Meet my dog Miho - a pit bull mix I rescued several years ago. Miho and I love to hike, with her especially loving to run off leash in wooded trails around our property. One day, Miho came back from a run with a small puncture wound right behind her elbow and a small lump forming on her side on her ribs. After a trip to the vet and some antibiotics and rest, we all thought Miho would be back to normal.
Until she wasn't. Several weeks later, Miho was coming back inside after a potty break when she thew up and collapsed. We rushed her to the vet, where we discovered she had fluid on her lungs and her heart was enlarged. We all agreed a stronger round of antibiotics was needed, in addition to a biopsy to see what was going on.
To our surprise, the biopsy revealed a 4 inch splinter was the cause of Miho's issues. A splinter, likely from a cedar tree, had lodged itself in her rib cage during our trail hike several weeks prior. Thankfully it missed both her chest and abdominal cavities. A $900 emergency surgery later and Miho was on her way to recovery.
Our experiences with Miho were eye-opening. First, diagnosing issues in a dog isn't always easy. They can't tell you what is wrong or where it hurts. Second, sometimes an injury or illness that seems minor is much bigger than what meets the eye. And most importantly, without the funds to support Miho's medical needs, she would not be here today and running this biathlon with me.
Carolina Poodle Rescue has established Luna's Legacy Medical Fund to help dogs like Miho that need medical care. Sometimes the needs are basic; other times they are extensive. As the Health & Welfare Coordinator for Carolina Poodle Rescue, every day I get to help animals that need care. I see first-hand the lifesaving impact that Luna's Medical Fund allows us to make.
On May 19th, Miho and I are running to raise money for Luna's Legacy Medical Fund. Miho is running to save money for her furry friends that need medical care. She and I are running to ensure that Carolina Poodle Rescue never has to say no to a medical need for one of our dogs.