BOWIE – Detroit, MI

ESRA Special Needs Springer

ESRA INTAKE #2017-332 MI
Age: 6
Gender: Male
Color: Liver and white

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Bowie was found in the woods near Grand Rapids, Michigan by a passerby who was walking his dog. From his condition, it appeared that Bowie, who is approximately six years old, had been on his own for a period of time. He was underweight, had poor dental hygiene, and had not been neutered. He was also initially quite timid with any of the humans who tried to offer him assistance, although eventually he came to terms with his fears and began to warm up a bit.

Fortunately for Bowie, no one came to claim him, so he was relinquished to ESRA. At that point, the commitment to his care and future well-being began. He is learning to trust his human foster family, and he has become quite fond of the man of the house. Bowie is already in much better shape than he was when he was found. He has been neutered and has had a much-needed dental scaling. He is Bowie putting on weight, too. It appears that Bowie had suffered from a previous injury to his right rear leg, and while he was playing with the resident dog in his foster home, the condition was exacerbated. Unfortunately, an orthopedic evaluation revealed that our boy has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). His veterinary specialist has likened it to an old football injury that had just run its course and had reached a point of no return. Bowie needs to have this this torn ligament repaired, so surgical intervention has been prescribed.

ACL repairs can be performed in a few different ways, but a traditional lateral suture repair is what has been recommended for Bowie. This is not as expensive as other types of surgery, and the technique is widely used on dogs that have a good chance at recovery following a rest period of several weeks post-op. The repair uses a nylon line (similar to fishing line) which is wrapped around the unstable joint in such a way that it actually mimics the missing or torn ligament. While the surgery is not overly complex, the recovery period afterward is just as crucial a part of the success of the procedure as the surgery itself. Bowie will need to rest quietly for several weeks to allow scar tissue to build up around the artificial ligament, using the leg minimally at first and then increasing activity and stress to the joint little by little. Most dogs can make a remarkable recovery within eight to twelve weeks, and their quality of life is greatly enhanced as a result of the surgery in contrast to not doing anything at all other than just administering pain medication as a temporary "fix."

Since arriving in foster care, Bowie has shown increasing trust in his humans, often seeking them out and craving attention. He has a great life ahead of him if we can just repair the defective knee. With the help of your generous donations, we will be able to see to it that Bowie gets all the care he needs and deserves, so that he will eventually be ready for a Forever Home with a loving family to call his own.


Watch the video to see how Bowie favors his right back leg as he tries to run.

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BOWIE’S GENEROUS SPONSORS:
Samantha Biallas
Mary Beth Collery ACL surgery
Wayne Scholes For Koda and Sadie. Good Luck! Get back to running and bouncing soon, Bowie.
Jo Frances McCawley
Patrick Edwards For Bowie
Monica Smith In memory of Megan Jones.
Ellen Munson
Merrie Corbett
Kim Marvin In Memory of Cabbe.
Bruce and Terry Cooley All Springers deserve to run pain free. Get well soon, sweet boy!
Suzy Dundas In Memory of Cabernet, "Cabbe"
Judy and Graham Wilson In Memory of Bodie
Diane Chmielewski
Mary Guttieri In memory of Yvonne Berr - loved for many years by her failed foster Mom, Lynnea Berr
Jim Drubert
Hal West

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