We need $8,000 to help pay Murphy’s mounting expenses. Could you help us reach our goal?
During the holiday season, late in December 2016, while we were all celebrating holidays with family and friends, both human and furry, a tiny puppy – Murphy – came into our rescue. We took Murphy to our vets and found that Murphy not only had a heart condition, but later found that he also has hip dysplasia. His expenses have grown to levels where we are asking for your help. Murphy had his total hip replacement earlier this week and we will update you with pictures and his progress to recovery very soon. No donation is too small or too big. Please consider supporting Murphy by making a donation today.
December 12th 2017
Murphy is 7 weeks post-surgery and is progressing nicely. He went 20 minutes in the hydra-tank this week and is beginning to look like a pro! We did not have any other rehab this week due to employee sickness. Murphy is doing well with all his at-home therapy. Our biggest obstacle right now is his energy level. He seems to be feeling much better and doesn't understand all the restrictions to his activity.
December 8th 2017
Murphy is 6 weeks post-surgery. He has regained a lot of the energy of a puppy, which makes keeping his movements restricted quite a challenge. The rehabilitation therapist is pleased with his progress and he may now take two 25 minute walks a day. He still is not allowed to run, climb stairs, or play. This requires that he remain leashed to a human when out of the crate. A new exercise was added to his daily list. Think of it as doggy squats.
November 28th 2017
Murphy is doing well with his rehabilitation. This week he was able to walk on the treadmill in the hydra-therapy tank for ten minutes. He continues to take three walks a day, each lasting 10-15 minutes. He still is required to be on leash at all times when out of the cage with limited activity--to his dismay. In addition to the six rehab exercises that must be done once a day, we are adding a cavaletti course twice a day. The doctor is satisfied with his progress and will not see him again until 8 weeks post-op.
In the home, he is doing better eating. However, he still does not do well in the crate--barking/whining. At night we have found that if we place the crate near the bedside, he does much better. Overall, Murphy is a sweet boy who is anxious to have more freedom!
Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062
November 16th 2017
Murphy was finally released from the hospital and is now staying with a foster family. Murphy will have very limited activity for at least three months. He did have his first therapy session since moving to his foster home. He was introduced to the hydra tank. and this is how it works: Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog to move his joints. This means when submerged, Murphy’s weight isn’t fighting gravity and the buoyancy of water reduces the stress on his joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery after surgery. Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062
November 8th 2017
Murphy continues to have physical therapy at the veterinary hospital. He's doing very well. He's walking around great and going outside to potty. The staff got him to eat his kibble by mixing in a few shreds of chicken.
November 3rd 2017
Murphy's surgery went well. He spent the week at the veterinary hospital. Everyone there loved having him. Unfortunately, his other hip is bothering him and everyone is working hard to keep him calm...he is a puppy after all! Once Murphy gets through his initial recovery, he will need many weeks of rehabilitation, so please continue to help us support his journey! GRRoW and Murphy appreciates your support.
October 29th 2017
Murphy has had his hip replaced and, by all accounts, he is doing well! Here are a few photos of him in surgery and recovery. Please keep donating for his care. He has a long road ahead of him. We will post more pictures soon.