Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Honey ... safe in rescue!

Honey on her way into the
cities from Bemidji
I received the greatest gift for Valentine's Day yesterday when Pet Haven let me know they would take Honey into their foster program and provide the medical care she needs. Jenny and I met the transport at 1 pm at Plymouth Heights Pet Hospital. Jenny lifted her out of the kennel. We weren't sure if she could even stand or put any weight on her legs. It was obvious she wasn't putting any weight on her front left leg. She was wobbly and kept collapsing but with support, was able to stand for a little while and go potty.  All she wanted though was to be loved and petted.

Honey gets checked out by the vet. A couple x-rays are taken and it is confirmed that her front left leg is completely broken, and we are not sure how much nerve damage there is. The vet worries about her lungs and respiratory system from the trauma of the accident so a chest x-ray is also done. If she has damage to her lungs it will determine the care she will need through the night. Fortunately Honey's lungs check out okay. An x-ray of her lower area shows that her pelvic bone was not broken ... a HUGE relief for all of us as that means her prognosis is much better. She has external injuries on her back leg from road rash and is on antibiotics for the infection. She must've been in an incredible amount of pain and yet, she doesn't even show it ... these precious animals simply amaze me at how resilient they are ....

Honey was given morphine for the pain yesterday and a comfy blanket was set up for her in a kennel so she could rest. She will be spending some time at the clinic and will go through more tests today. The vet didn't want to do too much yesterday as she has already been through so much. We will know soon whether Honey's leg will need to be amputated. Pet Haven also has a foster lined up for her and ready to take this sweet girl into her home and help her heal and recover.

Thank you Pet Haven for taking this sweet girl into your foster program. Thank you for giving her the gift of life. And thank you to the countless number of people who played a role in saving this girl's life ... from Natasha, the good Samaritan who pulled her from the middle of the road up at Leech Lake Reservation, to Rory (Leech Lake Rez Animal Control Officer) for reaching out to Leech Lake Legacy for help, to Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji for caring for her till we could find a place for her, to Nancy O for transporting her to Motley and Barb W for transporting her from Motley to the cities .... to Mary Ann (board member of Pet Haven) for being an incredible advocate for this girl and thinking creatively ... to the Pet Haven dog division leadership team for their willingness and flexibility to 'wing it' and to bend some of the rules ... to Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue for reaching out to her network and being willing to provide temporary care for Honey, to Plymouth Heights Pet Hospital for taking her in so quickly and providing her with such great care, to Dinie (Pet Haven foster) for opening up your home and your heart to help this sweet girl heal and recover, to Lisa J for calling me and reaching out to help in any way possible ... and last but not least, a heart felt thanks to my partner in crime with Leech Lake Legacy, Jenny F, for all you do on a daily basis. It's hard for me to believe that since last May we have been able to help ~ 270 animals ... with Leech Lake Legacy we believe that by collaborating and working together we can do much more for these precious animals. It amazed me to witness yesterday how so many people came together to help Honey .... For everyone involved, thank you for caring and thank you for making a difference.


  1. Nearly two weeks since Honey's surgery. How is she doing? I see the fundraising to cover the medical costs for her is over 80% achieved - yay!

    Carol S.

    1. Thanks so much Carol!!! Honey is doing great!! Her foster mom is taking her on walks now and Honey is putting pretty much full weight on her leg. She goes back at the end of March for x-rays and to make sure her leg has completely healed. If all checks out, she will then be placed up for adoption through Pet Haven!! :) Thank you so much for your support and generous donation!! :)

  2. I'm wondering how Honey is doing. I love her! She reminds me of my faithful friend, Copper, only prettier. I wish I could adopt her, but I live in upstate NY.