Friday, August 1, 2008

A Very Eventful 24 Hours

Yesterday was a busy day. First, it was back to the vet for Bandit.

The doctor said he seemed to be healing great (whew!) and removed his sutures.

The vet also said that he was allowed 10 minutes of walking at a time, which was great news because that means Bandit can finally leave the house regularly. As far as he's concerned, he's already A-OK and is rearing to go.

As we were leaving and in the parking lot, another person came out with her dog. There was a car between us, so Bandit stuck his head with butt in the air under the car to watch the other dog. Typical Bandit behavior.

Since the stitches were removed, Bandit was also allowed to have a bath. His first bath here. He really did not enjoy it but sat calmly for it anyway.

To date, we have received $1,870 in donations towards Bandit's $4,093 surgery bill. Thank you!

Later that night, it was time for me to finally meet Popeye. I picked him up from the airport and when we popped open the top of his crate, he stuck his head out as if to say, "OK people, attention please. Popeye is here." He came with a little make-shift cart and on our walk back to the car, all eyes were on him.

Although the cart is useful, it is very difficult to get Popeye into it and it topples very easily. It's also already too small for him and gives him sores and some swelling in the thigh area. Our primary goal now is to raise $500 to purchase him a cart with all the fixins from Eddie's Wheels, but we also hope to raise additional funds to help pay for his medical care. Popeye will require help from a neurologist and possibly some physical therapy as well. So please consider making a donation.

I'm experimenting with something called which accepts pledges but will not actually collect any money until the goal is met. Even though I have our goal listed as $550, that is only for his cart. Anything beyond that will help to cover Popeye's medical care. All donations are through Walkin' the Bark Rescue, a 501c3 organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible.

You can also make an immediate donation directly to the rescue with a check or with Paypal by clicking on the Donate button on the right-hand column. It takes about 2-3 weeks for a cart to be customized for Popeye, so I am hoping to earn enough donations as soon as possible.

Please check back for another update. Videos & more pictures to come.