). Before Scout's hip condition we took him to his spot at least once a day. Now everyday Scout hobbles to the front door and waits to be taken to his spot. It breaks our hearts to see him in this condition.
This 9 month old puppy got diagnosed with hip dysplasia, which is when the joint in his hip becomes loose and unstable. Right now the only thing holding his joint in place are his muscles. Scout is in a serious amount of pain and discomfort. He has to be taken to the vet every few days for injections and laser treatments until the surgery (hip replacement) can be done.
To those of you that know us, Scout is our life. He means so much to Daniel and I, he really is our fur baby. There are other options such as salvaging his hip and having him walk abnormally and not live a full natural life, or to even leave it as it is and keep him in his kennel. Scout is only 9 months though and this is very rare for such a young pup. We want to do what's best for him in the long run. Unfortunately we do not have the funds to make this operation happen. Scout does have pet insurance but it does not cover hip dysplasia or the treatments he is getting in the mean time. We are doing our best to pay for the injections and laser treatments out of pocket to keep him comfortable; however, these treatments do not cure his condition. These treatments just make him feel less pain until the operation can be done. Please help us get Scout in the condition he deserves! Anything will truly help him and it will be such a blessing to our family.