Somehow, according to the Lab Rescue orthopedic specialist, Cricket sustained a traumatic injury to her calcaneal (Achilles) tendons in BOTH rear legs. The left leg seems more severe than the right. Cricket appears to be in NO pain, as she walks about and runs happily in search of the next best thing in the yard to sniff out. However, when she runs, she does so with her left rear leg held up, and she often stands on her hocks (heels). She is unable to fully and successfully extend either rear leg to fully bear her weight. But ….. her injury most CERTAINLY does not prevent her from enjoying a good belly run, ear scratches or a good meal!
Cricket is not available for adoption yet. She'll be with us through the surgery and for 4-6 months while she recovers and gains strength. She is now with her foster family where she'll be staying through this recovery. And she is settling in VERY well! She's a complete DELIGHT! Despite the traumatic injury to BOTH of her rear legs. She is amazingly cheerful, eager to please, rock solid in the house, sleeps like a log through the night, and is so playful. And did we mention how much she LOVES to SNUGGLE? She is a sweet and loving girl that thinks she should be near you just in case you have a few extra fingers looking for something or someone to scratch. Does she know sit and down and the typical things that a good labbie girl knows? You bet! Does she retrieve, like almost every lab in the book? You bet! No one has told Cricket that she has an injury so she just keeps on rolling as if there's nothing wrong.
Cricket’s orthopedic specialist is CONFIDENT that BOTH of her rear legs can be repaired and that she will be able to FULLY enjoy Livin’ La Vida Labbie that she was intended to! But CRICKET NEEDS YOU!!! Her first surgery is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, February 13, in Yorktown, VA! The BEST VALENTINE'S DAY PRESENT for Cricket EVER! At that time one of her ankles will be fused at a normal standing angle. Given 8 to 12 weeks of rest and recuperation, she should be able to walk and run normally using that leg ..... and then, the second surgery to repair her other leg.
These surgery are expensive - over $5500 and that stretches our Lab Rescue financial resources. We NEED YOUR HELP to see Cricket through this. And it's going to require some MASSIVE LOVE and SUPPORT from the Lab Rescue “Village” in order to keep her veterinary care Piggy Bank FILLED. We hope we can count on you once again to support a special dog on a special journey.
Cricket has fully recovered from her first surgery and on April 8th checks in for her second surgery. We wish her the very best!
The surgery was SUCCESSFULLY completed to repair her left rear ankle (tibia tarsal joint) and she is doing BEAUTIFULLY! All going well, Miss Cricket will be returning to Camp Bono early tomorrow afternoon to begin her 4-6 week recuperation and rehab. The surgery went so well today that Cricket will not have to wear the ankle brace that she was expected to be sporting for a couple of weeks!
|Cricket: Still sleeping off the anaesthesia after her surgery.
It's a new day for this special girl and she says thank you to everyone that's helped make it happen
Day Two post-surgery and Cricket is doing SO well!
After a good night's rest and a "sleepy pill" to help with some slight discomfort and swelling, Cricket was READY for a Fabulous Friday in the warm coastal SUNSHINE! Cricket spends most of her time resting. However, she's also enjoying on-leash walks around the yard while investigating new smells.
Cricket is beginning to put some light weight on her left rear leg, especially when she stops for a brief moment during her strolls! This is a GREAT sign that she's feeling more comfortable using the newly refurbished ankle! It will take some time for Cricket to become accustomed to a properly working leg, but we know that she will LOVE it once she does.
Cricket continues to send a BIG THANK YOU out to all of the members of Cricket's Fan Club who've so generously become her SPONSORS! In the upcoming weeks, Cricket will need to be rechecked and x-rayed by her surgeon and will undergo a SECOND operation to repair her right ankle. Because of this, we need to keep her piggy bank FILLED! And with YOUR help, we can!
Day Three post-surgery and Cricket is healing nicely and she is using her repaired leg rear leg VERY well! So much so that it's gradually becoming the dominant leg!
Cricket has spent the day chillin' and waiting for the SNOW! On her several on-leash walks around the yard, she has - more and more - demonstrated a good level of comfort with her WORKING ankle! She's not quite ready to build her own snowdog yet; however, she IS enjoying her time outside tracking the backyard wildlife!
Update from Cricket's foster family 2/20/2013:
Day Seven post-surgery and Miss Cricket is DEFINITELY feeling' GOOD!
Cricket continues to improve daily, THANKS to all your support and well wishes! She is able to put full weight on her left rear leg and newlyrepaired ankle when walking. She is not allowed to run, a little spring in her step says that she would love to! Her left ankle is now definitely the dominant one, while her right ankle frequently sinks down onto the hock (heel) when she stops her forward movement. This will be repaired after the left ankle is totally good to go in approximately 7-10 weeks.
On February 28th, Cricket will see Dr. Dassler for an exam and to have her staples removed! The incision is healing beautifully - and - the Cone of Doom has come OFF! Thanks to good antibiotics, Vitamin E and s time to
heal, her incision seems no longer bother her.
Cricket had a BIG day that began with a road trip and TWO vet appointments!
Her first appointment was with Dr. Chris Dassler and vet techs Amy and Elizabeth, at Bay Area Veterinary Surgery in Yorktown, VA, to have the staples removed from her left ankle incision site. Dr. Dassler also examined Cricket and pronounced that she's doing WONDERFULLY - so much so that the NEXT SURGERY on her RIGHT ankle will proceed in a couple of weeks!
We're thrilled with that news!
Miss Cricket's second vet appointment of the day was with Dr. Anita Weidinger of York Veterinary Hospital in Yorktow, VA, to check out Cricket's *itchies*. Cricket was warmly greeted in the lobby by LVT Jennifer and a new little friend! :-)
Dr. Weidinger then examined Cricket and found what was suspected - a recurring yeast infection in her ears and a potential allergic reaction to something in the environment. Both are being treated with daily ear drops, some antihistamines and a nutritious hypoallergenic diet.
After both veterinary appointments were completed, Cricket took some time to star in a new so that you can see how WELL she's walking on her left rear leg!
Before her surgery two weeks ago, Cricket's left rear ankle (hock) came completely to the ground when she stood or walked, because her Achilles tendon was totally lax or blown. With the insertion of the metal plate and the fusion of her left rear ankle, you can now see that the leg and foot assembly has become the DOMINANT one when walking and is now maintained in the proper position.
If you watch the video closely, you can also see that her RIGHT Achilles tendon is still lax, allowing her right ankle (hock) to drop much lower to the ground than is normal.
This will be repaired, similarly to the left, during Cricket's second surgery on April 8th.
Please JOIN in the newly formed CRICKET FAN CLUB and lend your SUPPORT by going here:
- Nancy Vogt "in memory of my sweet rescue Mishka Snorovksy"
- Kelly Davidson "in memory of Goose and in honor of Preston"
- Shawnda Bentley
- Lisa A Black in honor of Camp Bono and the Black Labs
- Mischell Taylor
- Joyce McGriff
- Angie Hummer
- Lisa Struth
- Lisa A. Mallory
- Stephanie Peden
- David Armstrong 'To a Speedy Recovery'
- Rose Bartz 'Thinking about my sweet Luci, a Black Lab I rescued that sadly passed much too soon. She knew my love for only 3 short years before she succombed to a cancerous tumor'
- Boyer Ashley
- Linda Finnerty
- Adele and Robin Brukiewa
- Mary Henning
- Vickie Yanics
- Jessica Hampf
- Monica Ston
- David Lawrence
- Jamie Fitzsimmons
- Brenda and John Barry
- Thomas Evans
- Alan David Cohen
- Marta Esposito
- Greg Herbold
- Kathryn Witwer
- Kerrie Flaherty
- Karen Mills 'Dirk & Nash hope Cricket feels better soon'
- Lori Haller 'in loving memory of our black lab, Riley'
- Jeanne Dobson
- Annie Skarwecki
- Melissa Mooney
- Richard E. Pope
- Nan Marks 'in memory of my sweet LRCP rescue girl Sally'
- Kara Heitz
- Kathleen Harrington
- Elizabeth Davis
- David Abrams
- Valarie Michaelides
- Kathy Lesser
- Patrick Webb
- Mark and Holly Schwendler
- Ron Selfe 'in loving memory of Malcolm'
- Suresh Abeyesundere
- Margaret H Bradford 'in memory of Dalila and Sadie and in honor of Ginger'
- Joe and Brenda Fuchs
- The Briles Family
- Bridget and Jeremey Weiss
- Diane and Bill Koffenberger
- The McNally Family
- Maggie Raymond
- Gloria Sulton
- Mark and Tammy Misener
- James Plaatsman
- Linda Abbott 'In memory of all our labs, Ace, Deuce, Sparky & Nugget. Gone but not forgotten'
- Betty C. Armistead
- Robert T Murphy 'She reminds us of our Diva who passed on in 2011 and of our new Lab Rescue Sammi Jo that we adopted in September!'
- Fred Steckler, Robert Murphy and Sammi Jo
- Andrea Rubino
- Laura Jones
- Jim and Dori OSullivan
- Brian J Helfrich
- Cheryl May 'in memory of Sammy and in honor of Lab Rescue alumni Spanky'
- Lynn Riley
- Tom Maddox and Laurie Simon
- Linda Barrett and Emily Harris - to help Cricket
- Lt. Col. Russell Lloyd, Jr. and Jean B. Lloyd
- Nan Bennett
- To honor Cricket and Camp Bono! Love you guys! xoxox Clyde
- Lucy Lab's family; she was the best dog in the history of dogs!
- Catherine Dickel
- Heather Knutsen
- Joann Johnson
- Judy Porter
- William A Hanes
- Eric Hooper
- Sharon Gilbert 'Molly sends her love and best wishes for a speedy recovery... (Molly ruptured her cruciate ligament a year ago so she feels Cricket's pain)'
- Amy Broughman
- Judi collepardi 'To Cricket, Hoping you have the happy life I have been given thanks to Lab Rescue. Hang in there!!! Baci Collepardi'
- Ivonne Campe
- Lisa Shepard
- Christina Beliveau
- Mike and Kathy Quattrone
- Joanie Smith Miller
- John Plank
- Johanna Kehoe
- The Stansbury Family 'in memory of Wilson. Apr 2005-Oct 2012'
- Susan Taylor and Steve Black 'in memory of our sweet Ursula (6-4-2011)'
- Barbara Berge
- Lisa Gould 'in memory of Buddy & Jake'
- MaryAnn McFate
- Shawn Riester
- Michelle Casler
- Megan Davis
- Kim Sawicki
- Sharon and Jay Trotta 'in Loving Memory of Blackjack'
- The Brown Family 'you go cricket, can't think of a bettr way to spend some Valentines day cash!'
- Katherine McCluskey 'She reminds me so much of my lovely Pumpkin!'
- Charlsey De Lorenzo
- Kelly Gourley
- Charles Castronovo 'In memory of Arthur Ebenezer Applesauce'
- Sue Smith
- Julia Suffecool
- The Norris Crew 'for the love of labs!'
- Stefania Schuller
- John McKeon 'In Memory of August and My Mother Mary B Mckeon who passed a year today'
- Gillian Foo
- Victoria & Dwayne Dehlbom in memory of Hershy & Moose
- Miranda Raggio
- John Audi
- Scott Mallan
- Elizabeth Compton 'in memory of Ellie, who also had several orthopedic surgeries'
- Jane D. Scott
- Bob and Barbara Thompson 'in memory of Darby and Emma; and in honor of Lab Rescue alumni Ruthie and Samson'
- Palmer Harned
- Edward W Cochran, Jr 'In memory of Sadie, my Yellow Lab who died and in 2012, and Sophie, my Black Lab, who took her place'
- Heather Anne Pfrimmer
- Audrey Michael
- Erin Foreman
- Susan and Richard Friedman 'Pearl, Abe, and in loving memory of Rembrandt, sending lots of love and hugs for Cricket's speedy recovery!'
- Susanne Brogan
- Eve Carr 'A Valentine for Ms. Cricket from Eve, Dave, and Sierra'
- Deborah Flaig
- Jill Wood 'Best wishes for a speedy recovery Cricket'
- Joe Morra
- Janet K. Thompson
- Deb Austin 'in memory of Lymric'
- Lind Senez
- Jenna Silawsky 'from a grateful Lab who found her forever home thru Lab Rescue'
- Leona Illic
- Robert Malec
- Alice Anne Birch
- Susan Gorsky 'In loving memory of our first rescue lab, Casey the best big, black dog'
- Heather McPherson
- Dr. Frederick E. Machmer, Jr.
- Debbie Schroyer in honor of Riley & Coco
- Sonya Williams 'in honor of Maddie, our faithful girl'
- Robert A Melvin
- Adele Paynter and Mike Stoll in memory of Dewey