How on earth do these things happen? This is a question we ask so often, but rarely get the answer for. How does a dog that was obviously a cherished family pet, at some point in his life, wind up out on the streets, injured, in pain, and alone? We just don't get it, and again, we never get the answer. If only they could tell us.
If they could tell us, we would be interested in what little Tolstoy has to say. He is the latest animal in need to come through our doors with clearly a sad story but sadly, one we will never know. Tolstoy was someone's pet, that's a given. He is a Pomeranian that is about 5 years old. He wasn't out on the streets long enough to be emaciated or extremely matted, so he must have belonged to someone fairly recently. Did he get injured and his owner couldn't afford medical care so they let him go? Was he injured intentionally? We don't know, but the only question that is of pressing urgency is- how can we help him?
Tolstoy needed a lot of help. He came in with a badly broken pelvis and non-weight bearing in his left hind end. He was in pain, so that was the first item to address. Tolstoy was made as comfortable as possible, then underwent an examination, X rays, and other tests. His pelvis was broken so badly that it basically caused everything to shift, causing bone on bone contact which caused him a lot of pain. There was no evidence of being hit by a car, no evidence of any trauma, so how this happened is sheer guesswork but again, all that really matters now is getting him help.
Tolstoy was taken to North Star Vets in Robbinsville for consultation with the orthopedic surgeon where it was determined that he would need FHO surgery, which is the removal of the femoral head (hip joint). We didn't hesitate to do what was needed for Tolstoy so he had the surgery and is now back in our medical department, resting comfortably and hoping for a full recovery. It's obvious how grateful our new little friend is because he is just as sweet as can be to the new friends that he has already made. He has several weeks of rest and relaxation ahead of him but one day, Tolstoy will be looking for a new home and we will make sure he gets the best, just as he deserves.
In the meantime, please consider contributing to our Res-Q Fund, which is the fund that is called upon time and time again to help pets in need like Tolstoy or text your donation - HumaneHelp to 41444
Thank you, as always, for your support.
Read Tolstoy's Jan. 2nd Update!