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Atticus is now safe in foster care and adjusting quickly. This week he is going for his preliminary work up to the hospital so a treatment plan can be developed for him. This is a scary experience for him as well as a crucial diagnostic phase for determining his longer term care - he needs your positive thoughts.




Here is the link to Atticus's videos:
http://www.southerncrossgsd.com/pages/dogstories/atticus.shtml
 

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Atticus has a blog!!

http://atticusgsd.blogspot.com/

The not-so-good news - Atticus's condition is the result of trauma, not a birth defect - possibly hit by a car? His spine is very delicate and even with surgery, only stabilisation is possible - he will eventually be paralysed. Estimated medical costs on Atticus are ~$6000. His rescuer and foster mom are in close touch with his doctors and are trying to make the right decisions to ensure his future mobility.
 

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Atticus looks like such a sweet adorable little pup (and what a great blog they set up for him). We just made a little donation to his fund and will be saying lots of prayers for him and his foster family.
 

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I am so happy he is in a loving foster home!!
 

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Atticus needs some positive thoughts. Surgery was held off to allow him to grow a little more, but his condition may be deteriorating. Although he is a super happy pup, he is having more trouble getting around.

Some decisions regarding a strategy for Atticus will be made in the next couple of days.

http://www.southerncrossgsd.com/pages/dogstories/atticus.shtml
 

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Forgot to say - he is a smart boy and knows how to poop through the grill of a crate, so that the poop goes on the furniture and NOT in the crate! How smart is that??
 

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I had a foster who could pee out of the crate (and he was a big boy!) - I always admired how smart that was.
Atticus is adorable.
 

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Let me tell you, Atticus pooping out of his crate may be great for him, but not for my kitchen table or poor Eli who the poop is "aimed at". A couple of times I have come home and found Eli squashed in a corner of his crate, with what I can only describe as a look of absolute disgust on his face.

Surgery has now been postponed to November 4th as the neurosurgeon can't make Oct 28th.
 

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This is funny with the pooping. In my case, I kept accusing my other dogs of peeing at the foster dogs crate and marking him - until I caught him in action. It was certainly not good for my rugs, but I could not help but laugh. I am surprised that not many dogs figure out the pottying out of the "bedroom". Why would one "hold it" if the problem can be taken care of by appropriate aiming?

I wish all the best for Atticus for his surgery.
 
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