Sully's road to a new home

Sully with her surgeon

By Terry Kratchmant

Friday, February 19, 2010

The attached picture is of Sully and his surgeon, Doctor Linberger. Apparently, there are no hard feelings. Thanks, Terry
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Two weeks after surgery Sully had his sutures removed and the wound is healing beautifully. He no longer has to use the sling and is allowed to walk freely while in the house. He can also take short walks on lead to begin building up muscle tone and to practice using three legs. If there weren't neighbor dogs he would be able to go in the yard to do his business but his doctor doesn't want him running the fence and getting too rambunctious during play for another couple weeks. After that...let the games begin.

As he was leaving the the facility where his surgery was performed he sniffed out an enticing planter just begging to be peed on. He positioned himself, just so, with the remaining leg toward the planter but immediately realized his error. So, he turned around with the phantom leg "in position" and did what had to be done then walked away. I watched carefully and noticed the muscle in the hip rise as if the leg was still there. He is eating very, very well and has attempted light play with his foster sister.

Sully's progress has been amazing and he continues to accept things as they are. He has gone from horrific neglect and suffered unthinkable pain but loves life and thinks that everyone he meets is his friend. I think that's true, don't you?

In a couple weeks he will be well enough to be featured on the ATRA site, searching for his perfect, forever home. The home that will chuckle at his silliness, guard him from harm and keep him warm. They will scratch his ears and belly because he can't do it for himself. They will tell him how handsome he is and love him forever. When he and his new family find each other I will post a final up-date so all who've kept him in their heart, prayers and minds can smile and rejoice in the wonder that is Sully. Thank you all!

The amputation surgery was around $2500 USD (= 1600 GBP = 2676 CAN), plus pain medication for a while for him.  There is the possibility that some water treadmill therapy will be needed, to help build up the strength in his remaining back leg.

ATRA is taking donations to help defray Sully's expenses via . . .

PAYPAL: ATRA's account username is AML9848@comcast.net
OR
CREDIT CARD: Call in to (734) 995-4455
OR
CHECK: MAKE OUT TO ATRA AND SEND TO:

ATRA
1123 VESPER RD
ANN ARBOR MI 48103

(PLEASE NOTATE THAT THE DONATION IS FOR SULLY)