For The Love Of Vegas

For The Love Of Vegas

From Ilana Rudnik

Vegas is our sweet rescue pit. He suffered a high velocity spinal disc rupture. We are doing everything possible to give him the chance to walk again. Bills for his surgery, therapy, and supplies are a struggle to pay.

Support this campaign

Subscribe to follow campaign updates!

Recent Updates

Update #61

about 2 years ago

Vegas is published! Had a reachout from an instragram user @leicruzz, who saw his pic. So cool! #pitbull #headtilt

http://dogsarena.com/why-do-dogs-tilt-their-heads/

More Info

The Story of Vegas

We brought Vegas home from the shelter on April 10, 2010.

We could tell he was abused, and we worked hard to regain his trust.  Vegas has turned into a sweet, loving, crazy for play member of the family.

He does still have socialization issues, which we are working through.  Once trust is lost, it's very hard to regain.

On February 5, 2015, Vegas was acting strangely.  He didn't want to go up or down the stairs.  Jim brought him to the vet and they said to take him to the hospital immediately.  By the time they left the vet, Vegas couldn't walk. His back legs were paralyzed.

At the hospital, Vegas received the best of care.  He was at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL.  We can not say enough good things about them.  Everyone who works there from the receptionists to the surgeons are extremely caring and compassionate.

After x-rays, the diagnosis was a high velocity disc rupture.  They gave Vegas a 50/50 chance of walking again.  Then they took an MRI before surgery, and because the damage was so extensive, his chances went down to 10%.  After surgery, they are now at 5%.

But Vegas is a determined, spunky little guy.  He has already amazed and delighted the doctors and therapists by the progress he is making.  We are hopeful that given time, Vegas will walk again.

Which is where you compassionate, caring donors enter the picture.  Your contributions give Vegas the opportunity to continue his therapy for as long as he needs.  You are the treadmill beneath his paws.

Thank you.

Campaign Wall

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Help Ilana raise $15,000 by making a donation.

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #63

Vegas is published! Had a reachout from an instragram user @leicruzz, who saw his pic. So cool! #pitbull #headtilt

http://dogsarena.com/why-do-dogs-tilt-their-heads/

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #62

It's been a while. We've just been keepin on keepin on. Vegas continues to be a happy, goofy boy. Time to get caught up on a few examples of adorableness.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #61

Vegas loves opening his presents! #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

https://youtu.be/z9-AeJaeWNU

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #60

Snuggle buddies napping. The floor helps Jim's back sometimes. Vegas just wants a pillow.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #59

Beautiful day to go to the dog park.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #58

The migration continues. Daddy added a snuggly blankie to put it over the top. ‪#‎pitbull‬ ‪#‎downerdog‬ ‪#‎fundly‬
Ilana Rudnik's photo.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #57

Following the sun to a more comfy spot. Wheels ready for a walk at a moment's notice. ‪#‎pitbull‬ ‪#‎downerdog‬ ‪#‎fundly‬

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #56

Sunday sunshine, a hoodie, a toy moustache. All is right with the world. ‪#‎pitbull‬ ‪#‎downerdog‬ ‪#‎fundly‬

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #55

Making sure the burgers get to the grill ok. Gotta keep an eye on them you know. #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #54

Can I help you grill today Daddy? #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #53

Transpo in use.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #52

So here's our homemade way of getting Vegas up and down the stairs. We call it a transpo. (short for transport!) Made from a towel, curtain grommets, and large carabiners. Really helps to only have to hold up the back end, and Vegas does the rest. MacGyver lives!

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #51

Mama! I don't want to play any more! #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #50

Where did the cold go? #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #49

Our protector. #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #48

Something way cool happened at Vegas' last therapy. A Vet Journal was very excited seeing him do his therapy, and took a bunch of pictures documenting it for an article. I hope we will get a copy.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #47

Haven't posted for a bit. Things have been rolling along. Vegas still going to therapy twice a week. We got outside for some laps around the yard. Jim was taking a break, but it appears Vegas didn't want him to.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #46

False alarm. Gloom. #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #45

Is that Mama home from work??? Mama??? #pitbull #downerdog #fundly

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Ilana Rudnik posted a new update:
almost 3 years ago

Update #44

So Vegas' toenail was bleeding. Jim bandaged it up. LOL! In all fairness, the first try fell off in about 30 seconds. Vegas doesn't look impressed.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or