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In loving memory of Luanne Penny, beloved sister. Luanne always loved the moon because even when you can't see it, it's always there.
- Edward Daddio
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6/28/21 – Memorial
People need to know she was here. Moon was found as a stray that was hit by a car. She was only 12-13 weeks of age. We were well prepared for her arrival. An experienced foster home was lined up, transport was at the ready, her name was chosen from our buy a dog names, and supplies were gathered for when she would come home from the hospital. We were ready! We had anticipated her every need – we had plans and back up plans.
Immediately upon her arrival, a volunteer was waiting to bring her to our trusted orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hart, at Guardian Veterinary Specialists. We called ahead to let them know of her arrival and the emergency team was ready for her. Our volunteer safely handed her off to the emergency technicians. We thought she would have a bright future for she was with us now and getting the very best in veterinary care. The best orthopedic surgeon in the tri-state area just so happened to be in that day. We couldn’t lose!
Dr. Hart called us within the hour. We were ready and willing to authorize anything and everything to fix her. We could hear the lump in his throat and the news was nothing we could have ever prepared for. Moon had several severe fractures of her pelvis, her left rear leg was also fractured, and there was damage to her growth plates. She was extremely anemic and she had multiple abdominal lacerations and urine scolding. For a brief moment we thought, “he could fix that”.. What we weren’t prepared for was that her injuries were about a week old and her young bones had already started to heal, but not in the proper way. She was too broken and we missed our window of opportunity to fix her. Dr. Hart informed us that she would never live a pain free life and that no surgery would be able help her. He advised us that humane euthanasia would be our only option.
We consulted with our trusted friend and two time adopter, Dr. David Dycus, with Nexus Veterinary Specialists. Without hesitation, he offered us his expert opinion and guidance. We made certain she was on appropriate pain control while we formulated our next plan. We had her transferred the very next day to Cornell University. We owed it to Moon to get a second opinion . Our volunteer was up bright and early to chauffeur her. We were in luck! Dr. Morgan, another highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, just so happened to be in. A glimmer of hope suddenly appeared. Sadly, we received the dreadful news once again. There was nothing that could be done to ensure her a pain free life. Moon’s injuries were just too severe. She was severely anemic and debilitated. Even with blood transfusions, an amputation, and extensive surgeries to repair her pelvis – her outlook was just too bleak. The surgeons advised us that she would not live a pain free life or the life every dog deserves to have.
As a rescue, we had to make the decision to end her pain. We had to stop fighting for her. The kindest thing we could do for her was to let her go. Moon is at peace now. She is free from the body that caused her so much pain. We hope she knows how hard we tried. We fought hard for her. We fought with everything we had to the bitter end. May she carry our love and hopes for her as she rests in peace.
It is important for our friends to know that she was here. It is important for you to know how hard we tried, how many skilled surgeons we put in her path, and how incredibly difficult it was for us to stop fighting.
Our beautiful baby Moon, may you enjoy paradise.
Moon with Adopt a Boxer Rescue – she has been made whole again.