Let’s Help Keep Bruce Man Going!

“There has always been a balance but the good days are too far apart now, and it is heartbreaking to watch him suffer daily in pain and discomfort.”

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The following plea comes from Ashley Bown:

This is my beloved boy Bruce. I have had him since he was 7 weeks old, he is my first puppy to ever own and raising him has been a sheer joy. He has a heart of gold but is an orthopedic breeding disaster. He was born with hip dysplasia on the left side and has tendinitis in the front bicipital tendons as a result. It has been a constant struggle to keep the right balance of just enough fun and exercise to not pay the price of limping the next few days after. There has always been a balance of good days and bad days but the good days are too far apart now, and it is heartbreaking to watch him suffer daily in pain and discomfort.


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This past month his walking has significantly declined and the pain medications to manage his lameness are no longer helping. In the past week he hasn’t been able to get up to eat his breakfast or dinner but a few times and I have had to hand feed him on the floor. I have also had to help him get up to go potty outside. So, today I took him to see Dr. Munjar at, Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland. Dr. Munjar is an orthopedic surgeon there and he did a lameness exam and x-Rays of his hips and shoulders. The X-Rays showed severe hip dysplasia in the left and partial detachment of the femoral head in the hip socket. Bruce needs a hip replacement 🙁

This has been a surgery that I knew someday I would have to face with him, and sadly that day has come. I am sending this post, “Project Keep Bruce Man Walking” to all animal and dog lovers for help. The surgery is $5,500 with rehabilitation and a sling needed post-surgery to keep the weight off the limb for it to heal. I would deeply appreciate any help to get Bruce this surgery soon so he can walk again. Please share this post with your friends on Facebook to spread the word about Bruce and his needed hip replacement. I will continue to update with photos in the days ahead.


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Update #1:

This is a picture of the X-Rays taken at the surgical center today. The left hip (one on top) has significant joint remodeling and partial detachment from the socket. Dr. Munjar feels confident he will be walking again 8-12 weeks post-surgery, and have a significantly better quality of life with his new hip.

(For updates 3 – 4, click here.)

Update #5:

Well, today we got some sad news on Bruce. He has been anemic this past week and yesterday his hematocrit had dropped even more. So he had an abdominal ultrasound this morning and it showed his spleen covered in masses/nodules and some in the liver as well. The radiologist felt this was likely a malignant process – cancer. So Bruce needs to have his spleen removed in the next 48 hours because the spleen is absorbing and destroying his red blood cells, causing the anemia. I have called Tanasbourne Emergency and am trying to get the splenectomy scheduled there.
This is very very sad news for me and especially Bruce. He means the world to me and has been with me through so many things in the 8 years I have loved and cared for him. Being a vet technician myself, I want the best care for him and need to find out what has caused these changes in his liver and spleen, and if there is hope for treatment. The hip replacement is obviously on hold with today’s bad news.


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Please help Bruce man If you can to get this surgery in the next 48 hours. His life depends on it, even $5 donation will help. I am so thankful for all of the support in sharing and donating to the Bruce man fund so far. You all make the world a better place and so do dogs like Bruce man.

Update #6:

Bruce spiked a fever and the abdomen is starting to swell and is very painful. So he is headed for the Tanasbourne ER for some stabilization and splenectomy tonight! I gave him a liter of fluids at home to help with the fever and hydration. I am not giving up on my boy! Not even if things are looking bleak because I know he would risk his life in a heartbeat to save me. This is devastating to the family and even his furry brothers know he is not well. Please help my Bruce if you can!!


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Update #7:

Brucie came home from the hospital last night, and boy is he glad to be home. He tried to make a break for the door at the vet hospital yesterday and ripped out his IV line. What a hectic 24 hours it has been for him! The surgeon said his spleen looked like a whale shark when he first saw it inside him. There will be pictures of his spleen on my Facebook if you want to check it out. I can’t post them on here due to the graphic nature of the photos.

He just started to wag his little nubbin of a tail this morning and has a good appetite and right now that’s all I can ask for.
Our next battle ahead will be a fight for his life and what seems to be cancer. It will still be a few days before we get the report back on the spleen and what type of cancer it is, we are crossing our fingers for a treatable one. It brings tears to my eyes to talk about all this, he doesn’t let much bring him down.

Thank you for all the text messages from friends I got in the past few days. It has really meant a lot to me. Bruce takes up a huge part of my heart and it’s evident that he has touched many people’s hearts in his 8 years so far.

If you would like to help Bruce live a happy and healthy life, please CLICK HERE.


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66 thoughts on “Let’s Help Keep Bruce Man Going!

  1. Poor dog…But as the average life expectancy for a rottweiler is 9 years why continue to make him suffer? Give him the best last week of his life and then do the humane thing and put him to sleep…No more pain and suffering

  2. People know their animals and love them. It’s pretty heartless to tell them to just put them to sleep….

  3. Poor baby! The one and only time my family and I adopted a dog from a supposedly reputable breeder was a disaster. Before and after that experience shelter pets have been the only place we adopt our four legged canine family members. Our kitties found our home on their own.

  4. I loved my Rottie dearly, he was one of the best dogs I ever had. I still miss him even though many have come after him. He also had many health problems, including cancer. The best thing I did for him was just to make him comfortable in his last months. Gave him lots of great pain meds and tons of love before he passed away.

  5. Please advertise the horrific breeder this poor angel came from. Let’s make them known loud and clear so nobody else goes through this. Big hugs to the amazing owner to help give this pup the best life he can have considering his ailments XO

  6. Easy to say “just let him go” when it’s not YOUR baby. I pray things work out. I have a Rottie/Lab mix and surely hope we have many more years to come.

  7. Unfortunately, Rottweilers have been bread for looks, like many other breeds, instead of for health. Though 8 years seems a short time for us, I think it’s an average old age for the Rottweilers. Sad. I would find it hard to let him go too but I fear that surgery might just prolong his pains. My heart goes out to everyone who loves their “Family” member/pets and has to make these decisions. I hope everything works out for the best interest of BruceMan.

  8. So sad. I remenbered my pet that got sick last year nd he died. The vet said my pet will no longer survive. Very painftul he left for 8months already.

  9. So sad. I remenbered my pet that got sick last year nd he died. The vet said my pet will no longer survive. Very painftul he left for 8months already.

  10. I’m sorry but I do agree with Amanda and Beth – he is an old gentleman who has had 8 years of love from his owners, you have to ask if he makes it through surgery how long for!!!!!! Give him the best love and pain free time you have left together and say goodbye gracefully surrounded by love x

  11. My golden had a splenectomy, prior had had gallbladder removed and he lived happily for several more years with zero complications. He was already 10ish when it happened. Keep him on the thinner side for his legs and hips, its a huge help if you did not know that already. Lots of bad hip dogs are overweight, and its like a death wish! Best of luck to this what looks like a very sweet boy !!

  12. I so wish I could afford to help! I adopted a Black Lab from a nearby pound precisely because he had hip and knee issues. Even taking him to The Ohio State Veterinary Medial Clinic, it cost me a few thousand. But, I am NOT complaining! I’d do it again, in a heartbeat!
    I wish this boy well. What’s not to love about that face?
    Ain’t nothin’ better’n the company of a dog.

  13. my dog has cancer i love him with all my heart,i cant afford treatments he is on meds i can afford but thats not going to cure him…when the time comes he is suffering like this i will put him out of his pain…

  14. For large breeds, including Rottweilers, 8 is considered senior. And I’m not advocating any breeding, I wish everyone would get their pets spayed/neutered, but even a “responsible” breeder isn’t guaranteed puppies that will never have hip dysplasia. Same goes for cancer… It’s part of having an old dog. As for hip surgery, if you can afford it, and all the aftercare, including physical therapy, and he’s got a good prognosis, then great! But obviously this owner cannot, and if he’s got cancer, that’s another thing stacked against him. I would not put my 8yr old dog through that…

  15. I do have an almost 8 year old Great Dane that, doe to irresponsible breeder, has dysplasia problems sinse she was 3. She suffered quite a good bit but, fortunately, we were able to afford all she needed for treatments and at the moment,although she has not been able to walk in the last two and half year, she feels no pain , thank GOD. We have spent a lot of money but I am not complaining – just the opposit: I am very thankful she came to our home and for God providing us conditions (financial and phisical) of taking proper care of her. I just wish that irresponsible breeder would be badly punished for their acts so that they would stop making these wonderful and pure creatures suffer… 🙁 <3

  16. I have a special spot in my heart for Rotties. I am SO sorry for Bruce’s troubles. I had a wonderful guy, Samson, that we rescued as a puppy. He came to us with parvo. We got him thru that, then later did a lot of orthopedic surgery on three of his four limbs for displaysia. But when he was about nine, he could no longer get up on his own. It was time to let him go. Please consider holding him and talking to him as he peacefully goes to sleep.

  17. as I said… identify the breeder and let dog lookers decide… you favour hiding things? Maybe a good breeder to point to the owners… we should have the info… you with the govt???

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