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GRREAT’s 2016 3K Walk Sponsor Plea

As the dog days of summer have descended upon us, thoughts of crisp autumn days fill our dreams. Along with cooler days, the fall also brings GRREAT’s Annual 3K Walk to be held this year on October 29, 2016.  This event is a major fundraiser for GRREAT and the proceeds are used to offset our continually rising veterinary costs.  GRREAT prides itself on never turning away a dog due to a medical condition, and both Libby and Brownie are testaments to that ideal.

Libby in cart

Libby came into GRREAT with her rear legs paralyzed.  With no apparent signs of trauma, it was determined the likely cause to be a congenital defect.  After careful consideration, it was determined that Libby’s quality of life would be improved by removing her rear legs and tail as they were completely unusable and pointed forward, causing strain on her back.  After successfully amputating her rear legs and tail, Libby can now move easily and don her wheel cart without impediment.  She can be seen tooling around happily and without strain on her back

 

Brownie has a similar story in many ways.  When he came into GRREAT, he walked fine on his front legs, but in the back he walked on his knees with the rest of his legs out behind him and the tops of his legs and paws upside down.  The specialists have been unable to determine how or why he
came to walk this way, considering everything from a congenital defect or trauma to possibly malnutrition.  The one thing they are quite certain about is that he has had this condition for quite some time.  Because he walks on his knees and his legs and paws are dragged behiBrowniend, he has some very uncomfortable contact sores.  Additionally, back strain was a concern for Brownie as his posture caused him to stand higher in the front and lower in the rear.  Although surgery was considered for Brownie, a more conservative approach was settled on.  Brownie, like Libby, was fitted with a wheel cart to assist him with getting around without dragging his rear legs.  A special wrap was created to protect his legs from contact sores and custom prosthetics allow him to walk in a more normal posture to keep his back in the proper alignment.

Brownie has a “Dream Team” of specialists working hard behind the scenes to make life easier and more comfortable for him.  For more information about Brownie’s “Dream Team,” please see below**.

Both Libby and Brownie have benefited and gained new mobility with the use of wheel carts and various other accessories, another demonstration of GRREAT’s commitment to care for these dogs.  The only reason GRREAT is able to help dogs like Libby and Brownie is due to your generous support without which medical treatment would not be possible.  PLEASE consider becoming a 3K Walk sponsor so we can continue to help our sweet Golden Retrievers.  

SPONSORSHIPS INCLUDE:

RESCUE HERO ($750 or more): Your company logo and name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed prominently on the event T-shirt to be given to all walkers.  You are also invited to have a table at our event to raise awareness of your product and/or services.  Plus, you will have an advertisement in our newsletter for the three newsletters after the Walk.

RESCUE ANGEL ($500): Your company logo and name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed prominently on the event T-shirt to be given to all walkers. Also, you are invited to have a table at our event to raise awareness of your product and/or services.

RESCUE PARTNER ($300):  Your company name and logo – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-shirt in large print.

FRIEND OF RESCUE ($100):  Your company name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-shirt.

In addition, you will be listed as one of our sponsors in both our flier and newsletter, on our website, and in all other publicity about this event.  If you wish to become a sponsor, please email Dianne Blackwell at: volunteer@grreat.org no later than September 25, 2016.  Sponsor donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 190, Merrifield VA 22116 or online with a notation “GRREAT 3K Walk.”  Also, if you have any questions, email me at: volunteer@grreat.org.  PLEASE sponsor GRREAT’s 3K Walk — we need your help to provide Goldens like Libby and Brownie the “happy ending” they deserve.

 

**Thanks to the wonderful care of Brownie’s “Dream Team,” he no longer looks longingly down the road hoping to go for walk.  Little by little Brownie is achieving his dream.  Here are two small clips of Brownie going for a walk outside.   View walk #1 and walk #2.  This could not have been done without the care he received from the members of his “Dream Team.”  Derrick Campana with Animal Ortho Care, LLC who provided prosthetics and braces for Brownie at an amazing discount.  Schon Gross with Phoenix Design Solutions created wraps and pads to protect his legs and paws…and  Dr. Lotsikas of Skylos Sports Medicine is the orthopedic specialist behind all of this.

Meet the “Dream Team”

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L-R:  Schon Gross, Dr. Lotsikas, Derick Campana

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