Tuesday Evening, October 16, 2018

As you know, 3 Year Old Lucy was hit by a car.

We raised funds for her to have an orthopedic surgery today.

Sadly, we have this letter form he surgeon, Dr. Andrea Hayes.

>To whom it concerns,

Lucy was treated with pain management last night and was scheduled for surgery today. Preoperative radiographs revealed severe injuries to her pelvis including the sacrum. We attempted to repair Lucy’s pelvis but after over an hour of surgery we concluded that the injuries she sustained were not amenable to repair with any quality of life. Because of the guarded prognosis, euthanasia was recommended and subsequently performed. Thankfully, Lucy is no longer in pain.

Andrea Hayes, VMD, DACVS<

Her L7 disc was crushed and laying open directly on her spine. This is something they couldn’t see until they got in there. That’s why the pain was so great.

It’s just been a sad day all around.

Lucy’s bills came to $1167.00 at the surgeons for digital xrays, anesthesia, drugs used during surgery to speed up her heart, she was trying to go during the surgery. Plus euthanasia, cremation, etc.

Then we spent $647.03 at the ER to try to keep her comfortable over the weekend. So her total was $1,814.03.

We gave it our best with the information that we had and yet, sometimes it is just not meant to be.

I know where she is right now. She is free from pain and she knows that each one of us donated or prayed for her, and that she was loved.

We didn’t complete her surgery, so if anyone who donated towards it would like a refund, please let me know.

The good news, if there is any good news, is that we have rescued four more Bichons from CACC in Chicago.

Each of their vet bills will run about $1200.00. We thought we’d use what ever was left from Lucy’s account, to go towards their bills. We will still need to raise funds for them, but we do have a start.

Here is a letter from Sara Rhodes (Pace)

On Oct 16, 2018, at 5:34 PM, Sara Rhoades <pacess4@att.net> wrote:

CACC in Chicago is at capacity! They are putting crates in the auditorium as they are out of room! They are trying, but all animals are considered urgent especially the owner surrenders. This matted mess just came in ! We are thinking it is a female but it is so matted that they are not certain. Can we place a hold?

So we are taking this one and I named him/her “Maui”.

He/she is too matted to determine whether he is a he or she is a she.)

(I feel like we could all use a little “Maui” on a day like today. So he/she is ours. Maui had been living in field. Not anymore.)

Here is an update on the current fluffs in Small Paws care, in Chicago.

This little guy is Pumpkin! His stay was longer than 10 days because of an URI. He will be ready soon for a foster 🙂 He is estimated around 2-3 years old.

Meet Brisby , stray from CACC that came in with his leg just dangling ( an old injury) unfortunately he needed that leg amputated, he is doing well and is estimated around 4 years old . We think he is a bichonpoo, and very very sweet!

This new guy was a owner surrender to CACC. His name is BOOTS, a bichon mix. Owners said he was 6 years but our vet says 7-8 years old. He has a double ear infection, eye infection, needs a dental, neuter, labs and antibiotics .

I’m so sorry about Lucy. It’s hard for me to pass a loss onto you.

But I know she is ok now, walking on streets of pure gold.

Now, I’m moving little Maui to the front of my mind. What happened to he/she should be illegal.

All My Love, Robin


This is a video of her FULL of pain drugs that aren’t touching the pain.

We have gone ahead and authorized Lucy’s surgery for this morning.

We have raised enough for the low end of the estimate but not for her emergency care over last night and last weekend.

We have one final challenge from Dawn Bove at d.bove@fcpmllc.com. Thank you Dawn for offering this challenge. I’m praying someone can match it as all of these bills must be paid for Lucy.

Hello Robin: Something has to happen very quickly. Little Lucy can’t stay in this amount of pain while you try to generate the funds.
I will make a challenge in the amount of $500.00 and pray we can get enough money to get her in surgery asap.
Please let’s all come together for her.
As always sent with love,

That’s where we are.

All My Love, Robin


We have some new matching challenges for her surgery. This is as urgent as it gets.

First, a text came in from Joan and Pat Borders at jpborders@aol.com to issue a challenge for $1000.00. Thank you so much Joan and Pat! Is there anyone who is blessed enough to match this gracious challenge, to save Lucy’s life?

“Wow. C.C., Lily (our Chicago girl), and Cassie just heard about Lucy. They promised that they wouldn’t track up the newly shampooed stairway carpet for a whole day if we could issue a $1000.00 Challenge. So please issue it! The carpet isn’t worth it but Lucy is worth far more!!”

Joan and Pat Borders

And from Rick and Jan Battan at janbattin@runbox.com we have a matching challenge for $100.00. Is there anyone who can match Jan?
Thank you Jan and Rick!

“Please issue a matching challenge for $100,00 for Lucy.”

I’m here and will stay up all night if need be to save this 3 year old. We HAVE to do this surgery in the morning. WE JUST HAVE TO.

All My Love, Robin


No time for a Gem Today. We have another medical emergency happening. A three year old female has been hit by a car in Chicago. She has four broken pelvic bones, two on each side, and a broken sacroiliac joint as well, and she needs surgery or her surgeon says she will need to be humanely euthanized because she is in such pain.

Her owners couldn’t afford veterinary care so they surrendered her to the shelter, and they called us. She needs our help.

3 year old Lucy was HBC (Hit by car). She needs surgery to fix broken bones.

Small Pawser Linda Ochsenfeld, rushed “Lucy” to the Animal Care Center of Plainfield, a 24 hour Emergency Care Hospital in Plainfield Il. on Saturday morning for emergency care over the weekend until we could get in to see the surgeon, today.

14411 S. Rt. 59
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 436-8387

This was the estimate just for emergency care and and meds for the weekend.$647.03 and that was with a 30% rescue discount.

On Oct 13, 2018, at 11:31 AM, Animal Care Center of Plainfield wrote:

Dear Robin,

This is my estimate for Lucy through the weekend. I have tried to anticipate the overnight clinics charges as best as I can. We have a 30% discount on all day clinic services.

I will call you with an update this afternoon on Lucy’s status.

Daniel Erjavec DVM

Each time they called with updates, they said she was in SEVERE pain and they were trying to stay ahead of it until she could see the surgeon earlier today.

So today we took her to one of our surgeons,
Dr. Andrea Hayes at Boone Animal Hospital.

4720 Commonwealth Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558
Phone: (708) 246-5445

This little girl is badly hurt and needs surgery ASAP.

This letter is from Dr. Hayes to all of you.

Lucy – Pelvic Fracture

To whom it may concern,

“Lucy was presented for a bilateral pelvic fracture, an injury sustained from being hit by a car. The patient is in an extreme amount of pain even with pain medications. Without surgery, it is our recommendation to humanely euthanize Lucy.

Very Respectfully,
Andrea Hayes, VMD, DACVS”

The estimate for this extensive life saving surgery and for today’s consult is for between $4,582.27-$5390.14, minus a 20% Rescue Discount.

This is a letter from the Small Pawser who took her to the surgeon today, Christy Aggio at chrisaggio@hotmail.com. Christy was a nurse in the NICU at a hospital so she knows what she is talking about.

“Robin and Sara,

I have been a volunteer with Small Paws for the past 6 years, and today was one of the worst days of my life! I was asked to transport Lucy to an orthopedic vet today in order to evaluate her broken pelvis. Lucy was hit by a car on Friday, October 12th, and her family was unable to pay for her vet bills. She was given up to a Chicago shelter and it was discovered that she had a broken pelvis. She was rescued by Small Paws on October 13th. Due to it being a weekend, we were unable to find an orthopedic surgeon to see her, so she was placed with a local ER and given IV pain medications over the weekend. I was asked to take her to be evaluated by an orthopedic vet today. Lucy cried in pain throughout the 40-minute drive to the surgeon, and I cried along with her! She was in excruciating pain! I have never heard a dog cry like that before! As I sit here and write this email to you, the tears are flowing down my face! This poor baby doesn’t deserve to suffer! As we were waiting in the exam room, I leaned in close and told Lucy that we would take good care of her! She closed her eyes and relaxed for a few minutes. My heart is breaking for this poor baby!! Please consider donating whatever you can to save this sweet baby so that she can have surgery tomorrow morning, and give her the life that she deserves! Thank you so much!

Sincerely, Christy”

So Lucy needs around $5000.00. Shoot. They just now called and are having to move her back to a local ER for IV pain meds through the night at an added cost of $500.00 because they can’t leave her unattended at the surgeon’s office, on IV pain meds. Her heart needs to be monitored overnight.

We simply can’t let her lie there in pain.

We have one new matching donation challenge that was sent earlier, and Deborah asked me to use it for the next emergency. Well, it’s the next emergency. Thank you Deborah!

From Deborah Frederick at dfed@sbcglobal.net

Hi Robin,

Please issue a new matching challenge for $400.00.


We have just got to get her out of pain. The dogtors said she is on as much pain medicine as they can safely give and she still screams when they turn her over every four hours.

She still has deep pain sensation in her back legs and is able to urinate and dedicate on her own but she can not stand or walk.

Her pelvic bones are broken in four places.

I’m here and will all issue matching challenges for this precious girl.

All My Love, Robin

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