Hot off the press – Lawson has had his surgery!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:29 pm by Administrator

Received the report from the vet late this afternoon.  The surgery was easier than he expected and there is no apparent damage to anything underneath these huge eye-tumors.  He was breathing on his own and already in the process of waking up.  His foster mom went over to visit him around 6 and got the picture below.  She had this to say …

several nurses said he had been very vocal before I got there & he had just settled down.  I didn’t remove him, but opened up the towel & stroked him & talked to him for about 5 minutes & took some photos.  One of the nurses had been holding & carrying him around to comfort him.  I guess he was in a lot of pain.  He continued bleeding through the stitches & they had washed the area repeatedly, but couldn’t get all the blood off.  I asked why there was so much blood.  I didn’t expect him to look so bad.  And the smell is still there.  He seemed pretty out of it.  I hope he’s ok to come home tomorrow.  Robert would like him to stay for a couple of days, but I wouldn’t leave him there for that long. 

See little sweet four pound, three month old Lawson below.  Click to make the picture bigger.


Although hard to look at a little puppy with this significant surgery, this type of “gross” is something normal.

We had a lot of response to this little guy’s plight.  Thanks big time to the following super shih tzu lovers who all came through very quickly for this little guy!  By the time I got home tonight, we had more than what we needed for this surgery. 

Kara Saenz, Julie Martin, Cat Martindale, Micki Jenkins, David Moneyhon, Margaret Lubke, Cynthia Adams, Jean Smith, Byron Ledger, Elliott Lander, Deborah Woolard, Leah Abdenour, Pam Glass, Susan Gregory, Tiffany Dickhaut, Arthur Schoefer, Ginger Guest-Warnick, Barbara Grabell, Jennifer Lenardic, Victor Bosquez, Lori Ugolik, Tresa Lowe, Barry Thomas, Lorna Van De Wiele, Wendy Barnum, Joan Samara, Patricia Heitmann, Jill Kirk, Donna Wilt, Doug Cameron.

No more donations are needed for Lawson right now.  But, if you wanted to recognize little Lawson, there are several ICU dogs that still need help with their funds.  Ismael and Razzle are the two newest.  GO HERE to see.



  1. Cat said,

    January 11, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Praise God! Hang in there little Lawson. There are alot of people praying for your recovery!

    God Bless!

  2. Kara said,

    January 11, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Poor little thing!
    Teresa – you said there was no damage under the cysts? Will he be able to see?

  3. Administrator said,

    January 11, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Kara, no his eyeballs were completely removed. I was afraid that the tumors had grown back into the skull and possibly damaged something behind the eyes.


  4. Sallie Moore said,

    January 11, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I couldn’t look at the pictures of this little treasure. I am totally devestated to think these people can get away with doing this to such a precious little puppy. I am sure it has to be an offence to allow this to happen and not get medical help for him.I think we should report this case to the ASPCA and let them handle it.
    I am living in Nassau Bahamas now, and I travel a lot, so it wouldn’t be easy for me to adopt this little treasure, otherwise I would, and I would give him all the love he deserves.
    Hopefully now he will be free from pain and will make a full recovery. Fortunately because he is so young it should be easier for him to adapt to living without his sight. I will be thinking of him constantly. Please keep us up to date with his progress.

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