Potter’s Path

BHRR’s Potter is a 15 months old; Deaf Boxer AKA BHRR’s ‘Honourary Great Dane’ that was picked up by a Rescuer and Animal Control employee in N.Y., USA back in July of 2009 and after not being able to find a reputable/quality Rescue to take him in; BHRR was contacted to assist as we focus on the Special Needs. Potter was not even deemed important enough by his old owners to be given a name during the almost 1 year they had him. They used to laugh and call him ‘DUMBO’. 🙁 He was allowed to run loose and many a day he was almost hit by transports on the highway. It took a month of very long and patience work on behalf of this Rescuer to convince the home to turn Potter over. Potter did not know even how to play, was painfully thin, not housebroken(clearly not allowed inside) and his obedience was zero. We brought Potter into our BHRR program on July 13th, 2009 and in the four months that he has been part of BHRR; he has come a very long way.

On Saturday November 14th, I noticed what appeared to be a small red mark, similar to a ‘black fly bite’ on Potter’s left inner thigh and thought it required one of my Vets to take a closer look at it and as wanting to also get his heart/lungs examined as I have been worried about his breathing at times; I made an appointment for Monday the 23rd. In the meantime; I kept monitoring this spot and every day it was getting larger and beginning to look more like a growth. As several that attended our Sunday’s BHRR Mini Open House can attest to; I was saying that I did not like the look of it and hoped it was not cancerous. When Wednesday AM of the 18th of November rolled around; I really felt uneasy with the larger size(quarter) plus the redness of it. Potter also found it uncomfortable for me to examine it. I made an appointment for that night. The Vet felt it looked ‘classic’ Mast Cell and the FNA confirmed her suspicions. From there, we ran X-Rays to determine if it had metatisized in Potter’s lungs. To date, his lungs are clear. We also ran a BW plus UA on Potter. The decision was to make arrangements ASAP to have his left back leg removed to give him the best chance possible of having a quality of life moving forward.

The cost of his Vet Bills are now over $3,000. We are calling this “Potter’s Path” that he must travel and I have created this page on Thursday November 19th, 2009 as we look towards the public supporters of BHRR and those that have become fans of BHRR’s Potter; to help us save Potter by removing this left back leg. The total cost of all of his Vet Bills are going to be over $3,000.

We are trying to raise $1,122 more to pay for his Vet Care. To everyone that has met BHRR’s Potter at our Mini Open Houses, GD Walks/Hikes, Soccer Practises etc. or have become virtual fans, we beg of you to consider helping us to help Potter. Potter has never met a person or a dog that he has not loved and he really deserves this chance at life!

You can donate by PayPal(button found in the top left corner of our homepage) OR you can write a check out to ‘Liston Animal Hospital’ OR ‘Gwendilin & Sean Boers’ for his Vet Bills with BHRR’s Potter in the memo section and mail to:

Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR you can call Liston Animal Hospital at (613) 591-0966 to pay on Potter’s Bill directly by Visa or M/C – Potter’s bill is under the account name of  ‘Boers’

This is the first stage for Potter along his Path to becoming healthy.

Even $5.00 would mean so much. BHRR takes in animals that others will not or can not and Potter is such a great dog and at only 15 months of age HAS so much more living to do….we are begging and pleading to our supporters to please help us help Potter.

Thank you so much to everyone in advance for the kindness.
**We shall continue to collect funds until Potter’s surgery/rehab is paid for. This shall be an ongoing Fundraiser**

Donations To Date: $1,878  Vet Bills To Date: Presurgical BW, Exam, Urine, 3 Xrays, FNA, Amputation, 2 x other Surgeries: $3,000+

Remaining To Raise: $1,122*Balance paid personally(out of pocket) by Gwen of BHRR

BHRR’s Potter – November 15th, 2009 *This photo courtesy of C. Desjardins

BHRR’s Potter – Left Hind Leg Amputation due to a MCT – Friday November 20th, 2009

BHRR’s Potter – November 23rd, 2009 – 72 hours post surgery for left hind leg amputation

BHRR’s Potter – November 30th, 2009 – 10 days post-surgery for amputation – first procedure done to add staples to keep stump closed

BHRR’s Potter – December 8th, 2009 – 18 days post-surgery for amputation – 2nd procedure done with buttons to keep stump closed

BHRR’s Potter – December 24th, 2009 -*35 days after leg amputation

BHRR’s Potter – January 13th, 2010 & January 18th, 2010 -*7 weeks post-amputation and 2 days shy of 2 months post-surgery

Potter’s Angels:

L. Crawford
S. Smith
K. Pardy
D. Ferguson/A. Bennett
A. & K. Twaddle
K. Watts
M. Gladstone
J. Bethune
The Vaive Family
Sophie G.
M. Leung
S. Desjardins
D. & M. Miller
T. Penfield
L. McCracken
Remaining balance paid personally(out of pocket) by Gwen of BHRR