Saving Homer's Life

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Name: Homer
  • Color: Brown
  • Size: Large
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult

Early one evening last week, Homer hit the latch on the screen door and darted off after a squirrel. He was missing for a brutal 72 hours as we networked, hung up flyers and waited. He was found completely covered in porcupine needles. 


The call came early in the morning that Homer had been found. An employee of the local transfer station called Dylan (Homer's newly adopted owner) after seeing a missing dog flyer. That morning, the employee had opened up the garage at the transfer station, and Homer walked in and laid right down on the concrete floor. He was covered from head to toe in porcupine quills. His face was unrecognizable underneath the vast spread of white needles. Quills permeated his feet and abdomen, so there was no position in which he could lay that he would be comfortable.


Dylan left work early and came rushing down to bring him to the vet. We spent the entire day at Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic in Monmouth as the veterinary team worked hard to extract the quills. During the process, they snapped an xray and it was clear that Homer had a pneumothorax and a quill had punctured one of his lungs. The vet tried to clear the air out of his chest cavity, but it came rushing in not long later. Dylan had a decision to make-watch and wait and hope for the best or bring him to Portland for emergency care. There was no question that he wanted to do everything to keep Homer alive and happy. 


Homer, was recently adopted by Dylan-it was an instant match made in heaven as these two souls turned out to be perfect for each other. Homer had been rescued and failed a few times in the past, but he is truly loved by his newly adoptive family. Buddy Up Animal Society has vowed to help Homer's family to save Homer's life. This is a huge part of rescue. Finding a forever family is so important; the love and bond that Dylan and Homer have found is irreplaceable. 


We drove Homer to Portland, watching for changes in breathing along the way. Hoping and praying, while we made the hour long journey south to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Portland. We were ushered in quickly, and after an initial exam, Dr. O'Brien let us know the options. Either Homer could be hospitalized and treated medically, under observation, and we could hope for the best. Or, an exploratory thoracotomy could be performed to see if they could remove the remaining quills that had migrated into his chest cavity. Homer would not make it if we chose the ?wait-and-see? method. A more aggressive approach had to be taken, because Homer's innards were essentially a wobbly pincushion.


Dylan couldn't bear to say goodbye to Homer, or to allow him to suffer further, so he opted for surgery despite the enormous expense. Homer made it through the surgery successfully. Over 30 more quills were removed from inside his chest cavity, include one in his pericardium that would have proved deadly. Quills are still migrating out through his skin along his face and legs, and the veterinary team has been diligent about removing them as they see them.


He is waking up and recovering gently, as he is under a lot of pain and his body is swollen. Throughout this whole ordeal, Dylan has stood by his friend, taking direction and suggestions and supporting his dog with unwavering tenderness. It is clear that Homer has found his person. He wags his tail gently when he sees Dylan, even while in pain and struggles to stand to walk nearer to him. 

Please follow Homer's recovery and help with his medical expenses, we can't do this without your help. Homer is an exceptional dog, very much loved and worth every single penny. 

Updates

  • Homer is resting comfortably at home with his dad, Dylan, and getting lots of TLC. He is an incredibly resilient dog, thankful and happy to be finally be home although quills are still migrating and popping up. Thankfully Dylan is able to keep him comfortable with the help and guidance from the wonderful veterinary team at the Animal Emergency And Specialty Care; they have been amazing in making sure Homer gets the treatment and care he needs, and we are so thankful for them through all of this.

    Please keep sharing Homer's PoundWishes fundraiser page as he will need continued check ups and treatments to make sure he is in the clear moving forward.


    May 21, 2018


  • Look at Homer waiting oh-so-patiently for his laser therapy!

    This kind of therapy will help greatly with inflammation and the overall healing of Homer's (stubborn) wounds.

    This is appointment #3 out of 6, and so far he's doing extremely well with it.

    Good boy, Homes!


    May 08, 2018


  • For those of you following Homer's story, we wanted to give you an update! He's doing a lot better in many ways and feeling more like himself these days. After his initial surgery, he had to be admitted to the Emergency Vet several more times for more quill removals as well as other check ups to make sure he's feeling better.

    After his latest hospital visit, he's ready to be discharged. Because of the wound on his shoulder, they are requesting that he be brought back for laser therapy treatments, and will still need post-op check ups.


    His bill is still quite hefty, despite all of our fundraising efforts. If you are able to contribute any amount to offset Homer's enormous vet bills, we would greatly appreciate it.


    And thank you for all of your support, Homer's Homies!

    May 02, 2018


  • April 30th:  Urgent!!!!  Homer is back at the EMERGENCY VET due to vomiting blood. 

    Please consider helping with his medical needs.  Every dollar counts at this point. Homer has been in and out of the vet every other day to have more and more needles removed and his vet bills are skyrocketing. We are desperately needing help. 



    On April 28th Homer made it home to his mom and dad and was resting comfortably in his loving home... we need to get him better so he can return home once again. 


    April 30, 2018


  • 4/20/18

    Homer is really missing his family today, but he had a GREAT day! Wanting to go out to potty, eating his baby food and canned food like a champ and taking his meds! He is under strict orders for crate rest and he's being so good about it.


    4/21/18

    Homer is back at the vet getting more quills removed. 10 removed so far today from his mouth and probably more. homer will have Quills migrate from his body for months, these were dangerous and needed to be removed because they were in his mouth. 


    4/22/18

    Homer is getting some snuggles in this morning and feeling MUCH better. He had about 30 quills removed yesterday, and they will continue to migrate and need to be removed. His vet bill climbed another $400

    yesterday. Thank you to everyone for your continued support!



    April 23, 2018


  • Homer underwent surgery again last night where they removed quills from inside his eyelids, his nasal cavity and more from his legs. He's still at the emergency vet recovering yet again.

    April 19, 2018


  • Today is a great day for Homer and his dad Dylan.  Homer is healthy enough to leave the Hospital. He will be kept in a loving home close by the hospital for a few days or so to make sure he is well enough to go home. What a relief for all that Buddy Up Animal Society was able to rush Homer into emergency surgery when they did. Please Please consider helping with Homer's medical expenses so that Buddy Up can continue their good work. 

    When Homer is strong enough, he will be going back home with his dad Dylan and that is what rescue and adoption is all about! Furever Families!! 

     

    April 18, 2018


  • Homer got to see his dad, Dylan again today and even walked a little bit! Homer got his chest tube removed and has moved to oral meds. He is still heavily sedated, and unfortunately didn't want to eat yet, so we expect it will be another day that he stays at the vet. Homer's vet bill has climbed to 10k and that doesn't even include aftercare costs. On behalf of Homer's people and Buddy Up, we appreciate all of the donations we've received so far, but we still need some help to ease the financial burden on Homer's family. This tough guy has been through so much, everything helps!



    April 16, 2018


  • Homer will be on strict crate rest. We do not have an orthopedic bed for him however we do have a lot of blankets. Would anybody be willing to buy or donate truly comfortable dog bed for Homer while he is healing? 

    April 16, 2018


  • Homer's Dad, Dylan went for a visit today and Homer is doing well. He is finally eating and today he has had less sedation. When he first walked into the room, Homer went straight to Dylan for some immediate comfort. 



    April 16, 2018