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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Someone on Facebook has just forwarded to me a page entitled "Willow the Beardie", created by her owners after poor Willow was involved in a very bad accident during their holidays. Just wondering if it is a Beardie we know?... For those who have access to FB, here is the page:

https://www.facebook.com/Willow-The-Beardie-222576322497952/

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Sad Wow, no idea if we know her but here is an article
https://www.milfordmercury.co.uk/news/pembrokeshire_news/18646622.30-000-needed-help-willow-hurt-fall-dinas/

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

That's her, Judy, yes... Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Poor girlie, sounds as if she is getting the best treatment though. Long haul for her and her people Sad

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Poor girl, that's awful Crying or Very sad

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Oh poor girl Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Willow has her own face book page now https://www.facebook.com/Willow-The-Beardie-222576322497952/
There is also a go fund me page https://www.gofundme.com/f/willow039s-emergency-vet-bills-beyond-her-insurance
and Beardies in need are doing fund raising for her.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

If you havenít been able pick up what happen This is from the go fund me page .
Apologies for the long description and for having to ask for your support as we would normally not bring ourselves to do this but I wanted to give a detailed overview and I don't think we have any choice and my self-pride is less important at this time. This is our dog Willow, she's a 6 year old loved Beardie Collie who is full of energy and a huge part of our family, and our little 10 year old boy's best friend. They are practically inseparable. We've been sensible and insured her since birth but unfortunately the emergency veterinary bills for the freak accident she's had go far far far beyond the maximum claim on her insurance pay out. It goes without saying we're doing what we can financially to support her treatment but the truth is we've been told it could range from £10,000 to as high as £30,000. Her Accident Somehow Willow managed to climb from a raised garden onto the rear roof of our rented holiday cottage we're staying in. She must have then walked over the top of the roof and one witness then saw her slide and fall 20ft down onto the road below. Injuries & Vets Instantly it was clear that Willow was not in a good way and had seriously damaged both of her front legs and jaw. Shocked and devastated we picked her up and rushed her to the local vets in Pembrokeshire, Wales. They diagnosed that she had dislocated both front paws and one had pierced her skin but they had managed to put them back in place. There was however serious ligament damage in both legs and she would need to see a specialist in Bristol and we were to take her straight there. We immediately set off on the 3 1/2hr journey. The specialist has informed us: She had dislocated both paws. She needs emergency corrective surgery to implant new man-made tendons to replace the ruptured ones in both leg/paw joints. (This is estimated by the vet at £8,000 to £10,000). If she has torn the tendons in more than one direction then they cannot fix/rebuild the tendons and both 'ankle' joints will need to be fused together. (This is £18,000 for both legs). They won't know which proceedure they need to do until later today when the replacement tendon material arrives and they scan again pre-operation. Then there is the added complication that because she slit her skin due to the dislocation and also her jaw hitting the floor there is a high risk of infection to the new tendons and they may need to be taken out and the joints fused anyway. This ways we would be paying a total of £30,000+ for both ops above. She lost some teeth when she fell, but they think her jaw is OK but they will need to remove her remaining lower front teeth. We then have the additional rehabilitation and medication she will need for a substantial amount of time following any operation procedure they decide she needs. We were informed for a dog to dislocate and rupture tendons in both legs is such an uncommon injury. The front legs take a huge amount of a dogs weight and beardie collies are big dogs. Unfortunately, it will take 6 months+ for her to recover from, if she can recover at all. If we do raise money to support Willow, any left over afyer the treatment will do donated to The Guide Dogs For The Blind and Bearded Collie Rescue.

Willow was well enough to go home on Friday complete with her casts to recover before further treatment .
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:03 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What a heart-breaking story... Thank you for copying it from Facebook as not everybody here has access to it. I do hope Willow's owners will get enough money to pay for all those treatments, but even so they are not totally sure that Willow will recover... This is a truly awful situation... Crying or Very sad

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Forget this, I've just found the link

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for posting as I don't do facebook, it's good to see she is recovering and looks reasonably bright. Fingers crossed she continues to do well.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've just had a look at the fundraising website, and almost £ 15,000 have already been collected. People are amazing, and I find this very comforting in these troubled times.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Beardies in Need are also collecting via PayPal. Beardiesinneed@gmail.com and asking for donations to be marked "Willow". Use family and friends so you don't get charged a fee. Go Fund Me take quite a commission, apparently.

What a nightmare for her family, not to say how she must feel, but she has a loving family and loads of supporters too. Just makes you realise how many wonderful people are out there (and Beardie people are the best Wink Very Happy)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

WILLOW UPDATE - POSTED BY JAMES OSWALD ON THE GO FUND ME PAGE FOR WILLOW - PLEASE NOTE THE FUND HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED
James Oswald, Organiser
Dear All,

As you know last Monday we were shocked to the core due to the freak accident to Willow.

We had never stayed in the cottage before and on arrival carried out the usual safety checks owners and/or parents do when they arrive. We never let Willow or Missy out in the garden without one of us being there and they never paid any attention to getting on the roof. It's actually a lovely cottage in a lovely area and the first week was fantastic. It just took that one second for the door to the garden to not be shut properly and without our knowledge Willow who had been with us had wandered out into the garden.

Due to the injuries and estimated costs outlined by the vets that far, far outweighed the insurance payout for Willows treatment (we have made sure Willow & Missy have always been covered with hole of life insurance cover and pay a substantial monthly payment for each of them) we looked for help on top of what we could personally stretch to pay. At the time not knowing if the treatment required would be to either rebuild the ligaments in both legs and save the joints at an initial cost of £10k plus follow up appointments, root canal treatment on her snapped K9, medication, specialist appointments and rehabilitation over 6 to 8 months and/or fuse the joints at a further cost of £9k per leg plus the added extras of mentioned above. Once initial scans had taken place the Consultant believed that due to the direction of the dislocations he had a good chance of saving the joints by rebuilding the tendons and using specialist casts. There was and always will be the high chance of infection to the new tendons due to the bacteria entering the bloodstream due to the cuts/fractures to her mouth from the fall and the texture of the twine used. Having heard that 'if the consultant was betting man' he would think he could save the joints we lowered our target substantially to £10k.

Never in our lives did we expect Willow to receive the support she has. We have tried to reply to everyone but it has nearly turned into a full time job. We have been left truly humbled by the kindness and support of fellow Beardie owners, complete strangers, friends and family. Reading the messages and stories we have been sent have been inspiring and emotional and again we thank you for taking the time to share these with us and wish you all well.

It looks as though Willow's operations this week have nearly gone as well as they could have. Her left paw could still give some complications due to some fragmentation surrounding one side of a drill hole for the mounting of one of the tendons but only time will tell. She is also open for the higher risk of infection as previously mentioned. Again, time will tell but we have been told that after 8 weeks she stands a better chance of recovery from an infection so .

After 24hrs at home is clear how much time and attention Willow is going to need in terms of the changing of dressings, medication, carrying to and from the garden for short exercise/toilet stops, supporting her via a harness when she stands, calming her down every time the phone rings, the door goes or a car goes past, follow up medical visits, staying injury free, and general company whilst in her crate which she's not chuffed about (However, I can hear her snoring in it as I write this). It's possibly more encompassing than having a new born child.

Due to the time required to look after Willow, and the total already raised in less than 1 week we feel it's the right time to freeze this page to further donations. We will be forever indebted to all of your kind support but we hope you can get some joy out of watching Willow's rehabilitation on her Facebook Page (below) that we started to communicate her progress in one central media.

Not knowing how much we would raise and ultimately how much Willow's treatment would cost above and beyond the insurance payout and our own financial input we have always stated that any money left over from donations would be donated to Beardies In Need and The Guide Dogs For The Blind. We have also decided to add to this Bindi's Lost and Found Pets who have been supportive in words and actions during this challenging week. The success and speed of Willow's rehabilitation will ultimately dictate how much we can offer to these fantastic charities but we plan to offer the payments over the coming months when circumstance become a little clearer.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with support and kind words for Willow, thank you to the vets who have worked miracles on what was a extremely injured dog with life threatening injuries, and a big thank you to the help we received at the scene of the accident from complete strangers who we are chuffed to bits to now call good friends.

If you would still like to make a difference to other Beardie Collies like Willow who need help and support can we suggest donations via PayPal to Beardiesinneed@gmail.com

From Willow, Missy, James, Suzie & Noah thank you so much for your support and for showing so endless love in these troubling times for everyone

https://www.facebook.com/Willow-The-Beardie-222576322497952/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for the update Tracy Smile I do hope all ges well with her recovery. It's heartwarming to see beardie community all pull together for one of our own.x

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Scruffymuffins wrote:
Thanks for the update Tracy Smile I do hope all ges well with her recovery. It's heartwarming to see beardie community all pull together for one of our own.x


Ditto Very Happy Still keeping fingers crossed things go to plan and no infection.

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Very Happy Ditto, ditto

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A lot of white light needed xx
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=234665111289073&id=222576322497952&sfnsn=scwspmo&extid=XDIZFsUvvL797gtI

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

For those not on FB not such good news,, Willow has been rushed back to the vets.
Update 19th August 2020

We were supposedcto bring Willow back to the Manchester Vet Specialists on Thursday morning for a check up on hef infection. Unfortunately, this morning she started screaming to the point it could be heard nextdoor and it looks like her paw might have moved. We have rushed her back to the Manchester Vet Specialists where she was sick in the car and she is back on Morphine.

The vet has taken her in and came back out to talk to us. It looks like the operation to rebuild her tendons on the left paw has failed and the twine might have come loose due to the infection. They need to keep her in for the foreseeable future to get her pain and infection under control and then scan the legs again. There is now nearly 100% chance that she will need her left leg fusing. 😪. If the tendon has failed and with the infection she is no further along from last week, in fact worse off.

They are still hopeful that the new tendons in the right paw may hold out but only time will tell.

Again thank you for all your individual messages we know we are going to receive from you. We just want whatís best for her and donít want her to suffer as this is just a living nightmare.

Her wellbeing as always is our most important concern right now. 🙏

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh dear, poor girl Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh no... Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Very sad news , willow lost her battle last night .
Run free willow


Further to our initial collection for Willow huge vet bills we wanted to share a devastating update. Itís with great sadness we have lost Willow this morning At 2:30am we had to make the most difficult decision to say goodbye, unfortunately too many complications had set in and so quickly. As of 6 pm yesterday her bloods were ok and she seemed stable, however by early evening sadly things had rapidly deteriorated. The vet was called back in at 11pm, as the night staff who were watching her constantly were really worried. We received a call at 2 am after the vet had spent 3 hours with her. Sepsis peritonitis had set in. They think she had developed a possible ulcer which had burst. She had been sick twice, a raised temperature and heart rate. Sadly they also confirmed earlier that day that the replacement tendons in her left paw had failed partly due to a different infection that was also eating away bits of her skin. This would result in her having to have the the twine removed and she would have had to face both legs being fused on Monday, but first they were really battling with the infections and needed to get that under control first. The specialists confirmed they couldnít just fuse one leg and they would have to do both as albeit the right was better than the left, there was too much flex in it, and with the other leg being fused it would put too much pressure on the joints on her right leg and it didnít stand a chance. The right would have to over compensate and it would never heal. They would have had to carry out more emergency surgery at 7am today to find out what had burst and her lungs were also filling up, they think from the impact from the fall although all tests and scans to that point were and had been clear. There would have been a few more ops also plus her snapped lower K9 tooth to sort plus months of rehab. The vet explained Willow she now had only a 1 in 10 chance of survival of the emergency surgery and was critically ill. Sadly as we all do we always put our fur babies needs above our own, we took guidance from the amazing vet specialist and had to let her run free. We couldnít put her through anymore as we all felt she had been through enough. To say we are totally heartbroken is an understatement. We wouldnít wish this on anybody. The vet cried when calling us as they had also fallen in love with her in such a short amount of time and couldnít believe how amazing she had been with all that she had gone through. She still wanted her tummy rubbing and they gave her lots of cuddles and kisses . We canít put into words how devastated we are. Since we froze donations to the page last Saturday news has spread and we have received literally hundreds of messages from around the world asking us to open the page back up again so donations could be made. In light of the latest heartbreaking development we have decided to open the page again from the £16,135 that had aleady been raised so that donations can be collected on behalf of 'Beardies In Need' a charity who have been a huge support to us over the past 10 days. As we have always communicated any funds donated and surplus after Willow's treatments would be split to help other beardie collies who need help and a donation will also be made to The Guide Dogs To The Blind to support all the amazing work they do. Donations can also be made direct to The Beardies In Need via PayPal to: [email redacted] Thank you for all your kindness and support for Willow and ourselves over the past 10 days we have been left humbled and forever grateful. It's been totally impossible to reply to every message and everyone in person, but please be assured that we have taken the time to read them all. We now need to take this time to regroup as a family XXX

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh dear so sorry to hear this...Tracy, would you post, at least for me, on FB how sorry I am to hear about Willow, and send her people our love at this time? Thank you. xx

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh this has upset me so much Crying or Very sad

Run free beautiful Willow.xx

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Scruffymuffins wrote:
Oh this has upset me so much Crying or Very sad

Run free beautiful Willow.xx


Me too Crying or Very sad

Run free poor girl, so unfair.

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