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TN Family Fund, 2011

as told by her family

Snowball is a white pitbull with black spots. We adopted snowball when she was 7 weeks old. She is now 2 years old. My family fell in love with her the minute we saw her. The first night she cried all night, so I put her in the bed with me and my husband. I think she missed her brothers and sisters but after a week or two she settled in. She loves to play ball and ride in the truck. About 8 months ago we noticed she wasn't walking right. We thought she hurt her foot while outside running. About 2 months later we knew something was very wrong. She was having a hard time getting up when she would sit down or lie down. She wasn’t as playful as she used to be.

So we took her to Banfield Hospital (where we have a Health Plan for her) to see Dr. Lawrence. He said it was most likely a Cruciate Ligament torn in her knee. When he said she would have to have surgery we were shocked. We don’t have that kind of money.  Dr. Lawrence put her on steroids for the pain. But she got worse. After a while, she could not get up by herself. We had to help her stand to eat and carried her outside to go potty.  We knew it was wrong to let her live this way for the rest of her life. 

We had to consider having her euthanized, but I was so upset that I cried for a week.  I did not want to let her go. We went back to Dr. Lawrence and asked him where we could get help for her surgery. He told us about Brown Dog Foundation.  Brown Dog Foundation was our only hope to save snowball.  Thanks to Brown Dog Foundation Snowball had her surgery and she is doing very well. In 12 weeks Snowball will have her life back. She can’t wait to play ball again! I would also like to thank Dr. Mike Hatcher in Smyrna,TN because he did a wonderful job with her. Thank you very much Brown Dog for helping Snowball live a longer life with her family. Thank you!