We are the Kearney family and this is our beautiful 6 month old pup, George. He came to us in November after we lost the love of our lives-Finn, a big brown Dogue de Bordeaux to spleen cancer at only 7 years old. His death left a huge puppy-dog shaped hole in our hearts and home. Our backyard was as empty as our hearts and so I trawled the internet for a suitable pup to welcome into our family and pour all our love into. And there was George. A sheprador pup as black as night. We were lucky enough to snavel him up, the last one left in his litter. When our daughter drove all the way home from Melbourne with him beside her she had already fallen in love with him, just as we did when he arrived in our kitchen that afternoon.
Fast forward 6 months and we noticed him whincing and crying whenever he jumped up onto our bed or on the couch for a snuggle. He could still run and play with his adopted Boxer big brother but I noticed his hind legs were 'bunny hopping' and criss-crossing and really not developing like the rest of his body. By this time he was completely unable to get up onto beds and couches, but would get his front paws up and wait for someone to help get his back end up. We thought perhaps the labrador half of him was coming out, and he was a little bit lazy! But I actually had a sneaky dreaded feeling that it might be the first tell tale signs of hip dysplasia.
We couldn't even begin to know.
Upon taking him to the vet, she definitely felt trouble in his hips, and suggested x-rays to see what was going on.
When we arrived to pick him up just last Tuesday, not ever suspecting that anything was hugely wrong, the vet met us with a heavy heart. It was certainly hip dysplasia, but the worst case any of the vets at the practice had ever seen. The right being worse than left, but both so badly deformed that there was actually no socket for the ball of his little hip to slot into. We were given four scenarios with the top choice being a double hip replacement by a specialist in Melbourne with a cost of over $14,000. Financially we are just not able to manage this. We are just an ordinary, dog loving couple who have raised 6 children and lost our last 3 dogs to tragic circumstances. We cannot possibly lose another.
The last choice was euthanasia. I just can't even deal with thinking about that option.
He needs this surgery as soon as possible. One hip would be done at a time, with a period of recovery in between operations.
If ANYONE out there can help us with any ANY amount to go towards our Georgy's operation to give him the life he deserves, you have no idea how GRATEFUL we would be. I want to say THANK YOU in advance to any kindness and generosity shown to us.
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