Tuesday morning Fedex delivered a package and in the process let our dog out. Of course no one notified us and they aren’t admitting to it but when I came home and the entry gate was closed and there was no other place for him to get out of the yard I can safely assume he got out during the delivery. If they saw we had an entry gate and a dog why did the driver even open the gate to delivery to the front door? Couldn’t he have left the package outside the gate? The delivery happened at 11a and I didn’t get home until 6p so by then he was already loose for 7 hours.
We looked for him that night, filed a lost pet report with the local humane society, notified neighbors and posted an ad on craigslist. Addison was so upset that she sat outside the front door crying for what seemed like forever and refusing to come in the house until Gizmo came home.
Yesterday around noon I got an email from my craigslist ad letting me know a dog had been hit on a street close to our house and was at the local animal hospital.
Wednesday Update 1: His right leg was crushed and will likely need to be amputated. His neck has a large laceration and his major arteries are exposed. They said he is in critical condition. I’m beyond hysterical at this point. Fedex-I’m about to be your worst enemy!!
Wednesday Update 2: I just spoke with the vet again and they are monitoring his brain functioning before doing any surgery to close the neck laceration. She said he also has a large laceration on his head as well as his neck. My parents are out of town until this evening so once they get back we are having them watch the kids so we can go to the hospital to visit. They are slowly weaning him off the opiates to see how he responds.
Thursday Update 1: Brian and I went to visit Gizmo last night. He actually tried to get up and started wagging his tail when he saw us. The vet was very inspired by this because she said it’s the first time she saw any real movement out of him. He still isn’t standing for them and even though he has feeling in his left front leg and back legs he’s making not attempt to get up. She showed us his x-rays and said that the right leg is not crushed but he has no feeling in it so there is nerve damage and he may or may not regain feeling in it. She said to give the leg a few months and we could have accupuncture done on it before making any rash decisions to have it amputated. As far as the neck laceration it is so deep that it is literally 1mm from his jugular. It’s really a miracle that he’s alive. She said that they will run some bloodwork this morning and if the organ functioning is fine and there are no unseen issues because of his age (kidney disease,etc) that they will schedule the surgery for either today or tomorrow to sew and repair the neck laceration and insert a drain. If all goes well with the surgery he will have 2-3 days still in the hospital post-op then we will need to have 24 hr care for him the next 2 weeks(So thankfully my parents are still here for a few more weeks.) My parents are going by this morning to visit him and I’m going to stop by over my lunch break again today. I really hated leaving him last night…my heart is still breaking over all of this.
As far as Fedex is concerned, Brian worked his way up the chain of command and the driver is claiming he didn’t see a dog(of course) but their risk management department will be contacting us today or tomorrow to discuss a settlement. All I have to say is that they better be willing to pay all or some of the expenses. My husband is far better at negotiations and getting his point across than me so he’ll be dealing with Fedex from this point on.
Thursday Update 2: I just went to visit him again over my lunch hour. His surgery is supposed to start at 1p. Their main concern at this point is the infection caused by the laceration in the neck. The surgeon said he will spend most of the time cleaning the wound before he stitches it up. He said we may have to do another surgery if the wound doesn’t heal properly due to the amount of infection. As far as his right leg there is still no feeling in it but the Dr said we’ll give it time before making any decisions to amputate.
Thursday Update 3: Surgery went well and he may be able to come home late tomorrow or early Saturday. The drain will have to stay in place for 10 days. They believe they got most of the infection out. So excited for good news!!
Thursday Update 4: The Dr just called back and said that Gizmo had some difficulty breathing after surgery so they took more x-rays and found a contusion and bruising on his lungs. They said time will hopefully heal these items. She also said that she is not optimistic that he’ll regain use of his right front leg but there are plenty of happy 3 legged dogs so it won’t be an issue if/when we decide to amputate.
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