|Schatzi and Chance|
Chance, her beloved Weimaraner passed away. We are heartbroken, but so thankful to her for adopting Chance in 2012. Whitney and Mike gave Chance the greatest life a dog could ask for, and Chance was so bonded and loved by his sister, Schatzi, who always cuddled with him.
|Whitney and Chance June 2016|
Chance was our foster dog that we pulled from a shelter thanks to Karin Bakkin of DC Area Weimaraner Rescue. Chance needed hip surgery when we brought him home and we made sure he got it. We then worked on rehabilitating his leg and he was adopted. This is a compilation of Chance's life as we wrote about him on our blogs. He will be forever in our hearts. Rob and Tom, Dolly, Franklin and Tyler
Our note to Whitney: Whitney, Mike and Schatzi- Tom and I are just heartbroken. Chance has always been a part of our family,too since we rescued him from the local shelter. . We were fortunate enough to foster him through Karin and the rescue, and we knew that you would be the best mom, ever- and you are. Chance had an amazing life when you adopted him. His gentle spirit will always be around you, and he'll give you signs he's still with you (as Buzz and Sprite have done with us). Schatzi will also be lost in grief, so hug her tightly for us. Remember his smile because YOU were responsible for giving him the best time of his life. We are always here for you. Love and hugs, Rob and Tom.
Follow the blogs below (in date order) from the time we were lucky enough to rescue Chance and share in his life experiences that we were fortunate enough to be part of:
June 17, 2012 Our Weimaraner Rescue Story: Fostering Chance
|At the Shelter earlier this week|
Saturday at 5pm we picked up the male Weimaraner, whom the shelter called "Snoopy." But we've renamed him "Chance" because now he's got another chance. He did well on the ride home and sat up in the back for most of the ride.
|Chance now resting comfortably with us at home|
He's so calm. When we got him home, Tom bathed him in the backyard (he smelled of the shelter), and it was so sweet to see Tom taking care of him. Rob washed his ears and clipped his nails and he just laid down and let us take care of him. Poor thing is also dealing with severe diarrhrea, but we're treating that. He's very passive and hops around and gets along with our other kids.
TOUGH FIRST NIGHT - Chance had a really tough night. He got up during the night and had severe diarrhea all around the
room and on himself. .
LEG ISSUES: ** The strength of his good leg (his other is apparently useless) is weak in the morning, so after we got him out he tried to pee and collapsed on the ground, peeing while laying down.**
- I was able to bathe him again outside (it was 5:30 a.m.), clean his bed and put a towel on it, and clean up the entire room. We gave him the metronidizole and Imodium last night after several runs of severe diarrhea. I've made sure he's had plenty of water and he finally ate a little this morning when I put tuna fish on his food, but I hear his tummy roiling. He was also shivering, so I covered him with a blanket. Right now we're waiting to hear from the rescue to get some guidance on what to do next for him. He's such a sweet dog. We want to get his hip and leg back in place to see if he can walk on his back leg again.
June 21, 2012 Our Foster Dog Chance Goes in for Hip Surgery
Today, Chance, our foster dog (and a Weimaraner) is going to have hip surgery today to enable him to walk on all fours again. He has a dislocated hip and leg, that the doctor thinks is the result of a car hitting him when he was wandering the streets.
He checked into the hospital this morning at 7:30am and will be in surgery this afternoon. The doc said it will be good for him and has a good "chance" for success.
|Chance getting ready for surgery at the hospital this morning|
Tom and I have got it covered (its a lot to ask of the rescue, when they're taking care of 25 dogs- so we're happy to cover it) We want him to be healthy and enjoy the rest of his life. Thanks to DC Weim rescue for allowing us to foster and rescue him
|Franklin, Dolly and Chance on a walk yesterday (Chance Hops)|
I've (Rob) been picking him up in the mornings because his good back leg is weak.I've also carried him up and downstairs (Glad he's only 66 pounds!).
Healing will take several weeks, including physical therapy, so when he comes back we'll be working with him. Its such a great feeling to be able to take a dog that may have had "no chance," and giving him a "Chance" for a new life. - Tom was the one who gave him the new name. Watch for more updates, and thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement.
WHAT KIND OF OPERATION IS HE HAVING?
They're removing part of the femur, which is separated from the hip. It's called " Femoral head ostectomy" and it will create a "false joint."
- From Wikipedia: Unlike most other hip surgeries, the head of the femur is not replaced, but is allowed to heal and develop its own fibrous scar tissue so that the joint is no longer bone−to-bone, a pseudoarthrosis (also called a "false joint"). The neck of the femur is usually removed at the same time as the head. This prevents the post operative complication of bone rubbing on bone and continued pain. This has led to the procedure often also called "Femoral head and neck ostectomy".
Animals who have had FHO surgery are required to maintain a lower weight throughout their lives to compensate for the loss of skeletal integrity, and generally have less mobility than normal- but will be able to walk without the pain!
|Diagram of the FHO procedure- removal of part of Femur|
|Chance discovers he likes toys|
July 5, 2012 Chance Recovery UpdateChance is doing extremely well. He goes on walks with us and the other three dogs now (we take them early morning and late at night, if the night time isn't too oppressive). He's amazing and determined.
DOGGY DAY CARE: - He went to Doggy daycare on Monday when we didn't have power (so he and the others would be kept cool) and appeared to enjoy it. He gets along so well with other dogs. He also came back and was using his back leg (where the hip operation occurred) more, and putting it down more while walking. He continues to improve at an amazing pace.
|Left: Chance / Right: Sprite|
builds up the muscle in that leg that he didn't use for so long).
STITCHES OUT TODAY: On July 5th, he gets his stitches out from his hip surgery and the removal of that benign fatty tumor. He's energetic, happy and follows us everywhere. He also loves putting a ball in his mouth and carrying it around or playing with it. I can tell he's getting better, because now he steals Dolly's toys when she's playing with them... and causes Dolly some Doggy Angst!
REHAB: We'll be talking with the doctor about physical therapy and will work with him over the next couple of weeks to get him healthy for a forever home. He's such a great boy, and it will tear me up to see him go to another home, but we need to continue our rescue efforts to help another dog.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
|A proud moment- Chance conquers Hill number 1!|
|One of 2 large hills Chance conquered!|
- Chance also can come down the stairs (13 steps) as long as I hold his backside straight (his back tends to lean to one side, away from his strong leg). This past weekend, with some butt support, he was actually able to CLIMB the 13 stairs (treats helped)! Amazing!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
July 15, 2012: Chance Loves the Human Touch
· Our foster dog Chance loves the human touch. He loves to cuddle and he always wants to be with us. He loves laying down at our feet while we're sitting on a chair watching television. Here's a pic of Chance at Tom's feet earlier this week.
Monday, July 30, 2012
On Sunday, July 29, 2012 our foster dog, Chance was adopted by Whitney and Mike. It was a great day for Chance, and he was so happy his tail kept wagging. We all became fast friends, too, so we know that we'll be seeing more of Chance, Whitney and Mike. We look forward to hearing about Chance's adventures in his new home with his new "sister" Schatzi the mini-Dachshund. (Yes, it was really emotionally tough to see Chance go, but he's going to be soooo loved!).
|Whitney, Mike and Chance|
|Tom and Rob give Chance a goodbye hug|
|Chance got a pre-adoption bath|
|Chance is comfy in the back of Whitney & Mike's SUV|
|Schazi and Chance already comfy with each other in his new home!|
|Chance relaxing in his new home!|
|Tom, Dolly, Franklin and Sprite (Rob taking pic) all missing Chance on adoption nite|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
|Walking through the winery|
|Chance and Whitney|
Chance looked wonderful! His formerly lame leg had developed good muscle and he was walking with barely a limp (he had hip surgery in June). Whitney and Mike are doing an awesome job in Chance's recovery, and it was SO great to see them all. Here are some pictures from that memorable afternoon.
|Tom, Franklin, Mike, Schatzi|
|Tom, Mike and doggies|
|Chance, Dolly and Franklin|
|Schatzi, Chance, Dolly, Franklin|
|Chance enjoys a little girl's attention|
|Chance Close up!|
|Chance and Dolly when told to look at the camera|
|Chance and Dolly looking for bunnies|
|Franklin and Dolly|
|Schatzi and Chance|
|Chance and Schatzi|
|Schatzi and Chance|
|Getting organized for the group shot|