Nonnie is a dog. A purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback, who was adopted a number of years ago thru TIRR. She was trained as a Service Dog, and faithfully served her family's disabled child for most of those years. Then tragically, the child passed away. I don't know exactly when. But at some point, within the last 2 months I suspect, Nonnie was injured. The injury was misdiagnosed, when in fact it was far more severe an injury. The damage grew and grew. The family opted to return Nonnie to TIRR. All dogs adopted from TIRR come with a no-questions-asked return policy. If you no longer want the dog, TIRR will take it back.
But when they are sick, or injured, TIRR also bears the financial burden of the dog's care and rehabilitation, often running into the thousands of dollars. With Nonnie, they bear the burden of trying to heal this... (graphic pic alert).
Nonnie has been to the vet at the excellent facility in Justin TX. She has had surgery to begin to close the wound. Through it all, she has been a real trooper. She won over the hearts of the vet's office this week. All this has to be hard on her--the injury, the emotional pain of separation and abandonment from the only life she knew. But she has remained a sweet and loving dog.
Here she is, sporting her spiffy new Urban Camo bandage! The recovery and healing will be long. The vet costs, even with Rescue discounts, will be high. There is a risk, if the wound becomes infected, that she could lose the leg, or even possibly her life. TIRR needs your help to cover Nonnie's vet bills. You can read more of Nonnie's story on the TIRR facebook page. TIRR is a 501c3 registered charitable organization, thus donations are tax deductible if you choose to do so. You can find all of TIRR's contact information, both email and snail mail plus a series of Paypal donation buttons, on the TIRR Petfinder page. Just scroll down the page to find them. If you feel led to do so, please send something for Nonnie's care. All donations via Paypal through this month will be dedicated for Nonnie's care. Funds mailed can of course be directed per your instructions. No amount is too small--it all adds up, and it all helps, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Several folks on FB have expressed a desire to foster Nonnie or adopt her. Hopefully one of those will turn out to be her forever home. She is a good girl, and deserves a loving home for the rest of her days. "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:21 NIV