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Larry and Pat Middleton’s family is growing, again!

Ashley Middleton Tripod 3

Introducing the beautiful Miss Ashley Middleton

A beautiful blonde lady joined their family last year.  Her name is Ashley (Racing Name: Ideal Form).  She will be turning 3 years old on October 1st.

Ashley broke her leg in a race in August 2013.  The leg was not healing correctly so the vets at Ohio State Veterinary Hospital decided to amputate it.  Pat who visits the Wheeling GPA track kennel and friend, Pam Webb, quite often so she was able to see Ashley improve each time she visited.

Only problem was Ashely won Pat’s heart so she found a home when she was all healed!

From Pat:

“Ashley is very small, 45 pounds.   I did not think I would take her as we have steps everywhere and we were afraid the boy hounds would be too rough with her.

Ashley is simply amazing! She was here 10 minutes and was buzzing up and down steps and out and in the doggie door. She runs around like a crazy girl and is just a love”.

“When we go down there Ashely goes along so she can visit with everyone.  She is shy with strangers but when she sees Pam she throws herself at her.     She is quite popular and I have to take her all over  so she can visit people, everyone makes such a fuss over her”.

 “I have my girl now, our family is complete”.

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Larry & Pat also added twin grand-daughters to their family….

Travis & Linda Middleton welcomed daughters, Prudence and Wynnie on December 9, 2013.

Middleton twins march 2014

Prudence and Wynnie Middleton

Middleton Grampa Larry and Wynnie taking a nap

Grampa Larry and Wynnie taking a nap together.

Congratulations to the Middleton family!

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Lucho is having difficulty walking with us and the other dogs…..this is my solution!

 

 

Here is Lucho’s story:

He is a galgo from Spain who had been stray for a long while.  His right rear leg was injured badly and, after he was finally captured, it was determined that it had to be amputated.  He wasn’t doing well at the rescue facility but his luck changed when Forever Home Greyhounds, from New York, decided to bring him back to the U.S.  I had agreed to adopt him, sight unseen, as I already had one galgo that I brought back from Scooby Medina the year before.

Lucho had a bout with leptospirosis and was recovering well, then took a downturn.  He was diagnosed with leishmaniasis, a protozoal infection transmitted primarily by sand flies.  We don’t see it often here but it is very common in Spain.  The disease can’t be cured but it can be managed.  He is being treated by Dr. Couto at Ohio State Vet School.  Leishmaniasis is a wasting disease so the muscle in Lucho’s remaining rear leg isn’t very strong.  To make matters worse, his back is arched and his pelvis twisted from whatever happened to him in Spain.   He goes up and down several steps to go out into the fenced backyard and he can get on the sofa but he is unable to go for a walk with the other three dogs.  Since he’s VERY vocal if we leave him home alone and walk the others, I decided that I must find a way to take him along…..and here he is in all his glory!

Chris Mosey
Lucho’s mom

 

 

 

 

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To view the recent ABC Channel 13 news story about Bentley click here.

 

Bentley with his doctor, Dr. Au, before he was released from O.S.U. on 11/12/2011

Excerpts taken from North Coast Greyhound Connection website.

 

Bentley, a 6 month old greyhound, arrived to NCGC several weeks ago from a training farm in West Virginia.  Prior to his arrival, NCGC were notified that he sustained serious injuries during a turnout and would never be able to race.  When NCGC representatives traveled to W.V. to pick him up, it was apparent from initial observation that his injuries were more serious than were led to believe.  In addition, he was severely underweight, under 40 lbs.

 

NCGC veterinarian, Dr. Roger Grothaus, felt that Bentley had been in pain for several months due to improper care of the injuries he sustained and further recommended that he be seen by OSU for a course of treatment due to the seriousness of his injuries.

 

On November 8th, Bentley was taken to OSU where Dr. Jennifer Au confirmed what Dr. Grothaus suspected.  An infection had developed in his left foreleg to the degree that the cartilage at his elbow joint had dissolved completely.  The infection had now spread internally through bone and tissue and had caused him tremendous pain from his paw up to and including his shoulder.

Dr. Au recommended that it was best to perform a “four point” amputation.  This involves taking the foreleg, shoulder and clavicle.  The amputation was performed on November 9th and was successful.  Bentley is now recovering in his foster home with lots of love and attention to help him with his healing process.

He’s experiencing “phantom pains” which we were told by Dr. Jennifer can result from post-amputation surgeries and will diminish with time.  We are happy to report that he is gaining weight, loves treats and gives plenty of kisses to those that come in contact with him.
In spite of the pain Bentley has endured, his will to live is unending and his happy, positive spirit is addicting to all those that have a chance to meet this little guy in person. Many life lessons can be learned from the positive energy that he emits.

 

As you can imagine, NCGC is facing an enormous medical bill for Bentley’s surgery and we will do whatever it takes for him. Please consider donating to Bentley’s fund, even just the smallest amount will be greatly appreciated.

There are several ways to donate to Bentley’s fund:

  • Donation jars will be set-up at various NCGC events
  • Facebook Page also has a donation link located on the left-hand side (below our logo),
  • Mail a check (payable to “NCGC”) and mail it to:   NCGC/Treasurer , 116 Canterbury Drive,  Fremont, Ohio 43420.

 


 

 

 

 

 


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The Fords: Jeff, Claire, Sarah & Kate with Rudy

 

Rudy Ford was the oldest greyhound at the 2011 Gathering Sunday.
She is 14 years old and a tripod.
Pictured with Rudy is her family: Jeff, Claire, Sarah & Kate

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