Friday, May 20, 2011

Satchmo is still having problems!!

We have an appointment to see a specialist on Monday. He had a grand mal seizure Tuesday morning and went to the vet where he spent the night having tests done.  All tests were positive and no indication of what caused the seizure.  He came home on new medications and a prescribed diet, which he hates.

This morning, while eating at the disgusting "special" food, he had another brief seizure.  This one was only for a few seconds and he was fine pretty quickly.  But, back to the vet we went and now he will go see a neurologist.  I'm really worried about my baby boy, but I keep trying not to borrow trouble.  I'll just wait to hear what the neurologist has to say. 

Anyway, I was thinking about Satch's recent health issues when I came across this article that reminded me of the tenacity and resilience of animals.  This article, though very sad, gives me hope for my Satch.  If you read it and want to help this little one, please click over and leave a comment.  The dog in this article deserves to get the same kind of care my baby is getting, don't you think?

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Tornado dog crawls home on broken legs

Mason finds his way back home after Ala. twister

Updated: Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 12:24 PM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 10:42 AM MDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CNN/WBRC) - A tornado picked him up and blew him away, but his will to live was so strong he crawled home on two broken legs and survived for two weeks before his family found him.

Meet Mason. It only takes one look to know he's been through a lot in the last couple of weeks. And while his happy but haunted eyes and halting crawl tell us something about his story, his owners helped the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control shelter fill in the rest.

On April 27, Mason was hiding in a garage in North Smithfield when a storm picked him up and blew him away. His owners couldn't find him and had about given up when they came back to their home and garage on Monday to sift through debris. They found Mason waiting for them on the porch.

"He's got two broken legs and they're distal radial unal fractures. They've not been able to be in alignment so neither one of them have healed so he had to crawl on two broken legs to get home," said Dr. Barbara Benhart with the shelter.

"This is probably the most dramatic we've seen as far as an injury in an animal that's survived this long. It's kind of tapering off, the amount of animals we're seeing because of the storm. For an animal just to show up on someone's porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he's in," added Phil Doster, also with the shelter.

Mason's owners asked the shelter to take him because they're not able to care for him while they try and piece their lives back together.

"For an animal to go through what he's gone through and not to be ugly, to be happy for any companionship is remarkable. We're honored to be part of his recovery," said Doster.
Now with a little luck and a lot of love, Mason may become a mascot for storm survivors, both on four legs and two legs.

According to WBRC , the hope is that after he recovers, Mason can return to his original family. If not, the shelter says they will find a home for him.

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