SOOOOO much to update on BHRR's Hailey!

We ended up not taking her with us to the Pet Valu Appreciation weekend – the Sunday – after all. She was not yet quite ready behavourally to go on the 15th, so we brought BHRR's Kyo and BHRR's Hamilton the Newf instead.

At our April 21st, BHRR 'EXPERIENE' Mini Open House, she was better behavourally; more outgoing and several made comments that she was better than she was in March when they were at BHRR duing our time away and yet; was still not quite normal.

From there, she has continued to improve and we did still send her on her 'date' this past Sunday to get her out of BHRR again and back to social networking in the public exposure arena. We asked the home(they were the recipients of a 'bonus' date with her for the winner of this date knew they would not be able to participate and asked us to pass along should they win to another – we chose the next highest bidder on all the dates of this type to give them the date) to just keep things quiet for her and they did.

The reason to keep her quiet was twofold for we also continue to try to figure out what is wrong with her back right leg. I and Sean freely admit to a certain level of being upset and confused for we have no information to go on as to what really happened to/with her during her time away from us and obviously; BHRR's Hailey cannot talk to us to tell us things. 🙁

So, just as with BHRR's Apollo when he first arrived to BHRR; we continue to go through the paces of what needs to be done and eliminate things and this means, much valuable time and resources is used and lost as we work towards figuring out what is happening.

I ended up bringing BHRR's Hailey back to the Vet on Friday night for 6:30 PM. She weighed a great 49.90 KGs(109.78 pounds). I brought her back for her hock was slightly swollen again and some limping was going on again. There was no heat as usual and her temperature was also normal.

This time, I wanted X-rays done. Unfortunately, due to emergencies etc. that slammed into the Hospital, we were not able to be seen until almost 7:45 pm and we were only able to get one X-ray completed. She is scheduled to go back today to have sedation so that we can properly X-ray the other side of this hock – something not quite right seems to be showing in the one x-ray and I will post that one below – and also x-ray the cruciate. With how we have to extend that leg and she has to lay; this is very stressful and awkward for her. AND we were not able to sedate on the Friday due to the timing of all other cases that came in.

We need that other look to get a really great view of all the small bones.

What can be seen in the one X-ray is a bone spur and calcification to the hock from when she was injured and she had a broken bone that has been healing. 🙁 UGH! Poor her…………We can also see that some arthritis has now set in on that area. 🙁 There is another area that just does not look 'normal' and this is what we plan on further investigating today in addition to that cruciate etc.

When we do get the other X-rays and review them, we shall better be able to piece together what may have happened to her and if she shall require surgery with an ortho specialist. POOR BHRR's Hailey.

I have to also take her out of our BHRR ADOPTION Program right now as she is clearly not healthy and our BHRR commitment to each animal is to ensure that they are done right by before they go up for adoption, with full disclosure made on any conditions found etc.

She remains on Deramaxx and enforced rest at BHRR. Her limping continues to be slight and intermittent and with how long this has now been going on the Vet continues to concur that we could well be looking at a cruciate and/or meniscal injury too. The Vet also was surprised to note that the hock swelling is slight and is not giving off any heat and that this is an ongoing problem and how intermittent with the swelling(toe touching) plus just how unbelievably stoic she continues to be.

The Vet also agrees that we have been patient long enough and that this can continue to possibly be one of the reasons why her behavour is not yet normal(MUCH more happy and outgoing now and more like her normal self of affection etc.!) and the Vet also agrees that we need to know become more aggressive so to speak in obtaining answers.

I shall update her blog as I can. I also have another dog heading into the Vet tomorrow so, it shall be busy at BHRR as usual!

Donations to her growing Vet Bills can be made in the following ways.

Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of 'Birch Haven Rescue' for 'Hailey'. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to

OR via PayPal(please use the 'gift' option)

BHRRs Hailey – May 18th, 2012 back right leg – hock & May 20th on her special 1-on-1 'quiet' date

BHRR's Hailey ANGELS:     $50 donated to date & Bills $1,000+