Our Miracle...needs our help for his continued care.

For: One Dog at a Time ODAAT
Lewistown, PA
Organizer: Kari Coble
$9,486
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The Story

On Saturday, January 7th, we were contacted from the State police barracks, by the finder of a dog suspected to be hit by a car. It was reported that she found him alone, along Pumping Station Road in Juniata County PA. We immediately met the finder and transported the very large puppy, that vets originally believed to be an approximately 7 month old lab mix (due to his size), to Metzger Animal Hospital, in State College PA. Initial xrays showed no signs of fractures, however we knew from the beginning there was something very wrong. It seemed that he had absolutely no feeling in his tail and his back legs were not moving. He would however, react to extreme pressure between his toes on both rear legs. Dr Rider at Metzger Animal Hospital took over Wyatt's case on Monday morning. A CT scan was performed to get to the bottom of why he would not move his back legs. Our worst fears are now a reality. Wyatt has several severe and debilitating spinal injuries. He has fractures at C6, C7 and T1. This is 3 breaks in his lower neck area. He has a compression fracture at T13, which is putting significant pressure on his spinal cords. There are "too many pieces" to be surgically put back together at Mezgers, even with their expertise. To say we are devastated is beyond an understatement. At this point, he will remain hospitalized until we are able to make a plan. We are diligently searching for a surgeon who feels it is worth a shot to give this boy a chance to walk again. He has a major fracture, that cannot be repaired by just any surgeon. This little boy, who has been shuffled around to 3 different homes in his short 4 months of life, deserves the best that we have to offer. It is unsure what truly happened to Wyatt. We have no idea how his injuries occurred. We honestly do not want to give up on him. This cannot be his fate. His test results are being forwarded to the best Neurologists in both our state and surrounding states, in hopes that someone will feel he is a candidate for surgery. We already know what this can do to our rescue... but, we are willing to do it for him. He deserves to live a long and loved life. If we do nothing... if we do not at least try... he will still require surgery to stabilize and a wheelchair because he will be permanently paralyzed. He is a 4 month old great dane/lab mix. His current bill is over $4000. With so many uncertainties ahead of us, we truly need your help.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 2, 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017

Wyatt's Warriors 2-28-17
Ohio State Veterinary Hospital update.
Sometimes... when searching for a Miracle... you have to come to the realization that... you may have already found it.
On January 7th, 2017, we answered a call sent to us by PSP Lewistown PA. We had absolutely no idea that this one moment in time... this one call... this one choice to say, "Yes, we can help."...was going to change our rescue and our lives forever.
From the moment we picked up this sweet, innocent boy... we knew our rescue as we knew it, would be forever changed.
Yesterday we went searching for some sort of closure. We asked that the team of veterinarians look at Wyatt as if he had just walked in off the streets. We asked they do anything and everything they needed to do to help our organization give our boy the best life possible. We needed a long term plan, a long term prognosis and we wanted them to be completely honest with us. They did just that and we could not be more grateful. We apologize for the wait...but we wanted their report to share with you so you understood his injuries and what his future holds.
We have to be honest... this visit helped us tremendously. With his injury there were so many what if's. So many questions. So many we could have's. So many..."are we doing and did we do the right thing?" We now know... we did. Most dogs with injuries such as his are euthanized by their owner prior to the vets being able to really formulate a plan. His case is one in a million. We now feel like the heavy weight has been lifted and we have a plan. We know that we will make the best of the life that this miracle... named Wyatt, was given the day he survived whatever happened to him.
We LOVE you Wyatt! Our volunteers would like to say, "Thank YOU ALL". There are no words, no ways to express the gratitude we have for your support with Wyatt and his care. Without you, he would have never had a chance to live. You have allowed us to give him a chance to figure out a plan for his future. Wyatt will need around the clock care. He will require this for the rest of his days. Our organization will need all the help we can get to continue to care for him, as well as all the other animals in our rescue. Are we scared? Yes... we would be lying if we said no. But, the day we picked Wyatt up... he became an ODAAT dog. We take this responsibility very seriously. He is currently residing with our President, Kari and Josh Coble, and their family. He will need transported to and from State College for his continued therapy that is crucial for Wyatt to maintain what use he has of his right and left legs. We are going to be transporting him to Dillsburg PA frequently so he can get in the pool. We ordered his wheelchair which allows us to get him outside and makes transporting him to and from the vets offices so much easier. This will be one of a series of wheelchairs as he is a growing puppy who currently weighs 57 pounds. He actually prefers to be on the floor scooting around and playing with his foster brothers and sisters.
If Wyatt was in pain... we would have made the excruciating decision to euthanize him a long time along. We can assure you... he is not. So, that being said, we will do EVERYTHING in our power to make sure his life is full of love for as long as he is healthy. It is crucial we watch for pressure sores and uti's and be proactive with treatment. To donate towards his continued care, hit the Donate button at the top of our page. Our paypal is [email protected] We cannot do this without you.
A word to his owner... who we are sure is watching this post... the day you found out where your "lost" dog was, and chose to do NOTHING... chose to IGNORE us... is the day we found OUR MIracle!
OUR Miracle...
"The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart". 1 Sam. 16:7

Posted on February 20, 2017

Posted on February 20, 2017

TODAY we go to see Dr Savco. Please send prayers that he is able to help our boy. Thanks so much for your continued support.

Posted on February 11, 2017

Posted on February 11, 2017

Update on Wyatt: Sadly he still isn't feeling deep pain in the hind legs and has no voluntary movement of the hind legs or bowel/bladder control. The left front leg is getting some voluntary movement mainly of the shoulder muscles but it's still not functional. As before, we are cautiously optimistic. He is a sweet, loveable guy who loves to be with people and other dogs. In therapy, we are doing a wide range of modalities and exercises trying to stimulate the nervous system and to maintain his current level of function. He has been in the underwater treadmill with the water level high enough for him to try to "swim" with our help. He is in a sling and has a life jacket on which eases his fears. Hoping by using his right front, there will be some carryover to the left. We have a donated cart that we use to get him upright and "stand" and he really likes that, especially when he gets to go out for a "walk". At this point, it is a wait and see game and hopefully he will regain more function in the upcoming months. On the plus side, he is showing no signs of pain.
Thank YOU ALL so much for your generosity and prayers thru Wyatt's journey. This could not have been made possible without you. Please continue to watch his progress on our Facebook page, One Dog at a Time ODAAT.

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