Friday, May 2, 2008

THE LATEST ON ACE (5/01/2008)

Hey y'all; Homer J. here speakin' for the pack with some news about our ailing buddy Ace. Ace is in the hospital in Louisville, KY. He's coming along OK but he still has a long way to go and most importantly, he still needs all of our help to make it through. If you don't know about Ace's situation, you can catch up through these postings:

Here's the latest news about Ace from Ms. Beverly:
Hello friends....
Another quick update about Ace and some new pictures. As you can see by these pictures, he's been working hard.
I talked with his physical therapist and she said it's like he's had a stroke because his left side is slower to respond.
His left eyelid is still not reacting much but has improved since he's been there. Just not as quick as his right. He can now hold a chewy bone in between his front paws for a few seconds. That's a wonderful improvement. His back legs are still pretty limp as you can see in some of the pics. They raised the water level in the tank so he will have to use his legs more. And the therapist just holds him by his vest while he works his legs. They've also put a blue support strap on him when he's not in the water. That just helps to support his weight while doing his physical therapy. She's trying to get him to sit up on his own. Since his front legs are stronger he's more likely to sit up first and use his legs to hold himself up. He still cannot walk or stand on his own. But he can roll over on his back so you can rub his belly. He's lost about 15 pounds and most of that is muscle mass. He's not being fed any treats as they do not want him to gain any weight. The more weight, the more he would struggle to to hold himself up. So, no treats. He loves to be taken outside and then out of his wheel-cart and just lay in the grass. He can move the cart with his front legs but the back legs are still pretty useless even though they are starting to "simulate" walking (although they rarely can touch the ground.) He gets somewhat depressed at times but he's got a lot of friends, some human and some dog. There's a big black Newfie there and most days they lay side by side. Ace has developed quite a fan base too. He's received get well cards, some treats and even some stuffed toys. But he's still in need of donations. He may have to go home soon because he's run out of money. So, if you would still like to donate to him, you can still send any payments to the hospital.
12905 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, Ky. 40243
or they will take a call in payment of $50 or more.
You can also donate to Pat's paypal. The paypal account is help4ace502 and the email is>
The more donations that come in for him, the longer he can stay in the hospital to get the professional care that he so desperately needs. I can't wait for the day that I can take pictures of him standing on his own.
Thanks to everyone that has already donated

See how much better Ace is since he started therapy (Dad says Shiloh needs therapy too, but a different kind.) Us Bumpass Hounds know that there are lots of dogs that need help but we've come soooo far with Ace that we all shouldn't quit on him now. Maybe y'all can send Ace a get well card and maybe, just maybe, y'all could enclose something to help Ms. Pat out with Ace medical bill. Every little bit helps. Kids can help out too, they might want to send a dollar from their allowance. It's good to get the young'ens involved in helping others, even a young pup like Ace. Look at the picture of Ace with his bunny toy; could you send him to the Rainbow Bridge without giving him a fightin' chance to beat this coonhound paralysis stuff?

<--Ace really needs all of us to support him in his fight. If y'all can't send any money the send your prayers and get well wishes; he needs all the help that he can get. Y'all can send the updates about Ace to your friends an family or paste 'em into your own blogs so that we can get the word out about Ace and maybe get some more help and prayers from peoples that haven't heard about him yet. It's kinda like Ace's survival is up to us.

Well Shiloh and Max are leaving for Orlando tonight. They think that they're going to Walt Disney World with the rest of our people. They're only a year old so this'll be one of the many disappointments that they'll face in life; In spite of that cute TV commercial with the dogs running around Cinderella's castle and riding Space Mountain and whatever, NEWS FLASH GUYS: DISNEY WORLD DON'T ALLOW NO DOGS IN THE PARK - especially big drooly kind like those two. I suspect that they'll probably be staying in a "pet resort" and at best will be able to hear the fireworks at night which is probably not as good as staying home and having Ms. Mary take care of you. I think that us other six dogs and the darn cats will have more fun than the two palookas. I'm sure that they'll try to tell us that they had a ball down there, but if they ain't got pictures to p[rove it then I, for one, ain't believin' it. Well, I gotta go scratch my ears and catch some Zs in the sun shine. Y'all have a good day and don't forget to be careful out there.


Anonymous said...

this is the first we've heard about poor Ace. We'll keep our paws crossed for him to make a full recovery.
We LOVE the name of your blog - reminds us of our favorite movie "Christmas Story" and what a great looking bunch of hounds you are too. We are a cocker spaniel and chihuahua,but our dad still calls us "hounds" too.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Abby & Rosie and their 3 kitties

Peanut said...

Go Ace Go

Nanook and Pooka the Newfoundlands said...

We've got our paws crossed for Poor Ace! He looks like a good swimmer!

BenTheRotti said...

We didn't know about Ace.. but fingers and paws are crossed here for his full recovery.
We will keep checking back for reports on his progress,

love and licks,

Ben xxxx


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