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19 DECEMBER 2009
On 3 December, Pat Dumas writes
Today, I visited the local Humane Society In Tinton Falls,
The folks there told me he most likely would need surgery
I post this because I feel your rescue organization
If the foster network is interested in this guy,
This young, wheaten-colored male (about three years old) was a rescue from Newark, NJ. He has scrapes on his belly that look like he took a skid on the road. I spent some time with him yesterday, and he is neutered, housebroken, and knows 'sit'. Looks like he had a nice home at one time. I took him out of his cage and he immediately did his business outside. He was appraised by the shelter's vet as needing possible surgery for luxating patellas in his two back legs.
Although he has been said to have this problem, and he has a bit of a hard time getting up the stairs, he let me touch him all over with no growling or aggression. He was very good in the cat room - not interested in the "test" cat they brought out to inspect him. I would say (and I owned a Cairn for 12 years) that he was pretty mild-mannered for a Cairn, with no noticeable Cairn grumpiness.
On 8 December 2009, Kim Facciponti
I have been looking to rescue a shelter dog and I came across this very sweet Cairn terrier (a benji dog) who is just shaking in pain from his knees being out of place. There are four grades of this. Grade 4 is the worst and most painful and this is his diagnosis. He can barely walk and he just shakes in pain constantly despite the pain meds administered to him twice a day. Further, these pain meds cannot be continued because it will kill his liver and the shelter cannot fund these meds forever. He is a very sweet five-year-old dog that was found near Newark somewhere.
Every day I think about how stressed he must be just being in the small cage that the shelter can offer him plus all of the chaos that goes along with living in a shelter - the visitors, the barking dogs, not to mention his daily pain. It sickens me to the core that he must live in pain every day . . . please help this poor innocent, deserving animal.
On 14 December, CRUSA President
I went to visit this dog yesterday, in the middle of the rain and fog. So much for the rain ending by noon!
In any event, the dog is very sweet and does look in pain and in need of help, so I'm making arrangements with the shelter to take him into CRUSA.
I talked to the Tinton Falls shelter manager yesterday. They have the dog on Rimadyl. We'll be calling him Tiny Tim. The dog has great potential; he is very sweet and licks your hand despite his pain.
The vet that saw him thinks he has Luxating Patellas, grade 4 on both legs and some sort of hip issue. However she did not take xrays, so it could also be that he got hit by a car. In any event, he'll stay with me and I'll take him to my vet who is a great surgeon and does orthopedic surgeries all the time and that should keep the cost reasonable (by reasonable, I mean around $2500 to $3000 - I think he'll need more than one surgery just from watching him walk). I'll pick him up on Saturday.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO PAT DUMAS
Violetta brought Tiny Tim into
Here is a video of him trying to walk.
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I'm so happy that Tiny Tim is in rescue!
He's more touching than Dickens' Tiny Tim!
TINY TIM GOES TO THE VET HERE