George is a tri-colour Cocker, who came to CAESSR in March 2015. He was 10 months old.
Since my last update, I’ve had a few health issues but hopefully I am on the mend now.
I’ve had to have a few more teeth removed but I recovered quickly from this procedure much to the delight of Matthew & Laura.
I’ve enjoyed lots of trips to the seaside, picnics, countryside camping & even a trip to Snugbury’s Ice-cream (which was fantastic), I’ve also started spending time with friends & family. This is to help build up my confidence away from Matthew & Laura. I’ve enjoyed my trips with friends & family so much, I even know when we are walking past one of their houses & i’ll sit down & bark at the front door - just to say hello!
I’ve recently enrolled at Direct Dogs with Sue Harvey (COCOA) but I’ve only just had my first class as my vaccination card was missing!
I’ll have a further 7 weeks of classes between now & November, I hope I’ll soon be trained well enough to start helping others like CAESSR have helped me. Laura says I’m less OTT around other dogs - but I still love playing with the other dogs (more than hanging out with people). My confidence has improved enough to allow well behaved children to stroke me as well now - which is great!
Sadly, my trips to the country & city parks recently seems to have resulted in some kind of insect bite or goodness knows what, but it has led to serous swelling of one of my back legs. I wasn’t limping & it’s not showing signs of infection but my leg is so sensitive to touch that the vets have decided they needed to keep me in to give IV pain relief, general antibiotics & to send off a sample for testing. Until they know what is causing the swelling & how to reduce it, the vets want to keep me in to give intensive treatment & to monitor my condition. But hopefully it’ll all be sorted out soon & I can continue with my adventures & my new training!
Thank you for your continued support.
Since my last update, well i’ve gone through quite a lot!
Back in September 2015 I was booked in for a major operation to brace both my back legs as I was suffering from intermittent dislocating knees. At the same time, I had multiple teeth removed, a lump removed from my lip and I was castrated! My foster parents Laura and Matt expected me home the next day but complications left me unable to walk, i’d got a huge fluid build up on both of my legs which resulted in me having to have one leg operated on again and I had to have my lip restitched. Laura and Matt told me afterwards that the vet had prepared them for the worst on 3 separate occasions but each time I showed slight improvement, it helped that Laura and Matt visited me for a few hours every day, often bringing with them other friends and family to cheer me up! The Nurses at the vets were fantastic and became just as invested in my recovery as my foster parents.
Laura even purchased a specialist harness to support me to walk more comfortably and I made rapid progress! I spent a total of 5WEEKS in hospital - so I was so pleased to finally go home!
So that was September, between October and December I was suffering with severe allergies, itchy red skin and biting myself. This led to an exclusion diet and experimental meds and medicated bathing to help sooth my skin........this meant I couldn’t have any Christmas treats! In February I had a final operation to remove a damaged nail bed on one of my toes which was causing me most discomfort and I was chewing my foot.
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Then in March, a genetic swab sample was sent to France for testing to see if the cause of my feet chewing was in fact a rare condition - which it was! It was a positive result of Acral Mutilation Syndrome. Laura and Matt have stuck by me and decided that they could continue fostering me, providing my quality of life is maintained but I will now, always need constant monitoring to prevent myself from self mutilating as my condition progresses with time.
This month we’ve had some good news - my vet is pleased with my progress and has signed me off for first time since I arrived with Laura and Matt a year ago! I’m still on the specialist vet food and having medicated foot baths multiple times every week, continued allergy and pain relief medication to help with my torn and damaged back feet - but I’m improving everyday.
I now go everywhere with Laura and Matt, my favourite place is Barlaston Downs which we visit a few times a week! Laura says I’m now wonderful with other dogs and I social with new and old poochy friends daily - which I really enjoy. And I’m no longer scared of strangers or little children and even play with younger members of the family when we go visiting!
I came to CAESSR as my previous family just could not get to the root of why I was chewing my feet raw. They did some tests but to no avail. In the end, they decided the best thing for me was to have a big change and to go and live with another family in the hope this would break my chewing pattern.
Upon arrival, I was checked over by a vet, and they too exhausted all options and there were murmurs of the words amputation, but CAESSR and the vets were not going to give up that easily. With lots of anti-biotic, constant dressings and the use of steroids over the next few weeks it seemed like things were improving.
Finally in May, I got the silly ‘lampshade’ off!! I was free again!!.... Unfortunately it was short lived. My foot suddenly started to get sore again and I started chewing one of them. My foster Mum thinks it may have been a thorn, and due to being bandaged for so long, I had very soft pads. So it was back on the medication and bandages, but only one foot at least.
As things were improving, I went to a new home, but after only 2 and a half weeks, I came back to Laura.Although I thought I was being friendly, the other dogs in the house did not. I believe my social skills may need some work.
Although I am a very sociable with my human friends, but due to bandages and cone restriction, I’ve had limited socialisation with dogs. This is something my Mum is working on, and with the help of our neighbours pup Dotty, I am starting to make good progress.
On the 9th of July, Laura and Matthew decided to foster me permanently! Yay.
My foster Mum Laura, noticed I was walking a little funny too, and it was decided that they best check it out, as they suspected I may have a mis-aligned vertebrae. I had an X-Ray, which wasn’t conclusive, so then I had to have an MRI Scan. The vets suspect nerve damage may be causing my problems, perhaps giving me pins and needles in my toes, causing me to chew.
I have re-started chewing both feet again, and the problems with my walking were attributed to me having knee problems now too. I keep dislocating my knees whilst walking, as my joints are mis-aligned. This is the main reason for my sponsorship request. The operation to re-align them is going to be £800+ each side!
I am currently on 2 different antibiotics a day, some form of anti-depressant (which is something to do with the nerve damage), evening primrose oil and steroids! Boy that’s a lot of pills, but I’m a good boy and just take it all in my stride.
At least one thing though…. I am a hit with the lovely ladies down at the vets practice. They all know me very well and I get snuggles daily when I go for dressing changes.
We are very grateful that you have offered to contribute towards the costs of all my care. Thanks to CAESSR I am hopeful that we can get to the root cause of my problems and get it fixed. I will may need on-going care, training and treatment, but with your help, this is now possible.