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30 October 2021 - 1:49 pm
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I have very good news to report! After learning that Derrick Campana did not think Bonnie was a good candidate for a prosthetic, and getting an amputation estimate of $4,100 from our vet (!!), I contacted the rescue organization that saved Bonnie, and they immediately offered to pay for the surgery at a low-cost vet clinic not too far from us... Spay Now (Laurel, MD)  or Anicira (Manassas, VA). I'm extremely grateful. We will make calls on Monday to schedule the surgery as soon as possible and move on to recovery and full movement/life. 

Jerry, I passed along your recommendation for Helping Hands Vet in Richmond. It could be another resource for the rescue organization.

The partial amputation remains a mystery. A few vets saw Bonnie and questioned the partial amputation. My contact at the rescue org was able to speak with the family who fostered Bonnie in WV where she was found, and was told they believed that her leg was fine up to the part that was dangling/needing to be removed and she was very underweight so they didn't feel comfortable doing a full amputation surgery on her. It was also why they didn't spay her at the time. I have no veterinary knowledge to question whether it makes sense to do a partial versus full amputation  based on a dog's weight... 

I'm just very happy that Bonnie can get the surgery, and we can focus on rehabilitation and love. Win-win! Thank you all for your advice... Benny55, I will try to remember to take things one step at a time! And I'll update when we get a surgery date. 

Staci & Bonnie

(still can't figure out how to insert a photo!)

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30 October 2021 - 3:22 pm
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Well YAY YAY YAY! That's pretty wonderful news! I'm impressed with the rescue stepping up like that. Give Anicira a call. They are AAHA-credentialed.

Sorry about the photo challenges. Just email them to me, I can post them for you. Can't wait to see her pics!

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30 October 2021 - 3:57 pm
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Thanks, Jerry! Is it possible to just link to my Flickr account? I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I go to Flickr and click "share" and copy the link (Alert and curious girlImage Enlarger

). I've pasted a link here but last time I clicked on the "photo" button above and tried to paste it there... I've put all her pix in a public folder.

I saw Anicira was AAHA 🙂


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That worked! Here's a few more... because I'm just in love with her. 😀

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Here's the album so far...



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30 October 2021 - 7:03 pm
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And we can see why you are in love with her....and we are now too!!  Auch a beautiful  pup!

Soooo glad to know you have found doable options to restore Bonniie   to a "normal" tripawd!  Yes, Bonniie has to go through another surgery and another recovery , but the end result will be worth it!  And we'll be here to help support you in any way we can.

Tha ks for the update....and thanks  for staying  the course  to find the best path forward for Bonnie's quality and happiness.  Thrilled this is working out!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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You did it!! Oh my gosh so lovey!!

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