Nokie (updated 9/13/17)
By Janet Hanna
Everyone in PAWS Ohio knows about our special little dog we call Nokie. He’s a little mix breed about three years old. What makes him very special is his incredible will and stubbornness not to let anything hold him down. Believe me, he needs this because he is paralyzed in the hind end.
Nokie came to stay with me after he had emergency surgery to repair a torn urethra. With his urethra torn, he was urinating into his belly. This is not a good thing at all, in fact it's life threatening. Thanks to his foster mom this was found quickly and although he got very sick, he bounced back very quickly.
When he came home from the hospital this time, he had a urinary catheter that went from his urethra into his bladder and a second urinary catheter, that was placed in his bladder and was sutured on the outside of his body. Both of these catheters allowed his urethra to heal and give his bladder a rest.
He did great even though his activity level had to be kept way down. He got to be feeling so well that he pulled out the first urinary catheter. Thank goodness the urethral tear was healed when he did this. As he continued to heal, we found that he had a problem with his urethra and would not be able to have his bladder expressed when everything healed.
We had a decision that needed to be made. This meant that our sweet little guy needed another surgery, but which one? Did we do a surgery that made his urethra wider to allow him to hopefully be expressed easier or did we place a permanent urinary catheter and have him be drained throughout the day? The goal was to make sure he had the chance the best life possible. After much thought and discussion with the specialty surgeon, we opted to do a perineal urethrostomy. We made his urethra wider and this procedure has proven to be the best for him.
Again, we have had another lengthy recovery. Antibiotics for a bad UTI which cleared and proin to help with his incontinence. He's doing great. To help keep him from dribbling and to allow him to be with the family, he's in a size 1 baby diaper. This helps also when he's in his cart.
Our day begins with a quick bladder expression, clean up with baby wipes and a little Vaseline or Butt Cream so he doesn't get a diaper rash. His diaper gets changed and he has breakfast. The day goes from there. He usually does second grade with Kellie and I. I think he's smarter than I am. Then in the cart he goes. He has free run of the house at this point and hangs out with the rest of the dogs. During this time, he gets his bladder expressed diaper change. After dinner is tv time and he hangs out and watches with us. At bedtime, another change and express and to bed. He usually sleeps in his own little bed but sometimes he sleeps with me. He's loves to be under the blankets and cuddle.
He is such a fantastic loving little dog, with a will to live and thrive. He has such love to give whoever is in his family, is feisty and playful.
Every animal is different. Not every animal would do this well considering the severity of Nokie's original injury and subsequent set backs. Not every organization is going to take on a dog like Nokie, no matter what. This is what I love about PAWS and why I keep working with these animals and wonderful volunteers. It's easy to stop during a journey such as this and say the money spent on Nokie would help so many other animals, we didn't. When we take on an animal, we do whatever it takes regardless of cost. We also will take on the others that come. We don't say we can't because we did this. PAWS will find a way. With that being said, animals like Nokie are saved and given a chance, as well the many others. Animals like Nokie is why there is an organization called PAWS, the volunteers that take care of them and the people that take their money and donate so we can keep doing what we do best. Save animals.