Update on sweet Rocky!
Rocky is doing much better and eating well. His mom prepares his food so that it is soft and he is eating faster now that he is healing. Also, he is now able to shake his head a little like all dogs do when they get up. Another great sign! Thank you so much to all who have donated to his cause and reached out with well wishes!! We will keep you posted as we learn more. Here is a picture of Rocky and his bother Buster-such a sweet brotherly bond!
Dr. Zeni and his staff had to sedate and incubate Rocky to assess his injuries and keep him from suffocating. The bullet had passed through the jaw, through the tongue and epiglottis, and stopped on the opposite side in his neck. Dr. Zenio advised us we had to make a decision right there to either try to save Rocky or have him put down. Rocky’s prognosis was good and we couldn’t let Rocky die, he’s part of our family! She advised us of the potential costs and we decided we would just have to find a way to pay. They were able to sew the back of his tongue and epiglottis together the best they could.
Rocky was then transported to Greenbrier Emergency Hospital in Charlottesville where the vet was able to assess him and essentially told us what Dr. Zeni had said. We left him under their care and during the night and they were able to remove the breathing tube and place a nasal tube in for oxygen. The bleeding had slowed and Rocky was breathing on his own! After 4 days he was released to come home with pain medication and antibiotics. When Rocky saw his momma (Michelle) come to pick him up he wailed and howled so loud the staff couldn’t talk on the phone. She had to get on the floor with him to calm him down because she didn’t want him to hurt himself anymore than he was already. Everyone there was crying seeing a dog so excited to see his momma. Rocky has been progressing okay, he’s weak and sleeps a lot but is eating. He also has a lot of follow up vet visits scheduled.
The bills are approaching $7000 dollars with more to come. All over forgetting a collar and a curious dog taking a
walk alone. Please help Rocky and his wonderful family recover from this tragedy! “No dog ever deserves to be shot!”