Judy, a little old lady at the end of the road
Is this how the end of the road looks?
Until a few days ago Judy must have been a family dog living loose in a village home, she must have been fed and provided minimal care, but she wasn’t protected and certainly she wasn’t loved.
The impact must have been brutal. None of us saw it but we were left with the aftermath. Her entire hip has been obliterated, turned to smithereens, exploded like a glass piece shattered by a massive ball of steel.
I’ve never seen anything like it. Alvaro, our vet has, twice, but in both cases he was asked to euthanize the animal.
We are different. We believe every animal deserves a fighting chance. We believe there is no difference between the treatment an animal and a person must receive, and we believe, above all, we believe DEATH is the ABSOLUTE LAST OPTION, not the first.
Honestly, there is no knowing what’s going to happen. Judy looks very fragile but she is a strong girl, and if she has come all this way, if she has found her way to us, she deserves this community can provide her. And help her we can.
She has suffered for weeks, the end of pain is around the corner for her.
We can’t leave her like this. Please watch this video, make the connection and you will understand, as I do, that she is worth fighting for. Today Judy’s life is on the edge, and it’s up to us to grab her and bring her back, or let her slip into the abyss.
I say, let’s save her.
Put her out of her misery…
Put her out of pain!
Do the humane thing .. NOW.
We just did… . Have a look at that X-Ray because you’ll rarely see a surgery like this one performed on an animal rescued from the streets…. For some reason man people thing because they are old and in pain they are not worthy of our best effort. We are here to save their lives, to prove them wrong and to hope that our smallness inspire others to do the same.
Judy is now sleeping… she should be waking up fully in a couple of hours and something tells me she’s going to be HUNGRY!!!
October 3… she’s up and she’s HUNGRY
Update 5 October
Little Judy is doing great!… she’s completely recovered her usual spunk!, ready to take on the world, rediscovering kindness and little by little making progresses in her mobility.
For now the focus is for the bone to scar and rebuild whilst at the same time keeping herself active and learning to walk again. It’s going to take some time, but Judy is not a normal dog, she’s a survivor, a winner! right Judy?
Our baby is doing much much better… she has no pain, she’s in great spirits, and spends her time looking at the nurses and doctors working at the clinic. Her rehabilitation has just began. Looking forward to her evolution..
Something is wrong with Judy. She’s had diarrhea for a couple of days and she is quite depressed. Has lost weight, has no fever but the state of weakness is quite alarming. We have put her on IV and are performing blood test to determine what the problem is.
I’m extremely worried she may have contracted DISTEMPER while she was on the streets. If that is the case her recovery is going to be an uphill battle.
She’s right now on fluid and Vitamin C therapy. Sleeping peacefully… We will have more news on Monday ..
I’m very worried…
UPDATE November 10
Judy didn’t have distemper. Over the last three weeks she has remained at our clinic, recovering. The operation was successful as it eliminated pain and helped restore Judy’s basic functions. On the other hand it was unsuccessful because it didn’t restore Judy’s ability to walk. The bones haven’t been healing properly due to old age and extremely low calcium. We’ve been giving her calcium supplementation but it’s extremely slow.
The good news has been adopted this week by our friend Barbara in Zurich, Switzerland. Here is a family that understands the needs of a dog in Judy’s condition and will fulfill her every need for as long as it takes.