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15 April 2014 @ 05:49 pm
Update on Winston - And It's A Good One!  
First, let me just say that two days ago it was 70F outside and today it is 30F and there is snow on the ground. Damn you, Spring! I knew you were a tease, you fucker!

Now that that’s out of my system - I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my post about my mom’s dog and who has sent me emails and PMs and inquiries about how he is doing and all the offers for help and support and good wishes. My mom has been in tears at every good wish and prayer in her name, just clearly moved by the love she has been shown.

Winston came home last week and is doing well. It seems being home has done him good - his spirits are certainly up these days. And he managed to stay infection free! And today he had both the stitches on his leg and the staples in his stomach removed. He has had some digestions issues; loss of appetite, bathroom accidents, vomiting - but considering the damage done to his insides, I am not surprised. It will probably help to get off all the pain killers and antibiotics - hopefully by the end of this week if he keeps improving - as those have to be messing up his stomach as well.



Mom's little guy, Winston.


They had to shave him for the surgery, so my sister got him this shirt, figuring he was probably cold. Plus the shirt helps stop him from licking his wounds and lessens the time he has to spend in that awful, humiliating cone they had him in!

The most surprising thing has been the way people have come together, family and friends wanting to donate to help Mom, strangers we don’t even know offering to help. My aunt was having coffee with her neighbor and telling her what happened and her neighbor wrote a check on the spot. The café where my mom eats breakfast put out a jar for donations - it’s a place for senior citizens, cheap, serve yourself, for people who can’t afford to eat out but want a cheap coffee or a small plate of eggs, people with next to nothing - and the jar was filled when we went to get it. Neighbors bringing Mom food and offering to testify. Both vet places calling to check on Winston, the pound keeping us informed of what was happening with the other dog. Friends of the family, friends of us kids, friends of friends, offering to help, coming forward, an outpouring of goodwill. It has been amazing.

We are still in a serious fight to keep the attacking dog from coming home though. Without a ‘stay’ from the county attorney, the pound can’t hold him any longer and in fact, he may be home already. But it’s not considered a ‘high priority’ case, so no one has even moved on it and Mom finally managed to hook up with a Victim’s Advocate who is going to help her push the case along. I know if something had happened to my mom, the prosecutors would be taking this more seriously than they are, but I just want to march into their office with the photos of Winston before his surgery; with the gaping stomach where you could see his insides and the shredded leg and just shove the pictures at them and ask them if they ‘take it seriously now’. My mom is so stressed out trying to fight this fight and I feel she shouldn’t have to be. She’s the victim…they should be fighting for her. All the crime shows I watch lied to me, because where are the people fighting for the victim here?

Definitely some frustrations still going on, but when Winston came up in our house the other day, prancing all over, showing off his new shirt and greeting our cats, it was a wonderful moment and we will just keep fighting for him, as long as he keeps fighting too.
 
 
 
lizibabeslizibabes on April 15th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
He looks so cute in that shirt. I really hope they can do something about that other dog and that Winston continues to improve.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
He looks so cute in that shirt.

Doesn't he? He was so proud of his new shirt!

I really hope they can do something about that other dog and that Winston continues to improve

Winston continues to improve indeed! The vet refers to him as their 'little miracle' and it is so true. His recovery has been astounding. We have yet to hear anything abut the other dog and what is being done there, but Mom hasn't seen it back in the neighborhood, so that is one positive thing. My sister has met with the lawyer and gotten the ball rolling there, so maybe the lawyer will be able to tell us something about where the other dog is. /xxx fingers/
lizibabes: A&T licklizibabes on April 24th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
He's a total cutie.

I'm glad to hear he's doing better, that is great news. I'm really pleased for him and you and your family as well. He's clearly a strong little guy.
Shirebound: Pippin heart - cookiefleckshirebound on April 15th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
the shirt helps stop him from licking his wounds and lessens the time he has to spend in that awful, humiliating cone they had him in

What a marvelous idea! I'm so happy Winston is infection free. What a dear pup, and I you have me grinning at the description of him prancing and showing off his shirt. *beams*

What an utterly awful thing for your mom to go through, and *still* have to go through. But what a wonderful, wonderful outpouring of love from all directions.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous idea!

My cousin is a vet tech and she suggested it and it seems to be working quite well. Mom had to safety pin it at the bottom to cinch it up enough that he couldn't push the shirt upwards, but he seems much more comfortable in it than in the cone. He still has to wear the cone while Mom is out of the house or while she is asleep, but when she is home and awake, she can just sort of keep an eye on whether or not the shirt is riding up and exposing his wounds and that seems to be enough. I recommend it as a great alternative to the Cone Of Shame!

I'm so happy Winston is infection free. What a dear pup, and I you have me grinning at the description of him prancing and showing off his shirt. *beams*

He wore a different shirt to Easter breakfast and everyone made such a fuss about it and about him and I thought he was going to shoot right off like a rocket from all the attention. He is such a proud little guy. His recovery has just been amazing!

What an utterly awful thing for your mom to go through, and *still* have to go through. But what a wonderful, wonderful outpouring of love from all directions.

People really have been just amazing, yourself included. So much unexpected love from all corners. Mom is hanging in there - having a Victim's Advocate has helped her feel like someone is on her case now - but we are still waiting to hear from the prosecutors, so I'm still not sure whether it will be taken seriously by anyone in the legal area. The lawyer was positive about our chances with the civil suit though, so that's in our corner!

Thank you for all your support, darling! <3
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dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
Winston's recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. The vets and the techs who saw him right after the attack keep telling us how stunned they are by how well he is doing these days and how great he looks. He is supposed to be taking it easy these days, so as not to re-injure anything, but he is feeling so well that the current struggle is just getting him to lay down enough to rest up!

well this morning when i woke up we had snow to, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. so thanks for sending it my way lol.

I would laugh like an evil maniac at this, because we've had the worst winter, but I know you've actually had it worse than us as far as snowfall levels, so I'll refrain from evil-laughing at you. It's been so weird here - 50 one day, 80 the next, 30 the day after that, 70 the day after that, then 50, now 60...it can't make up it's mind! But no more snowfall, so I'll take that.

/hugs/
Denidenig37 on April 16th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
So happy the little guy is okay (awesome shirt!), keep us updated!
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, babe! Winston seems to be doing quite well these days, so much more than anyone expected. He is tougher than he looks, it turns out. (isn't his shirt adorable? He wore another one to Easter breakfast - it was a Kermit the Frog shirt!)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on April 16th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
I am so glad to hear how well Winston and your Mom are doing! YAY THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE!

If you have a case number for the case that no one has acted on, how about emailing them the photos and promising threatening to come down there if your Mom doesn't get a helpful call within twenty-four hours, since with the other dog going home, she could be the next being attacked, and then the city departments would be OWNED BY HER. Lawsuit, lawsuit, rant, rant, and look, like magic, there's action! >:D
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to hear how well Winston and your Mom are doing! YAY THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE!

There really are good people out there, yourself included, babe! I think all the outpouring really helped to rally Mom not to give up on Winston and Mom helped to rally Winston not to give up either. He continues to get better everyday!

If you have a case number for the case that no one has acted on, how about emailing them the photos and promising threatening to come down there if your Mom doesn't get a helpful call within twenty-four hours, since with the other dog going home, she could be the next being attacked, and then the city departments would be OWNED BY HER. Lawsuit, lawsuit, rant, rant, and look, like magic, there's action!

Screaming lawsuit does always help, that is def true! We've sent them the photos - our contact at the police department recommended it. I finally got the assistant to the DA to register the case into the system, which means that now the prosecutor can review it, so one step in the right direction. The problem is when you file a case, they have 30 days to review it - that is apparently the local law here or whatever - (so we were told by the police department) - but the animal shelter can only hold an animal for ten days, so...they legally have 30 days to act, but by then the animal has been let go. I don't understand the system at all. But our lawyer is looking into what can be done, our victim's advocate is going to push the prosecutor to require the people fix the fence in their yard and the dog may have been released but it has not returned home to the house across the street, so that's at least something.

My mom goes in for her tooth surgery next week and I really hate the thought of having all of this hanging over her head while she is trying to deal with all of that (all of her remaining teeth are being removed), but I just don't know what else to do. The police and the advocate have been very helpful but they all say we are in a wait and see pattern now. /shrugs/

At least Winston's recovery has gone amazingly well! Everyone at the vet calls him their 'little miracle'!!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on April 25th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Healthier Winston, YAY!

Ha, good for you guys, sending in the pics. Keep on nagging like the proverbial squeaky wheel, and things should work out. Is the contact number for the case yours, or hers? If yours, that makes it less stressful for her, at least, right?

And on that note, DOUBLE yay for her surgery finally coming around again! Let me know if there's anything I can do long-distance, okay?
dodger_sister: angstdodger_sister on June 5th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Is the contact number for the case yours, or hers? If yours, that makes it less stressful for her, at least, right?

Just an update on Winston's case - the case number is Mom's, as she was the one it happened to, but I have all the info (number, officer name/number, date, paperwork) so I can make calls for her if she needs me to. Our lawyer has gotten the prosecuter to agree that conditions of the actual criminal case should be repaying us for bills, mending the fence and possible 'no more pets allowed' or maybe 'animal care classes', something along those lines. He def wants to make our money a condition of it all though. Things have kind of stalled out now, but like I said, they don't consider this a priority case, so even though that is immensely frustrating to us, at least we know what the actions will be once the case is heard by a judge - whenever that is. 80

And on that note, DOUBLE yay for her surgery finally coming around again! Let me know if there's anything I can do long-distance, okay?

Yeah, Mom's tooth removal surgery didn't happen. Again. She had fairly clear lungs, for her at least, and her doctor gave her the clear, but on the day of, the antiiistyyyythologist (lol) said that he wouldn't do it if there was anything rattling in her lungs at all. They sent her home again - which obvs the stress factor of revving up for it over and over again and then not doing it is the hardest thing for Mom. And also, if they are waiting for her to be healthy enough for surgery, it will never happen. She needs the tooth removal to be healthy, but she can't have the tooth removal until she is healthy - see the problem? Idek at this point what the next step in their plan is. I will let you know when I know. Thanks for thinking of us!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 5th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
It sounds to me like the representation you have for fighting against those awful people who let Winston get mailed is pretty smart, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed over here for that.

OMG, unbelievable. I mean, I guess I get it - the anaesthesiologist (grr, spelling is bad) doesn't want your mom to DIE. But come ON, people. Let the woman have a chance to get started on her healing!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 16th, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
I am just thrilled to hear that so many people have rallied around your family during this really, really awful time. And also so glad to know that Winston is pulling through. Please, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

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dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
I am just thrilled to hear that so many people have rallied around your family during this really, really awful time. And also so glad to know that Winston is pulling through. Please, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

The outpouring from our personal community has been amazing. For some reason the lady down the street, who had never so much as interacted with my mom before but then heard about what happened, bringing my mom a plate of brownies and staying for a cup of coffee, just really sums it up. It was just a tiny little thing but it shows how everyone rallied around Mom and how strangers really stepped forward and just how something like this can bring a community together.

Winston is doing amazingly well. It is nothing short of a miracle. That his insides were joyously not shredded at all, that he remained infection free, that he got his stamina back so quickly. Right now we are just struggling to keep him rested and calm because he feels so well, he wants to play and go for walks and run around everywhere. lol

I will let you know if there is anything that you can do, thank you so much, Our lawyer seems really positive that we can most likely settle this outside of court, so we are hoping that can be done. Right now it's just a wait and see game.
Kate: fox kitsceitfianna on April 16th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)
Aww, he looks adorable and I'm glad he's doing well. Also yay for the neighborhood coming together around your mom and good luck with dealing with that do. I hope something can be done.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, he looks adorable and I'm glad he's doing well. Also yay for the neighborhood coming together around your mom and good luck with dealing with that do. I hope something can be done.

Winston is so proud of his new shirt! And everyone really did pull together - it has been amazing. We just found out the attacking dog has been released but he hasn't come back to the neighborhood, so they must have sent him somewhere else, at least temporarily. Thank you for all your good wishes. We hope only good things going forward in this debacle. <3s
lindahoylandlindahoyland on April 17th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Winston is adorable. I'm so glad to hear he is doing well. It is a disgrace nothing has been done about the attack dog. Good luck to your Mum and please keep us updated.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on April 24th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Winston is adorable. I'm so glad to hear he is doing well. It is a disgrace nothing has been done about the attack dog. Good luck to your Mum and please keep us updated.

Winston is the cutest, proud little boy ever, thank you! His recovery has been miraculous. We did just find out the attacking dog has been released, but no one in the neighborhood (and Mom and all of her neighbors have been keeping an eye out) has seen him, so the family must have sent him somewhere else, at least for awhile. Apparently the legal system here as 30 days to respond to a filed case, but the animal shelter can only hold an animal for ten days - and that contradiction makes no sense to me. I told Mom that if anyone sees the dog back in the neighborhood, that she should contact her Victim's Advocate immediately. (we also got her pepper spray to take with her when she leaves the house now).

Thanks so much for the good wishes!