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    We paid a visit to the vet in our area that works with bulldogs and it didn't go that great. She gave Truman another x ray and seemed to think it was his hip due to dysplasia that was causing him pain. She said she'd never seen that level of pain in a pup so young so she was discouraged. I told her the orthopedic surgeon said he would be a candidate for JSP surgery if it is the hip and she did not seem to know what that surgery entailed at all. She also talked a lot about only having him a week or so and "how far did I want to go with this" - which I didn't like.

    Overall, it was lot of gloom and doom whereas the orthopedic specialist seemed more knowledgeable and solution oriented.

    For his part, Truman was not happy last night so we had to give him some medicine but is doing well today - eating, drinking, playing with toys, trying to bite through my seatbelt in the car - but it is heartbreaking to see him not be able to play though I know he wants to. His quality of life is my primary concern.

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    this is just so sad, my heart and prayers go out to you and your baby...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillh10 View Post
    We've got an appointment this morning at the bulldog vet and I did contact the breeder. He asked me to forward him the paperwork and x rays. Based on that, he said I could return the pup for a refund and he would put him to sleep. I refused to return him but asked for a refund and that I be responsible for all his future needs - whatever they are - and he agreed. I don't know if that is common practice but it seemed equitable to me.

    That is good that he is refunding ur money... how sad that he wanted you to give him back so he could put him to sleep..there has to be something that can be done for ur baby... i'm so sorry you are going thru this. hope everything turns out good i'll be praying 4 ya'll! i've had my spike since 10 weeks old and have been attached since the 1st day. keep us posted
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    Oh I am sorry this vet wasnt more positive. I try and look at the best of things and go with the ortho, he seemed to know more so maybe he was right. At least now you have another set of xrays that you can take to him when you go back, maybe it shows diff than the other. I am heartbroken for you and dont even want to think how hard this all must be for you. I believe in miracles and maybe this will be one. Think positive.

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    I want to know the name of this breeder. I'm so spitting mad! How they can think so little of a life........let's put him in the back seat of a car with dog and shotgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
    I want to know the name of this breeder. I'm so spitting mad! How they can think so little of a life........let's put him in the back seat of a car with dog and shotgun.

    I was kinda thinking the same thing.... like it is a common practice that they usually do.

    Or what they say to scare you into agreeing on keeping the pup.... even worse.

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    Maybe I came off wrong in my original post and made Truman's breeder sound more callous than he ever was.

    I don't think the breeder did anything particularly cruel in this case - I think it's more of an issue of nature being cruel because, at this point, there is a very good possibility we might have to euthanize Truman. I assume when you breed any kind of dog, you see puppies that have problems and you have to make decisions regarding quality of life no matter how responsible you are with your care.

    I contacted the breeder after our visit to the ER vet visit. The news there was, of course, not good and the x rays seemed to corroborate serious hip problem. We did sign a contract and received a health guarantee but of course, he cannot "guarantee" a healthy puppy but guarantee us that if the puppy is terminally sick or has a major issue that will affect his quality of life, we can get a new puppy. He understood that there was no way we wanted a new puppy and there was no way we wanted to bring Truman back - whether or not he survives this - because we love him. The breeder cannot take this away from us and he knows that and we know that. Based on the information I gave him, I believe he thought euthanizing was the most humane option for Truman and was willing to do it for us, if we wanted but was willing to return our money even though nothing in the contract specified we were entitled to that at all.

    Since the breeder cannot cure Truman, I don't know what more he could've done than to give us our money back to help see if there's anything can be done with the understanding that we will not keep him alive if his quality of life will never be good.

    I hope that makes more sense. Truman's breeder was very emotional and very, very apologetic for the heartache he knows this is causing.

    As for Truman, he continues to eat and drink and play as best he can...we are praying for any sign of improvement or functionality on his right leg so we can retain hope. We are planning on dealing with the orthopedic specialist exclusively from this point since she had the most positive prognosis with the understanding that Truman's quality of life is our only priority.

    Thanks for all the concern - I appreciate all the support.

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    And just for some levity, here is a pic from today of Truman and his big brother, Linus - my four year old bulldog and the light of my life. He is quite a character and a wonderful friend. Not to mention also incredibly cute!
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    Thank you for posting that. I love the photo as well, your Linus is so very handsome! They are both so wonderful! I sure hope Truman gets through this, and he is very lucky that YOU love him so much and are willing to go the extra mile for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    Thank you for posting that. I love the photo as well, your Linus is so very handsome! They are both so wonderful! I sure hope Truman gets through this, and he is very lucky that YOU love him so much and are willing to go the extra mile for him.
    I second that. Linus is cute and I LOVE his ears! Something about speckeled ears gets me everytime!

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    Oh my, Linus has the best Bulldog face.... beautiful!

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    I am so glad to hear he wasn't so cold about it. When I first read the post before that it made me so sad. I hope you can find the right treatment for Truman so he can live comfortably. Stay strong! He is lucky to have you!

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