Help with Mika's medical bills!
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Please help, if you can!  Mika has some significant medical expenses after having been hit by a car last October.  Here is her story: Mika joined our family of four humans, four cats and a geriatric Springer spaniel in April of 2010. Over ...

Please help, if you can!  Mika has some significant medical expenses after having been hit by a car last October. 

Here is her story:

Mika joined our family of four humans, four cats and a geriatric Springer spaniel in April of 2010. Over the years of raising sheep and flying falcons, we had experienced a lot of different breeds, all from rescue situations. But here we were, with not only a dog from a BREEDER, but a puppy. And not just a puppy, but an American Pitbull Terrier.

You see, I had totally and completely bought the media driven hype about the breed. Hadn’t been around them; didn’t really know any. Bought it – hook, line and sinker. When my husband’s friend said, “Listen, I’ve got this puppy from my very last litter…she’s the runt. I love her, but my wife said no more dogs – we’re done. I need her to go to a family where she will be loved…Do you want her?”, I was somewhat less than enthusiastic.

Not being on board with this, of course, I researched both pros and cons. I have found that – like with any other dog breed and, in fact, children – if you raise them to be idiots, that’s exactly what you get.

So, we welcomed little Mika with open arms.

When the words, “Oh, she needs to sleep with us so she can get to know us better…” were uttered, of course, I didn’t think anything of it. Bring the puppy to bed? Sure, no problem. Right. Now she weighs 60 pounds when she’s awake and about 140 when she’s asleep. But OK.

As a puppy she was darling and winkled her way into everyone’s heart. We hadn’t realized how much until she turned up missing from our yard on June 24th, 2010. My birthday. Fortunately for us, we live in an extremely tight-knit community and, thanks to the strength of social networking, we were able to get her back, safe and sound, in less than 24 hours.

Since then, she has become as much of a child as my own human children, as much of a sibling to them as they are to each other. She has brought so very, very much to our lives with her trusting, loving and goofy ways. She is a playmate, a love sponge, and a rip-snorting friend. We adore her and we think she adores us as much.

On Saturday, October 12th, an employee entering our property and not paying attention to where the dogs were, did not secure a gate and Mika escaped the yard. She was struck by a Jeep traveling at about 45 miles per hour. The long and emotional side of it is, my fur-child had a near death experience. The shorter side of it is that she had numerous cuts and contusions, some requiring sutures. The larger part of the shorter side was a shattered left elbow that her surgeon claims is the “worst he’s ever seen or worked on.” The fabulous Dr. Randy Webster of Animal Hospital of Grants Pass worked on her from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Tuesday following her accident.

I am sworn against discussing the cost of this surgery, because Dr. Webster was very kind in his pricing and this is a very difficult time on many levels for my family. However, surgery of this caliber doesn’t come cheap, no matter how kind your surgeon may be.

Mika was in a walking cast and heavily tranquilized for seven weeks after surgery. She came home to us on the weekends due to Dr. Webster’s kind concerns for her emotional well being. The cast came off early in December and Dr. Webster kept her for the three weeks following its removal, finally sending her home for good right before Christmas. We are still not out of the danger zone, as she could rack up her leg with its metal plate and multitude of screws. We’ve been told to take every precaution to prevent this from happening. Her leg cannot be fixed again. Rack it up and she’ll lose the leg. Bottom line.

It goes without saying that Mika racked up considerable medical expenses that we are struggling greatly with.

If you have the ability to help, we would be eternally grateful. Donations can go to Pay Pal for transfer to Dr. Webster or to Dr. Webster’s office directly.

Here are the details for Dr. Webster:

Randy Webster, DVM

Animal Hospital of Grants Pass

541/476-8546

1777 Williams Highway

Grants Pass, Oregon 97527

The sign on their door says they accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. I tried to trade off a surly teenage girl, but they were having none of that…

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