NO MORE DONATIONS. . .  Please read.

Rusty did NOT have surgery on May 16, 2007, nor will he have surgery. . . this has been one heck of a merry-go-round ride for all of us.

Rusty did go to OSU on May 16th with Debbie for surgery, and again sent home without surgery. . . .

This last visit Rusty saw yet a third doctor who strongly suggested that Rusty NOT stay for the surgery.  Deb was furious. . . and questioned her on why had we been told "come back when his growth plates have closed", "come back when his infection is cleared" why again is he going to have x-rays?  

Well, the 5th set of X-rays were taken and this time the "main" surgeon for his surgery came in to talk to her. This surgeon was Dr. Dyce.  He told her if she wanted to push for the surgery and go on with it, he and she were going to a room where they would have a long, long, long talk while he tried to convince her why Rusty is not a candidate for a total hip replacement. Not knowing this time Deb was speaking to the head of the department and a well renown surgeon in the U.S. and the World for his work in dysplasia and total hip replacements, she continued to vent her displeasure.  Dr. Dyce told Deb he wished he had seen Rusty's X-rays back in January because he would have told us back then Rusty was not a candidate for surgery. 

 We feel Rusty was very, very lucky in this last visit that it was Dr. Dyce he saw. . .  strange as this may sound, we're glad that this new time schedule sent us to yet another OSU surgeon . . .  Dr. Dyce.

Dr. Dyce writes:
Rusty has mechanical lameness secondary to chronic hip luxation from hip dysplasia, but retains a good level of comfort and function. The long standing nature of luxation has caused the muscles to contract on the dorsal aspect of the hip and at this time, the hip is unable to be reduced due to this contracture.  This is likely to make reduction of prosthtic implants difficult or impossible. Additionally, Rusty has bony changes which make performing a total hip replacement at a higher risk of intraoperative or postoperative complication including luxation (dislocation) or femur fracture. Based on these findings, total hip replacement surgery is not recommended .  A femoral head and neck ostectomy is unlikely to make Rusty more comfortable or have better function than he currently has.

Rusty should have increased activity levels to build his muscles. He may be given glucosamine and chondriotin sulfate to help cartilage health, specifically in his right hip.  If he becomes lame or painful, he should be re-evaluated.

In layman's terms . . . that I could understand this is how it was explained: 

Dr. Dyce brought in the (yet again) new x-rays and a set of x-rays from a previous "patient" to show Deb what very likely would happen if they went on with the hip replacement. It was explained that Rusty does not have a good enough "socket" for the prosthetic hip and trying to rebuild it to accept the new hip his chances of his coming out of this surgery with additional breaks in his leg are extremely HIGH.  Dr. Dyce then pointed to the "other" x-rays of the previous patient where those x-rays showed numerous pins and plates in a very broken leg, and that this same outcome would very likely be Rusty if they were to attempt the total hip replacement and he would be at risk for future problems than if the hip were left alone.

Rusty's costs in local vet visits and the OSU visits and each OSU visit included new x-rays and charges for consultations. . . his costs are close to the total amount donated.  BUT. . . Since the surgery did not happen and you donated towards his surgery, if you would like your donation returned please let us know and we will return your donation.  

Please contact us with your decision. 

The story from my perspective and Rusty's new home. . . 

We were contacted by a family that had just lost their two shepherds almost back to back due to age related health issues that led to their deaths.  This family felt it was too soon to adopt but that they would be more than glad to foster Russ after surgery as they were experienced in post operative care and rehabilitation.  So I went to visit them with Rusty prior to his surgery date and fell in love with this family.  As hard as it was to leave my boy, I felt that since I was leaving to visit family for 12 days and Russ would be going to Deb with her four dogs & additional foster that this was best for him to get to know Judy & John and would be easiest on him to get to know them prior to his Surgery date of May 16th.   

So. . . here I am out of the country without use my cell phone, and no internet access . . . assuming Rusty would have had his surgery and be with Judy & John recuperating. . . coming home to Deb telling me that Rusty YET AGAIN was sent home and why. She also informed me that in the three weeks with Judy & John that they were "IN LOVE" and that Rusty was no longer considered a "foster" but that they wanted to adopt him. 

Here are pictures of Rusty on Vacation with his new mom & dad. 


Below the update & donation section is Rusty's story. . . 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so very much for your DONATIONS:

$    20.00 Wendy
$  100.00 Doris & Dan (and their rescue boys)
$  150.00 Laura 
$  100.00 Amy
$   25.00 Betty & Don
$   20.00 Mary H
$   20.00 Karen H
$   35.00 Christine R
$ 100.00 Judy W
$   10.00 Joseph B
$   10.00 Laurie B

$   25.00 Duchess S
$   25.00 Michael K

$ 100.00 Patty
$   15.00 Judy M

$ 100.00 Darcy D

$   20.00 David, Lorie & Shelby W

$   50.00 Victoria, Brutus and Shannon

$ 150.00 Brita 
$   25.00 Jerry & Barbara 

I'm trying very hard to stay up on our donations. If you don't see your name listed below, please email me and I will contact OSU to verify it's been received.

3/26/07 -- I'm truly embarrassed writing this. . . he's been postponed yet again. Yes, again the trip was made to Columbus, OH to be sent home with our boy yet again.  After spending almost 6 hrs. at the hospital waiting for x-rays and a new "haircut" for a skin test to be done.  As it turns out Rusty has a slight skin infection.  They cannot operate for fear the bacteria from the skin infection will end up infecting the surgical area. We have been given antibiotics and a special shampoo and a new surgery date. NEW DATE:  May 16, 2007

/17/07  -- New X-Rays taken January 16th. . . there are some open growth plates in the pubic region, so we've sent the x-rays to OSU for determination of surgery schedule.

1/8/07: Deb & I have chosen to get one more appointment with our local veterinarian for more x-rays before we take time off from work to make the 2 1/2 hour trip to OSU.   January 16, 2007 he's scheduled to see our vet (hopefully for his last set of x-rays).   Once we know he's not growing we'll be making our appointment at OSU to schedule his surgery.

12/15/06: Rusty did his nursing home visit and was an excellent "spokesdog"  for himself and for us.  He greeted everyone he met with courtesy and respect, tail wags & some even got kisses.  He allowed wheelchairs and walkers to come close he respected those that came towards him with both hands in his face and really seemed to enjoy the attention.  He won the  hearts of residents and staff alike.  We are very proud of our Rusty boy!

12/1/06: OSU was soooo right, Rusty is still growing.  In the two months he's been here he's grown close to 2 inches in height.  

11/8/06: I (jan) came home from work to a real mess. . . poor baby was sick. He was showing some major intestinal problems.  Time for more vet trips. . . thankfully today 11/15/06 he's all better.  It appears Rusty was hiding some whipworms when he came to live with us and they decided to show symptoms last weekend.  His first dose of panacur  did the trick and he's a happy go lucky puppy again.

11/01/06: Deb took Rusty the170 miles to OSU for his appt.  They sent them home. They say that due to Rusty's age he's still growing. . . they write: "At this time, Rusty's growth plates in his bones are still open, indicating that his bones are still developing. We cannot perform hip surgery until they have closed."

Rusty's special needs story.

  Rusty came to us on Tuesday, September 21st when his "mom" called to say she was moving to Alabama on Thursday.  Well what can you say. . . I (jan) did have room for one foster.  So I went to meet this 10 mos. old boy and what a pretty sweet dog he was.  This young pup couldn't jump into the back of my car and it's not a big SUV it's a small "wannabe".  That was my first clue.

Rusty seemed to struggle when it came to playing on my un-carpeted floors, he also seemed a little "floppy" on the back end. . . So I watched closely. . .  I suspected hip dysplasia.  

Off to the vet for x-rays.  I was right.  Rusty has severe hip dysplasia. The left hip is totally dislocated and the right is subluxated (partially dislocated).

Rusty is one of those dogs that is so very loving and good,  Deb & I have chosen to bite the bullet and get him a hip replacement at Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital. 

It wasn't just our opinion of Rusty that swayed us to this decision, but that of my vet. The doctor felt Rusty is such a sweet, gentle and loving puppy that he deserves a chance at a full and pain free life.