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******************** UPDATE: October 20, 2014 ***********************

Ducky is doing very well. He continues to recover from his second knee surgery and continues to learn how to use both of his legs just like a normal dog. Tasks that would seem trivial for most dogs, he is just learning. Last week, he made a huge accomplishment. For the first time in his young life he was able to climb up onto the couch without any assistance. He walked up to it, put his front paws up and then pushed with his back legs and he was up!

It is so heartwarming to watch him adapt to his new legs and do things that he previously was unable to do or were a major struggle for him.

******************** UPDATE: September 30, 2014 ***********************

Ducky had his second knee surgery today. We just received notice that his surgery is complete and it all went very well. He is currently resting and recovering.

******************** UPDATE: September 19, 2014 ***********************

Ducky is scheduled for his next (and final) surgery on September 30th. This is the surgery to repair his right knee.

Here is the latest video of Ducky playing fetch with his tennis ball.

******************** UPDATE: September 04, 2014 ***********************

Ducky continues to recover very well from his surgery on his left knee. We still have a couple more weeks to go until this knee is fully healed. At that point, we can plan the surgery on his right knee. He continues to build muscle in his back leg and hips, learning to walk like a regular dog.

You can see the video of Ducky walking here. This was taken just a few days after his surgery.


This is sweet little Ducky. Ducky is a 1 year-old Border Collie/Terrier mix and weighs a mere 19lbs. He is super sweet and a very playful puppy.

Unfortunately, he has had to overcome some significant health-related challenges with more to come. When he first came to us, he was having trouble keeping his food down. We were told that it was believed that the condition was stress related and would clear up. When we had him examined by our veterinarian, we found that he had a life-threatening condition known as Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRRA). PRAA is a congenital anomaly of the blood vessels of the heart that results in constriction of the esophagus. It had constricted his esophagus to the point where he essentially was unable to swallow food. We immediately scheduled him for surgery and the surgeon successfully corrected the PRRA and removed the constriction. Unfortunately, the long-term constriction caused the esophagus to balloon out so he still requires special care with his feeding. He is currently on a food regimen that requires it all to be blended to a milkshake consistency so that it can safely move through the esophagus without coming back up.

The second problem is that he has a significant disability with his back legs. At some point in his young life, both of his kneecaps were dislocated and shifted to the inside part of his legs. This condition was unfortunately not corrected at the time it happened so his leg muscles, ligaments and tendons all grew to accommodate the situation. The result is that his legs are tucked beneath him and he is unable to straighten them out, causing him limited mobility and difficulty moving over things like steps.

We are current seeking donations to help fund his surgery to repair his kneecaps and provide the therapy needed to get is legs working properly.

In spite of all of his disabilities, he persists and acts just like any other happy puppy.

If you are interested in helping us with Ducky and other pets like Ducky, cared for by the Evergreen Animal Protective League, please donate what you can.

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We have the perfect opportunity for you. EAPL answers their inbound phones 7-day a week, 365 days a year 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.. BEST OF ALL you never even have to leave your home! We have shifts 5.5 hours long and the full shift of 11 hrs. YOU select the day(s) each month that your schedule allows you to take calls and our phone volunteer transfers the EAPL incoming line to your home number. This does not in any way affect your ability to still receive your own calls on your number.

We will provide you with a telephone training manual full of tips and tricks to answer most of the questions that you will receive. If the training manual does not have the answer, there are many of us just a phone call away to support you. You will usually receive 10/15 calls a shift. Just 2 shifts for 5.5 hours a month is very much appreciated.

Email us at eaplevergreen@eapl.com with your name, address and phone number and let's get you started.

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