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I just got back from seeing Scrappy. We still cannot do the surgery because he is still to weak. He would not eat so they asked me to go and get some of his favorite snacks. I bought his favorite snacks and took them to him. He ate every bite, 2 cans of white chicken breast and a whole package of fat free hot dogs. He even drank a lot of water for me. The docs were shocked because he would not eat for them. I spent some time with him and reassured him that I loved him and wanted him to get well. We are praying for him to become stronger soon. He cannot take the anesthetic so therefore cannot do the surgery. Please keep us in your prayers.

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39 Responses to “Scrappy”

  1.   Hopalong Harley Says:

    I don’t usually read the blogs, but just happened to click on yours and am terribly, terribly sorry to hear about Scrappy. The pure stupidity of some people never stops amazing me … why the heck would you shoot a dog?! It is just beyond reprehensible.

    I’m glad Scrappy has eaten some for you. I pray he continues to improve. Amputation is a scary word, but your dog can, and will, lead a full life with only 3 legs.

    There is a ton of great advice on the forums. Or if you can’t find what you are looking for, just post a new question on the forums … it usually doesn’t take long for some great responses; if you have a question about something, most likely someone else has gone through it and can help you.

    You’ve found a great support group. Our paws are crossed for Scrappy!!!

  2.   anyemery Says:

    We’re sorry to hear your news. We will definitely keep Scrappy in our hearts and our prayers and hope that he regains his strength. How encouraging that he ate for you!
    Sending lots of hugs, and plenty of healing thoughts,
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  3.   Leslie Says:

    It’s so miserable when you can’t help your pup. What’s going on with Scrappy? Have I missed his story somewhere? You guys are in my prayers.


  4.   admin Says:

    Best wishes for Scrappy, glad to hear you got him eating. Thanks for the update!

  5.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Get well and get strong, Scrappy.

  6.   etgayle Says:

    paws crossed for a successful surgery. scrappy, i’m glad you finally decided to eat something, you must keep up your strength!!! blessing and positive thoughts coming your way!!!

  7.   jakesmom Says:

    Sweet Scrappy! Good thing you finally ate something… You need to get your strength back so you can have your surgery.

    Sending lots of good positive thoughts your way!! 🙂

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  8.   Donna Says:

    We went back to see Scrappy tonight after work. I took my son with me tonight. He has not seen Scrappy since this happened. I really think they needed to see each other. I think tears were coming out of all of our eyes this time. We were able to get him to eat ALOT tonight. I want to thank everyone for all of their thoughts and prayers. I really don’t think I would be able to hold it together without all the people on this site. You have all given me more strength and hope than you will ever know. I was beginning to wonder if there were still good people out there and I found all of you. Thank you so much for your kindness. Scrappy’s mom, Donna

  9.   wkfryer Says:

    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! Be strong Scrappy’s counting on you!!!!

  10.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    I’m just getting caught up and first of all, my heart goes out to you and Scrappy – what a very traumatic and difficult event you are going through. It’s beyond comprehension and I’m truly amazed at how strong you are through this. It’s so difficult when you’re faced with this kind of decision and it’s compounded by the fact that Scrappy had a terrible thing happen to him. It’s one of those unfortunate situations that calls for taking it one day at a time and focusing on the now – getting Scrappy strong again so he can have his surgery. Dogs are so resilient – once he has his surgery and goes through the recovery process he’ll do just great. Right now it’s hard to see that given all the trauma that you’ve been through. So hang in there….one day at a time….and just know that you are doing the right thing for Scrappy. I’m saying lots of prayers for you and Scrappy.
    Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom)

  11.   jerry Says:

    Scrappy, you are absolutely in our prayers. Keep on eating and getting strong, the world needs you and so does your wonderful family. Come on Scrap, you can do it!

  12.   Donna Says:

    New update on Scrappy. Spent some time with him today, but left very sad. He is finally eating pretty well. The main concern today is getting him to use the bathroom. Everyday we have a new obstacle to get over, but are doing it one day at a time. I took a friend with me today. He was very happy to see her; licking her, rubbing her and even barking and talking at her. When I tried to get his attention and even gave him his toy and blankie, he ignored me. I was very sad but my friend said he is just probably sad to see me go each day. Anyway, this evening after work we found out that we finally were able to get over the obstacle today. Now we just need to rest and stay still. We don’t know if it is a good idea for me to visit so often, because he does not lie still when I visit. This has been such a very trying week. I am going to try to get some sleep tonight. I need to be rested before he comes home, but it looks like that will still be a few days away. I would like to thank everyone again for the prayers and kindness. I just don’t think I could make it without all of you. Sincere thanks to you all from Scrappy and his Mom, Donna

  13.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Donna, you have indeed had a truly nightmarish week and yes, you do need to get rested yourself. Scrappy’s hanging in there, he’s strong, well-loved and being well-looked after at the clinic and it’s wise to take care of yourself as well.

    You and Scrappy have both been so strong throughout this.

    You are in our thoughts for sure.

  14.   Donna Says:

    Oh he looks so good today!! He is definitely feeling better. He talked to me today. He is eating really good, (only his favorites of course) and is really looking good. He was more responsive today also. We are not going to do anything over the weekend. We just need to let him rest and regain strength. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. I will not be able to visit over the weekend, so I am a disappointed with that but Doc said it would be good for him to just rest this weekend. I will miss him tremendously. Once again, thank you to all of you for all of the encouragement. You have really helped me through this last week. Scrappy’s Mom, Donna

  15.   krispi Says:

    I just happened upon this by accident!!! Come post in the discussions forums so we all can follow Scrappy’s story! After he has his surgery, Donna, you will want to get a harness for him (check out the Ruffwear Harness here on Tripawds) to help you help him (check with your vet to see when it can be used after surgery) and be sure to get non skid rugs for any slippery areas for when he comes home. Prepare to be amazed by how well Scrappy will be doing…and come often to Tripawds and keep us posted.

  16.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    That is such encouraging news – the fact that he talked to you, ate really well and looks so good to you – fantastic! The doctor’s probably right about this weekend…it will be good for him to get his rest so that by the time you see him when you get back, he’ll be stronger and feeling even better for you.
    Lots of healing thoughts coming your way…..

  17.   Tana Says:


    I’m just getting caught up, too.

    Some people just shouldn’t be on the planet !! GRRRR…. stupid person…..

    I’m very glad to hear that Scrappy is doing better. Atta boy !!

    As everyone has said – dogs are amazing – they adapt far better than humans do to adversity – losing a limb is most definitely NOT the end of the world for them. They just get up and get on with their lives. It takes them a few days to get their balance – but once they are on track – they don’t look back. It’s their people who are emotionally attached to the missing limb.

    Be strong for Scrappy – and yourself. Look after yourself so you can look after him when he comes home. It IS exhausting the first couple of weeks – both emotionally and physically.

    Lots of golden retriever licks coming your way ….
    Tana and Sophie

  18.   scrappy01 Says:

    I just got back home from seeing Scrappy. Today the Doc took me back while he was changing the bandages. He is still not able to have surgery. I was told today that he still might be able to keep his leg. Now that some of the swelling is down, the Doctor knows that he has some use of the leg. We are very hopeful! We are keeping him in the hospital for now to make sure no infection sets in and try to see if the leg is going to be savable or not. The Doctor did ask me today not to visit so much because Scrappy gets so excited and starts to move around etc. It is going to be very hard for me not to make all the trips to see him but I am willing to do whatever it takes to get him well. I am so grateful to the Doctor and his staff for taking such good care of him. I can tell that he is not in pain anymore which really makes me feel good. He has a cast on his leg from the shoulder all the way down to the tip of his paw. It does not seem to bother him. He was actually putting pressure on his leg today. I cannot wait to be able to bring him home. Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts.
    Scrappy and Donna

  19.   etgayle Says:

    donna, glad to hear scrappy is doing so much better… it’s the pits that you need to limit your visits, but it’s probably best to let him rest and heal… he knows how much you love him, and it’s obvious he loves you unconditionally – he’s fighting so hard to get better and get home to you!! paws crossed for continued improvements!!

    gayle and charon

  20.   Ginger Says:

    Donna –

    Just came across your blog and was reading about Scrappy. He was obviuosly named for a reason – because he is “scrappy” and scrappy puppies don’t give up without a fight.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope Scrappy improves everyday and remember if he has to have his leg amputated, he has a whole new set of tripawd friends here.

    Ginger and pawrents, Brian and Annie

  21.   Donna Says:

    It has been two weeks since Scrappy was shot and today he is finally well enough for the surgery. They will be amputating his leg today. I am so nervous and scared right now. I hope everything goes good today. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers today. Scrappy and Donna

  22.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Oh Donna, I so understand your fear and anxiety! Sending you a big virtual hug.

    You and Scrappy are definitely in my thoughts. Will be waiting for an update. Hang in there!


  23.   Donna Says:

    Scrappy made it through the amputation today. They told me he is doing very well. I could not go and see him because I had to work but will be there first thing tomorrow. I want to thank you all for all of your comments and prayers. I am really worried about the next few weeks, but I am very excited about getting him back home. I know he will be very happy to get back home too.

    Scrappy and Donna

  24.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    The next couple of weeks may be tough, Donna, but I can’t imagine they’ll be much worse than the last nightmarish couple you and he have had. Very happy he came through okay. Scrappy sounds like a survivor; just like his mom.

    The homecoming will be joyous I’m sure! Sending hugs for Scrappy’s speedy recovery.

  25.   Donna Says:

    Scrappy gets to come home tomorrow!!! I can’t wait. The doctor said that he is doing great. He wants to keep him one more day to make sure all is well. I am so excited. I have not seen him as of yet, but can’t wait to see and hold him tomorrow. I know he will be so happy to get home too! I have everything ready for him. A new bed, new toys, new snacks and lots and lots of love! I will post pictures of our new look when he gets home. I know the next few weeks are still going to be tough, but with all of your support and the faith I have in the Lord, I know we will do just fine. I know this will be an adjustment for both of us. I just hope I can get him up and down the stairs ok. I am really nervous about that. Thank you again to all of you for your kind and thoughtful words.
    Scrappy and Donna

  26.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Yay Scrappy! Yay Donna!

    Do you have a lot of stairs? When Catie came home we were advised to keep her off of them as much as possible for the first while for healing purposes. We live in a split level so there aren’t too many stairs; we did try to keep her rested as much as possible though and the pain meds made her dopey anyways so it wasn’t too difficult. Whenever we weren’t around to watch her she willingly went into her wire crate – we didn’t want any mishaps while we were out and Riley can get a little rambunctious.

    You’ll be astounded at how quickly you and Scrappy will adjust. I’m happy he’s doing so well! Looking forward to some pictures! Savour that big hug when you go to pick him up.

    I’m a sucker for a happy ending 🙂

  27.   Donna Says:

    Camen and Catie,

    I only have three steps outside that I will have to take him up and down to do his duty. I just don’t know how much assistance I will need to give him. He is very very heavy and I have a very bad back. In fact I am going tomorrow for another set of injections. I guess this is why I am so worried. I have the wire crate for him which he will have to be in while I am gone to work. I am a school bus driver, so I am only gone at most two hours at a time. We have four days left and then we are out, so I won’t have to leave him at all then. I feel so badly because he has been kept in the hospital and locked up for almost three weeks now. This has been such a terrible time. I can oly seeing this getting better now. I really appreciate all of your time to talk to me. We will definitely post pictures. And you are right, this is a happy ending. I am still struggling with the fact that someone could do this to him. I just can’t believe that people are this cruel.

    Donna and Scrappy

  28.   Ginger Says:

    So glad to hear Scrappy is doing so well. My house has a lot stairs and my Mom was concerned that she would have a hard time with me, you know when Dad wasn’t home to carry me everywhere.

    So they got some great suggestions from people on this site. You can buy a sling (Lift-N-Aid at Petco). They bought the sling but found that a towel or cloth shopping bag with the sides cut works really good too.

    Hope Scrappy improves with every day that passes. Give him a sloppy golden kiss from me.


  29.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Donna, Scrappy will probably navigate the three steps – particularly going up – just fine. We too have three stairs leading into the house; Catie managed them on her own from day one. In the back, we have another 3 going down into the yard from the deck. Catie was, given she too is a front leg amputee, was hesitant about going DOWN. A balance thing I think. You may find it helpful, to help him navigate properly, to wrap a towel or something under his belly and hold the ends together to gently assist him with some support without hurting yourself. I don’t think it’ll be necessary to carry him. This is Scrappy, remember? 🙂

    It’s hard to accept the cruelty of people but everyday we’re hammered with examples of hideous human violence. People definitely can be cruel. It’s beyond horrible (beyond comprehension, really) what you and Scrappy have had to endure because of the atrocious brutality of someone.

    That said, for all the awfulness, there are still way more – I believe – people of compassion, of courage, love, generosity, kindness than those who take pleasure in the suffering of other beings. If I didn’t believe that, I’d have trouble getting out of bed in the morning 🙂 Easy for me to say but, in the words of Jack Kornfield, “Yet in whatever we do we must not let war, violence, and fear take over our own heart.”

    Donna, I can only imagine how hard it is to put aside those feelings of horror and outrage, but try to hold onto that love you have for Scrappy. He’s still here. He’s coming home. He’ll be okay. Look forward to hearing about the glorious homecoming and the pics.


  30.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    Hi Donna,
    Just wanted to wish you well with Scrappy’s homecoming. Like Carmen said, he’ll be able to navigate those stairs just fine. When Mackenzie first came home from her surgery, she managed just fine going up a couple of stairs. Using a towel or sheet to help hoist him up works well too. I found that the first couple of days I needed to use a sling of some kind but then Mackenzie was able to get up on her own without too much assistance.

    This will be a tough time when he comes home but the good news is that you get to be home with him during this time and with all that you’ve been through, it can only go up from here. Then you can put this nightmare behind you. Carmen couldn’t have said it better….he’s still here, he’s coming home and he’ll be ok.

    We wish you all the best and hope that Scrappy has a smooth recovery. Keep us posted…you are in our prayers.
    Sending you lots of golden hugs!

  31.   etgayle Says:

    YEAHHHH!! so glad to hear scrappy is coming home today!! my ‘sister’ used an opened up cloth shopping bag (with a towel inside it to keep it cushy) to help stable me going over the few steps we have to our back yard. she still keeps a baby gate on the upstairs stairs, since she says it’s too much worry for her not too… can’t wait for more pictures, as we feel like we know you already!! paws crossed for a speedy recovery and smooth sailing going forward!!!

    gayle & charon

  32.   admin Says:

    she still keeps a baby gate on the upstairs stairs…

    Don’t miss this Tripawds Gear Blog review: Best Pet Gates for Safe Amputation Recovery 😉

  33.   Donna Says:

    We have gotten Scrappy home!!!! I am so impressed with him. I can’t get him to lay still. He is wanting to go and check everything out since he has been gone so long. we have to keep him down for a couple of more days; limit his activity. So we have lots and lots of treats to give to him when I have to put him in the kennel. He loves being on the screened in porch, so we have made a bed for him out there and he is happy! He doesn’t care for the crate, but I have had to put him in it a few minutes ago because I could not get him to stay down. I am looking at him right now and he has finally laid down to rest. The excitement of being home was wonderful. I can see why all of you have been telling me how he will be just fine. He was actually pulling us on the leash! I just can’t tell all of you the wonderful feeling I have right now to have him back home with us. We all love him so much. I will post the pictures as soon as I figure out how to do it. If anyone can give me some directions on how to get the pictures on here, I sure would appreciate it. Thank you all again for all of your support and everything. I just cannot express how grateful I am for every comment, prayer, suggestions and just the kind words.
    Scrappy and Donna

  34.   majorbubbatank Says:

    Yeay, Scrappy! Welcome home! Keep showing your Mom just how amazing we Tripawds can really be.


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