Help Tre-Joe walk without pain

For: Tre-Joe
Organizer: Laura Long
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 63 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

The Gruesome Discovery

On August 5, 2013, while setting out for my morning walk with my dogs, I saw a young German shepherd sitting on a porch. As I pass this house every morning, I was pretty confident that this dog did not live there.  As I continued my walk, I noticed blood on the sidewalk, and my instincts told me that this dog was injured. I took my dogs home and grabbed my cell phone, dog biscuits, and water and returned to the house where I saw the dog. My daughter came with me. As we approached the dog, he sat up, and that's when we saw his horrific leg injury. We were shocked! His raw and bloody leg was partially wrapped. Some of the band aid was on the ground next to him. Bones and flesh were exposed, and I couldn't imagine the pain that he must have been in.

The Unforgettable Rescue

We called Animal Control and sat on the sidewalk facing the porch waiting for help to arrive. The dog was scared and wouldn't let us come any closer. When the officer arrived, she was also horrified at what she saw. She stated that this was the worst untreated injury that she had ever seen. Knowing the dog was scared and in a lot of pain, she softly spoke to him as she approached him. As unbelievable as it was, he ran off, dragging his bloody limb on the ground. We all followed the dog around the corner, where the officer was able to capture the dog and seek medical treatment for him.

She brought him to the Adobe Pet Hospital in Livermore, where he was stabilized. Since his leg injury was so severe, it needed to be amputated due to broken and exposed bones, nerve damage, infection, and dead tissue. At that point, he was transferred to Bishop Ranch Veterinarian Center in San Ramon. They specialize in rescue cases like this one, lowering their surgical fees so that donated money from Tri-Valley Animal Rescue and other non-profit organizations could fund the surgery needed to amputate this young dog's leg. While prepping the dog for surgery, the doctors noticed that his tongue was raw, bloody, and blistered, which seem to indicate that he may have ingested some poison.

The Road to Recovery

A few days after surgery, he was placed in a loving foster home sponsored by the Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue Organization where he could begin is recovery process. He has since received a new name, Tre-Joe, and is up for adoption. However, he will not fully be ready for adoption for another few weeks, but anyone interested in adopting him is encouraged to apply at

Tre-Joe's recovery is going very well, but it now appears that he didn't get the proper nourishment he needed as a young puppy, and has an issue with his remaining front leg. His pastern is not well developed, and the severe angle of his foot may compromise the strength of his leg. This is a concern, as his leg will need to be in great condition to support his body weight while walking, standing, or performing other activities. Because of these challenges, Tre-Joe will greatly benefit from having physical therapy and a front wheel cart. The cart will help distribute his body weight, while removing the pressure and negative impact to his front leg and spine, that would otherwise cause further injury as he ages.

Tre-Joe is a remarkable and loving dog who has been through pain and suffering that no animal or human should ever have to endure. He deserves to be the puppy that he is and play and go for walks like other doggies. This fundraiser will allow Tre-Joe to do just that! It will allow him to continue his recovery process the best way possible, giving him the ability to exercise and enjoy life while waiting to be adopted by his permanent family.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 8, 2013

Posted on September 8, 2013

Tre-Joe Meets Some of his Admirers

Saturday, 9/7/13, Tre-Joe's foster mom, JJ Jacobson from Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue, organized a wonderful "Thank you" event in honor of all of YOU for showing how much you care about our young German shepherd. So many of you wanted to meet T-J, so we wanted to give you that opportunity yesterday at the North Livermore Park in Springtown.

Although it was short notice, we were able to meet several of you, and you were able to see how well T-J is doing. His stitches have been removed, and his scar is looking much better, his hair is filling in, and he was as playful as ever! He had so much fun playing with Charlie, another young, handsome German shepherd, and Diamond and Gretchen, two young female German shepherds. He met and played with several other doggies that came to visit him. He also was a very happy recipient of many tasty treats and a lot of petting and hugs!

T-J was definitely a very happy camper, and after three hours of playing and getting so much attention, he passed out on the grass! It took some coaching before he pulled himself up to leave the park.

I have uploaded some pictures from yesterday's event, including some beautiful shots of T-J, showing his various expressions. Thank you, Maureen Reschke, for sharing those photos.

JJ has looked into getting T-J's cart and will be ordering it from Because T-J is still growing, she anticipates getting the cart in about two-three months. She will be working with a physical therapist in conjunction with Eddie's Wheels to ensure he gets exactly what he needs. And when he does, you'll see T-J in his new set of wheels!

Posted on August 30, 2013

Posted on August 30, 2013

We did it!! We not only met our goal, but we surpassed it!! Fantastic, Everyone!! I'm so happy for Tre-Joe! Thank you so much. I'll be posting some new pictures very soon. This is a new beginning for this young doggie, thanks to all of you! : )

Several people have expressed interest in either fostering or adopting TJ. He is still looking for his "forever" home, so please fill out the adoption form @ or send an e-mail @, and someone will get back to you.

Posted on August 29, 2013

Posted on August 29, 2013

I have to say that I'm overwhelmed with everyone's kindness and generousity. It's so wonderful to know that our Community is filled with great people like you. Thank you for your support and for caring about TJ and his recovery.

I would also like to personally thank the following people who have played such an important role in TJ's rescue and recovery:

  • My daughter, Candice, for coming with me to help this poor doggie.
  • Officer Kathy Holmes for coming to TJ's rescue and seeking the medical help that he needed.
  • Adobe Pet Hospital for stabilizing TJ and contacting Bishop Ranch.
  • Bishop Ranch for performing the surgery.
  • Tri-Valley Animal Rescue for funding the surgery.
  • JJ, Rob, and everyone else at the Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue Org for taking care of TJ while he recovers.
  • My sister, Gina, for letting TJ and I stay at her house one weekend and for recording the video and taking such a beautiful picture of TJ
  • My sister, Tanya, for helping me spread the word about the fundraiser.
  • Mayra Flores de Marcotte for posting a follow-up article on the Livermore Patch.
I could go on and on....The point is, YOU are ALL awesome!!

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