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Sgt. Trace needs a cart

Fundraiser set for Saturday

By Judy Reed

A German Shepherd that was shot twice in the leg and left to die, has found a best friend in Kim Schreuder, of Bellowood Rescue in Cedar Springs.

“Trace is a fantastic, super lovey dog,” remarked Schreuder. “I hope people get to see the Trace I see.”

Kim Schreuder, of Bellowood Rescue in Cedar Springs, with Trace, a dog she’s nurtured back from near death. His front leg needed to amputated and he now needs a cart to get around.

Sgt. Trace was found injured in a Montcalm County field on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2012. Bellowood stepped up to take him when no one else would, and took him to a nearby veterinarian for evaluation. Schreuder learned that Trace’s leg would have to be amputated, and she collected donations to help offset the cost of surgery.
After the surgery, she found that he was indeed heartworm positive, something a previous test did not reveal. The cost of treatment, vaccinations, neutering and post-op treatment was also covered.

She was surprised when he showed a couple acts of aggression. “This is when we learned he had been failed by yet another human—one who had started to train him in personal protection using bad techniques. Trace is an intelligent, loyal dog that has been let down by man many times, and we are determined not to let him down again,” said Schreuder, on her Facebook page.

She said that while many dogs fare well on three legs, Trace appears to need some stability, possibly because of his weight (about 80 pounds), and she has borrowed the money to purchase a cart for him. Between the cart and the training she needs to provide, she has been trying to raise $1,218 to pay back what she borrowed. In a recent chip in campaign online, she raised about 44 percent of the total. She hopes to raise the rest at a fundraiser Saturday, June 16, at the Cheshire Grill, 2162 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ten percent of sales will go to Trace’s cart fund, and to Bellowood for rescuing him.

“It’s been a huge emotional rollercoaster,” said Schreuder. “I don’t think anything else can go wrong.”

She said that Trace should be ready for adoption in about 3 months. “He will need an experienced handler and owner,” she explained.

If you can’t attend the fundraiser, but would like to contribute, you can send a check to Bellowood, 2985 16 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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