April 2015: Xena wants to pass on her
greetings to all of her supporters and friends, and her
thanks for all your help. She will remain in the
forever foster program at JNMRF to assure that her
medical needs will be covered in the future. For
the time being, she is an active, happy girl with a
loving family and canine as well as feline friends.
One cat, Muffin, is her special friend. Xena
easily walks 5 miles on the weekends and is very lively.
After these hikes, she often naps with her buddy Bear
who was also a JNMRF rescue (on the left). Her
future is rosy for sure!
Xena went for her
hip evaluation on Oct. 26th,
and things are looking quite good. We are increasing her
activity level gradually, and we'll see how it goes. Xena will be evaluated again in a few months (sooner if
any issues occur.) Her left hip is still
dysplastic but not causing pain and her muscle tone is
good. She may not need the second hip replacement!
Her front legs are deformed from premature closure of
the growth plates so she has limited range of motion -
but, as the vet said, SHE doesn't know that and gets
around quite nicely. She is not in pain from any
of her joints now.
She has quite a sense of
humor, often grabbing the leashes of her canine brother
and sister when they go for a walk - with the idea of
HER walking THEM! She has learned to live with
cats and is currently developing her skills at charming
everyone she meets.
Xena moved to a new foster home
late in August where she will complete her recovery from
her surgery. She is very happy now that she has
much less pain and her attitude shows that. She
wants to do everything her new foster brother does and
he has been very good about understanding that playing
must be kept low key until her full 3 months of recovery
have passed. She will receiving follow up care in
PA. Xena thanks you for your continued support.
Her improving life would not have been possible without
your support. She can't wait to see what her next
adventure will be.
surgery was a success, although a specialized prosthesis
had to be used because she of her hip configuration.
A very experienced surgeon was able to find just the
right solution and Xena got her new hip. She was
in the hospital a few extra days since she had some GI
disturbance post anesthesia. What wonderful care
she got at MSU Veterinary Teaching Hosptial.
Special thanks to Sarah Ercolani for being there for her
and fostering. Xena got back to her foster home
today, 7/21/13. She has a long recovery of at
least 3 months of limited activity. After 3
months, she will be re-evaluated for her other hip and
for her gait. Thank you all for your continued
surgery for total hip replacement on her left side is scheduled for July
18. Please send her good thoughts for a successful
surgery and calm recovery. She will be in the
hospital for about 5-7 days. Thank you all for
caring about her.
June 15, 2013:
Thanks to your help, we
are able to get Xena her first surgery, a total hip
replacement which will be scheduled for this summer.
We don't have the date yet but we will update this page
as her care progresses. We still don't know what
other specialized care she will need after the surgery.
Any donations we receive in her name beyond the cost of
this first surgery will go to her post-operative care,
future surgeries, and to other dogs in the Special Vet
Care program who are in need of extraordinary veterinary
care. Thank you for helping this first phase
of her future.
my name is Xena sometimes called Teeny Zeenie or even
just ZZ. I was born in April of 2012 and my new
friends at JNMRF tell me I'm a special dog. I LOVE
to play with toys, pal around with my friends at my
foster home, and most of all I love to wag my tail and
was actually saved from a high kill shelter in Ohio by a
nice man who couldn't keep me after he had to
give up his home when his life changed. He loved
me and made sure I got to people who would give me a chance at a good life. My new friends at JNMRF say I'm a
special needs girl and will have a life
of restricted activity, pain and require special care if
I don't have very expensive surgeries.
I was born
with something called hip dysplasia and will need at
least one total hip replacement according to
specialists at Michigan State University Veterinary
Teaching Hospital. Also, when I was a very small
puppy, my front legs were broken and not treated.
Because of these problems, I have an abnormal gate and
if I do too much exercise, I have a lot of pain.
click here, you can see a short video of my cute
little way of running taken when I first got to my
foster home in rescue.
I love my
foster home and have the best of care plus loads of
toys, hugs, and love. They give me everything they
can and I love them. My foster mom even carries me
to my favorite spot to look out the window. But I need lots of medical
assistance which we are hoping all of you can help JNMRF
to obtain. My doctors say that I need a
total hip replacement this summer. They want to
wait until July or August because my growth plates
aren't closed yet. I don't know what that means
other than we have time to collect the funds needed for
this first surgery. It could cost $5000 or more.
If you can
find it in your heart to help me and JNMRF get the
medical attention I need, please sent your tax
deductable donation to my special Xena fund. I'm
part of the special vet care program which JNMRF has set
up. You can send your checks to :
PO Box 65
Mendenhall, PA 19357
or you can
click on the Donate button at the top of this page to
send via Paypal directly to the Xena fund. If you
can't afford to send money, please send me lots of Moose
Magic for me to get better or sustain my ability to walk
and keep my pain levels low. Thank you for
supporting me and JNMRF in all they do for Norwegian
Elkhounds like me.