Ace's story is one of our commitment
to rescue. It illustrates how we fight for every dog we get
in, and how it is often a road filled with obstacles, both emotional
Ace is a beautiful 7
year old German Shepherd dog who lived with his family his whole life
until a baby came along and the parents decided that he left "too
much hair" in the house so they gave him away. When Ace
came to the rescue we knew immediately that he would be a hard dog
to place because of his senior status. But despite all the odds
we realized that Ace still had a life to live so we took him in.
Tricia and Joe have
been fostering Ace. Ace was having difficulty with his back legs and
was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. It was decided that we
take him off the website and Trisha and Joe would let him live out
his life with them. He went completely down and had to be taken to
the 24 emergency vet who didn't think it was DM. The next day he was
seen by Dr. Prostredny and it was determined it was a problem with
a disc and nerve compression. He had had his surgery and he is a different
dog. He got up the day after surgery and is doing great. Tricia told
us he is happy and it takes her and Joe to get him outside as he wants
to go, go go. He must have been in much pain. He is on strict crate
rest for the next month.
Ace and his story is a prime example on our commitment to the dogs
we take in. Not quantity but quality of healthcare. If
we had 50-60 dogs in this rescue there is no way we could afford to
have surgery like this done. We are grateful that we were able
to help this boy.
January 2003 UPDATE!
Many, many thanks to
the American German Shepherd Rescue Association for awarding us grant
money to help reimburse what we have spent on Ace's surgery.
Ace sends a big kiss and a hearty paw-shake as a token of his thanks!