Meet Dunkin. Dunkin was brought to us at the end of August. He was sweet, he was fabulous, he was kind.
And one of his feet was dangling like a wet wash cloth.
We don't know how Dunkin was injured, but we knew that this wonderful man deserved a chance at life. We contacted the orthopedic specialists at Lazar Veterinary Surgery for help. We needed professional, specialist input as to whether we could save his mangled foot or we should just amputate the whole leg.
The wonderful Dr Sebastian Gordon came out and gave it a shot. We prepped Dunkin to attempt to put his poor little footie back together, but we also prepped him for an amputation in case Dr Gordon couldn't get the bits back where they needed to be. It took a few hours, but Dunkin emerged, transformed into WOLVERINE. Well, almost, any way.
Because there was a large, open, nasty wound over the bones, we had to do daily bandage changes and wound care. After a full month, the tissue and skin wounds have healed and he's down to bandage changes twice a week (or whenever he steps in poop or his water bowl).
We have another few weeks of this, and we get to take the telling 8 week radiographs. We'll know then whether the fracture repair has taken and he gets to keep his footie, or if this was all just an exercise in patience and determination.
In the meanwhile, Dunkin of The Donuts has been our long-term, honored, house guest. He is comfortable, he is happy, he is spoilt, and he has a boyfriend named Dempsey. And when we get him healed and open for adoption, Dunkin will have a home. With 3 or 4 legs, he will have the home he deserves.
None of this is free. Until this week, we have come in to change the bandage every single day, even on holidays and weekends. We sedate him once a week to clean any funky funk from between his toes. He gets food, pain medication, antibiotics, snuggles (those are free!), vaccinations, lab work. And surgery! And he will need one more surgery, either to remove the pins from his healed foot, or to remove his leg if the attempt at repair failed.
Every donation, every share, makes a difference. We need to raise about $2,000 to cover the costs we've already accrued for our sweet boy.
Thank you so much for your help changing lives. We can't save them all, but we can make a difference for the ones that we can help. And I can't begin to tell you how much love Dunkin has given us all in return.