When we pulled Sassy from TLAC, we noticed she had sore back legs, which we thought were sprains. We took her to Animal Trustees of Austin where they x-rayed her and discovered that she actually has bilateral luxating patellas and will need surgery on both hind leg knees.
She needs the surgery now as her legs have become even sorer while she’s been with us.
We need to raise $700 per knee and find a foster that can take care of her during recovery from surgery (approximately 8 weeks). If we can only raise enough for one knee, just surgery on one will greatly help her.
Her current foster is going on vacation soon and they have another puppy whom Sassy loves to play with rambunctiously – obviously not the best place for her to recover from surgery. Here’s what they have written about her:
“She LOVES human attention- every time she sees you coming in from another room, or around a corner she reacts like it’s love at first site- first her tail starts to thump excitedly on the ground, and then she sits up and makes eye contact and then she’ll walk over to greet you with her bottom and tail wagging furiously.
If you’re seated, she’s all licks and kisses and wants to plop in your lap to get belly rubs. Give her an inch of couch and she will make herself at home and wiggle her way in.
Sometimes when she sleeps she lays on her back with all four legs straight up in the air- it’s a hilarious sight to see!
Our dog is usually the instigator for rambunctious play. Sassy will be lying quietly on the kitchen floor. Our dog will approach and lick her ears, legs, neck, nose and then pounce. Sassy loves to chase her buddy around the yard (or be chased, which is a funny sight seeing her run from a 20 pound puppy) and has learned to hide around corners. They love to play ‘tug of war’ with whatever rope toy or stick she can find. She’s pretty sore and slowing down lately, so she’s come up with cunning ways to tackle and play with our puppy.
And if you’re eating peanut butter or Dairy Queen watch out, because you will not see sadder eyes.”