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A New Life - Gus Gus

Please help Gus Gus with his weight loss program, double knee surgeries and physical therapy.

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A New Life - Gus Gus

Please help Gus Gus with his weight loss program, double knee surgeries

Las Vegas,USA 

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Date : Oct 17 2012

               Meet Gus Gus, a 4 year old Sheltie.  I rescued him after being abandoned at the animal hospital I work at. He came in for seizures, but just from the looks of him you could tell he had additional, more severe medical problems. Due to neglect he had a horrible skin infection from matted fecal material stuck to his back end. He also is morbidly obese and cannot walk. Both of his knees have luxating patellas and can only be fixed surgically.  His previous owner stated that Gus Gus has been like this for the last year.

               We have done a full blood screening on him, which came back great. He has been on medications for his seizures for almost a month now and has had a recheck on his phenobarbitol levels and they are where they should be. His mats were all shaved and he was getting baths daily to keep the feces and urine off his skin. We had to put him on some oral antibiotics to help clear the skin infection because doing just topical treatments wasn’t curing the issue. He also has been on a prescription weight loss diet called R/D and has lost about 4.5lbs already. 

I got to take him home on October 1st. Although he is a lot of work, I look at this little guy and my heart just melts. I have to carry him everywhere or roll him around in a dog stroller for longer distances. He can lift himself up using his front legs and can drag himself short distances, but he cannot walk at this point. It is very sad, but he has so much life inside of him! He just can’t express it fully because he’s being weighed down.

So here’s my game plan:  He will have to continue taking seizure medication for the rest of his life. In addition he will be on a weight loss diet to get him to lose more weight. He needs to lose about thirty more pounds. I have already had a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon and we started physical therapy on Tuesday October 9th. He goes in twice a week for a half hour, and once he starts building strength, his appointments will increase to one hour in length. This will help with his weight loss since I can’t take him for walks just yet. It will also help strengthen the muscles in the back legs.  After doing physical therapy the surgeon will reevaluate him to see if he’s strong enough to start doing his knee surgeries.  Most likely the surgeon will do one knee at a time and Gus Gus will have to continue going through physical therapy after his surgeries.

               Working in an animal hospital I get to meet and see a lot of interesting cases. However Gus Gus came in shortly after the loss of my Chihuahua named Moo. She was my everything and it was a very difficult time in my life. I found peace and comfort in dealing with Gus Gus.  When I found out the owner was possibly abandoning him, I knew I couldn’t let him go to the shelter. In his current condition, it is highly likely he would have been euthanized. Since I decided to take him home, I’ve realized that I need him just as much as he needs me.

This is going to be a very long journey, but I believe it is worth it. I want to give this little guy a better life than what he had. I know taking on this challenge for Gus Gus is not going to be easy and is financially expensive. He is going to have medical expenses for the rest of his life just from his seizures alone. His knee surgeries are what I’m mostly concerned about.  It’s going to cost $6,400 and I am asking for some help. Please help Gus Gus get his surgery sooner so that he can have the life every living creature deserves. I can’t wait for the day when he is able to run around and play.  I will keep you all updated along our journey to a better healthy life for Gus Gus.

 

  • Oct 17 2012

    This is only his 2nd therapy session. This little guy is doing great.  Click here to watch!

  • Oct 21 2012

    Oct 20 2012 physical therapy update- This is Gus Gus 4th session and he has been improving tremendously! He has lost another pound AND they added a new exercise. He swam for 1:45 mins straight! That HUGE!!!! Thank you again for the donations I greatly appreciate it.

  • Oct 27 2012

    Do you have a facebook account? Please Like Gus Gus-A New Life and you can follow him :)

  • Nov 01 2012

    Gus Gus went to his physical therapy today and they measured him from 3 weeks ago......Drumroll please :) He lost over an inch around his chest and an inch around his abdomen! He still cant walk but he trys to get his back legs up.

  • Nov 05 2012

    Gus Gus is doing so good. Hes down to 47.4 pounds and Ive got BIG NEWS! Today he stood on his own for about 5 seconds and took 2 steps!

  • Nov 10 2012

    So I am down 46.6lbs.! I also stood again and took a few steps. The channel 13 news also wants to do a story on me! What a great day!!

  • Nov 11 2012

    Huge NEWS!!!!! Go check out Gus Gus-A New Life on facebook and watch me walk! :)

  • Nov 14 2012

    Went to physical therapy and they measured him again from 2 weeks ago. He lost another inch around his abdomen.

  • Nov 17 2012

    I have lost a total of 9.1lbs. I also walked by myself into my physical therapy building! When I went in the water treadmill I walked for a straight 8 mins and a total of 15 mins. I am doing so good!!! If you havent yet go like my fan page on facebook: Gus Gus- A New Life. I update all the time there and upload pics.

  • Dec 27 2012

    As of today Gus Gus has lost a total of 10lbs. and 3.5 inches! Dont forget to like his facebook fan page: Gus Gus-A New Life

  • Jan 01 2013

    HUGE UPDATE- So since Oct 31st to now Gus Gus has loss a total of 3.9inches! He has loss 3.4inches around his abdomen and 0.5 inches around his chest! His starting weight in rehab on Oct 9th was 50.8lbs. and today he weighs 43.8lbs. This is AWESOME!!! Thank you all for your support he really is doing great!

  • Jan 08 2013

    Huge NEWS- I am going to have my knee surgery on Friday Jan 18th.  Their going to do both knees in the same time.

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  • Kathy says: This is not an easy process to donate through. I could barely make out the characters to type (to confirm it's not spam). Then once I registered, it wanted "me" to set up a page to accept donations for my own cause. Please consider contacting Sheltie Rescue directly for additional assistance in fundraising.
    Jan 04 2013 at 15:20 pm
  • Admin says: Sorry you had trouble with the security captcha, we hadn't had any complaints about it until now, so I will have a look at it. Our site accomodates both people who want to create projects and those who'd like to donate, but it doesn't "force" anyone to create their own project. It simply offers that as an option when you first sign up. Rest assured, we are appreciative of the feedback and are looking for new ways every day to make this process easier. It is a new site and we thank you for your patience and input!
    Jan 04 2013 at 15:47 pm
  • GusGus&Candace; says: I am sorry for your trouble and I appreciate your attempt on donating. You can pay directly by using paypal- just send it to: fundapetmiracle@gmail.com or you can mail a check or money order payable to Fundapetmiracle at: 8550 W. Charleston Blvd Suite # 102-320 Las Vegas, NV, 89117 -Thank you
    Jan 04 2013 at 21:54 pm
  • Jonas says: Having 3 shelties of my own I felt like I had to donate a bit, hope it helps. Best of luck to Gus Gus!
    Jan 05 2013 at 20:02 pm
  • GusGus&Candace; says: Thank you so much for your donation- It is greatly apperciated.
    Jan 06 2013 at 08:46 am
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