Do you remember the 27 Henderson Airedales from Kentucky? Most were adopted by loving families who formed a group to stay in touch with each other. They call themselves HART – Henderson Airedales Rebuilding Together. Two-year old Luna is one of the Henderson Airedales.
November 3, 2014
Little Luna was picked up from one of the HART families due to some unfortunate circumstances. Pat, who is now her foster mom, wanted to do right by Luna and was going to take care of the vet care Luna needed and then look for another home for her. What Pat found was Luna had a number of larger medical concerns that put the cost of the vet care out of her reach. Luna had two cyst-like lumps, one under her ear that was oozing and one on her hip. The two lumps did not look good.
|The biggest concern, however, was that she was not walking right and seemed to have some hip problems. She was sedated for a hip x-ray. The X-ray was the most heartbreaking. Her hips are miserable and this stoic girl is in pain. Her left hip is bone on bone and easily pops in and out, and this is the one causing her pain. Her right hip socket is nonexistent, and the top of the leg bone shows a healed break. It appears that she was hit extremely hard on that side, possibly hit by a car at an early age. If not a car, it could been she was kicked, or maybe stepped on as a pup, and then received no medical care. Her muscle mass on this side is so great that it is what is allowing her to walk as well as she does. The muscles are holding her together. She is trying to lessen the pain by standing with her back legs together when standing in one spot. This is when SOAR was contacted.|
|While SOAR began to make calls and put a plan in motion for Luna to see an orthopedic vet, Pat worked with her vet to get her some immediate relief. Luna is now on pain medication and an anti-inflammatory for her hip. She will take the pills as long as they are wrapped in cheese of some kind. Luna is also a bit over weight for her frame. She is about 19 1/2 inches tall and weighs 52.6 pounds.|
|Despite being in a new home and being poked and prodded, she has been very calm. She has slept in a crate while at Pat’s, but did take some coaxing to get in, and she has not make a peep throughout the night. She does long to go outside most of the time.|
Luna gets along with Pat’s two dogs, Britta and Connor, although her ears are still back most of the time.
This is Luna on the left, next to Britta. Connor is in the background.
November 5, 2014
Pat decided she wanted to drive with Luna to the SOAR orthopedic vet in Cincinnati, stay the night or two for the surgery and drive her home. SOAR volunteer, Mary O’Connell, made all the arrangements for the orthopedic vet visit with an initial consult on Monday next week and possible surgery on Tuesday. The ortho vet said he would also remove the two growths so Luna didn’t have to be put under twice. Not only that, Mary offered Pat a place to stay with her and her two Airedales, Sammie and Rosie. Mary has a very big heart! A plan was now in place.
The picture on the left shows the open sore on Luna's neck.
|If you would like to help with Luna’s expenses, you can donate to SOAR by going to https://soar-airedale-rescue.com/index.php/Donate/1-donations-are-welcome. Please let us know that your donation is for Luna. SOAR is a 501c3 organization and your donations may be tax deductible. Luna sends her love.|