Teo means God's Devine Gift, pronounced TAY-oh.

Almost daily, GCDR gets e-mails about dogs in need at local shelters.
Late on the night of the 5th of August they got an e-mail that was anything but ordinary.

(From Dr. Marion Fairchild of the East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter to GCDR Board member Amy Daigle)

Hi Amy,
We picked up a young, red, male yesterday. The people that called it in said he was tangled in their dogs run line and that he couldn't walk. Well, he is paralyzed in the hind end, but it appears to me secondary to a gunshot wound. I don't know his prognosis since I don't have any diagnostic equipment. I am inclined to euthanize him tomorrow rather than let him sit there for
a week and then do it. Is there any chance your group would take him on? He has a Home Again microchip but it is not even in Home Agains database.


The next morning it was decided to pick up this boy and at least give him a chance.

(From GCDR board member Terri Valenti )

I spoke with her. She thinks he may have been shot but does not have the ability to xray. She said if its a bullet and it's removed, there is a chance that once the inflammation goes down - he could be OK with time. I'm going to get him. He deserves a chance. Its probably grim but I'd rather put him down knowing there was little hope rather than wonder if it was just a lot of inflammation in there.

They had a cat recently that recovered and regained use of legs after a gun shot. She said, sometimes it just a matter of giving them time to improve. Of course a lot of rehab too. I think we should call Dag's House who specializes in rehabilitation of down dogs. Kim Dudek has seen us at events and said to call her if we ever need her. Well we will probably need her. We just need to see if its a bullet as she suspects and if it can be removed. AJ and I are leaving in a few minutes so that I can get him back in before "treatment time" is over from 12:00 - 2:00.

I dread tomorrow. I think if we find he can urinate, then we will give him some time. If not, then I think we need to probably go ahead and end his suffering.

Once again, another tough case for GCDR, but this is what they do . . .
"Saving lives four paws at a time"

The following are excerpts from various board members about his situation.


(From GCDR board member Amy Daigle)

If all bodily fuctions are obtainable for him then we have the luxury of waiting. If we find that there is something that seriously impacts his quality of life then it is most likely that waiting to see if reduction in swelling will 'cure" what he is dealing with - we have a shot. If we find that giving some time gives us a better picture then we take the extra mile - simply because it's what we do. If not then we do the other thing we do - we give them the gift of an end to the suffering. I'm proud of us no matter what the outcome because we DID something for him. And honestly my opinion of Dr. Fairchild took a leap forward for taking the time to contact us and try. I can live in peace with whatever comes.


Thank you Dr. Fairchild of the East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter for believing that this boy deserves a chance.

Dr. Fairchild bringing him out of the shelter


In back of Terri's truck headed to Dr Abadie's


Teo arrives at Abadie's Veterinary Hospital with a very uncertain future.


Within an hour of being called upon, Kim Dudek, founder of Dag's House,
arrives to assess Teo and optimistically measures him for a wheel chair.


Dr. Amber Dickson and Kim Dudek take a look at Teo's x-rays.


Yes that's a bullet in there which can't be operated on without causing more damage


Teo waits patiently while others try and find answers for him..


Headed to Dag's House. Teo is discharged from the Abadie's Veterinary Hospital and moved to Dag's House, a rehabilitation facility for "down dogs" and dogs with other special needs.

Special thanks to all the folks at Dag's House for their work with our boy.

Yes, Teo can sit up. Actually that has become a liability for him. Because he feels no pain, he has actually created a severe ulceration on his tail bone from sitting up and dragging his lower half on his beds and the floor. We are now concerned about infection and further sloughing off of good tissue. Teo is very interested in what is going on around him and its challenging to keep him still. We are waiting for his new wheels, which will allow him the freedom he craves without further injuring his hind quarters. Teo was warmly received by Allie, the head vet tech at Dag's House. He is expected to begin some light range of motion exercises in the next few days.


OK this photo is not for the squeamish. Teo's ulceration is all the way to the bone. If infection sets in, there is little hope of saving him. Teo's wound needs to be cleaned and flushed every two hours around the clock.


Teo gets a wheel chair
Teo has a wheel chair! It came this week and he is getting used to it. Initially he was afraid of it because of course to him - it seems like something is following him very close. But he is already warming up to it and beginning to realize the benefits of being able to move about on his own. We are so happy to find out that no part of it touches his bed sore. So, he will now have even more time off of the sore. I'm amazed that you can no longer see the bone inside his leg. So far, so good. It seems to be healing and we have avoided infection thus far. This of course did not happen by chance. He is getting one on one attention and his wound is still being cleaned every two hours by the vet techs at Dag's House.
Teo gets a kiss from his care taker Stephanie Stewart
Teo getting some rest after a spin in his wheel chair
9-17-08  I took more antibiotics over for Teo today and had a long visit with him. He was outside playing with his friend Hallie and later Winnie (his little wheelchair friend) came out too. His back legs are strapped up for now because otherwise, he'd drag the tops of them behind him. We can't make a huge amount of progress with him until his wound clears up. At that point, they will do some water therapy with him to strengthen his legs and hopefully re-develop better motor skills. So far so good.
Teo and his wheelchair friend, Winnie
Teo and his wheelchair friend, Winnie
With all that Teo's been through, he can still give you a big smile
10-18-08   Kim Dudeck brings Teo out to the Delgado Animal Health Fair.
This is his first outing other than to the vet's office since his ordeal began.
With the help of his cart and Allie, Teo can now run across the field. We're hopeful one day
he'll be able to do the same without his cart.



Thanks to Kim Dudek and her staff for their patience and dedication to Teo's care.


Housing and Fitness for Special Needs Dogs. Click above to see a short video.

Click above to watch Teo
on a water treadmill

Thank You Dr Abadie and staff for your continued help & support for all the GCDR Dobies.


Teo is another one of many Dobes that has put a strain on GCDR's resources this year. Teo and GCDR face special challenges in the future because of his condition. GCDR is committed to providing the best care they can for Teo and all the other Dobes who come into the program. GCDR needs your financial support so that they can continue to help Teo and others like him.

Please give generously to help GCDR save lives, four paws at a time.

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P.O. Box 231051
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