'Too young to live like this'

Something about 15-month-old Sheldon’s brown eyes and golden coat spoke to Amy Bilicki.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 29, 2013

When the Grand Haven woman learned the young pup needed a foster home, she said she knew he should join her family even though the dog came with health problems.

“He came out of the office and looked at me with such love in his eyes,” she recalled. “That’s it — I was hooked.”

Sheldon has dysplasia in both hips and an abnormal hip socket formation that can lead to arthritis. He needs surgery to live a less painful life, Bilicki said.

On New Year’s Eve, Sheldon joined his new home where he gained two human "siblings," and three furry friends — a golden retriever, cocker spaniel and a cat.

While Sheldon tries to keep up with the other pets, he can’t run with them. It is difficult for him to walk and he often falls because he doesn’t have strength in his hindquarters.

Each day, Sheldon is given two pain medications. He also receives injections twice a week to help him live comfortably through the pain.

“He’s too young to live like this,” Bilicki said.

In order to properly address his health needs, the dog will need surgery, which is estimated to cost between $9,000 and $10,000 if performed at Michigan State University.

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HOW TO HELP:

— Visit the Facebook page: "Save Sheldon’s Hips."

— To donate to the fund, call Grand Haven Animal Hospital at 616-846-6700.

— To donate for the upcoming fundraiser and auction, call Puppy Breath Rescue at 616-843-1742 or visit the organization's Facebook page.

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