Tuesday, April 22, 2008

ON THE ROAD - TO RECOVERY

Hey Guys, it's just me, Jack. This is the first time the big guys have let me do the keyboard thing. Please pardon my inexperience. It rained yesterday. It rained the day before yesterday. It rained the day before the day before yesterday. It rained the day before the day before the day before yesterday X 2. There ain't much difference between the back yard and the downstairs rec room carpet. Our crates in the kennel have a kinda slimy mud texture to them. Of well, this too shall pass. The weather channel people say it'll dry out over the next few days. I expect that we'll be going swimming in Lake Anna this weekend to "dust off" a bit. Dad will have to hose out the crates and sweep out the kennel.

We got some GREAT NEWS to pass on to "y'all" about our little buddy Ace. In our last Bumpass Hounds-gram we told you all about Ace getting that thing with the long name that our vet, Doc Witter, just calls coonhound paralysis (not to be confused with Bumpass Hound paralysis which is just really sleeping). Anyway, we have a NEWS FLASH update that's all about Ace. Both Ms. Beverly and Ace's mom, Pat Nelson wrote us letters so that we'd be able to nap better (not that Shiloh hasn't been napping pretty well anyway). Here' what Ms. Beverly writed, oops, wrote to us.

Ace in electro physical therapy
"Just a quick update on Ace....
I went to see him on Wednesday evening. I've attached some updated pictures. In the first picture you can see he's got a bed sore. It's healing well though. They turn him every few hours so that will help with his circulation and hopefully he won't get anymore sores. His physical therapist was there and she told me that he's really doing great in his therapy. He can now move his front legs and she said when you get him going in his wheel chair, he starts to move his front legs like he is walking. He still cannot stand or walk on his own though. I think they are going to change his wheel chair to give him more mobility. Plus the other chair will fit onto an actual treadmill and that will also help him to gain strength in his legs. He has lost a lot of muscle mass especially in his back legs. He's still doing the water treadmill and he's now getting acupuncture and is taking steroids. He is eating and drinking on his own as well as going to the potty. He actually wagged his tail when I bent down to pet him. And he can now lift his head on his own too. He looked so much better and seemed happier.

He's still got a long hard road ahead of him and will remain in the hospital for several more weeks.

I'll keep everyone updated as he continues to improve.

Thanks again and please pass this on to your contacts.
Bev."

ACE IN HIS WHEELCHAIR




ACE MOVING HIS FRONT LEGS









I guess that y'all be our contacts, so consider Ms. Bev's news to be passed.

We also got a swell note from Ms. Pat (Ace's mom). She must be lonely without Ace around. Our mom says that she misses us even if we're only separated for a little while, so it must be tough on Ms. Pat. Here's what Ms. Pat wrote to us:

"You are all angels. Bless you for your help. Ace needs such care, it's going on 5 weeks and he is just starting to twitch his back paws when I touch them. I had been so hoping he would be further along than this, but our vet says nerve repair takes a very long time. I JUST WANT HIM HOME! He seems depressed but there is really nothing more anyone can do for him in that regard. He is visited everyday and the folks at the clinic love him to pieces too. But he wouldn't be getting this care except for wonderful people like you. Your helping us like this will keep him on the right healing track.

May God Bless You,

Pat Nelson and Ace"

Hey Max, Ms. Pat says that we're angels - see, dad was wrong. No Shelby, I don't think Ms. Pat just meant that the people that are helping Ace are angels, even if they are all angels.

Y'all remember now, Ace still needs your help. He isn't outta the woods yet. That's figuratively outta the woods cuz we no that he is really out of the wood cuz he's still in the hospital. So we all still need to do what we can by sending donations for his hospital to help with his treatment and therapy. (Hey JEB, is that the same kind of therapy that mom says you need?) So y'all keep doing what you can to help - PLEASE. Ace is in the Louisville Veterinary Specialty Emergency Services (http://www.lvses.com/) hospital. LVSES will accept any and all donations for Ace. But it must be in the form of a check. Their address is:

Louisville Veterinary Specialty Emergency Services
12905 Shelbyville Road, Suite 3

Louisville Ky. 40243

(Hey Shelby, they got a road in Louisville named after you.)

Just write "Donation for Ace Nelson account." in the memo/for line on the check. They will also accept a call in credit card but it must be $50 or more donation. Call LVSES at (502) 244-3036 in Louisville, Kentucky, and ask for Alisha and tell her what you want to do. She'll then fax you a credit card signature page. Once you sign that and fax it back (ask her to give you instructions), your donation is accepted and posted. Ms. Pat has also set up a paypal account for Ace. The paypal account is help4ace502 and the email is help4ace@yahoo.com. For all of you septics, this ain't no scam. You can visit the LVSES website to get their number, you can call LVSES and ask them about Ace. You can deal directly with LVSES to help Ace. You can do whatever you want but PLEASE do something to help Ace. Have your kids send their allowance to Ace for one week. have their school class or scout troop help Ace. We all gotta help Ace.

Hey Max, what ta we gotta do?





HELP ACE - Pleez.




MAX

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