Charlie doing much better! Updates and Images
Charlie, the 10/11 year old Westie who came in to Westie Rescue seeking medical help and a second chance at a new life mid August with critical injuries, has had a tremendous recovery and is now happy and full of life!
To keep everyone updated, Uncle Stephen will post updates on his recovery and activities while he is in our program of helping little ones find that great second chance at life.
The decision was made very quickly when Charlie first came into our program, to see if we could, ID his issues, medically solve and end his pain, and eventually be adopted. Once that decision was made, every Westie, visits one of the Vets we work with to have a complete health examination, blood testing to see what is going on beneath the surface, shots up dated, neuter/spay, teeth cleaned, and if all goes smoothly, a clip and a blow dry along with a nail trim. In other words a dog “Tune Up”! Our goal to make each Westie ready for that new home in the least amount of time thereby reducing the stress on the dogs. In Charlie’s case the road to a new home was going to be much much longer.
The original owner did not see or care that Charlie was in pain and could not walk far without limping. If it wasn’t for the intervention of a party guest, Charlie would have lived out his life in that awful pain. She saw Charlie and wondered why he was tied to the back door of the home. The answer was the owner did not have time for Charlie as she now has children. The woman asked about Charlie and could she have him since he was unwanted. The owner said yes, as they could care less about him. This Guardian Angel, pick up Charlie, got him into a vet and a groomer ASAP. Both of which Charlie had not seen in years. She then called Westie Rescue to see if we could take Charlie and make him well. Our answer was, “Of Course!” So Charlie rode drown from NJ into my arms in Delaware for the additional ride to the Vet in Annapolis MD. The discovery of Charlie pain was a shock.
First up emergency surgery to find out what was in this HUGE lump on his right side tummy area. Answer, dog abuse. The vets found a 5″ bambo BBQ skewer inside Charlie that had been broken off below the skin level. This object had been inside him puncturing multiple organs for over 4 weeks. Any responsible owner would have seen huge blood loss, screaming, and unbelievable pain from this impact.
During the last six weeks, Charlie’s impact area has reduced from 4.5″ to 1.5″. The images above show you what was removed from him and the impact area during week one.
Weeks 2-3: Charlie’s daily activity has grown, walks are longer, his strength is slowly being regained, and he is showing he is a fighter.
Weeks 4: As you can see below, the impact area is shrinking, there is no complications like infection or tissue die off. In fact everyone is amassed that all is progressing so well. Charlie has been a wonderful and calm patient, allowing the Vet staff to poke, clean, and patch him daily
Week 5 Charlie gets a break from the Vets
Charlie moved in with me a few weeks ago to get a break from life at the vets, as his bandages needed changing and the wound flushed every other day. Which is great news as the trip to and from the great Vets at Greater Annapolis Vet Hospital and his ever vigilant Vet Tech, Wendy, is 80 miles for me.
While Charlie was with Uncle Stephen, he had 6 walks a day, with extra trips out for a quick pee, and to sit and watch the cars drive by or an occasional bird or running chipmunk. Lots of snoozing time in the office. Every few hours poor Charlie would get a brushing on a body part followed up with a treat, then a little ball playing, followed by a full body rub. Charlie is a complete Westie who refuses to be ignored, as he will head butt you for attention, . He is a number one tossed ball retriever. As the week progressed, Charlie now looks you in the eyes, runs to you for a hug and a pet. He will bounce up and down when treats are involved or when it is dinner time. He can now do doggy stretches as the pain in his side is gone, loves a full body rub, and he thinks he should sit in your lap with your legs folded until your legs and himself fall asleep…..
Week 6 Charlie is reborn!
As you can see, Charlie has made tremendous improvements from where he was back in August. He now has a spring in his step, he bounces up and down for food and when getting ready for a walk. He truly is a walking miracle, thanks to skilled vet care, daily care from his “staff”, and lots of snoozing time. He is ready to chase squirrels, enjoy life, and is ready to face another round of surgery to include neutering and dental work.
The surgery happened on Tuesday and Charlie came through with flying colors less a few bad teeth. Charlie has charmed everyone me meets especially the Staff at the Vet hospital, so much so one of them asked if she could adopt Charlie.
His new home is lined up with one of his Vet Techs & daily care givers, so he is off this week on a trial stay to see if everyone gets along with each other. He will continue to see the vet staff every other day for bandages and a cleaning as he still has no scabbing over the impact area.
Charlie’s recovery is one that had many players involved. The wonderful people who found him roped to a backdoor and brought him into my arms. Wendy Opel who checked on him and coordinated his daily vet check and meds, The Drs Elizabeth Daher & Norma Woodburn who did the diagnoses, first surgeries, and provided daily care to his wounds, the GREAT Docs at Annapolis Vet Hospital who sewed up his internal organs that were punctured by the BBQ skewer found inside poor Charlie, the volunteers at Westie Rescue who ran his butt into the hospital and checked on him daily.
The last group who have helped Charlie has been the many angels who have donated to offset almost 60% of his bills Charlie has been racking up.
Charlie’s Medical bills updated 9/15/2020
- Emergency Vet surgery: $3,800
- Vet Bill: $3,729.22 so far and rising
- (Includes $1,359.74 for Neutering, Teeth Cleaning w/extractions (9/15/2020) and bandage changes for last week.)
- Costs of Love: $0
- Total Medical Expenses $7,529.22 to date.
- Charlie happy, well and ready for his new home: Priceless
Westie Rescue needs your help to offset Charlies bills. Many of you have given, but he needs more now.
Charlie riding shot on his way to work 9/17/2020