Keada's Recovery


Keada is a sweet little Kelpie that Liv rescued from Wodonga Pet Rescue in late 2019. Keada didn't have the best start in life before 6 months of age already having 2 homes before she found her furever home with Liv.

Lots of people know Keada and would never suspected that from the start, Keada has suffered from server anxiety. Liv, never having any experience with an anxious dog, did all she could to bring Keada out of her shell, from medication to training and finally found that Flyball was Keada's happy place. Every time she came out of crate at training or a race meeting Keada became a completely different dog and found her true calling at Flyball.

When we came home on 23 April 2021, Keada was not at the gate with the rest of the dogs. We could see Keada through the back window and could see that she wasn't her usual self. I went out the back to check on her and I could immediately tell that something was wrong as she was not standing on her leg properly. Liv took her straight down to the vet for an x-ray and was told that Keada had a ventral subluxation of the femoral head (dislocated hip). The vet mentioned that in a normal case of this injury the femoral bone tends to go above when dislocated but in Keada's case it went under and towards her spine causing more damage. The vet wrapped up Keada's leg and she got some pain relief and Liv was told to come back in a couple of days to get further x-rays to determine if she would need to have surgery. 


Liv wanted to get a second opinion so went to another vet to do the 2nd x-rays. These x-rays were sent to Dr David Lidbetter in Sydney for his opinion on the injury. Our local vet had advised Liv that Keada may need a hip replacement due to the damaged sustained. Dr Lidabetter's feedback was that Keada would not be a suitable candidate for a hip replace as her bones are too fine. He believes that her best option would be the toggle pin operation or the femoral head incision.

Keada's accident has come as a real blow to Liv and her mental health. Liv was forced to leave home at 16 due to a toxic, unsafe environment. Due to this Liv has suffered with on-going mental health issues. Both of Liv's dogs, Keada and Leo have helped her through some really tough times, to the point of actually saving her life as they have given her a purpose to live. Although Liv struggles with this every day, having Keada and Leo has improved her mental health enormously.

Liv has loved Flyball since she was 10 years old when she would come along and race my dogs and to now have her own dogs to train and race has given her so much confidence and the community has supported her through some really rough times, especially following Keada's accident. Liv has been advised that it is Keada's best interest that Keada will no longer be able to compete in Flyball or participate in any other high impact sports. Which as you can imagine this is quite heartbreaking for her.


So far Liv has had to spend close to $2000 which has completely depleted her savings. The surgery cost alone has been quoted at close to $5000, and that does not include any of the rehabilitation costs for Keada.

This is hard for Liv to do  but we are asking for help financially as this is a last resort for Liv to give Keada the treatment and on-going care that she requires. So if you are able to give a small amount this will help lessen the burden for Liv.

Liv and I would really appreciate if you can share this amongst your social media so we can reach the goal. It goes without saying that we thank every person who is able to help Keada in her recovery. <3



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  • Brooke Bradley 
    • $100 
    • 4 d
  • Kylie and the Barrikelba staffords 
    • $100 
    • 6 d
  • Rick Taylor 
    • $100 
    • 7 d
  • Tina Keane 
    • $50 
    • 7 d
  • Jaymee Issa 
    • $50 
    • 7 d
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Teresa Good 
Marshall Mount NSW
Olivia Michelle 
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