Desi is a tiny
beautiful black Griffon. She's only about a year old, weighs barely 7 pounds and
the sweetest little dog you'll ever meet. She loves everybody and everything.
She's so full of joy that it's hard to believe that she's had such a rocky start
in life. She has charmed everyone that has come into contact with her.
Desi came to rescue through
a contact in Missouri. She came from a puppymill that no longer wanted her because
of her birth defects. At first we were told she had extremely bad knees...well,
that was a MAJOR understatement. Not only are both knees in extremely bad condition
and need reconstructive surgery, both hips are in the same condition. Her right
leg is malformed and never really touches the ground. She holds it more or less
up under her and hops on 3 legs as best she can. She's full of energy but is unable
to run and play like a normal puppy because of these defects that were probably
there from birth.
We've taken Desi to a university
Veterinary Hospital for assessment and treatment. NBGR will fix Desi's problems.
The proposed surgeries will allow her to walk and run more or less normally for
the first time in her life. She may have a small limp but she will have 4 functional
legs. Can you imagine her joy when she's able to run and play for the first time
in her life! That's several surgeries and several months away but it will happen.
As you can imagine, this is an expensive undertaking for us. The cost of the surgeries
is estimated to be over $3000.
Desi will not be ready for
adoption for at least 6 months or so...until all of the surgeries are complete
and healed. If you wish to help us with Desi's medical bills, send your check
payable to NBGR, Inc. to:
Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.
Or, if you prefer, you can
donate through our secure Paypal Account:
P.O. Box 631095
Houston, TX 77263
All donations to NBGR are
Desi is located in a foster
home in Kansas.
If you would like more information,
contact Bethann Lane. If you are interested
in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application.
Keep in mind that we prefer
to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone
from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to
fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to
travel in the cabin with the passenger.
Update: October 3, 2003
Desi had her first surgery
today and all went very well. They fixed the right knee (standard luxating patella
surgery). They were able to straighten the bones in her right leg enough to allow
it a more natural angle and to touch the ground. All is secured with metal plates
and rods. They reconstructed the left knee making a groove for the kneecap to
set normally. She went home with her foster mom for 2-3 months of recuperation.
Desi's second surgery will be scheduled after the first one heals. In this
surgery, they will surgically repair both hips. She will return to her foster
home again and be encouraged to use both legs. This shouldn't be much of a problem
as much as this little Griffy is ready to go!
Update: October 20, 2003
Desi's foster mom called
to report that Desi is healing very nicely and the major challenge now is to keep
her quiet enough to allow the knees and reconstructed leg to heal. She's ready
to be up and around but that's not possible yet. She's just a little wiggling
bundle of love! She already wants to use the "new" leg and doesn't hesitate to
touch it to the ground.
Update: February 29,
Desi is expected to undergo
her second round of surgery in the beginning of March and will hopefully be ready
for her forever home after recuperation and rehab.
June 11, 2004
Desi has been Adopted!
FINAL UPDATE!! Desi had
her final orthopedic surgery (on both hips) at the end of March. In the beginning
of June, 2004, she had her last follow-up at the hospital where all her surgery
was performed, and got a glowing report! Desi is doing very well, due in large
part to the wonderful care she received in her foster home. She will continue
physical therapy (walking/swimming) but her muscle tone is improving steadily.
During this long, intense
and emotional journey a very special bond developed between Desi and her foster
mother. After much lengthy discussion and thought, Desi's foster mother felt she
wanted to adopt Desi - and, we decided that after all the trauma Desi had gone
through, this is what would be best for her. Desi is now 20 months old, and the
only loving home she has ever known will be her forever home. She is loved and
adored by her family, both human and canine, and has been given a second chance
at a long and healthy life. Happy Endings don't get any happier than that!
September 11, 2005
Update from Desi's new Mom
I finally got a digital camera and I'm slowly learning how to use it. Here is
the latest picture of Desi. Thought you might enjoy seeing it. She is doing great
and is beyond spoiled rotten. LOL
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