The Hugs for Tugger Fund

For: Tugger
Organizer: Toni Caiazzo
$8,955
of $8,700 goal.
Raised by 223 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

On the morning of 8/19/14 I came upon a dog hit by a car along Swamp Pike (New Hanover Township - Montgomery County, near the New Hanover Township Fire Company). I had the folks who were with the dog - who I have named Tugger - put him in the back of my car and I took him to the vet. No microchip. The vet hospital said that if no one claimed custody of Tugger that they would have to euthanize him.  Over my dead body. So myself and the poor person who hit Tugger claimed custody. He suffered a punctured lung and a fracture in his 4th lumbar vertebra, and is currently unable to move from his mid-back on down because of injury to his spinal cord from the fracture.  His owners have neither been located nor have come forward.  I have no idea how much the medical costs will be, but I am setting up this fund so that we can all help poor Tugger get the treament and care that he needs and deserves.  The next 12-24 hours are critical with regard to his spinal cord injury from the fracture, so getting him to a neurologist is priority.  The MRI to assess the damage to his spinal cord, along with possible surgery to secure the fracture, will be very expensive.  So please consider a donation on Tugger's behalf - even a dollar means the world to Tugger and is much appreciated.  He has been under treatment at the local veterinary hospital (the expenses will probably be around $1,000 there), and will incur additional expenses once transferred to the neurologist (at a minimum probably $6,000 from what I have been told).  And please also say prayers for this sweet boy that his spinal cord injury is only temporary.  He is the sweetest dog; in spite of his injuries he just wants to be petted and touched.  On behalf of Tugger, many thanks, hugs, and wet doggy kisses!  (P.S.  Some have asked how he got the name Tugger.  When he was placed in the back of my car, he looked up at me and laid his head on my arm, in spite of all his pain and shock.  That tug at my heart.  And in the immortal words of Tug McGraw:  "Ya Gotta Believe!"  I gotta believe that he will regain use of his back legs and walk again.)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 1, 2014

Posted on September 1, 2014

The neurologist wants him to be kept immobilized as much as possible, to give the vertebra fracture time to heal and form a callous around it.  Tugger's vertebra has to be stabilized in order to use a wheelchair.  The hard part right now is his frustration with not being able to move his back legs, along with keeping him clean and dry to prevent bed sores.  It is like having a newborn again.  But as I keep telling Tugger, we will figure it out and we will get through it.  He is a very sweet and gentle dog, and super smart.  In just two days, he figured out that when I say "Sit up Tugger" - it means I need his help in getting him cleaned up and his bedding changed.  He sits himself up as best as he can, and gets himself into the position that he has realized is most helpful for me to help him.

Posted on September 1, 2014

Posted on September 1, 2014

UPDATE FROM 8/30:  A certain dog whose name begins with "T" apparently is starting to feel better - his horns were out this morning, and he showed his moxy this afternoon. I was out running errands, and when I got home, he had chewed a hole in his "cone of shame" and had one of his front legs through it (apparently was trying to get it off, lol) and had the foam cushion folded in half and pushed up to the front of the crate and was hanging out on it. I guess maybe he had a tantrum while I was gone. I won't even tell you what it was like this morning when I was trying to help him - but his horns were definitely out! LOL.  I won the battle in the morning, but he definitely won the war in the afternoon.  He was propped up on the folded up cushion with such a look of "I'm done with this stuff."  It was nice seeing this spunk, actually.

Posted on August 27, 2014

Posted on August 27, 2014

I have raised the goal a bit, as some people would still like to donate. Tugger has a long road ahead as far as therapy and medications needed.  I am not sure if once the goal is met, people will be unable to donate.

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