Thank you doesn’t seem adequate enough to express our gratitude for your compassion and generosity. Every gift is truly appreciated. Many of you continued to generously donate beyond our goal. On behalf of Frankie, we thank you. Any additional funds raised will be used to help another animal in need.
Monday, August 19, we had Frankie evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon at MSU for a consult. The doctor confirmed that Frankie’s metacarpals (front “hand” bones) had been broken. There were not signs of additional breakages or tendon damage. A term “subluxation” had been mentioned by our vet here in Saginaw as a possible problem based on his previous x-ray. Subluxation involves a problem with the joint. After several exams and additional x-rays, the MSU doctor was able to rule that out! That was a sigh of relief!
The two outside metacarpals have begun to fuse together as they heal. The two additional bones on the inside of his foot are still not healed. The doctor felt that Frankie’s foot turned outward, in part, because he tries to limp on it using the outside of his foot, exaggerating the angle.
So with that said, the doctor’s recommendation was to splint the foot to allow the final two bones to heal. He felt that there was no additional harm in allowing the two outside bones to continue to heal in their current position. He said that there was no health advantage to re-breaking Frankie’s paw. He also said that his paw may still turn outward slightly but, again, there’s no health disadvantage to that. We could not be happier with the outcome!
After a very long day at MSU, Frankie and I did our first interview with Gino Vicci and TV5. At the same time, The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, MI, updated his story in their paper and online. We send our heartfelt thanks to each reporter for doing the follow-up on Frankie. He was one tired boy by the end of the day!
The following morning, we took him in to our vet with our MSU recommendations and had his foot splinted. He will wear the splint for approximately 3-6 weeks. Frankie is expected to make a full recovery.
We have received several offers of adoption for Frankie. We have not taken any offers for granted, recognizing that he could find a lovely home with many of you. Thank you so much for your love and passion. I will take this opportunity to let you know that we have chosen a wonderful adoptive family for Frankie. He will have a fur brother named Dillon and two growing boys to call his own. The boys are in 9th and 12th grade. Mom and dad are highly respected individuals within our community. I’ve asked them to put together a small biography with some pictures that I’ll add to Frankie’s page this weekend. This family is a perfect fit for Frankie!
Again, thank you all for following Frankie’s story, for caring enough to help with his expenses, and for sharing his story. The more people we share it with, the more opportunity we have to potentially save another pet from being abused. Maybe, just maybe, the next person will choose a different way, a healthier way to express their frustration and anger, rather than on an innocent creature.