>> Monday, November 30, 2009
Pumpkin's story is sad but all too common....one we must share with our dedicated followers. We save those who many others can't because of your dedication and support.
Curly Tail received a call about a 'pet store reject'....a 5 mos old gorgeous little pug puppy. She was perfect in every way, as many appear when looking through the pet store window at a bunch of playing little puppies. This little puppy was purchased from the pet store and her owners brought her to the vet for her final vaccinations only to find that she had something very wrong with her leg. Once it was determined that she would need an expensive surgery, that the pet store would not pay for, she was to be returned to the store. This would also mean that another sale was highly unlikely and ultimately returned to the 'breeder/mill' where she came from.
In a case like this, a beautiful puppy like pumpkin probably ended up in a pet store b/c of this defect which may have been congenital or the result of a trauma. At 5 mos old if no one claimed (or purchased) her....going back to the "so called breeder" would have most likely lead to a horrible and untimely death b/c she was now 'damaged goods'. A reputable breeder would never have sent a pug puppy like Pumpkin to a pet store to begin with....
We pulled little Pumpkin and had her xrays confirm that she needed a femoral head ostectomy - FHO is a surgical procedure that removes the femoral head and neck from the femur. FHO surgery is performed to alleviate pain. It is a salvage procedure, reserved for condition where pain cannot be alleviated in any other way.
Her foster parents Renee & Stephen are committed to Pumpkin's safety and care. They have built a wonderful website just for her and Curly Tail is supporting them in every way possible.
Please visit her site and help us all Chip in & Patch up Pumpkin!