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By phil_j  
I have mentioned recently that I have been short of time and unable to spend as much time viewing the galleries as normal, well this is the reason!.

This little chap in Kiche, and he is twelve weeks old today, although a fortnight ago his short life was in the balance.

Kiche was born with a misformed throat, which meant he was unable to digest food correctly, and would often bring his meals back up after eating.
The breeders of his litter, had considered putting him to sleep, fearing he would not be able to live a normal life, however their vet refused to do it as he felt something could be done for him later on.

The breeders felt they could not offer the time needed to keep him themselves and contacted my mother who has taken on dogs with problems in the past.

She asked us for help in settling him in, and meeting his unusual feeding patterns, and two weeks ago he arrived at my Mothers.

However two days in, we were all concerned for his well being as he seemed ill, so taking him to the vet uncovered he was suffering with pnuemonia, and critically ill, he was put into intensive care straight away and nearly died that night.
Thankfully he recovered from that set back enabling the vet to look into his problems further, and x rays uncovered an even more alarming problem, his spleen and stomach was located on the wrong side of his diaphragm inside his chest cavity, again threatening his life.
10 days ago he underwent a massive operation to correct this problem, and as you can see from this quick snap taken today at my mothers, he has made a remarkable recovery.
He still has a feeding tube straight into his stomach for us to give him food and water directly, but it is hoped this can be removed next week, and he will be able to live an almost normal and happy life alongside my mothers other dogs.

So I just wanted to wish little Kiche (named yesterday) a very happy birthday.

Kiche is a North American Indian tribal name meaning sky spirit.

Many thanks for looking.


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cassiecat 11 39 46 England
11 Nov 2009 8:40PM
oh bless him, i hope he makes a full recovery and has a happy life, he looks gorgeous.lesley

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11 Nov 2009 8:43PM
nice looking dog the wife will like this well done for saving him
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
11 Nov 2009 8:48PM
Good on you mate, keep up the good work.
He looks a beauty, all the best.
motorsportpictures 11 289 23 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 8:50PM
Stunning shot.
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Nov 2009 8:50PM
Poor dog....Sad
hope that's all for him now and he can live a normal life.
Well done to you all, Phil!
nglen 12 42 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 8:52PM
What a little beauty . great picture . Good on your mother for taking him in.
TerryMcK 11 72 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 8:53PM
Excellent portrait of this brave little chap, Phil. Your narrative made compelling reading. I'm certain we'll seeing more of him in the future.
martinjp 10 2 3 England
11 Nov 2009 8:56PM
Excellent portrait Phil, hope the little fellow pulls through...

DannoM 11 58 England
11 Nov 2009 9:04PM
great shot phil, best wishes to you all!
11 Nov 2009 9:07PM
cheeky wee fella we are rooting for him he is kinda cute to boot
11 Nov 2009 9:12PM
Beautiful shot !

WillieH 14 2 Scotland
11 Nov 2009 9:16PM
What a beautiful dog, well done for helping out the little guy, hope he has a wonderful life ahead.

Best Wishes and Kind Regards Willie
11 Nov 2009 9:29PM
superb image of a beautiful dog,and a happy ending for a change.great work allround.ray
Moj_o 11 10 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 9:55PM
Beautiful dog,he has a wonderful future in front of him Smile

colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
11 Nov 2009 10:03PM
Excellent image of this wee fighter best of luck to him thanks for sharing Colin
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
11 Nov 2009 10:17PM
We wish him well, such a beauty Phil. Ron.
SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
11 Nov 2009 11:57PM
Lovely shot Phil.... I hope all stays well

chase Plus
14 1.3k 273 England
12 Nov 2009 12:04AM
An excellent result,I'm so pleased you persevered with him....cracking ears he has !!
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
12 Nov 2009 12:11AM
Hoping all the Kichie's look after your Kiche and keep him well!
FredF 13 1 France
12 Nov 2009 9:17AM

geniehawk 13 181 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 9:50AM
All your love and attention will be paid back many times over, a great image of a brave puppy.

Maiwand 13 3 73 England
12 Nov 2009 10:24AM
Fantastic portrait Phil. Reminds me so much of a GSD that I had many years ago. I congratulate you and your mother on caring for this little fella and wish you all the luck in the world.
PattiW 14 24 2 United States
12 Nov 2009 12:31PM
What a wonderful write up and a beautiful little dog. Thank God for you and those like you who would upset your whole life for the sake of a small animal that needed you. Life is so precious, not just with us but the wonderful little ones God gives us to share our lives along the way. God bless, Patti
Steve_S Plus
14 181 3 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 1:55PM
Great image Phil, and good luck with him in the future.
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 3:08PM
reminds me so much of "someone" we once knew Sad

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 9:51PM
I am overjoyed to hear of other people who feel so deeply for animals in need, and this lovely dog will undoubtedly be given the best chance for a normal future, so do let us know how he gets on. Lovely portrait.
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
12 Nov 2009 10:23PM
A superb shot Phil, I do hope he makes a full recovery,
bpearson3 10 1 England
15 Nov 2009 12:05PM
Oh..... what a touching write up - brought tears to my eyes. I get so upset when animals are ill. I always wanted to be a vet, but just didn't get the grades at college. I'd have been one of those vets who sat up all night with the sick ones, so they weren't on their own. Well done to you, your Mum and the Vetenary team for saving his life.
This is a superb image of a brave furry angel.
Give the little fella a BIG HUG from me!

Bev Smile

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