A Sad End to Boot’s Story

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A lot of you will know Boot’s Story from our website, facebook page and our most recent edition of The Greys Matter. For those of you who do not know, Boots had an injury to his hip as a puppy that was never treated, so for two years he walked around with a dislocated hip that must have been very painful.

Recently Boots underwent hip surgery and was recovering slowly from that. On Tuesday of this week he went for his usual physiotherapy session where he walked on a conveyor belt in water, the session finishing early as he did not seem himself. Moments later he was obviously in great pain and we rushed him to the nearest vet which was The Sydney University. An MRI showed fluid along the spine which was first thought to be an infection but may have been blood. The pressure from this fluid was affecting the nerves controlling Boots back legs and he had lost the use of them within 10 minutes of the initial onset.

Despite every effort from the vets the paralysis was fast approaching Boots’ lungs and we had no option but say goodbye to him.

Greyhounds are gentle and affectionate animals that make excellent family pets and Boots was a prime example of this. He lived with other greyhounds and little dogs and despite his problems he loved his walks and would literally bounce up and down when it was time to go out. He lived life to the full and even in his last few days was stoic to the end.

We would like to thank everyone who supported Boots’ operation, recovery and final days.

Rest in Peace Boots, you will never be forgotten.

Peter, Janet and all at Greyhound Rescue

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