by R.T. Fitch
Since early 2008 this Blog, “Straight from the Horse’s Heart” was how I would start my day, regardless of my location, the blog would roll. Originally set up to promote our book by the same name, the blog quickly turned into a sounding board for equine related issues. From the bloody business of horse slaughter to the outrageous conduct of the BLM as they stripped public lands of wild horses and burros…we were there, daily.
But for the past two weeks, you have not seen us, you have not heard from us and we have not reached out to even say so much as a neighborly “Hello”. What’s the Deal? Pretty simple, really…to coin a phrase that my bride, Terry, likes to use, “Life Happens”.
In a nutshell; back in May of 2019 we accepted into our home a most wonderful soul and one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen all bundled up into the body of a young German Shepherd named “Tesla”. We were contacted by the Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue about a young dog, who was born with Hip Dysplasia and they were having difficulty finding a home for him as he was in serious need of not one but two full hip replacements. We were cautioned that he would be quiet a project but being that we had adopted from them before, they felt we were up to the task and we were.
I have never met a canine cousin like Tesla, for all his pain, discomfort and inability to walk correctly he is hands down the happiest dog in all of Texas. There is not a human or animal that he does not like and befriends anyone who meets him. He lives with the pain and only squeals when he rolls, attempts to run or his border collie sister, Roxy, tackles him. I believe that the word “stoic” fits him as he just presses on and lets nothing bring him down or depress him. I love that in him, he sets a good example for all of us two legged whimps to follow.
It took Terry months of vet appointments, second opinions, discussions and meetings until she finally ferreted out one of the best hip replacement doctors in the U.S. and in February of this year, we got Tesla in front of him. Plans were made for the first hip to be operated on in March at their surgical clinic in San Antonio and then the virus struck. Each month it was postponed until finally in June we snagged an appointment, it was going to be a trip to span several days and we were going to stay right there with him. Careful accommodation arrangements were made, I drove in from out of state to help, we drove to San Antonio and dropped him off in the late afternoon for surgery the following day and while relaxing at our rented apartment that evening we received a call from the surgical clinic that they were not going to proceed and canceled his surgery due to a possible skin infection on that hip. Bottom line, we had to wait another two months.
But we repeated the lengthy and timely process last week and won. Tesla is under Terry’s care and walking about on the first leg joined to his hip EVER in his life. It is going to be a slow process but in about 3 months, we will do it again for the other side and that poor pooch is not going to know what do with four solid legs underneath him. I am certain that we will have to peel him off the sealing on many occasions.
So that’s where we have been, that’s what we have been up to and that’s why the blog has been bogged down…family first.
Hope all of you are well and safe, we will get back after it, soon.