Follow the story of his heroic fight.
March 8, 2013
I went to see my new Dr. friend in NY today.
He was AMAZED at how good I healed (of course I healed good. I'm Freddy). He told my secretary Christine (who's now my cook, chauffeur and laundry lady too) that I could have a little more exercise so I got to be off leash in the yard (yes, it is all fenced in). She wouldn't let me play with all my new greyhound friends in the snow (bah humbug) but I had some fun by myself.
I saw a squirrel, tried to catch snowflakes, did some digging in the snow and I was all ready to fly down my runway ramp to do some serious zoomies, but the party pooper (yup, you got it...Christine), wouldn't let me.
March 3, 2013
I had 2 very busy days of meeting people and riding in cars.
I finally got to Greenwich, CT on Sunday night at 8:30. I was really excited to meet my secretary Christine for the first time. We got introduced and she started crying and hugging me so hard. Women can be so silly. Then she took me home. She has a husband, Chris, and a lot of greyhounds. I met a couple of them at a time (the greyhounds, that is. She only has one husband) until we were all together. It was really fun. Then I found this big bed and Christine & I started to smooch. I miss my friends at OSU but I think I like it here.
March 2, 2013
I'm doing it. I'm really leaving.
That's my friend Dr. Pugliese poking at my behind. She's always poking me but I love her. She and Christine both have a big case of the weepies. Silly.
What's all this talk about me being superman?
March 1, 2013
I don't know what the heck is wrong with her lately. Every time we talk she's gets weepy.
February 26, 2013
Hey, Itís me Freddy.
See me in the picture? Iím talkiní to you.
Well, Iím telling you I donít know WHAT the heck happened to me today but I definitely feel that something important is MISSING!! They tried to make it better by giving me a cookie. I just ate the headÖ
Iím not feeliní too friendly because those Drs pulled a fast one on me and it sure wasnít getting tutored!
Iíll talk to you tomorrow,
February 20, 2013
My Dr. friends changed the bandages on my right thigh today. Things are looking really good with that flappy skin but I have some fluid (fluid? They must mean juice) down near my knee. I’m really not supposed to bother with it but I want to, so I wear my neck pillow and my muzzle AND they tried to put on an e-collar too. I took it off. HAHA. But haha on me cuz it got stuck on my muzzle. Oh well.
I’m still getting presents which is very cool. I LUV all the goodies so whoever picks me up from OSU next Saturday March 2 better have a BIG vehicle.
Did ya read that guys? I’m ready to go on a road trip!!! Yay!! I got to go outside today but a road trip will be much more fun. My secretary, Christine (she’s really the President of Greyhound Rescue & Rehab), is getting some chauffeurs together to drive me ALL the way from Ohio to NY.
I want to meet ALL of you someday!!!!!!!!
February 17, 2013
February 15, 2013
Freddy had some pretty major surgery today.
He's still in isolation and has restricted visitors but when he gets mail, they take some extra time to read to him. He’d like some more get well cards please.
Here's the address:
Keep the good thoughts and prayers heading Freddy's way for the next few days please.
February 9, 2013
The news I hear is that my right thigh wound is healing but it’s so big it can’t be sewed up. My Dr friends are coming up with a plan.
February 6, 2013
I don't remember if I told you that the Drs found some nasty bugs in my wounds so now I have to stay in an area where I'm kinda by myself. Everyone that comes in has to wear funny blue suits and only a few people are allowed to visit with me. But they're really nice to me and my friend Dr. Pugliese sits in my cage with me and reads me cards and letters from people. Someone even sent lots of hugs and kisses and stuff. All of my things are kept in a special area just for me.
I wanted to read some of the cards myself so I opened up my cage today. I tried to go out visiting but they caught me as I peeked out the door. DARN!! It's a good thing I didn't get very far because I have this machine attached to my really sick leg that is helping it heal. I don't like it so I was tugging it along behind me hoping it would come off. It didn't.
I'm not sure but I think I heard the Drs saying I was going to have a big surgery on Thurs. They said something about sewing up part of one hole in my leg. I'm not scared.
They're keeping me a little sleepy.
February 3, 2013
January 30, 2013
Here are some other updates Freddy forgot to mention:
- After surgery yesterday, tissue looked like it was staying healthy during today’s bandage changes.
- Had a bit of infection, but looks like it was contained. Got all the yuck cleaned out.
- He doesn’t like the world to see his legs spread apart but wanted folks to see him in treatment.
- I asked if he could have a steak dinner on my dime. His resident surgeon Dr. Pugliese is going to cook for him.
- Started him on oral meds yesterday but Wed is going to be a BIG day. They’re going to stop his IV Fentanyl. If he doesn’t get upset tummy from the oral meds, he’ll move out of ICU into the soft tissue surgery dept where he’ll have a larger “suite” and a bit more ability to get out and about. Staying in that cage is cramping his style.
- He’s still walking on his own!!!
January 26, 2013
A letter from Freddy
Wow I can’t believe I’m getting so much attention and have so many friends who care about me!
Here’s what I’m hearing when I’m walking around the hospital. They say I’m a really nice guy (who wouldn’t be with all the treats they give out?). I hear things like my vitals (I think they mean vittles) are good, my bruising is going away on my tummy and chest and the edema (squishies under my skin) is going away too. I can say that I have BIG holes where my thighs used to be…I’ll be wearing skinny jeans when I get out of here!! These really nice people at Ohio State University Veterinary Center change my bandages A LOT. I know I’m going to get goodies so I walk right into the room where they clean me up. I don’t hurt much. They give me lots of stuff so I don’t hurt. Getting up and down is sore but I’m getting better at it. I get to eat LOTS of great food too.
More surgery on Tues, but maybe today because my wounds aren’t playing nice and healing yet. I’m not giving up because I know you’re all pulling for me.
January 22, 2013
In the blink of an eye
Sunday night GRR received a phone call that a hound had been attacked in a racing kennel turn out pen. Without someone agreeing to cover his expenses to get immediate care he wouldn’t live. Yes, the dogs were muzzled but sometimes a fight breaks out, muzzles fly off and in this case, a just turned 2-yr old male, Freddy got torn to pieces. We couldn’t say no.
From Sunday until Tuesday, he was transported back and forth between a local vet and an overnight ER, but by Tuesday it was apparent they couldn’t provide the treatment he needed. With the help of friends, he was transported to OSU’s ER on Tuesday night. Through email, Dr. Couto and Dr. Kellogg with Ohio State University’s Greyhound Health & Wellness Program, helped us make all the arrangements. Freddy is critically wounded. We aren’t including the pictures of his most serious injuries (will be glad to share them if you email us privately) as they’re very gruesome but look at that sweet face! Freddy will be admitted to the soft tissue surgery department on Wednesday but we’ve already been told he’ll be in the hospital at least 4 weeks with multiple surgeries.