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Van Gogh - Update from North Star - March 19



We are so very happy to report that Vinnie is doing very well after his surgery yesterday, and he continues to amaze us with his strength and resilience. If any one of us went through everything that Vinnie has, many of us would be at the very least complaining, but we would probably be quite down and out too, and maybe even give up. Not our boy Vinnie, no way. Vinnie just looks at this as another little obstacle that he will overcome, and he looks to us to help him overcome it and come out better than ever.

Vinnie went in for orthopedic surgery with Dr. Weinstein at North Star Vets on Monday. Dr. Weinstein is a highly skilled, well respected surgeon that has helped with so many of our special needs animals in the past. She did an absolutely outstanding job with young Vinnie, as did the entire staff at North Star. As Vinnie suffered two broken hips during the brutal attack that he suffered back in January, Dr. Weinstein had her work cut out for her when she saw the condition of Vinnie's femoral heads. The worst of the hips was done first and in a few weeks, Vinnie will have to have the other hip repaired. The surgery involves removing the femoral head, which is the ball joint in the hip, and filing down the area around it. Vinnie will need lots of exercise and therapy to build up the cartilage now, so he will also have his work cut out for him. Of course, Vinnie is always up for another challenge and we're sure he'll be just fine when this is all behind him.

We would like to thank Dr. Weinstein and the wonderful staff at North Star Vets for taking such good care of our little Vinnie. We would also like to thank all of our supporters for keeping Vinnie in your thoughts and prayers, and for contributing to our Res-Q Fund. We would not have been able to get Vinnie this much-needed surgery without this fund, and we are truly grateful to all of you. If you'd like to make a difference, please make a donation to our Res-Q Fund.

Vinnie is resting very comfortably this evening, and we're sure he'll have a lot more to say tomorrow when he's back to doing the Vinnie-howl for his breakfast. Please stay tuned and thank you all again.

3/19/2014

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