Ernest, I haven’t forgotten you

Published 9:31 am Friday, May 10, 2013

Last week’s column was an example of why many cases are not told,



but tucked in the middle was Ernest, whose tale I promised to tell.

Ernest is a 1-year-old Boxer-Pit mix stray who was brought to Foothills Humane Society with injuries, possibly struck by a car. Limping and in obvious pain, he was sent to Landrum vet for x-rays and an evaluation.

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The brave little guy was thumping his tail as if pain was just part of life.

“I’ll trade it for whoever will love me,” it seemed he was saying.
I sat in his cage and allowed him to climb on my lap as I loved him up and spoke to him.  “Aunt Lani sent me to check on you Ernie. I’ll do all I can to help you get better,” I told him, giving him my customary kiss between the eyes before I left to take care of other business.

Late that afternoon I got back to Landrum to walk Soldier and check with Tommy Maiolo on Ernie’s status.

“Lani’s trying to reach you,” Tommy said, “He has an older injury higher up that I don’t think should be touched and a deep fracture in his right femur that needs a specialist attention.”
“Where is he now doc?” I asked.
“Sweet dog,” Tommy answered, “we sent him back to the shelter with pain meds.”

Off I went to the shelter ad after visiting Ernest to reassure my promise, I spoke with Lani.

“He needs help Lennie; do you have the funds to send him Upstate?”

“I think so Bulldog, call Kathy Toomey to make sure and then have the x-rays sent to Dr. Allen, Tommy says it should be done soon.” “How much do you think it will cost?” Lani asked.
“Probably $3,500 to $4,000 if past experience is any judge. One more thing Lani, I’m super busy, a staff member or a volunteer will have to take Ernest if all is approved.”

I received calls from Kathy Toomey, FHS and Upstate specialists informing me that Ernest was scheduled for the operation at 10:30 a.m. I met with Pete and Zelda Howell at 8 a.m. and thanked them for taking Ernest to the specialists.
“No problem Lennie, it’s an honor to meet you and to help with one of your cases.”  After hugs I helped them get Ernest into the cage, giving him a kiss for good luck. I then handed them an envelope to give to Dr. Keith Allen.