Abandoned in the middle of nowhere, on a lonely road in Romania, he was hit by a car. Found shivering in a ditch - cold, hungry and in terrible pain - he was close to death. His rescuers said: "it was impossible not to see him from distance, following you with a look like saying 'you pass by and don’t stop…'”. They realised that he was unable to walk. If they didn't help him, "he was condemned to a slow and painful death, alone ... his look said it all … like he knew already."
They took Mousy, as they called him, to Bucharest where he received emergency treatment. He had a shattered pelvis, a broken sacrum (lowest part of his spine), a badly fractured back leg and damage to his tail. After a period of recovery he was lucky to be added to a transport run to the UK and taken in by a small rescue group near Bristol. Six months later he met Maddy and Kevin. They admired his character and bubbly personality. They adopted him.
"Mousy" didn't suit this cheeky rogue, so they renamed him Mr Mousington. It was known that Mr Mousington had suffered a broken leg and was a little wonky, but the true extent of his injuries were only discovered after he was adopted. Trying to set up pet insurance, Maddy had managed to obtain his medical records from Romania. They went ahead with insuring him, even though all of his pre-existing injuries were not covered.
Mr Mousington became ill just two weeks after he was adopted. His tail was partially paralysed and he had an unusual ulceration that simply would not heal. The vets thought that a fracture site was causing problems so they amputated most of the tail. However, the ulceration returned and the tail was very painful, taking months to heal. A few months later a severe infection took hold in his tail again. After weeks of treatment the vets were baffled by the pain and lack of healing. They took swabs, tried long-term antibiotics and even after it had healed Mr Mousington was in so much pain that an urgent CT scan was needed. By this time Maddy and Kevin had already spent hundreds on Mr Mousington's treatment, but they had no option other than to go ahead with the scan.
The scan results showed that something had gone badly wrong with his original surgery. The screws used to repair his pelvis had missed the right spot and both his pelvis and sacrum were still broken and badly deformed. The broken sacrum was causing the tail nerve to be compressed so badly that it was almost severed, which explained all the tail problems. On top of this, Mr Mousington's knee had been badly damaged by the surgery and the pins were obstructing the joint, eroding the bone and causing painful arthritis.
Mr Mousington requires medication and there are still other expensive tests to be carried out before the specialists decide how best to proceed. He will definitely require reconstructive surgery, and that costs more money. Without it his future is bleak, but Maddy and Kevin are determined to do everything in their power to ensure he has all he needs for a good life. He already gets regular Canine Bowen Therapy (fortunately Maddy is a therapist), acupuncture, homeopathy, good supplements, careful exercise management and oodles of love. But the sad truth is that they are struggling with ever-increasing veterinary bills.
Mr Mousington deserves our help. He is a determined soul, and providing he gets the proper veterinary care, he should enjoy a long and happy life. His injuries are appalling - but try telling him that! He is a young, strong-willed dog with a zest for life!
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