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HERSCHEL IN NEW MEXICO

22 FEBRUARY 2012


Herschel is a 10-month-old Airedale puppy,
already a very big boy at 78 pounds.
He loved to run, play, fetch,
play bitey-face,
go for long walks . . .
all those activities that
every young Airedale loves.

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A BIGNOSEPOKE from Herschel

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Unfortunately, he had
an accident in December,
when he was playing
in the snow and fell on ice,
doing the "Bambi"
splay thing just like
in the movies!!
Youch!!


The first vet thought Herschel
had pulled some muscles
and just needed to be
kept quiet so the soft tissue injury
would heal.
The medications didn't help,
however, so the specialist vet,
Dr. McKee, took several x-rays.

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Dr. McKee determined that Herschel was born
with really, really bad hips;
when he slipped and fell,
"everything went to hell in a hand basket."

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Two surgeries will be required,
one on each hip.
Until then, he can't
even walk and it hurts a lot.

Dr. McKee thinks Herschel
should have a long normal life
after the surgeries,
although he is probably
not going to be up for
10-mile hikes.


[PREVIOUS PHOTOS ARE PRE-ACCIDENT;
THOSE FOLLOWING ARE POST-ACCIDENT]


Herschel is neutered, microchipped
and up-to-date on all shots.
The clinic has ordered the special plates that
will be installed in his pelvis.
They expect to have them by 2 March,
but if not, they will delay the surgery.

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For now, poor (not-so-little) Herschel
spends his day on the couch or in bed,
staggers out (with help) to pee/poop
and then back to bed.
He has to be kept as quiet
as possible until the surgery.

Ph

Thank you very much to everyone
who has donated towards his surgery.
All donors will be listed when
we receive the list from the clinic.

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Sidney Hardie writes:

Herschel is still in the care of his former owner,
Sherry Scara, and will continue there until
he gets through the surgery and is able to walk.
It is not in Herschel's best interest
due to his condition to move him at this time.

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Whatever any of us might think of breeders in general
or Sherry's breeding program in particular,
there is no doubt in my mind that Sherry loves her Airedales
and is the best person at the moment to give Herschel
the care he is going to need to recover.

Sherry has signed a release making me Herschel's
legal owner and a foster agreement.

I want to reassure you that Herschel has been neutered
since the age of six months, well before this accident.
It was always Sherry's intent that he go to a loving family as a pet.

I have not yet received the list of donors from the vet clinic,
but I will be contacting each person who has made a donation
and will refund your money if that is your wish.



HERSCHEL PREPAIRES FOR SURGERY HERE

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