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Helping Labs Find Their Fur-Ever Homes
painful, as you might imagine, but it causes my knee to be unstable and more prone to other injury, like a
CCL tear. Which is exactly what happened in that knee. So now I need surgery on my right leg, to put my
knee cap back where it belongs, and fix the joint so that it will stay in place, and repair the CCL tear too.
Brookline has arranged for me to go forward with this second operation, and I am so-o-o grateful for that.
But it is a big expense, especially considering I just had an operation seven weeks ago. The total cost for
these two surgeries is $4600 – $4800! I never meant to be such an expensive dog for Brookline, but like I
said, when it rains it pours!
If there’s any good news in this soggy tale, it’s that I should make a really good recovery and have
excellent function in both legs when all is said and done. I know I’m biased, but I do think all this costly
veterinary care is a wonderful investment in my future. And it will help me to be a fabulous addition to my
furever family, whoever they may be.
In the meantime, contributions to the Bright Horizons Fund will really help to ease the financial burden on
Brookline. I hate to be a burden! I hope you’ll consider a donation to defray these expenses, so Brookline
can keep on providing care for all the great labbies who need their help. Thank you!!
My name is Daisey. I’m eight and a half years old. I
became part of this wonderful Brookline family when my
family surrendered me in February. Everyone understood
that I had a problem with one leg, but… You’ve heard that
expression “When it rains, it pours.” Well it certainly has
been raining on my parade lately. Even for a water-loving
lab, I must say this is a bit much…
My original family had me examined last October, for a
problem in my left hind leg. Their vet had told them I would
need surgery to fix the CCL in that leg. (You know, that’s
the canine version of an ACL.) Just before I went to my
foster home one of the Brookline ladies consulted a vet who does water therapy for puppers like me.
Based on my x-ray, he thought I might be able to avoid the surgery and just go with the water therapy to
build the strength in the bad leg. So when I became a Brookline dog, we all thought I would sign on for a
series of water sessions and then I’d be ready to find my furever home.
Nope. No such luck. When my foster mom had me evaluated by her own vet in March, he said there was
a definite tear in that CCL and nothing short of surgery would fix it. So I went under the knife in early
March, had the knee repaired, and started the gradual process of regaining strength and flexibility in my
About three weeks into my recovery, just when I was about
to start a physical therapy program… BOOM! My right leg
suddenly went lame. Now that’s big trouble when one
hind leg is recovering from surgery and the other one
suddenly becomes weak and painful and unable to bear
weight. So instead of starting my left knee therapy, I was
evaluated for the new problem in my right knee.
Yep. You guessed it. Another big-time injury. Bigger than
the first one. I have what’s called a luxating patella,
meaning that my kneecap slips sideways out of position.
And it stays out of position most of the time. Not only is it