Our happy little youngster Vinnie Van Gogh had a great time today enjoying the nice weather, and making new friends! Vinnie's "team" of personal physicians gave him the go-ahead to take a nice walk for a little while, so we strolled him on out and he got his first look at our walking path and exercise yard. Boy did that peak his interest! Especially since our Roscoe the coonhound was in the yard playing, and Camilla was coming out on the path for a walk. Vinnie met them both and was beside himself with joy to make some more friends! He continues to amaze us on a daily basis by showing such trust in both people and other animals. Vinnie is so strong, resilient, and forgiving, and we could all learn from him.
Besides the fact that Vinnie has two broken hips, the rest of the injuries that he sustained during his awful ordeal are all healing very well. The horrid wounds to his front legs and armpits and really healing so well, and even the spot where his ear was torn off is looking great. We are so grateful to those of you that sent us the Vetericyn Wound Spray from our Amazon Wishlist. Our veterinarian, Dr. Baris, credits that spray to helping Vinnie's wounds heal as well as they have. (If you would like to help, check out our Amazon Wish list. Dr. Baris feels that Vinnie may not need the skin grafting that we thought he might need in the beginning, but we'll know more after they have had more time to heal.
Some people have questioned whether sending Vinnie for surgery on his hips is the right thing to do. Just to reassure everyone ...… Vinnie most definitely needs these surgeries. We don't like this little setback either, but it's necessary for Vinnie to live a long, full, healthy life. The femoral heads in his hips were badly broken, and this must be corrected. We are all amazed that he is walking as well as he has been for all these weeks in the condition that he is in. We are looking forward to the day when Vinnie will be able to sit, stand, run and jump, just any other healthy pup his age, and we feel that these surgeries will get him to that point in the future.
Thank you all again for your thoughts, prayers and concern for our little guy. Please keep it coming! If you would like to help out with Vinnie's ongoing medical expenses, please contribute to our Res-Q Fund.
Thanks, and stay tuned for more on the Invincible Vinnie!