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8/5/19 UPDATE: Ernie, my goofy foster, and I have had quite a journey together. Fast forward nearly four months post being found on the side of the road, Heartworm treatment, elaborate surgery, and recovery. Today, my boy joined his forever family. Goodbye is bittersweet. The bitter is the goodbye; the sweet is joining an incredibly loving family. It truly has been my privilege to guide him along the way- teaching him about family life with canine siblings, along with too many bad habits. Promises have been made to dog sit anytime and numerous visits on the horizon. Only the very best for our Ernie. ♥️♥️♥️. I would be remiss if I didn’t include Cincinnati Lab Rescue’s unwavering commitment to always step up, without hesitation, to help Ernie and so many other labs in need.

7/29/19: Our boy Ernie finally had his cast removed and is doing beautifully.  Add on the miracle of meeting his new family one day on a walk.  He has found the most perfect family who will continue to provide him the most wonderful and loving home.  He still needs some time to heal, and he will receive everything there is to give him a fantastic life.  He is a loving, sweet dog, and we are so happy his life has turned completely around.  We can confidently say he will only know the best of everything.

6/24/19 UPDATE: Moving forward, Ernie has his final procedure tomorrow where his screws will be removed. He then will need to be in a hard cast for 4 more weeks, followed by an additional 4 weeks with a soft bandage.  At that juncture, he should be medically released with some specific exercises to do at home to rebuild the strength in his leg. He has been tolerant of the cast and his physical restrictions and has done amazing well adjusting to his limitations.  I am so impressed with how well he has learned to compensate.

6/11/19 UPDATE:  Ernie (Irwin) is recovering beautifully and is a great patient.  He has completed his HW regiment of meds and is able to enjoy a few moderate walks a day.  He ignores his leg cast and has been loving life with his foster pack. The surgeon and staff at MedVet are pleased with his progress, but he still is not ready for adoption.  I just scheduled his final surgical procedure in two weeks.  Again, we will need to evaluate at that time when he will be ready- I am thinking an additional several weeks before he is available.  Stairs are still not suggested during this time of his recovery. I have had to evaluate this as we go along and have been at MedVets weekly to bi-weekly for rechecks and bandage/cast changes. Although he’s been a great patient and a super sweet dog, Ernie still requires significant medical care and we feel it is important to continue to monitor his progress.


5/25/19 Update: As promised, we am providing you an update on Irwin, Ernie (my name for him). He is recovering well post-surgery and hopefully, his staples can be removed in a week.  At this juncture, he still needs a bandage change and new cast weekly.  In about a month he will need another procedure to remove the screw and will remain in a cast for a minimum of two months.  He can put weight on his leg, but his activity is very limited.  At approximately 3 months, he will need to begin an exercise regiment too.  Additionally, he is still being treated for HW and his final injection is 6/10.  This also limits his activity level.

Regardless, he is loaded with personality, very loving and playful.  He is not docile, and I suspect once he is recovered, his energy level will escalate.  He’s a good boy, but we need to keep him as calm as possible.  The foster does not have any stairs, so we do not know how he would navigate stairs, but stairs need to be avoided if possible.

Since he has numerous visits to his surgeon in the future, although he could move to a permanent home, he does need to remain in the Cincinnati area. and we need to continue to monitor his progress.

5/16/19 – Irwin is comfortably recovering in his foster home.  His surgeon said his surgery went very well.  Although it will take a while for Irwin to complete the recovery process, he is doing great, adapting well, and is the sweetest, most affectionate and loving dog.  We are so happy we could help this wonderful boy!

5/11/19 UPDATE: We just met with the orthopedic surgeon at Medvet and have scheduled Irwin’s ruptured tendon repair surgery next week.  We know he will have an extended period of recuperation, but we are very hopeful for his full recovery.  He has completed his initial round of HW treatment and is one of the sweetest pups EVER!  We are so happy we are able to help this loving and extremely special boy live a life full of adventure and love.