I apologize for the graphic images, but they are the only pictures they have of this collie. He has been given the name "Lad." Which to collie lovers is a special name. We named our first collie, "Lad," because of what this name meant to us. Albert Payson Terhune wrote many stories about his collie, the very first collie named Lad. These were mostly fictional stories about Lad's very real characteristics - loyalty, bravery and love for his family. So we as collie lovers, and Terhune fans, use this name for our special boys. Just as the name "Lassie," brings to mind a heroic female collie who loved her boy and saved him from many dangerous situations, the name "Lad" reminds collie lovers of all the wonderful traits we find so endearing in this breed. So it is a fitting name for this collie, who has suffered so much at the hands of humans, and who in spite of this abuse, still loves us.
Lad is an 8 month old rough collie. He was shot in the face 5 or 6 days ago. This broke his jaw in two places, and since he has been wandering alone and in pain for the last 5 - 6 days, his wounds have become infected. And because of his broken jaw, Lad has been unable to eat or drink. He is emaciated, and even though he should weigh between 70 - 85 lbs, this poor puppy weighs only 41 lbs.
Lad is safe, but needs help. You can read more of his story, and updates on his condition on Facebook, by visiting "The Arrow Fund." You can also make donations, to help this poor baby recover from this horrific ordeal, the info on how to donate is below. No donation is too small, as ever dollar helps. And if you can't donate, a prayer for Lad's full recovery is just as valuable!
Update: Lad now has his own page -
THE ARROW FUND - COLLIE SHOT IN FACE -
UPDATE -WE NAMED HIM "LAD" - HE IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION
"LAD" IS IN BAD SHAPE - HIS INFECTION FROM THE WOUND TO HIS ...MOUTH AREA IS SEVERELY INFECTED. THIS WOUND FROM A GUNSHOT HAPPENED ABOUT 5 TO 6 DAYS AGO. SO HE HAS SUFFERED THAT LONG UNABLE TO EAT . PERHAPS HE GOT SOME LIQUID FROM SNOW - WE ARE UNSURE. HIS JAW IS BROKEN AND THERE IS DEBRIS OF BONE AND TEETH EMBEDDED IN THE GUM AREA. HE WILL REQUIRE SURGERY WHICH WILL MOST LIKELY INVOLVE EXTERNAL FIXATORS ON BOTH SIDES . THIS SURGERY IS NOT POSSIBLE UNTIL THE INFECTION HAS CLEARED SOME. HE IS SEVERELY EMACIATED - HE IS A LARGE DOG AND ONLY WEIGHS 41 POUNDS ! HIS FUR IS COVERING UP -WHAT LOOKS LIKE A SKELETON ! HE IS A 1 ON A BODY SCALE OF 1 TO 9 . 1 BEING THE ONLY NUMBER HE COULD BE AND STILL BE ALIVE ! HE WILL BE SEDATED LATER TODAY AND A FEEDING TUBE INSERTED . HE MUST BE FED SLOWLY - HE IS SO BAD HIS BODY NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO PROCESS FOOD AGAIN. FOR NOW - HE IS ON PAIN MEDS - (WHICH HE WAS PUT ON IMMEDIATELY AT BLUE PEARL ) , IV FLUIDS , AND IV ANTI BIOTICS. THE SHELTER WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH US - AND THIS CASE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION . OUR THANKS TO THE SURGEONS AT BLUE PEARL AND THE STAFF . "LAD" IS JUST A BABY - HE IS ONLY ABOUT 8 MONTHS OLD !
"Lad" was picked up last night by animal control in Davvies County. I commend the shelter- they sent him directly to a Vet. Sadly, when I called and asked what he had been given at the Vet . The answer I got shocked me - he was NOT given any pain meds, IV Fluids , or anti biotics. Very sad because this could mean life and death to this boy, as critical as he is.
The Arrow Fund will need your help - you know we want you to send love, light and prayers to "Lad " . You also know that this case is going to be costly . We would really appreciate any and all donations ! You may donate on our website at www.thearrowfund.org and checks may be sent to The Arrow Fund P.O.Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.
Thanks for supporting The Arrow Fund - we appreciate you all !
Working together we can make a difference.......
~Peace~The Arrow Fund~
This link might not work, so you can search for "The Arrow Fund" on facebook, and find Lad's story there.