Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux
Weight: 101 pounds
Kids: Not Tested
Cats: Not Tested
Location: Anna, Texas
About Joe Wolf:
He was brought to our attention 2 days ago. He was in a shelter in San Antonio an owner surrender, he came in without even having a name.
His condition is obvious and the reason is obvious too but good luck proving it. He was helped out of the shelter by a girl named Heather who is a volunteer for Austin Bulldog Rescue that specialize in English Bulldogs, they are responsible for helping this beautiful boy out of the shelter, we reached out to help because we all know that the Dogue De Bordeaux is a breed we have a great deal of experience with. Heather took this big boy to their vet at Acorn Hill Animal Hospital to examine him. We were informed that he is emaciated, covered in ticks and has this horrific infected wound around his leg. It is very clear that he was tethered and the worst thing possible happened. His leg became entangled in his tether with nobody to notice or care, it cut off the circulation, it wore a horrific wound in his leg, causing nerve damage and sadly the vet who examined him said he has no feeling in his foot. I sent the video to Dr. Reno and she said it looked like radial nerve damage and the outcome will most likely be very poor. How long has he suffered with this? How long was his leg tangled? who knows but it didn’t happen overnight and nothing was done to care for him other than taking him to the shelter which in itself I suppose we can be grateful for.
We worked together with Austin Bulldog Rescue to bring him into our care and transfer him over to Dog Ranch Rescue where we will give him everything possible to help him with anything at all that he needs.
Ricky drove all the way down to San Antonio again to retrieve him from Heather and turn around and drive him towards our ER who can continue with pain meds and antibiotics that Austin Bulldog Rescue already began. We will transfer him in the morning to Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center to asses his leg and give us their best advice moving forward.
We are sickened, as Travis said it is a gut punch to look at him struggle with his leg that no longer works due to neglect. I know the outrage you all feel, and I know that people want someone to go after the owner, that task belongs to someone else. I opt to look forward to what can be done but I fear that this big boy will lose his leg, I hope to hear something otherwise but I am prepared to hear the worst.
We will name him after a 20 year veteran police officer with the Plano Police Dept and who now serves as a Deputy Constable for Collin County. He can always be found with supply bags for the homeless to pass out whenever he comes across someone in need, and we feel like this is a good fit for this boy who is in wo much need himself.
Thank you to Heather, Austin Bulldog Rescue and Ricky for coming to his aid and bringing him into our care.
Welcome to Dog Ranch Rescue Joe Wolf
So don’t be sad for Joe Joe, or for us, be happy that Joe Joe has come full circle, has recovered and now we need to let go and let him fly away to his forever spot…
We will see who wins in that battle but seriously if Travis decides to search for a perfect family for Joe Joe I can honestly tell you that the family will be scrutinized on if the dogs in the home are overweight. This bear absolutely cannot be fat and sadly overweight dogs are a very common thing in our country so that will be on the table with finding him the right place to be if that is what Travis decides to do. I just want to put that out there ahead of time because it isn’t something we typically screen for but this time it’s very critical.
For now, it’s great to see him, happy, and running as best he can.
Travis is staying at my house for a few days so all of his dogs are as well with some work being done in his house. We have a house full of bears and big Joe is welcome too.
Joe has had his bandage off for a couple of days and was doing well until this morning when it blew back up again. We sent pics to Dr Wilkins and he has requested for Travis to bring him over to the hospital and they will probably need to put a drain in at this point now that the fluid seems to have congregated in one location. He will spend the night with them in the hospital and we will check in on him again tomorrow. Having your leg removed when you’re a 100 pound Mastiff is serious business and getting him healed requires lots of care and attention which he is absolutely getting.
Travis has picked him up this afternoon with a new bandage and and he is now demanding lunch.
After we unwrapped Joe Wolfe, his incision began to weep pretty steadily, he has a ton of fluid built up in his torso, shoulder and even his neck. Travis was pretty worried about it so we sent some pics and videos to Dr. Wilkins and he said he wants to see him in the morning to determine if they can just drain the fluid off and re-bandage him or if he will need to sedate him and insert some drains. Travis will escort him over there in the morning, after we took this picture I helped Travis clean him up, he just smelled so very bad and I honestly don’t think he has ever had a bath. He thought it was just grand, the scrubbing and the toweling had him feeling like a million bucks and he was then so damn kissable. We then went about re-bandaging him as best we could, gave him some more pain meds and got him back to his bed for a quiet night.
For now we are taking it one step at a time, he has a ton of recovery ahead of him and don’t forget he is very high HW positive and has that entire journey ahead of him to recover from as well. He will be in Trav’s care for quite a while and he has settled in very nicely.
He did well meeting Daryl, Jim Bob, Sweeps, Irene and Sir Frederick, he has never lived inside a house so thresholds to come inside are intimidating to him but he will get there too. After about 30 minutes inside he had his dinner and was able to calm and lay down.
I knew the call was coming this morning and I dreaded getting it. Dr. Wilkins called me right at 8:00 am sharp, he had already looked at Joe Wolfe and as he delivered the information to me I knew that none of it was surprising but I still had hoped it would be better.
He told me this leg was in horrible condition and it had been like that for at least a month if not longer. The infection was horrific and necrotic. He said that Joe’s shoulder muscle had already begun atrophying due to his inability to use his leg properly. He felt that he most likely had suffered this wound from being tethered, tangled, and unnoticed for a long enough time to inflict this laceration and cause substantial nerve damage. I don’t know how long that is, but I feel pretty damn positive it was a long time, which is disgusting and despicable. He clearly wasn’t fed very often so I envision him tethered outside, leg tangled and cutting off the circulation but nobody notices because they clearly went outside to feed him infrequently, so why would it be noticed that his leg was tangled. ,
I refuse to let the abuse we see in dogs darken my view on humanity, I always insist there are far better good people than bad, but this guy got a raw deal and ended up in a place that caused him suffering that no dog should endure.
Dr. Wilkins told me that the damage was too far gone with little to no hope of it improving, he has no feeling in his foot and it’s not going to improve. He said it has to come off, I said do you offer me any hope that we could treat the infection and nurse him along? he said his pain is significant, his infection and necrosis is significant and the kindest thing for him is to remove it. I asked can we leave a portion of his leg where a prosthetic would be possible? he said no, the necrosis above the wound is just as horrific as the necrosis below the wound. The leg needs to come all the way off all the way to his shoulder.I didn’t want to hear it, but I did hear it and the decisions we make are always, always what is best for the dog and not what we want to happen.
I expressed my obvious concern as a Mastiff owner and lover of him now having to carry his weight in his front heavy body on one leg, knowing that barrel chested dogs carry the largest percentage of their weight on the front legs. He said he knew what my concern is but he feels that Joe is going to feel a whole lot better once this leg is off, he will learn to ambulate himself, will he be an athlete? no he will not..will it be a struggle for him? yes it will.
We have to come away with being thankful that it hasn’t cost him his life, but it has cost him the ease of moving around with 4 healthy legs.
He went to surgery and had this terrible leg removed, Dr. Wilkins called me after the surgery and said it was far worse on the inside compared to what you could see on the outside and without a doubt there was nothing else to do but free him of this devastated limb.
It breaks my heart to see him laying there recovering but we will stay positive, and help him discover his new way of being, moving, and living. He will spend the weekend in the hospital, I want to make sure he’s got eyes on him, and his bandage and plenty of good pain meds at his disposal.
His medical bills have quickly climbed to over 4,000 and will most likely climb to over 5,000 when he is ready to check out. Kylee’s surgery is expense is at 3,200 right now and she will remain hospitalized as well. Abrahams medical bills are sitting right around 1,200 and he will stay in the hospital until Monday, so with just these 3 dogs our expenses are around 12,000 by the time they are all released.
Joe Wolfe will go home with Travis once he is checked out, he will need someone strong enough to lift him and help him learn to move about. Joe is sitting at 100 pounds and he is emaciated so he is a big boy. Dr. Wilkins said it is imperative that he remains lean for the rest of his life, the last thing he needs is to be carrying unnecessary pounds on his body.
So for now this gorgeous boy is resting and monitored to make sure he doesn’t feel any pain, we have and will continue to give him anything and everything he needs.
Ricky has safely picked up Joe Wolf and is enroute to the ER, his Eta will be 8:30. As you can see the wound on this leg is horrific and badly infected. I do want to talk about the potential of having to remove this leg just to give you some information on that. Lot’s of dogs live with 3 legs that is very, very true. Here is the difficult part, he is a Mastiff and they are large and heavy and carry the majority of their weight in their chest, they are referred to as a barrel chested breed. A large dog like a Dogue De Bordeaux has the dogs front legs carrying the majority of their body weight. Can he live without that leg? yes he can, but it won’t be a breeze like it would be with a dog that distributes its weight equally through his body. It will be cumbersome for him to move about, it will put a lot of wear on his leg that is healthy, but it’s certainly not impossible and if that is what he needs then that is what we will do.
The only good news is that he’s been dragging this leg around for a while, he is used to it, he has learned how to use it as a peg, like a crutch almost. There is a company that makes prosthetics for dogs, similar to a peg leg but I don’t know if this boy will even keep a portion of his leg to keep a prosthetic on. It’s all information we will be gathering as we work through the viability of his leg, and what is best for him and his future quality of life.
We’ve got you Joe, a village strong with 170,000 people we’ve all got you.