“Gibson,” aka”Gibs” is a Sato rescued from Puerto Rico who faced some challenges adjusting to life in the continental US, but who is a sweet, smart, silly addition to my family- he always makes me smile! As a FEMA employee, adopting a Sato brought me closer to the disaster recovery effort still ongoing in PR after last summer’s storms. I adopted him in October 2017, two months after the passing of my father, a musician who always wanted to own a Gibson guitar. Welcoming Gibs into my life and working with him since his adoption has been a bright spot for me during a difficult time, and I am indebted to all the people here and in Puerto Rico who helped him find me.
I’m reaching out to share that in late January, Gibs was diagnosed with severe bi-lateral hip dysplasia. Although we guess he is only now about a year old, both hips had luxated and were causing pain and instability in his hind end. His gait and comfort level have continued to deteriorate steadily since his diagnosis, but I’ve been fighting hard to identify and coordinate the care he needs. We are wintering in Florida through the end of March, but Gibs couldn’t wait for treatment until our return home. I’m thrilled to share that earlier today, he received the first of two total hip replacements through Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, FL with the support of Dr. Jonathan Dyce from Ohio State University. We have at least two months of rehab ahead of us, after which we will pursue a second total hip replacement, this time at Skylos Sports Medicine in Frederick, MD, again with oversight from Dr. Dyce.
Our story so far isn’t exactly what I’d imagined it would be, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and the resources to make this dog whole. I hope that you will pass this update to the team you work with in Puerto Rico, along with my deepest thanks. We’ll keep you updated as Gibs works through recovery and his second hip replacement.
Thank you for all that you do!