Ericka, paralyzed Caucasian Mountain Dog
Updated information on the CO that was shot and paralyzed in North Carolina.
From: Linden Spear
Date: 4/22/2008 12:52:24 PM
To: Gary Sicard; ayn middleton; Pat Newton
Subject: Ericka, paralyzed Caucasian Mountain Dog
Update on our friend Ericka:
Ericka, as you may remember, was shot and left for dead in the woods of
Raeford, N.C. She was subsequently surrendered to The Haven Friends for
Life Animal Shelter. She has adapted heroically to her new circumstance.
She has had to not only adjust to life as a paraplegic, but as a new
mascot of an animal shelte, she is handled by strangers/new friends
regularly as volunteers pitch in to meet her extra care needs and
visitors pay their respects. She has been perfect with all comers and
seems to really enjoy small children. It may be that, as we are not
seeing the distrust of strangers that is a breed characteristic, that
she is not a typey individual but it works for us as we could not manage
a dog who didn't have an uncomplicated disposition. Recently she was
invited by the N.C. State Vet school to participate in a drug trial for
a new drug that may help both paraplegic people and dogs. She started
this drug trail yesterday. She will be splitting her time for the next 6
weeks between our shelter in Raeford and the vet school in Raleigh.
Again, we have had glowing reports about how sweet and cooperative she
is. We also sent our other paralyzed dog with her, the beagle Emmy. It
is nicer for them as they have become friends and can keep each other
company while together in unfamiliar surroundings. While this drug is
so experimental that we don't expect miracles for Ericka, if somehow
her disability can yield some benefit to dogs and people in the ffuture
then it softens the pain of Ericka's situation.
We have received enough donations to purchase Ericka a wheel chair so
she will soon be back playing fetch with balls and running with other
dogs. We will send pictures of her in her cart when she returns from the
vet school. Again, tax deductible donations can be made through our web
site thehaven-nc.com to support her continued care. We hope to create a
large fenced area for her soon as of yet we do not know how she will be
within a group of other dogs, if she will need to be fenced or can just
cruise on our farm. We will see what she needs to be happy and safe and
keep you posted.
You may have noticed that The Haven-Friends for Life has a new email address: email@example.com
Please update your address book to reflect this change. Thank you.
Linden Spear, Executive Director
The Haven-Friends for Life No-Kill Animal Shelter
400 Fulford McMillan Road
Raeford, North Carolina 28376
Ph: (910) 875-6768 * Cell: (910) 977-5752