Today I got a dose of extreme cuteness while helping with the transport of Chance, a handsome 12-week tricolor male collie puppy who came to MWCR all the way from Colorado. Sweet Chance has a heart condition caused by a birth defect known as PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) which is ultimately fatal without surgical intervention. The good news is that with surgical intervention, Chance should recover quickly and have a normal life span.
We want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to Bob and Tamy Galanter who brought Chance to us from Colorado, as well as Chance’s breeder, Sharon Wobick, who surrendered him to MWCR so that he could get the care he needs. Bob and Tamy also made a very generous donation towards the cost of his surgery and other donations would be greatly appreciated. Preliminary estimates indicate the surgery will cost $3,000 – $3,500. If you would like to donate toward Chance’s care, you can do so through the ‘Donate’ button on the website – www.mwcr.org.
Today Chance went to his foster home near the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital in St. Paul. Tuesday his foster mom will bring him to the clinic for evaluation, then he will likely have the surgery performed on Wednesday and stay overnight. Assuming no complications, he will be discharged on Thursday and hopefully have a speedy and uneventful recovery. It should come as no surprise that this beautiful little fellow already has a forever home waiting in the wings. I know you all join me in wishing this little guy a long and happy life!
Here is a link that describes more about PDA:
– Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Vice President
Update: Chance had his appointment for surgical assessment Tuesday, May 24, and they felt that his heart defect was very repairable and so he had his surgery on Wednesday. Chance’s cardiologist called earlier to let us know that his procedure went well, he was in recovery, and they didn’t expect any problems. He should be home on Thursday and will need about 2 weeks with no rough-housing. Such wonderful news and we all hope that Chance continues to do well and lives a long, healthy, and happy life. The accompanying photo is of Chance after playing in the sprinkler this weekend – he is such a cutie!