|This pathetic looking creature is Norton AKA: Nortie. His story
is long, but the end result was: Rainbow Bridge. Norton, was a male Rottweiler
we rescued weighing in at a mere 44 pounds at 10 mos. old, with severe
hip dysplasia as well as 2 torn cruciate tendons and a fracture to his
back right hock. Neglected and abused by his owners who allowed him to
go more than 6 weeks in pain before seeking medical advice. We will never
know the real reason why Nort had these knee or hock injuries. Once examined
an x-rayed and told of the costs to help Nort, his owners choose to bring
him here instead.
Sadly, on the advice of 3 different vets, we had to send poor Nort to
Rainbow Bridge. Not one vet felt that his health conditions could with
stand the pain and trauma he would have to go through for 4 different surgeries.
Nort's fractured hock was already healed & twisted and no help could
be offered, Nort walked on 3 legs never letting his weight touch on his
right rear leg. His vet bills for 2 hip replacements and 2 cruciate surgeries
would have been close to $8,000.00 dollars.
Nort's weight loss was most likely caused by his great levels of pain
causing him to hardly eat at all. These photos trully do not show how sad,
or painfully thin Nort really was on the day he came here. Notice him holding
up his back right leg & look at his front legs from his weakness and
compensating his weight to the front end. This poor dog was an absolute
sweet heart and deserved so much more.
He layed his head quietly in my lap as he peacefully &
painlessly slid away to the Bridge. I will never forget the look in his
sad eyes, but I take comfort in knowing I ended his pain filled days with
Peace. I won't ever forget you Nortie!