HELP PLEASE...Doberman Hit By Car

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Good evening everyone, something very tragic happened today with our precious girl Athena.  Please bear with me as I try to explain the entire circumstances.  It was a beautiful day in Colorado this afternoon so I decided to take our girls to the dog park, as I normally do.  I had the girls in the back seat of my SUV with the windows down, as I've done a hundred times before.  I was driving on the entrance road to the park, about 10mph, when Athena stuck both paws out the rear passenger side window...which she never does, usually just sticks her head out in the breeze...so I called her back in, but she immediately went to the rear driver side and jumped out, but because my windows are small she kind of got stuck and fell straight down!  I slammed on my brakes but my rear tire ran over her legs.....I was completely devastated....she was screaming in pain as I ran up to her.  I quickly scooped her up and flew down the street to the animal hospital.

This is where it gets bad and I'm trying to swallow my pride and ask for help.

Athena has a huge laceration to her front left leg and a mid diaphyseal comminuted fracture of her left femur.

As of right now she has some blood building around her lungs but the doctor thinks it has stopped and her body might absorb it.

The doctor told us as of right now our bill is around $1500, because she has to stay the night to hopefully stabilize.  Due to the severity of the broken bone she will need surgery but can't have it until Monday.  The cost of the surgery will be between $3-5,000.

My fiancé and I are completely a mess right now.  We are so in love with Athena, even though we just adopted her a few months ago, and are also in shock of the cost of the surgery.  We are supposed to be getting married in June and do not have that kind of money right now.  

The vet did say that they are on the high side because their hospital employees all board certified doctors, surgeons, and specialist. We explained our situation and she offered to contact some animal shelters and rescues to inquire about donations towards Athena's surgery; but got mostly voicemails.  She said she could recommend other clinics that may be cheaper but it would all depend on if the vet was comfortable performing the surgery.

Also, she said to contact the Colorado State University's Veterinary School in the morning since they are state funded and could probably perform the surgery for less; we are doing that first thing in the am.

After being there for about 4 hours, one rescue center did call back and offered to donate $1,000 towards the surgery which is amazing!  The catch is donations can only be applied if the surgery is performed at that animal hospital.

I know this could have been avoided if I had the windows up and I feel absolutely horrible right now that I did this to our girl.  She is such a good dog and does not deserve any of this.

I'm going out on a huge limb here and asking for any donations to help us pay for the surgery, or at least a prayer for Athena.  I feel like a complete jackass even asking and I know the economic position most people are in these days, but I just want to exhaust every avenue to try and help her. She means the world to us and we don't want to take the "other" options that were offered to us, amputation or euthanasia.  I figured after seeing that 1 rescue was willing to donate maybe there are other kind people or rescues who can help us; we would forever be in your debt.

There are a thousand other things I could say but my mind is a mess right now and I need to call the hospital again to check on her.

Please pray for our girl.  Thank you and God Bless

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OMG---I know you must be feeling horrible right now. Accidents do happen, though, and hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20.  

I sure will be praying for Athena, and also you and your fiance, to get through this ordeal.  I hope that someone can come to your rescue.  I promise you, if I had any thing to spare at all, I would be sending it to you, because I KNOW how those vet bills just skyrocket, and it always seems to happen when you are at your financial low point.  Last year we had to try to figure out how to pay the vet bills for our doberman that had canceous tumors, and we were borrowing from friends, family, everyone.  So sorry to hear that this happened to such good people and such a fine dog.  It IS fixable, though, according to the vets, right, so it's just a money thing right now?  I will pray very hard that the funding will come in for you and that Athena will get her surgery that she needs.  I feel so helpless and I wish I could do more. Best wishes from me and Ziva for things to come together quickly and the surgery will help Athena.  Hang in there. 

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I am praying for you and I am sorry but I also just don't have the money.  I wish I did for so many reasons.

However.. I have help in the form of this: http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/

Care Credit is amazing because it is interest free for the first two years, I believe, and they accept pretty much everyone.  It is designed specifically for these circumstances where you are in a position that you can't afford the care you or your pet needs.

Also, I know that this might come off wrong, and I know 100% you want to do right by your girl and do the recommended surgery but what are your options.  The price to me sounds like they are bringing in the specialists to fix her leg which is GREAT because then she will be 100% back to where she was but the reality is that you are in a financial hardship and you need to know what other choices you have.

I have seen this a million times and it breaks my heart.  I thought I was in a similar position with an injury with one of my dogs earlier this year.  If the shelter is offering you 1000$ and saying their vet will do it, what is left for you to pay for?

Sometimes the specialists are very very very overpriced (and they should be - they are the specialists) however there are vets that can do something similar or close to it for a fraction of the cost.  There were many times in my hospitals that I worked for when the owners had a catastrophic event and the specialists were way to expensive.  My vets took their skills and did the best they could.  I have seen dogs back to 90% of their best.  They survived and that's the main point here and they went back to life not knowing that they were ever hurt.

Don't agree to the surgery until you know if you have other, more affordable, options.  Vets sometimes don't talk about them because they get tunnel vision on what they want to get done.  It's not their fault, but you can surely ask.

She will be okay, you will be okay.  Start your application with CareCredit.  Talk further with the shelter and give their vet a call.  I know you love and trust your vet but a 1000$ is a huge donation.

Keep us updated if you can.  PM if you have further questions about anything and don't want it to be public.

We're here for support in the best way we can.

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Oh my gosh! Poor Athena! I'll definitely be sending my prayers to you and her! I hope you're going to be able to pay this so Athena could become the little girl you love so much once more! :C

 

God Bless,
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Dear Ty

How heartbreaking for you and your finance.. So very sorry to hear about Athena

I have to join the others in stating I would happily give whatever I could to help offset the horrendous costs you're looking at. How dreadful that a price is put on our pets to save them.

Jess offered a brilliant alternative. I hope  it works for you.

Much love and many prayers, that's all we can offer, but they're heartfelt and beleive me.. prayers are listened to.

Kate and Sofia

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If I had the money, I would love to give it to you. But I am a poor college student and have chosen to live alone (except for my dogs) which makes me an even poorer college student. I can offer you my deepest and sincerest thoughts and prayers. I know this is a heartbreaking situation, but you, your fiance, and Athena will get through this. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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OMG!!!!! My heart and best wishes go out to Athena. I know how hard this must be for you. I wish i had the money to donate, but, alas, I'm in high school and live with my parents... so, I'm broke. But I'll be praying for you and your beautiful girl. 

~Joelle and Skye~

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First off let me thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for the prayers and kind words.

Please do not feel bad if you can not donate anything, I completely understand everyones situations.  Again, I felt terrible even asking but figured I had to at least give it a shot.

God listened to ours and your prayers and carried Athena safely through the night.  I got an update this morning and just came back from visiting her in the hospital.  The blood around her lungs has subsided and she was much more alert today....even tried to stand up and greet me when I walked into the treatment area =)...she is such an amazing dog.

Her rear leg is triple the size though now due to swelling and bruising; but the doctor said she is doing well, ate and drank a little this morning, and even went to the bathroom outside with assistance from the staff.  They had to hold her but she attempted to stand on 3 legs for awhile.

As of 12pm today, they took her off Intravenous pain medicine and started her on oral pain killers.  Apparently this will significantly reduce the per day cost of her hospital stay.  We were able to negotiate them down to $100 per day for her to be comfortable and taken care of until her surgery Monday, rather than the $800+ a day it was going to be if her condition did not improve.

We called almost every hospital in Colorado and were able to find one that will do the surgery for no more than $2000, which will include all her medications as well.  The downside is they have no care facility prior to and after the surgery, so we must care for her at home afterwards.

The current hospital doctor said she is going to bat for us Monday with the owners of the facility to see if she can get the cost lowered, especially since Athena's condition has improved.  We are praying she can, since we already have a $1000 donation to that hospital and she is being very well cared for there now.  If not, we will have no other choice but to transport her to the cheaper clinic for the surgery.

 

Regarding the Care Credit-it was offered to us yesterday, however the Vet told us if we are not positive we can pay it off in 6 months, then she would not recommend it because the interest jumps to 27%.....and doing a little ballpark math if we were to borrow $3500 just for the surgery(which was the initial low end) it would be close to $1000 a month in interest which is absurd.  We could never afford that.  

Right now Athena's hospital bill is around $1400, which includes her weekend hospital stay and her emergency visit last night.  We are struggling to find the money for that right now.

As many of you know with weddings, many things are non-refundable....if that were not the case we would simply cancel the wedding and put the funds towards Athena because she means that much to us.  However, most of our wedding has already been paid for and we just don't have the extra funds to put towards this accident.

But we are praying and trying all options, and I know we will make it work in the end.

Thank you again for all the prayers and kind words, they mean so much to us.  This forum and its members have been great to us.

God Bless

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Okay Doberman Family. it's time to put our money where our mouths and hearts are...

I know all of us are truly strapped and money has never been tighter.. ( We've had to delay the house projects for a few months)

I'm asking you to PM Ty, get his address and even if it's a few dollars, pass on lunch tomorrow, skip that movie tonight and stay home and hug your mate and your precious dobe. Anything you can lend will be a help.. maybe something as minor, yet as important as gasoline money.

Nothing has to be said here on the forum, I'm asking you to donate what you can and do it quietly.

If you ever need help from us... We're here for you!!

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Ty,don't you dare feel bad about asking for help for your girl! It wasn't your fault! Things happen and happen and all you can do is what you are doing! My son was in a wreck last night. He walked away without being hurt, but cars totaled. I'm praying for your Athena like crazy! But flat broke for the last 2 years! If I had something to send, it would be on it's way. You might try a yard sale with signs explaining your needs for raising fast cash. We've taken a few items to a pawn shop on occasion for a fast sell. Keep us informed.
Barb & Leo

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**UPDATE**

Well Athena is still improving but I guess the bleeding in her chest has not completely went away so the doctors are running some more test today.  She also hasn't eaten anything, so we are bringing her food and a little bit of chicken for her today.

We are frantically searching the house for things we can sell or do without right now.  I use to be in law enforcement and decided its time to part with my duty weapon and all the gear I had.  It's hard to do because I swore I would never sell it but Athena is more important now.  If anyone is interested in that kind of stuff please PM me and I will email you the auction link.  Hopefully that will bring in at least $700.

Thanks again everyone.

 

God Bless

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Ty I'm sorry it has been so long with the Care Credit I didn't realize they had changed their policies.  I wish that were not the case.

When I lost my business (which sent me back to school), I was flat broke, in a lawsuit, and living on cheetos.  I took everything I could think of and sold it.  Books to half-priced books, jeans to shops that buy them if in good condition, video games and systems... a TV... DVDs... I know how scary it is to have bills looming over your head and NO WAY you are going to pay them.  But you will.  And the aftermath of it all takes time but then you'll be sharing stories of, "OMG do you remember when...?"

Do you have Facebook?  Put up an Auction for donations for Athena with the story of her accident and the price of her bills.  If enough people share it and enough people there can donate.. maybe it will help.

Is your vet at least talking about working out a possible time period to pay the bills?  Can you get any other credit cards open?  Can family help out by adding things to donate?  

Please keep taking the time to update us most importantly on her status.  She will be glad to see you and I hope the chicken helps.  Dogs, like people, get depressed and its your presence that makes her feel better.  She is lucky to have such a loving family that is trying so hard to help her out.  I can tell you that is an unusual thing (hard to believe with this forum because everyone would be doing the same as you are) but in reality, not everyone is that way with their pets.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, trying to brainstorm other ways for you to get the money.

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Here is a picture of Athena today.  My fiance tried feeding he some chicken, she only ate a little.

Her condition is actually decreasing today.  The vet suspects she has a common disease associated with the Doberman breed where they have trouble clotting blood.  The swelling in her leg has gotten worse and fluid is starting to seep out of her bruise.  They think she may need blood products during surgery to help her blood clot and a possible transfusion if she looses too much blood.  The whole ordeal is starting to take its toll on us and we are very depressed and worried about Athena making it through surgery.  The current hospital is now saying the surgery is going to cost $5-7,000.  We are at such a loss on what to do.  We are trying to sell everything we don't need right now but we still won't have enough.  I'm sorry to pour my heart our on here, but it helps a little.  I hope God answers our prayers; it doesn't seem like I can pray any harder. 

 

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Oh Ty... I'm devastated

Is there a university that specializes in veterinarian medicine close to you? How far away are you from Boulder?? They seem to have so many resources.

Maybe they can help with the necessary care.

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The hospital Athena is at recommended contacting the CSU Veterinary School in Fort Collins, suggesting since they are a school it may be cheaper and they are also state funded.

However, that was not the case.....they were actually more and didn't seem to care about our situation.  They stated "we train the best doctors and specialist in the field, even though we are a school and the students are learning, they are being instructed by highly trained specialist and doctors so are cost are significantly higher."

And these are suppose to be animal lovers.....

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Ty, I hope you dont mind but I told the condensed version of your story on my facebook page, and a couple of my FB friends copied/pasted it on their pages and there are now lots of people that are praying for Athena's physical needs and the financial situation that you guys are now facing. I, am a firm believer in the power of prayer, and I know that miracles do still happen.  I have a friend in Alabama that is good friends with a vet there and her vet wanted to know where you were located, because if you happened to be close to Gadsden Alabama, she was offering to do the surgery pro bono.  Just hang in there, things will work out somehow.

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Ziva's Dad-  That is amazing and I do not mind at all that you posted it on FB.  Thank you so much.

Gadsden, Alabama is almost 1,400miles from Denver and a 22 hour drive.  I'm willing to make the trip but I don't know if Athena could handle it in her condition.  I wonder if a hospital would allow the use of their facility if we paid for the Vet's flight here??  Probably a long shot but worth asking.

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Have you checked with your auto insurance agent?  Since Athena was involved in an auto accident they might cover the surgery.  It's a long shot but worth a phone call.  You might also check with your homeowners insurance.  Since Athena would be personal property it's possible she could be covered.  Again worth a phone call.

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Ty, this is breaking my heart. If only we can think of something... I hope u have family and friends willing to do some running for you. Just getting supplies together for these efforts can be so time consuming. Ok, here's an idea that might just fly. Perhaps a church youth group or school would take on a community bake sale or carwash... In Texas our schools have Service Learning, the objective being to give back to the community. I'd try approaching a gifted/talented class or perhaps an ag teacher. Also, maybe some flyers spread around before the dates to inform folks of the situation. Maybe a Walmart or Petsmart would permit a group to seek donations.
IDK kids have a lot of energy and love animals and I think they would give lots of heart to your cause! Hey, good project for Girl/Boy Scouts. Definitely time to Pay it Forward! Just wish I had some immediate cash to help her out. She's such a beauty!
Barb & Leo

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Great ideas everyone.. Just keep putting it out there.

Ziva's Dad, FaceBook reaches thousands and thousands of people.. good job, so glad you did that.

Barb.. I love your thoughts and ideas on this..brilliant!

Freyja's Dad, It never occured to me that insurance just might help.. What a great thought

A "tip" jar in your office or school with only single dollar bills in it, letting people know that just a little will go a long way.. Add Athena's picture, as no one can resist that beautiful face.

And continue to pray.. that above all will be the miracle that will pull our girl through this, and help Ty and his fiance. this has got to be the ultimate nightmare for them.

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Way to move on this Freya's & Ziva's Dads!
Plane tickets would be a lot less! I wonder if they would allow her fly in the seat next to you? Might be a little rough in the regular dog area. Flying vet in sounds like the best of all possibilities.

I hope some of you are watching Extreme Makeover:Home Edition tonight. I haven't seen in a long time, but was inspired by tonight's story. A young girl lost her life to texting and her family is reaching out to kids to pledge not to text while driving. Justin Beiber donated $1 from each concert ticket and 50 schools from 50 states sent pledges to the family. Parallelities running here.
There is a website where we can make the pledge and ask our kids to do the same. Sorry I didn't get the address but the young girls name is Alex Brown. Should be easy to locate

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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.  I've been on the computer emailing like crazy tonight.

I contacted the Doberman Rescue of Colorado which also in turn lead me to a site called Special Needs Dobermans.  They provide assistance (morally and financially) to Dobermans with special needs, injuries, or illnesses.  

I sent the email and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  I included a link to this thread in every email I sent tonight, along with a picture of Athena in the hospital today.

I even sent an email to Animal Planet...not sure if it will get to the right person but it was worth a shot.

Thanks again everyone......keep praying for Athena......Debra and I can not begin to express how much we appreciate the love and support this forum's members, our friends, and family have shown us.  We are forever grateful....God Bless

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And God bless you and Debra. Know that we're all here pulling for you, praying for you and believing in Athena!

The power of many can be amazing

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Ty--sounds like you have quite a few leads going, hopefully some of them can come to Athena's rescue. The doberman rescue place will probably be the most likely to respond quickly, and time is of the essence in this case.  I will check back on here very often for updates and progress reports, and hope the next time you write it will be to say that your financial problems about Athena's surgery aren't problems anymore. 

Paul

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Ty, we are all here for you.  Let us know if you want us to start writing these people to.  I'd be more than happy to.  

I want to applaud Paul's vet connection.  There are wonderful people out there.  I know if you lived here in the Bay my last vet employer would not only do the surgery as low cost as possible, but would do a payment plan.  He's just not in it for the money, which is a luxury not every person has.

Did you speak directly to the Dean of Medicine (or whatever they might be called) or just a receptionist at the college?  Don't let one person's idiotic words stop you.  I would call again and ask for a superior.  The higher in the chain you go, the better.

I love the idea of asking insurance... you never know.  Barb's idea of getting kids involved is great.

Since she has the clotting disorder... are they postponing surgery further?  This might give you more time.  How immediate must she have this surgery?  I hope she can wait a little longer so you have more time.

 

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well things have got very interesting here .  we found 2 hospitals with board certified doctors that will do the surgery for around $2500 including the possible blood products that may be needed.  we found out that the wheat ridge animal hospital is notorious for price gouging  so when i went to check athena out so i can take her to the other hospital they slapped with a bill for a total of $1572.  we already paid $750 on friday & now thhey want $822 before i can take athena.  i explained to them i will pay the balance but i need the little bit of money i have to put down on her surgery which she needs asap.  well after several conversations with different people in charge we finanlly got the doctor/partner of the hospital.  this piece of garbage told us after a brief conversation that the money means more to him then getting the dog to surgery! exact words!  so we made some phone calls & now channel 7 news is on their way to expose this high dollar baby sitting service for what they really are.  they did nothing for athena all weekend besides give her oral pain meds, take her to the bathroom, and change her bandages.  she still has an open wound on her front leg and yet they think their services are worth $1572  

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But were you able to get Athena out?  OMG.  Unbelievable.  I would think you can report this kind of behavior to the Colorado State Vetinary Board (I'm sure every state has one) and even the Better Business Bureau.  Good thing a tv crew is going to expose their practices.  I'm so worried about Athena while these money-grubbers are trying to gouge you. They cant hold her hostage.

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Ty, thats outrageous!!!! They could have done more than that to make her comfortable! I'm glad your exposing those greedy b#$%!&*# for what they really are. Flying out the vet that'll do it pro-bono sounds like you're best and least expensive option. Before doing anything other than making her comfortable... i suggest contacting other hospitals and seeing if they"ll let you guys use the space. I'm still praying daily for you!!! I think we all are.  Plz keep us updated.

 I'm sendin' love your way!!!! 

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OMG is right!!!!!

Get your girl out of there now!  Write them a check, then cancel it once she is in your arms.  I don't care how you have to do it, whatever you have to do, get her out.

Way to go on the news, I'm glad they jumped at the chance to get down there and expose this (insert very foul language).

I'm beyond appalled! I know these people are out there and it infuriates me to no end.  

I am just so damn sorry you not only have to deal with all this fear about money and her health and now this vet!!

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I know the type of people you are dealing with--unfortunately.  We had a little Pom that was 14 yrs old and had epileptic seizures all her life.  She was on daily meds to keep the seizures under control, but still, if she got a cold or her resistance was down, the meds were almost useless, so she still had a violent seizure every once in a great while.  Last summer, she was going out the back door and down the three steps to be in the yard for awhile, and she had a seizure come upon her and she toppled down the steps, hit her head on the concrete sidewalk, and her left eyeball popped totally out of her head. It was just hanging on her cheek.  We called the closest vet here in our town (our normal vet is 30 miles away) and the receptionist asked if we were 'regular customers' and we said no, but this was an emergency. Their reply was "sorry, if you arent one of our regular clients, we cant see you"....so we called the OTHER vet hospital here in my town, they said to bring her right in.  It was only about an 8 minute drive from the house, and we got her there, and they took her back into the back part of the clinic, and told us that they could re-insert her eye into the socket and give her meds, blah blah blah, and of course, we said "DO IT"...so they said I had to give them $385 right there on the spot or they wouldnt do a thing. I told them that my payday at work was 2 days away, could they just hold a post-dated check for two days...nope.  They wanted either cash or a major credit card right then and there, or they were going to just hand her back to us.  I made some calls and found a few people willing to loan me money for the two day wait so I could give this vet hospital the money they wanted to fix my dog's eye, and you wont believe what they did for that amount of money.....stuck her eye back in the socket and put 4 stitches in her eyelids to hold it shut so the eye wouldnt pop back out.  We took her back 5 days later like they told us to, and when the vet started to clip the stitches, the eye began bulging back out and the VET freaked out and refused to remove the other stitches.  We took her to our regular vet and he removed all the stitches, gave her two shots, gave us eye drops and meds and pain meds and all sorts of stuff and charged something like $35 for everything.  I swear, the people that say they care about the health and welfare of animals but wont bend an inch in an emergency until they have an over-charged amount of money in their hands first make me wonder about their sincerety of practicing vetinary medicine at all.

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Wow!! Power of the people and pull of the press.. Couldn't' be better for you and what needs to be done.. Karma is such a strange creature...

Not only is Athena going to be up and about before you know it.. You, Debra and Athena are heroes and just might be able to save someone else from the nightmare you're enduring..

Keep on keepin' on dear ones..thanks for the update, we've all been logged on all day hoping for a report.

Come on folks.. LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE!!!

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Oh, I am pissed! What is wrong with these people? Have they never had their heart ripped out and just needed a kind word and caring action? How do people who see pets and their owners everyday become so insensitive? Money? I would think that having pet people as your sole customers would be very easy!
It doesn't cost a thing to just be nice! Just do the right thing...just because that's what's called for
Ty, you guys have done everything right and I just know that you will soon be working on the physical therapy with that beautiful Athena to restore her mobility. You have any idea how much she's loving you? Keep going to visit her as much as you can. She's waiting for your visits!!
Kudos to you:)
And the news team, finally something worthy of a little air time!
Hugs,
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I have been watching this story for a few days but haven't been able to post until now.

First of all I want to say that I am so sorry for all the pain and suffering your family has had to go through.  This has been an absolutely traumatic experience all the way around and no matter how hard it is you and Debra have to stay positive.  Good things happen to good people and vice versa!  

Unfortunately,  many people forget why it was that they got into the business that they did.  Obviously this is the case with the vet that has been caring for Athena over the last few days.  Most people get into their career because they love the job and the work they do...but sometimes the money overtakes the heart and becomes the their sole priority.  Yes they need to make a living and can't give handouts to everyone that comes around but you you gave them a partial payment and you just want to save you beloved pet.  I think that they could have a least worked with you and not hold your injured dog as collateral, causing her more pain and suffering.  The good thing that can come out of this is that you got your girl out of there before these heartless bastards could get care for her anymore and now she will be cared for by someone who truly cares about animals and not just the money.

As far as the care credit....even though it has a steep interest rate it is most likely an annual rate which would not cost 1000$+ a month but the rate would be divided by the days in the year and and compounded until the bill is paid off.  I did a quick calculation, if you charged 3000$ and paid 100$ a month at 27% interest it would take 51 months to pay it off with a total of 2052$ in interest charges.  Here is a website that you can put in your own values and see if this could be a option for you.   http://www.creditcards.com/calculators/payoff.php

Also, I don't know if you are and active member of a church or not but if so this could be an option to get people in the community to come together and help.  You might be able to get a rummage or bake sale organized to help raise money for Athena's care.

  Try not to feel guilty for this accident it could have happened to anyone.  It is what it is and by feeling bad or guilty your not doing anything but creating unnecessary stress.  Also, if your your visiting her try to be up beat and positive so she can feel how your feeling and feed off of your positive energy.  If you are sad or anxious she will also feel this way and will slow her healing.  I know its hard but there is nothing you can do about what happened to her now and you have to keep moving forward.

I couldn't imagine being in your position. When I look into my girls eyes it breaks my heart thinking about if anything happened to her and if I would or would not have the money to give her the care she needs.  I hope that if I am ever in that position and need help there will be people to help me.  I would love to help and donate some money.  If you could please post the veteranarians information so that I can make a direct donation that would be great.  Keep your head up and stay positive were are all standing in Athena's corner rooting for her!

Hugs, Kisses, and Scritches for your girl!

Ty
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**UPDATE as of 3:35pm 02/01/11**

Hey everyone.  I'm going to start this one off like most of the last updates...THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS, PRAYERS, AND DONATIONS....you are ALL Debra, Athena, and my saviors.

Yesterday was one of the most stressful, longest, hardest, angering, emotional roller coasters I have ever been on.  To see the true colors of the 2 owners/doctors of Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital was very disturbing.  However I do believe what Control Freak said...I'm sure at one point these doctors did their line of work because they loved animals and wanted to help poor, defenseless creatures but somewhere along the line money and greed took over that desire.

The rest of the staff and doctors there were very kind and all fell in love with Athena.  They told me sometime they would forget she was there because she is so calm, quiet, and mellow.....could be a bad thing though while in the hospital with serious injuries haha.

Unfortunately we did not get on the air.  We called Channel 9 and 7 here in Denver....both were interested and ironically have received several complaints about Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.  7 News had a reporter and van en route to our location, and was suppose to be there by 3:45pm, but by 4:15 we had no choice but to leave to get Athena to the new hospital.  One of the owners came down from his watch tower to talk with us at 4:00pm and after a long, heated argument and upon hearing that Channel 7 was on their way, he agreed to take $200 off our $1500 bill. LOL what a joke!  I know its better than nothing but if you seen the invoice and the signed estimate from us that they would not exceed $1000...you would understand why we were so frustrated and why we think our bill should have only been $800 tops.  She did not get $1500 worth of treatment to say the least.  

Although we could have continued the fight and probably won or eventually won in court....time was of the essence and we had to get Athena to the other hospital while fighting negative degree temps, rush hour traffic, and snow!!!  Took us 2 hours to go maybe 15 miles.

Anyways, she is having surgery as we speak 

The new hospital is great.  They have board certified vets and surgeons.  They were able to get us a $1000 donation from the Ginger's Legacy Foundation this morning, and the surgery is going to run about $4000.  

Still keeping my fingers crossed and praying because she can run into complications; they are worried she may have Von Willerbrands disease- a blood clotting disorder common in Dobermans, so she may need one or several transfusions during surgery.

Care Credit its out of the picture....they would only loan us $500...but we were able to borrow the money through family and friends.  I also started searching for a second job today and think I may have found one at a local restaurant.  I told the manager our situation, she is also a dog lover :) and they may have a position for me!  Hopefully I can get the job and pay back our amazing family and friends and even the members here who have been so gracious enough to donate towards our cause.

I will keep you all updated as to how the surgery went.  Again....Thank You All....God Bless

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Also I wanted to add this picture for all you to see our amazing girls.  They truly make US better people.  This was taken 3 days before the accident...I'm trying to heed everyones words to stay positive...and I pray that Athena will be back to 100% like this picture soon enough.  God Speed.

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I am SO GLAD to hear that she is out of that hospital and in surgery right now.

I will say when this is all said and done and you've had time to process everything, if nothing else, copy and paste your posts here with the time stamps and send them to the AVMA.  Then send them to Colorado's State Board.  Add your estimate and the final bill.  If you have time and want to do this, please feel free to copy both estimate and invoice into an attachment and PM me.  I will look it over and figure out where things got off and if I think they will take this into consideration.  I was once told that the best way to get a doctor (vet or otherwise) who has wronged you (and you are truly wronged) is to contact the boards.  It starts an investigation, regardless.  You may not see that money you gave them, but you will hopefully stop someone else from ever being in your position.

I've worked for vets who are clearly in it for the money, those that are just trying to make their overhead, and those where money is not an issue.  It is a business, clearly, but as a business they should have plans ready for your situation and easier access to where to go other than holding your dog hostage, not giving proper care, and jerking you around during a crisis.

But that aside... now you get to do what I had mentioned in an earlier post, recover!  I promise you the financial part of the crisis is the longest to fade away... but even that, in time, does.

So glad we were all able to help you in whatever way we could.

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Thank you Ty for taking the time to update.. I know how stressed and crazed you must be and it's kind of you to let us know what's happening with Athena

Tears are streaming down my cheeks right now and I can barely see what I'm writing.. just know that in spirit we are all here with you clinging to the best possible hope for our goddess..

Please dear Lord, give Athena strength and courage to come through this surgery.. Father God, she is in your healing hands, and we know you love her so much..

Amen

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Thank you Katie for that prayer.

Just got a call from the doctor.....they are postponing the surgery until 8:30 tomorrow morning because they want to use fresh plasma for Athena.  They had a owner and dog come in this evening to donate blood for her and they will have the fresh plasma brought in the morning.

They said she is doing good though, her blood paxil level is rising very slowly but it is rising.  She is comfortable and was even standing up and looking around.  The doc said she will be fine waiting until the morning.

I live at least an hour away from this hospital, and it is suppose to get down to -20 degrees here soon and the roads are very icy, but my parents live down the street from it and said they would stop in to visit her and raise her spirits.

Keep you all updated

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Thanks for the update, Ty.  I have thought about you guys all day yesterday and today.  Thank God Athena is in good hands now.

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Be safe on your drives to and from..God Speed and know we're with you!!

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Forgot to add this, I know someone requested and we greatly appreciate any donations straight to the clinic.  If you do donate, please let us know and we will send you a care package as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Colorado Veterinary Specialists

223 West County Line Road

Littleton, CO 80129 

(303) 794-1188

http://www.covetspec.com

Dr. Glen Rouse is our doctor and Athena LiCausi is our dog. 

 

Thank you so much everyone

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How exciting it was to see your post. I was eagerly reading thru and then saw the bold words that she was in surgery. Tears of relief, prayers answered! Thank God!
I've been thinking of you and Debra and checking throughout the days to see where you are with this. We are all so relieved to know she will now be receiving care from dedicated surgeons!
Perhaps when things are settled with Athena; and you are through this phase, you will be able to pursue the exposure of Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Right now you just take care of that girl and be very cautious on the roads! I'm hoping that this nasty blizzard will not interfere with what is planned. You, Deb and Athena are getting so close. Will be thinking of u tomorrow and eager for updates as you have the time. Try to get some rest! :)

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***UPDATE***

 

Great news everyone!!!!  Athena went through surgery with flying colors!!!!  She finished about 1pm today, Doctor called me and said the surgery went great, the gave her 1 unit of plasma prior to operating and 1 unit of blood during.  They had NO clotting issues and she was just starting to wake up.

He called me again at 5:30pm and said she was doing great, her blood paxil level was back up to 43% from 26% yesterday!!!  She has no hemorrhaging.  They were going to get her up to walk around a bit at 8pm with a special sling to only put so much weight on the leg but they wanted to get it moving again.  

I can't even describe how happy I am right now to know our wonderful girl is doing good again and will hopefully be home with us Friday.

You have all been such a tremendous help and support tool.  Thank you all for listening to me vent the past few days and keeping my spirits up.  It means the world to Debra and I.  We will not forget what you have all done for us.

Thank you and God Bless

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That's the best news! Have been holding you guys close all day. So glad this blizzard didn't hold up her surgery and sounds like it's all good. Congrats on a well fought battle. She'll be so glad to get home to familiar surroundings!
Give her big hugs for me.

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Yea!! Have been checking the forum all day... Such wonderful news.. Thank you so much for updating us..

Athena is a true goddess, courageous, strong and absolutley fantastic!!

I know you'll finally get some much needed rest tonight.. I'll bet you haven't had much sleep.

Love you all

Kate and Sofia

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Oh, thank goodness things went so well for her during surgery!  Thanks, Ty, for the update.  Like Kate, I have also been checking back here to see how she was doing.  Now that the worst is over and behind you, we'll just concentrate on her recovery time and getting sweet Athena back to 100%.

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Our prayers helped, yea Athena. She'll be back to 100% before you know it.

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So happy to hear that your baby girl is on the mend- and you sound like you are in better spirits...

Will keep you in our prayers! Mandy Cisco and Raven

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Ty, I am so happy for Athena and for you and Debra! She is a gorgeous, soulful girl - a complete angel.  We all have been walking this horrendous road beside you and are so happy that she is doing well. This is the most uplifting news!  God bless and keep us posted of your baby's progress. 

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So glad to hear all this great news!!  Made my week.