Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
Poor Red had a rough start in life.
Purchased from a breeder as a pup, this beautiful 3 year old boy was always a bit shy and fearful and really needed the kind of time, attention and socialization his family were not prepared to provide for a puppy. He was left in the care of nannies most of the time who basically crated and neglected him. Always wonderful with humans particularly children, in his isolation poor Red became more and more fearful, anxious and reactive to humans. This behavior was attributed to separation anxiety and aggression.
In reality Red was in excruciating pain.
After noticing his awkward gait, his tendency to favor one side and his sensitivity to touch foster mom Liz Syring immediately had a veterinarian x-ray this boy and veterinary specialists evaluate the films.
We have discovered that Red is suffering from hip dysplasia in both hips. His left hip being worse than the right, he has probably been in pain his entire adult life. His former owners were completely unaware of Red's condition prior to surrendering Red to our custody.
The prognosis is that Red will need surgery within the next 18 months to 2 years to correct his hip dysplasia. In the meantime his condition is being managed with good nutrition, daily glucosamine and chondroitin exercise and pain medication.
Red has become a completely different dog in foster care. Now that his pain is being properly managed and he is receiving all of the love, time and attention he has always needed and deserved the change in him has been nothing short of miraculous.
This is poor sad, misunderstood and neglected boy is finally finding some peace, happiness and relief from his pain. He is a wonderful, sweet loving and well-mannered and devoted companion who loves to play and stick close to his caregivers. It gives his foster mom and all of us here at DRC so much joy to see Red finally enjoying his life!
DRC is raising funds to cover the costs of Red's hip surgery and promises to cover his expenses even after he is adopted to a wonderful family.
You can help DRC make good on our promise to Red and his new family by donating to "Red's Fund."
All donations will be used for Red's surgery, rehabilitation and long term care and we will update you all on his progress.
On behalf of Red and other doodle dogs in need, we thank you so much for your generosity, support and friendship!
Update on Red: He was the star of our family picnic over the weekend. While our "biologic doodles" were kept behind kiddy gates for poor manners with preschoolers, Red was allowed free rein. He just LOVED milling around my grandsons, he didn't fear them like he does grownups.... My hubby is finally recognizing that his sudden movements (he's big and very clumsy) will frighten Red. I also took Red on a car trip yesterday to practice his desensitization.... he trembles like Mount Vesuvius when he rides in the car. Next time I'll bring along Seamus to help him relax during the driving.
Physically, he's coming along, taking his meds and getting his exercise in. Haven't convinced him yet to swim, despite the Orthopedic Vet's recommendation!
Thank to all who have donated to help his medical expenses. This boy is so special and truly worthy of saving. Will post some pictures with the kids soon.
Fred/RED is on a diet in anticipation of a hip replacement in the next couple of months. (that is positive thinking that we will be able to raise enough money for his new hip!!) He weighs 60 lb now which is perfect for his size but the surgeon wants him "skinny"....So Red and I are on portion controls and ramping up our long walks and weekly sessions on the vet's scale.... Our goal is to lose 1/2 lb / week. Will keep you all updated,.. And thanks to all his friends who are so selflessly helping his cause.
A special thank you for Maya, Deb K's special doodle who performed "tricks for hips" at the local puppymill awareness fair in Montclair, Maya performed tricks for $1 donations to Red's medical fund. Deb and Maya raised over $75 themselves!!!!
Jacquie, can you not post this on DK. With all those members I am sure we could get Red's numbers up. Or is there some rule that you can't do that on DK. I am not sure.