Thursday, November 11, 2010

About Penelope!

Penelope, or Penny for short, is a beautiful, year-old pit bull who was found wandering around half-starved and limping.  The awesome woman who found her took her in, fed her, got her scanned for a microchip, and posted ads to try and find her owner - but no one claimed her.

She took her in to a local shelter, God's Little Creatures, to speak with the owner about getting some help finding her a home and fixing her up.  That's when my fiance and I met her for the first time.  She was so sweet and so perfect for us - we knew right away we were going to help her.

Step One was getting her to a vet for an X-ray.  We needed to know what the problem was in her leg.  They took her in and called us back several hours later.  The vet said she'd been shot.  The bullet went in her right hind leg, shattered the bone just below the hip joint, and scattered pieces of bone and bullet all over the place.  Luckily no vital organs seemed to be injured!

The vet said there were two options.  First, a surgeon could try to pin the bit of bone that is still in the pelvis joint to the bone below the break, but he didn't seem too optimistic about it.  The other option would be to remove it.

No matter which option she has to have done, she now has a TON of love to help her get through it - both from her new family and her wonderful rescuer.  One way or another we're going to fix that silly leg, forget about gunshots and hunger, and make the rest of her life the happiest any dog's ever had.  Great big pit bull smiles from here on out!

The estimated cost of surgery is somewhere between $1,900 and $2,600.  I would like to humbly ask your help in raising this money with us.  Anything you can spare will help Penny get her leg fixed up and start a new life.

If we are very fortunate and manage to make our goal, extra donations will be passed on to God's Little Creatures.  She's been the most extraordinary help, and is the most giving person.  It would be the absolute least I could do.

I'll be posting photos of Penny as we go, and news on how she's doing.  Hopefully we'll be able to afford her surgery sooner rather than later!

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