NEBCR Foster Dog Blog

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Roosevelt photo

Roosevelt cooling off in the Battenkil after romping in the park with his foster sisiters, NEBCR alums Firefox and Sparkle.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Roosevelt update!

osevelt is very comfortable in his wheel now!  He runs right over to the cart and tries to put himself in it as soon as he sees it come out.  He's going on walks now too, and also mastering all sorts of different terrains, hill, and is very talented at maneuvering around various obstacles he encounters.  He's going up on the website as soon as our webmaster has a chance and we will be taking applications on him.  Boy, are we going to miss him! What a great little dog he is.


Here are some videos from this morning, enjoy!!


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Roosevelt's big day

Roosevelt had a big day today.  We left home at 11am and went to visit our friends at Eddie's Wheels for Pets for a 1pm appointment.  They evaluated the fit of his cart and made some adjustments.  It has not been lowered so that he should be able to pick toys up from the ground and drink out of a bowl that isn't elevated.  He'll need to learn to do that, since it involves stretching his hind legs in a different way.  We know he'll catch on quick, though.  he folks at Eddie's Whee's took a little video of him zooming around chasing Arthur, which they posted on their facebook page.  You should be able to see it here:  http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=380630021164&ref=mf although you may need to be a member of facebook in order to do so.


After leaving Eddie's Wheels, we drive another hour to consult with an orthopedic surgeon about Roosevelt's twisted front leg.  We wondered if there was anything that might be able to be done to make it more usable for him.  After examining the leg, the doctor felt that Roosevelt's radius was not developed, and the only bone he had that was usable in that portion of his leg was the ulna.  His thoughts were confirmed by taking an x-ray.  Normally, the radius would bear 80 percent of the weight.  So the smaller ulna had grown a bit larger than normal to try and compensate, apparently.  We discussed possibly surgical fixes, the chances of success and the pros and cons.  Basically, they could cut the end of the bone, and fasten his wrist to the end of his ulna, using an exterior fixture to hold it in place for the healing process, which would take 8-12 weeks.  If everything were to go perfectly, there was only a 50% chance of success, and a 50% chance that the limb would be made more painful.  And the risk that things wouldn't go perfectly reduced the odds of a successful outcome.


Roosevelt is doing phenomenally in his cart, as you can see in the video above (or previous videos posted here if you can't see that one.)  His quality of live is very high, he is a very happy guy, and his leg does not seem to bother him the way it is.  Therefore, we don't think it's worth the risks associated to try and change it.  We will of course continue to monitor him, as his future adopters will need to do, and reassess if some type of problem developed in the future.  However, we really don't anticipate that!


So, the next step is to finish up his routine medical needs such as neutering and microchip (we have been holding off in case he was going to need to be put under for radiographs and the like.)  Then we find his perfect family and he goes on to his forever home.  He is such an amazing and delightful dog, we are going to be heartbroken to see him go!


Please watch for Roosevelt coming up for adoption soon!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

More Roosevelt!! Pics and videos

Roosevelt is doing great! There are more videos after the pics.  Enjoy!

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Hope you enjoyed watching!

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rollin' Roosevelt - free rolling!

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

RollinRoosevelt, take 2!


Sorry it's so long!!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rollin' Roosevelt

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Roosevelt Gets His Wheels!

Today Roosevelt got his cart!!  We would like to say a huge THANK YOU!!! to the anonymous donor who called and paid for his cart.  Your generosity is overwhelming.  Thank you.


A front wheel cart is a greater adjustment for a dog than a rear wheel cart, but Roosevelt really did awesome!  He's a little afraid of the cart when he has to be put into it, but this will shortly pass, as he understands the freedom it brings him.  He will soon learn how to relax into the cart and allow it to support him while he walks along.He's already had another session in the cart just now, and he did even better.  We'll be sure and put updates as he figures it out.


Thanks to everyone for their support!  Here's the video:



ps - Roosevelt was supposed to have a consult with an orthopedic surgeon this week to see if anything can be done to help his left leg, but the snowstorm interfered, so we will be rescheduling that.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Roosevelt Plays Ball

Here is our boy Roosevelt playing ball. He would really like to chase after the other dogs. The great news is, that he gets his cart from Eddie's Wheels on the 18th!! It'll take some training and rehab, but he'll soon be able to join in all the border collie games!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Rescue Pup

This little guy is just 10.5 months old. He is new in rescue and he is a very special little dog. He doesn't have usable front legs. We are looking into getting a wheelchair from Eddie's Wheels for him and also into whether surgery can fix the one leg that is twisted.




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