Canine Conundrums

Strangers Come Together

On 1st June I received an e-mail with this line …”HE HAS HAD A VERY HARD LIFE IN SUCH A SHORT TIME – 9 MONTHS OLD…”
This was a plea for Matrix who had been rehomed twice and now needed a complex operation and a third home.
K9 Best Friends were also looking for foster home to care for Matrix and funds for the operation. Matrix had been hit by a car – the details of which we’ll never know, but he was clearly in pain. He bunny hopped with his back legs and X-rays revealed his broken left femur had re-grown outside the socket which was also damaged. Matrix needed a Femoral Head & Neck Ostectomy, a complex procedure to be done by a specialist vet.

Under the expert care of Chandelle, Matrix is making excellent progress.

Under the expert care of Chandelle, Matrix is making excellent progress.

The plea went out across the nation and was answered by a lovely young Pietermaritzburg couple, Chandelle and Mick Grouweloos, who offered Matrix a home.
About five months ago Chandelle and Mick had adopted a Chow Cross, named Duke, from the SPCA and had shown amazing commitment to Duke in the short time he had been with them. They have increased his confidence, taught him a number of behaviours and discovered that he loves his training classes.
Chandelle and Mick weren’t sure how Matrix and Duke would get along and generously offered to foster Matrix. Chandelle, being a physiotherapist who recently started her own business in Hayfields, was the ideal person to see Matrix through his post-op rehab, a long process requiring much time and specialist care. Matrix and Dukie hit it off from the get-go, so it was a match made in heaven.

Matrix (front) and Duke socialise.

Matrix (front) and Duke socialise.

Matrix was duly fetched and was operated on last Wednesday. It has not been an easy start on the long road to recovery for him as the surgeon found that the condition of the joint was worse than originally thought. This meant that he had been in greater pain than we’d thought and the cost of the procedure was higher than expected.
Under the expert care of Chandelle, Matrix is making excellent progress.
If you’d like to help Matrix, contact Chandelle on 071 482 8562