Puddin was surrendered to a shelter in Missouri at approximately 7 years of age. Her previous owners said that she had orthopedic issues since she was a puppy. We had no idea how extremely severe her issues were until she arrived in Maryland after a 2-day long transport journey from MO. Her knees were completely dislocated and she was unable to stand. She would hop along on her rear end like a bunny. Two days after she arrived in rescue, she was examined by a veterinary orthopedic surgeon. Initially, he was skeptical that anything could be done to help Puddin, but upon reviewing X-rays and a sedated exam, we received good news that her condition is surgically correctable. Puddin needed to have bilateral Distal Femoral Osteotomy (DFO) surgery to correct a grade 3 patellar luxation followed by 12 weeks of physical therapy, laser therapy, and underwater treadmill therapy to facilitate recovery of muscular atrophy due to prolonged neglect. The estimated cost of these treatments was approximately $8000. Despite what must be an extraordinarily painful condition, Puddin is the sweetest dog you could ever meet. She is very affectionate toward everyone she meets (especially children who she immediately rolls on her back to ask for belly rubs).
However, her first surgery was unsuccessful and she needed have an additional surgery and extensive physical therapy; raising their medical bill to $12,000. After weeks of underwater treadmill therapy sessions and laser therapy, Puddin started making progress. Dogs XL Rescue was committed to finishing the job and making Puddin's life as normal as possible, and she deserved it. She was able to raise enough money through CUDDLY to ensure a bright future. We are so happy to share that Puddin is doing great, and was adopted by her wonderful and loving foster family, who saw her through all the surgeries and treatments this past year. Thank you again to all who donated, shared her story and offered love and support on her journey.