If you said that Schumann didn’t have a leg to stand on, that he was flighty and that he is named after his vet, you would be correct on all three counts! On April 22nd, this three-year-old Shih Tzu arrived as a stray at the Gwinnett County Animal Control shelter in Georgia. Schumann had an injured leg, his fur was matted and he appeared to have been neglected for some time. The shelter vet determined that because of the nerve damage to what was probably an old injury to his front left leg, it would have to be amputated. And that would be a cost most rescues would not want to face.
But on April 25th, after receiving a commitment of help for the amputation cost from RADAR in response to a request for our assistance, the Save A Shelter Shih Tzu (SASS) Rescue in Ohio agreed to take Schumann! Now the part where Schumann gets flighty. For his transport, he managed to fly coach from Georgia to Ohio, thanks to a flight attendant. Just one problem: Schumann didn’t like being in his crate (or maybe he wanted to be in first class!), and became quite vocal. To keep him quiet, the flight attendant had to keep feeding him peanut butter!
Rebecca Brown of SASS had jokingly told her vet that the next unnamed dog the rescue takes in will be named after him. So on May 10th, Dr. Schumann operated on Schumann! The next day when Schumann (the dog!) was picked up at the vet, he acted like nothing had ever happened. As soon as his foster Dad got him home, he was running in the yard, and no longer tripping over his bum leg. To see more photos of Schumann, click here.
Perhaps it was because of the dog’s name, the vet provided a very generous discount! With donations SASS raised, combined with RADAR’s assistance, the bill was fully covered.
RADAR paid $150 towards Schumann’s amputation costs.
UPDATE! All funds for Schumann have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Schumann has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Schumann:
Kathe Dotson; Tracy Tucker; Kathleen Uszak; Diana Berkstresser
Added on May 17, 2013.