Eileen, a 9-month-old Great Pyrenees mix was found abandoned with her brother Elliott in Southeast Missouri. Who can resist big fluffy loves? Not I.
While Eileen was being prepped to be spayed and placed under anesthesia her breathing became labored and slowed. Thanks to her quick-thinking vet, the procedure was halted, and Eileen brought out of anesthesia and directly taken for x-rays.
The x-rays showed that sweet Eileen had a diaphragmatic hernia and without emergency surgery, her life would be a short one without ever knowing the love of a family. Anyone who knows me that as long as the dog still wants to live and has a 50/50 or greater chance in the hands of skilled medical professionals, I am going down that road with the dog. I contacted Veterinary Specialty Center and received the thumbs up to have her there on Monday, the 21st.
Our partners arranged transport and within 3 days, Eileen and her brother Elliott made the trip north to us. Eileen made her way to our super foster family in Algonquin who showered her with love and this morning dropped her off at Veterinary Specialty Center.
This morning before heading into surgery, Dr. Robbins contacted me to go over the surgery and to say that Eileen is “adorable”. Made me smile during a genuinely concerning conversation of reiterating that she had a 50/50 chance of surviving the surgery.
Today at 1 pm, Dr. Robbins called to say she survived the surgery and he felt it went well, she was in ICU for recovery and monitoring. They had to reposition the stomach, liver, big and small intestines, repair the diaphragm wall damaged by the hernia and scar tissue. They performed a procedure to hold her stomach in place to help prevent the possibility of bloat or stomach twisting. In closing, they spayed her to alleviate another surgery or going into heat.
Our Eileen has been rebuilt and no doubt is wagging her tail like crazy in the ICU stealing staff’s hearts. I appreciate your sending of good wishes, healing vibes, and prayers for Eileen’s full recovery.
Now comes the tough part for the rescue, the $3500 bill is due in 2 days. Our funds have been running on fumes all year long due to the high number of heartworm disease cases we took on, but what choice do we have when you are looking at a sweet souls’ eyes and the alternative is death or euthanasia.
We have always helped those that were in the direst need of help sooner than later. Every penny raised goes to the dog’s medical care first and foremost, not I or any of those who step up to transport or foster receive compensation. We don’t have corporate donors, nor are we large enough to qualify for grants; but we have heart, and we don’t turn our backs on the abandoned, broken, abused, and neglected.
Consider a donation to help pay Eileen’s life-saving surgery cost, any amount is appreciated. We understand that 2020 has been a challenge in many ways including financial as we have been hit hard as well.
Wishing you all a happy holiday season and many blessing to come in the New Year!