Hants County pit bull breed ambassador Buddy bouncing back after amputation

Fundraisers being planned to help offset vet bills

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on June 27, 2014

Camellia Saunderson snuggles up with her three-year-old pit bull, Buddy. (Submitted photo)

The face of an Ellershouse-based dog rescue group is slowly getting back on his feet after losing a leg in May.

Buddy, a three-year-old pit bull associated with the volunteer-run Buddy’s Bully Rescue, has had a rough spring.

First, Buddy broke a leg jumping off of a rock while running in the woods. As heartbreaking as the initial injury was for owner Camellia Saunderson, she’s learned how quickly things can turn from bad to worse.

The open wounds on Buddy’s leg became infected underneath the cast. His wounds later abscessed, and the infection spread throughout his body.

“It went from bad to absolutely horrific, infection wise,” recalls Saunderson, the founder of Buddy’s Bully Rescue.

Buddy’s body was unable to stop the infection from spreading. In an effort to save the dog’s life, vets opted to remove the injured leg.

Buddy’s trials did not stop with the amputation. Saunderson started to notice severe swelling in Buddy’s chest and abdomen a couple of days after the operation.

“His body just really wasn’t fighting the infection. He was doing really bad forawhile; we really weren’t sure if he was going to make it,” she said.

Several drainage tubes were inserted to target the infection and Saunderson is pleased to report the exhaustive treatments appear to be working.

“He’s had five or six surgeries in the past five or six weeks,” she said.

When off bed rest, the strong-willed Buddy is outside walking, rolling in the yard to soak up the sun and playing with other dogs.

“As soon as the actual incisions heal he’ll be just fine,” said Saunderson.

“He’s really loving the extra attention from people now, too.”

Saunderson believes her work with Buddy’s Bully Rescue, a no-kill organization that found new homes for about 100 abandoned, neglected, abused and misunderstood dogs last year, helped her remain strong in the most difficult periods of Buddy’s recovery to date. 

“The way that I didn’t freak out was by throwing myself into my work with the rescue and that’s why we have over 30 dogs right now.”

The vet bills for Buddy’s medical treatment was in excess of $8,000 roughly three weeks ago, Saunderson said.

A number of fundraisers are in the works to help with Buddy’s vet bills. One was already held June 20.

On July 5, there will be a dance, bake sale and auction at the Brooklyn Civic Centre from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring music by JF Lovely and Sheri Gordon. Advance tickets, costing $10 per person, can be purchased at Edwards Scissorhounds Canine Salon and Sip & Clip, or by sending an email money transfer to: buddysbullyrescue@outlook.com.

Online donations for Buddy can be placed through http://www.gofundme.com/9ha7mk .