About Snowy

A Rescue Corgi mix

Snowy is our rescue corgi x white shepherd mix. We recently had to take him to the vet because he started limping like crazy out of the blue. The vet had a suspicion he tore his cruciate ligament in his knee and pointed us towards an orthopaedic specialist in Amsterdam. Who confirmed he tore his cruciate ligament completely and would be needing TPLO surgery. During the TPLO surgery, they will change the angle of the bone which renders the damaged ligament obsolete. 

We decided to opt for a vet that specialises in orthopaedic surgeries that were a little closer to home. This way, Snowy has a 15-minute drive home after the surgery instead of 60-80 minutes from Amsterdam. But the surgery will still cost a lot of money that I have to pay first before we can patch it through to the insurance company.

€1999,- knee surgery

Snowy does have insurance, and thankfully I opted for ‘movement care’ on top of the standard insurance. This means his physical therapy will be partially covered as well, but only up to €500,-. The €1999,- for the surgery and X-ray checkup will have to be paid first and then submitted to the insurance. Eventually, I should be getting 80% of that sum back.

After the surgery, Snowy will need 2 weeks of complete rest and ‘crate-arrest’ where he is only allowed out to pee. I bought some sniffing food game for him, hoping it would help him get rid of some of his energy without moving much. He’s also on diet kibble to minimise weight gain.

After the first 2 weeks, there will be 6 to 8 weeks of physical and hydrotherapy costing €65,- per appointment, multiple times a week. The €500,- covered by the insurance company will not be enough.

Help support Snowy’s surgery and recovery

So here’s to the ‘how can you help’ part. Every sale we make on this website helps us pay for Snowy’s surgery and physical therapy. Whether you buy a gremlin bell or have custom stickers made, every little bit helps. Even if you just share this on your social media or with your friends to reach more riders.

However, I do have to note that as of now we only ship the gremlin bells (or angel bells) within Europe. But the custom illustrations are available worldwide.

There is also an option to make a donation for Snowy. If you wish to do so, you can fill in any amount you would like to donate. In the upcoming months, I will keep you posted on Snowy’s surgery and recovery on this page (scroll down a block). There is also an Amazon wishlist with games toys and some other small necessities to help fight his boredom during his recovery.

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Updates on Snowy

June 24th

Over the weekend Snowy’s actually been his usual quirky self and he’s been walking through the house on his own accord as well which is a good sign. His swelling and bruising is almost gone as well. He’s slowly starting to try out putting some weight on his leg and is very exited to be carried to the lawn 5 times a day to do his business. (I swear he’s mocking me…)

I did call the vet because it seems that one of the fixation pins might be prodding against the skin from the inside. It seems to be a sore spot and it may need to come out before the 6-week checkup. Thankfully that would only be a very small procedure. 

The vet requested some pictures of the area and I’m currently waiting for the verdict on wether or not we have to come in to get that checked or not. 

June 20th

The wound is actually healing rather nicely. The swelling is going down and since I’m working from home the rest of the week I can keep a close eye on everything. So far he’s been eating, but drinking is still a problem. So Snowy’s eating soup from steamed chicken dogwood with water, peas and carrots. 

The little guy probably eats healthier than I do.
Since my diet consisted of cookies, chocolate milk and… chocolate… 

June 18th

Surprisingly enough, we had a calm night. The vet advised the anaesthetic could cause a lot of restlessness and confusion for Snowy while wearing off. But we just put his bed next to my bed, made sure he couldn’t accidentally roll anywhere, tucked him in and he pretty much slept through the night. I didn’t because I was checking on every little snore and sigh 😴 But hey sleep is optional. 

June 17th

To say I was a nervous wreck would be an understatement but Snowy did just fine and I got to pick up a VERY loopy little corgi dude at 7PM. He was quickly dubbed ‘captain chicken leg’ by a friend since, apart from a fluffy sock, his entire leg was shaved and the resemblance is uncanny and hilarious. But nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a heat pillow, a soft blanket and lots of love couldn’t fix. 

And doggy-morfine of course. 

June 6th

Unfortunately, the surgery had to be rescheduled to June 17th.
They will make an exception for Snowy to do an orthopaedic surgery in the afternoon just to fit him in as soon as possible.

There is a very small chance Snowy has to stay the night if he takes longer than usual to recover from the surgery as the anaesthetic needs to wear off and his temperature needs to be good for me to take him home. Just in case, I’ll make sure he has a PJ that RIEKS of me as much as possible for comfort when he wakes up. And I’ll probably be allowed to visit briefly if he has to stay the night for observation. 

May 31st

Spent my entire day off calling all sorts of specialists to compare pricing and procedure for Snowy’s TPLO surgery. Prices varied from 1400 to 3300 euros, depending on the level of education the vet or surgeon had received. Carefully weighing all the options I chose a veterinary practice that most vets in the area recommended. It’s only a 15-minute drive home after the procedure (which is much more comfortable for Snowy than the 60-80 minutes from Amsterdam). 

The price of the surgery is 1999 euros and the practice has been specialising in orthopaedic surgeries like this, doing it on a near-daily basis for well over 20 years. I also get to stay when they administer the first sleeping agent and I will be allowed to see him as soon as he’s stable and on temperature. 
Surgery is set for June 12th.

May 30th

The vet referred us to the MCD (Animal Hospital Amsterdam) for a consultation with an orthopaedic specialist. They confirmed that his cruciate ligament was completely torn and he would need surgery. They walked me through all the procedures and weighed the pros and cons of each one with me. The best course of action was TPLO surgery where they re-angle the top part of his joint.

More X-rays were taken to determine the exact angle for the chosen procedure and more painkillers were given.
 

May 24th

Called the vet because he was refusing to put any weight on that leg, brought him in at 4PM. The vet suspected damage to the cruciate ligament and made X-rays to see if there was fluid in the joint. You can’t see the ligament itself on an X-ray, but it did reveal a LOT of fluid in the joint. So I was referred to an orthopaedic specialist. 

Snowy was put on ‘crate-arrest’, painkillers and weight control kibble.

 

May 23rd

What started as a lovely 2,5km walk in the ‘dog forest’ near us (an off-leash area) ended up in Snowy developing a limp in the evening. Since he is getting older we thought he might’ve just pulled a muscle or something, so we’d see if it solved itself.