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Read this story, Jason - I wish that Moses had a GPS when he wandered out of the yard.> Hi Everyone,> > > > This is an update for those of you who know about Moses and a note to > those who have not heard yet. Thanks to everyone for all the phone > calls and emails. I have not been able to get back to everyone who has been calling.> Just wanted to send an update to everyone all at once rather than > repeat the story over and over.> > > > On Thursday, Moses was in the back yard of a home in the Bay Area for > about 10 minutes stretching his legs after a long car ride. When I > went to get him, the gate was open and he was gone. The gate opened > into an alley and commercial area. Myself, some of the staff from the > home, and some friends of mine searched for Moses all evening and the > staff even made flyers and posted them all around the area. There > were a few sightings of him, but were were not able to find him. > Jamie and her family came back and helped me search until after > midnight. I then continued to search for him most of the rest of the > night. It was pouring rain the entire time and very cold, so we hoped he had found some shelter.> > > > In the morning, some staff came back and helped me some more. Making > 100s of flyers and driving all over and posting them and asking people > if they had seen him. We got a few calls from the flyers and the > police dispatch about sightings and we chased the sightings all over > Redwood City until about 2pm on Friday (23 hours from the time he went > missing) when the police called to say they had found Moses, but he had been hit by a car.> > > > They took him to the nearest vet and we met them there. When I was > able to see him he just started crying for about 20 minutes straight > with relief and sadness. He was in pretty bad shape and was > transported from there to a surgical hospital in San Mateo - the best > in the area - where he had surgery and spent 2 days in recovery.> > > > The main concerns were 1) a bladder burst due to blood coming from his > penis> - but they were able to determine there was no damage to any internal > organs. 2) His right eye had been popped from his eye socket and he > was blind in that eye. The doctors felt he would have a better chance > at recovering from the trauma if they removed the eye completely so he > only has> 1 eye now. 3) Possible internal bleeding in the brain due to blood > coming from his nose and mouth. This is not surgically treatable in > dogs so he was given medication and put under observation. But as of > today, they think he is out of danger.> > > > After 2 days in the hospital, I was able to bring him home today. He > can walk a little - just enough to go pee, but is still very sore and limping.> He is pretty heavily medicated. His eye socket has been sewn up and > is still very swollen and bruised, but he is not crying as much. We > are just lying together and resting and I think he is just relieved to > be home after his ordeal. He even gave a few weak wags of his tail > after I gave him a sponge bath.> > > > The nurses at the hospital gave him a new nickname because of his eye > - "Rocky Balboa".> > > > He will need to be under 24 hour supervision for the next 14 days to > make sure he does not reopen the eye. He is wearing a cone, but even > with that, there is a danger of the eye reopening. After 14 days, he > will get his stitches out. He has antibiotics to help prevent an infection.> > > > I am so happy that he is going to be ok and that we will have many > more years together. I will be busy nursing him back to health for > the next few weeks. I am also about to loose about 3 toenails from > close to 20 hours of walking looking for Moses, so trying to stay off my feet a bit.> > > > I wanted to say a special thanks to some people who helped me get > through this - special thanks to the first 4 people on this list who I > don't think I could have gotten through this without:> > * Jamie Rivera and her family - Jamie and her family came out to help> me search late into the night and Jamie was there with me all day on > Friday until Moses came out of surgery. She had a picture of Moses > and made the 100s of flyers and even a large banner for the car that we used on Friday.> She drove and walked around tirelessly. Her family brought me > blankets, dry clothes, and a whole care package. She was able to stay > focused and know what to do next when I was too overwhelmed and > hysterical to know what to do.> * Connie DeGuzman - Connie and her family also helped me tirelessly.> On Thursday, Connie and Jackie printed out pictures of Moses and put > them all around the area. The first tip we got on Friday morning was > from a picture Connie posted in a far outlying area that we would not > have expected he could have traveled that far. Connie also drove > around all day on Friday in the pouring rain looking for Moses.> * Jackie Baas - Jackie and her family helped me search all evening on> Thursday and all day Friday as well. Driving around in the rain, > printing out pictures and making flyers, passing out and posting > flyers, chasing Moses sightings all over the city. Even her little > daughter helped write phone numbers on the posters and call for Moses from the car window.> * The Redwood city police - dispatch kept calling us with sightings> and they were the ones who finally found him and took him to the > nearest vet.> * The staff at McGarvey - a number of staff assisted with the search> on Thursday afternoon and evening. Driving around looking for Moses, > going to businesses and asking if he had been seen, etc.> * Tiffani Andrade - Tiffani called the local SPCA and got all the> information on how to make a report and gave me the information to get > to the SPCA to look for Moses and be able to call the dispatch there > to ask if he had been found. She also took care of cancelling a > number of work and personal appointments for me so I could concentrate on looking for Moses.> * Paula and David - Paula and David came out to help look for Moses on> Thursday evening and Paula listed him on Craigslist as missing.> * Everyone who was calling concerned about Moses and praying and> sending positive energy to us. It worked. We found him and he > survived in spite of being lost in a strange city for 23 hours in the > pouring rain and on high traffic streets. Thank you all.> > Thanks again to everyone for your support. If I am unable to get back > to everyone's calls and emails, it is only because there are so many > calling and Moses and I are both very tired and can't keep up with it all right now.> Please forward this to anyone I have forgotten. I just wanted to > update everyone at once and let you know that Moses is in good hands > and I will be taking very good care of him.> > > > > > Michelle M. Kersten, M.S.> > Director of Clinical Services
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