Dakota - Adopted!
Age: 10 Months
Good With Dogs: Yes
Good With Cats: Possible
Good With Children: Yes, 7 and Up
Update March 11th:
Dakota had her 2nd set of X-rays and her leg has completely healed! She is cleared for increased activity to help build up her leg. But she will not need anymore follow up visits and has been cleared. She was recently spayed and once recuperated she will be cleared for adoption.
Update February 11th:
Dakota had her 1st of 2 xray followups this past Saturday. She has been doing great in her recovery and last week started to use her boo boo leg regularly in getting around. Doctors said she is healing nicely and keep her activity limited until her next follow up on March 11th. They did tell us there is minor swelling on a thin tissue (unique to young dogs) that covers the bone. It is typical in her injury during recovery and should subside. They said sometimes it could indicate an infection but she hasn't had any and shows no other signs of infection so felt this is just normal healing process.
Dakota had her wound check today. The doctors said everything looked good. They noted that there was some limited movement in her leg but nothing to be immediately alarmed about as there was still some swelling from the surgery.
On January 11, 2017, GSRNJ received a call from a vet’s office pleading for help for Dakota, a 10 month old German Shepherd puppy who was hit by a car on January 7th. Two days after being hit, Dakota was taken to the vet by her owner and a friend and learned that Dakota had a fractured right humerus that needed surgery to repair. The owner refused to provide Dakota with the surgery, so the family friend took her into her home. Without hesitation, GSRNJ immediately stepped in to help. Our volunteers drove two and half hours to pick up Dakota, then drove another two hours to the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, PA for much needed medical care.
Dakota was in pain from being hit by the car so doctors knew they needed to act fast. Since she was hit 5 days prior and had not received any medical care, they were unsure if they needed to amputate her leg. Thankfully, with further tests and observation, doctors concluded they could save her leg with surgery. On Saturday, January 14th, Dakota had the surgery to repair her right humeral fracture.
The surgery was a bit more complicated then they anticipated as her leg had already started to heal. But doctors said she did very well!
What happens next?
Dakota is on medication to keep her comfortable. She will need to be kept immobile for roughly a month to allow the leg to heal properly. After that period, she can have more freedom but still limited movement. Once she is well and given clearance from her doctors, Dakota will be up for adoption.
Where is Dakota now?
Dakota is currently resting in her foster home where she is receiving the care and rehabilitation that she needs. Since being in the foster home we have learned that Dakota is a very shy girl. She takes a few minutes to warm up to people and warms up quicker to women then she does to men. She LOVES cheese and peanut butter and takes treats gently. She also loves to cuddle and gives kisses.
Dakota has had some exposure to cats in her foster home but due to her injury and medicated state, its hard to get an accurate read. But we feel that she may be okay with them. She seems non-reactive to other dogs. But until she is cleared for adoption and has completely healed, we will not test her to see. Dakota will need a patient owner to help with her socialization and training and will need to have the financial means for whatever follow-up treatment she may need down the road.
How you can help…
Help us help Dakota by making a donation towards her surgery and aftercare. To make a donation directly to GSRNJ, checks can be mailed to: GSRNJ, Help Dakota, PO Box 563, Pennington, NJ 08534. Please make checks payable to GSRNJ. Funds raised in excess of our goal will go towards the care of the other dogs in our program.
For more information about our adoption policies and to access our online application, please read and review our Adoption Process.
This is Dakota Now!