Young Golden who can barely walk, needs surgery to repair his knee and leg!
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About the Campaign

Brought in stray to the animal shelter in Barstow, CA

No one came

Right at the end of April, Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles rescued Rocky from the animal shelter. The shelter reported no medical issues with Rocky, but the rescuers noticed as soon as they walked him: He had a strange gait in the rear, and didn’t seem to like to walk.

Rocky loves to go outside for walks, but can only go for very short distances before he needs to rest.

Well, it turns out Rocky broke one of his rear legs a long time ago, like when he was a puppy, and it didn’t heal right. Almost certainly he was never taken to a vet. So now one rear leg is longer than the other. Then what happened is he put so much more weight on his longer, good leg, he ended up tearing his ACL, a ligament in the knee. In dogs this will never heal without surgery, which is what Rocky needs!

The surgery is called TPLO, and has a very high rate of success. This surgery will relieve Rocky of significant pain, especially when he walks. Once he has recovered he will also have to learn to walk using both legs more, and be watched for putting excessive weight on his repaired leg, but it should be ok.

But that is not all!

No, unfortunately poor Rocky has a few more hurdles to jump… he needs to be neutered, but one of his testicles never dropped. This is not a big deal, except it makes the neuter surgery more complicated, and thus more expensive. And TPLO is already a pricey procedure usually done only by a specialist.

So OK, that’s it? Well……….. almost! X-rays showed Rocky also has a BB log lodged fairly deep under his skin. Yes, someone shot him with a BB-gun. He was probably shot a number of times, perhaps as a stray he was going on someone’s property who wanted to chase him off? Typically a BB will hurt, but bounce off, but every so often they get lodged in the tissue, and then they can sort of burrow in. Anyway, the BB has to be removed too.

So yeah, Rocky probably has had it a bit rougher than most of us! But he is a sweet dog! He’s a Golden! He’s looking at a bright FUTURE! So let’s get him there!!

Donations are for Rocky’s TPLO surgery (and neuter and BB issue). All donations are paid to the vet only, never to an individual. No fraud. Your donation goes exactly where you expect it to go: Rocky. Thank you for supporting him! WOOOOOOF!!!

Vet Estimate: Rocky estimate for TPLO and cryptorchid neuter

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  • Anonymous

    We had a wonderful dog from GRLGR who brought us years of joy. Just passing it on.

    May 9, 2020 at 3:43 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Take care of this sweet boy. I hope everything works out for him. He looks like a real sweetheart.

    May 9, 2020 at 4:20 pm Reply

  • Megan Sommers

    Thank you for saving Rocky!

    May 9, 2020 at 4:56 pm Reply

  • Joanne Mohr

    Rocky welcome to your new home

    May 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm Reply

  • Joel Boruchow

    for Joanne’s sister’s rescue

    May 10, 2020 at 4:37 pm Reply

  • Saliha Cikikcioglu

    Praying for this little guy!

    May 10, 2020 at 9:43 pm Reply

  • Andi McCabe

    Can’t wait to meet this boy. He looks like such a sweetheart!

    May 14, 2020 at 9:30 am Reply

  • Nobuko Iwabuchi

    Sweet Rocky, I Hope your surgery go well

    May 17, 2020 at 7:55 am Reply

  • Jacqueline Keenan

    Bless the heart of every single person who has contributed to Rocky’s rescue and recovery! You are Angels!!!
    I think I’m in your file of available fosters, but not sure. Please check and let me know if I need to update.
    Thank you all for doing everything you do for these wonderful pups!!

    June 12, 2020 at 2:33 pm Reply