May 3 2004, 04:14 PM
This a plea for help with Gimpy. Gimpy is an 18 month
old male Shar Pei that was a cesarian puppy.
During delivery Gimpy's leg was twisted and damaged.
Gimpy has been getting along fine with the plate
that the Doctor inserted into his leg at 9 months of
Unfortunatley, Gimpy recently got hit by a car.
Lukily he has survived the impact, but his
bad leg that had the pin in it has been broken. The
owner of this dog spent an entire week calling rescues
and doing research to try and find help for Gimpy as
she can not afford the $1,000.00 for surgery that
it will cost to fix Gimpy's leg. She was hysterical
and just asking if we could take Gimpy in as a rescue
and get him the surgery he needs. She will be able to
come up with some of the money, but with 5 kids and
being on her own she can not come anywhere close to the
The temporary splint on Gimpys leg you see in the picture was
put on because she could not afford the permanant splint surgery.
The splint is now causing extreme irritation and must come off
I have offered to cover the cost of the vet care privatetly for this dog
and have talked to my vet and he will give me a rescue discount. I am
hoping that some of you can help Gimpys cause. Any
donations can be sent directly to:
The Gimpy Fund
Wilson Veterinary Hospital
1200 Durham Road
Washington Twp., MI 48095
Care of Gimpy Novak/Reed
May 3 2004, 04:20 PM
Another picture of Gimpy
May 5 2004, 08:36 AM
Hi everyone! Thankyou to everyone that has donated to
Gimpy's cause. I just spoke with Dr. Wilson regarding
Gimpy's condition. I had things a little mixd up with
the initial information given to me and it is much
worse than we first thought. Gimpy's right front leg
was the bad leg from birth. This leg is totally
atrophied and he can not use it. It is a very small
leg that never developed due to the injury from birth.
His rear leg on the same side is the one that has
been injured in the accident. This leg is very badly
infected and can not be operated on untill the
infection is under controll. He will be at the
hospital for at least a week or so. Once the
infection is under controll a plate will be inserted
and his front leg will need to be amputated. If
everything isnt done just so, Gimpy will only have 2
legs on one side. I dont know how he will get around
that way. Dr. Wilson feels he can repair the current
injury and he should be fine but it is going to be a
very difficult intricate surgery and of course the
cost is going to be more than originally quoted. Your
continued support and prayers for Gimpy are welcomed
Again, all donations can be sent directly to Dr.
wilsons office. You can mail them or call in credit
Wilson Veterinary Hospital
1200 Durham Rd.
Washington, MI 48095
May 8 2004, 04:56 PM
Well, Gimpy made it through his 1st surgery with
flying colors. His rear leg has had a plate inserted
which should allow him to use his leg pretty well.
Gimpy's next surgery will be the amputation of his
front leg. I met Gimpy and his little sister and mom
today and they are very appreciative and thankfull
they found us. Gimpy was very happy to go home to
recouperate. His surgery cost so far is $1,395.00.
and we have had $800.00 in donations so far. His next
surgery will be at least another $500.00 to $800.00 so
donations are still needed. Gimpy's owner lives in a
small town in Bancor Michigan and is a single mom with
5 kids and 2 dogs. She also has a female Shar Pei
named Opie. Cathy also takes care of all of the stray
cats that wonder onto the proerty where she lives.
Thank you so much to all that have donated so far. It
is so wonderfull to see all of us pull together to
help somone save their dog that otherwise could not
afford it. Thank you in advance for your kind and
generous hearts for Gimpy.
Donations can be called in to Dr. Wilson (586)
752-6217 or mailed to 1200 Durham Road Washigton, MI
48095 in care of the Gimpy/Novak-Reed fund.
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