Update! We reached our goal of $9k for Dorie’s surgery and MRI! Thank you!
I am continuing the fundraiser in hopes to raise enough money for her aftercare, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser, chiro etc. Plus, her medications are very pricey and need to be filled every month. So please keep sharing so we can get this girls medical process complete! Thank you so much! Our donors are the BEST!!
If you would prefer to make a donation to Dorie’s vet it is North Florida Neurology 280 Corporate Way. Orange Park, FL 32073 Phone: 904-269-7070. Her account is under Chow Chow Rescue Society, Inc. for Dorie. Thank you so much! Let’s get this girl better!
We were alerted by our friends at Akita Rescue Society Florida to a female paralyzed chow at the Baton Rouge, LA animal shelter. After contacting several other rescues who were unable to take her in we decided we could not let her fall through the cracks and Chow Chow Rescue Society decided to save her.
The day we called the shelter she had been on the list for euthanasia but a kennel had become available, sparing her.
We decided to name her Dorie after our ARSF friend Dorie Sparkman. Dorie was found as a stray and paralyzed, unable to move her hind end.
With the help of our friends at Houston Chow Chow Connection we were able to get her a flight from Baton Rouge to Florida on January 2nd.
Today, January 3rd, she saw our vet. Xrays were done, a urine analysis and culture sent out and bloodwork.
The xrays show a lesion to her vertebrae. The xrays were then sent to a neurologist to examine. It is determined that Dorie has had an ongoing infection that has invaded her spinal fluid and bone severing her vertebrae.
Dorie does have some movement in her back toes and can feel deep pain our vet discovered.
The ONLY option for her is to have surgery performed on her spine to correct the fracture. The surgery should help her to walk again. She is in PAIN and we want to have this surgery done as soon as possible but, with the imaging it is estimated to be $7-$9000.00. We need to raise these funds in order to have the surgery. Today’s vet vist was over $750.00. She was sent home with two strong antibiotics and 3 pain meds.
Dorie is on strict bed rest.
Some people will say that spending $10k on a rescue dog is stupid and with that money we could help other dogs. But, Dorie is a young girl with an absolutely great temperament, full of kisses for everyone even though she is in pain. We committed to helping her and will do our best to try and raise the money for this surgery.
Please help us share our fundraiser. We need 100 people to donate $100.00 or 200 people to donate $50.00. Any amount helps and it adds up quickly. Please view Dorie’s video below to see her try and walk. It is heartbreaking.
Thank you so much for your support, donations and shares!
Chow Chow Rescue Society, Inc.
Original Story From January 12, 2017
Dorie was actually scheduled to be put down the day that Tracey Sparagis called, but Tracey says she “saw her face and I just had to try.” Dorie’s story will be broadcast tonight at 6:00pm EST.
Dorie’s surgeon at North Florida Neurology, Dr. Robert Rushing, made a 3-D printed model of the dog’s vertebrae.
“A normal vertebrae would look like this, where we’re all connected. It’s a big bony tunnel. But then as we scan through where her fracture is at, we’ve got one, two, three fractures that are going through that area,” Rushing said.
Rushing said that the spinal fracture was likely caused by a traumatic injury. He said it’s possible Dorie was hit by a car.
With the help of donors across the world, Sparagis raised more than $10,000 for Dorie’s surgery and the rehab to come.
Two days after surgery, Thursday morning was the first time doctors have found evidence that Dorie is able to feel her back toes.
Rushing said acupuncture and a water treadmill could be used to help rehabilitate Dorie.
It is still unclear whether Dorie will be able to walk someday, but one thing is for sure,
“She’s not going to have to worry about every being a stray again,’ Sparagis said.
Dorie has several potential adoption homes lined up already. Sparagis wants to make sure whoever adopts her can afford the future medical care she may need before handing her over.
For more information on how you can help Dorie, visit her YouCaring page.
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