Chippewa Update From Nathan & Dr. “C”
Editor’s Note: This first update about little Chippewa, is from Dr. C and Mike Richardson’s son, Nathan. He is in the first grade at EP Elementary School. He wrote this update and we are publishing it as he wrote it, from his heart.
My name is Nathan and I think Chip is doing well. When I first found out about Chip I was worried that he was not going to make it. But now he is doing well. We are still tube feeding him. Well he’s eating some hay. I was scared when I heard about the story how he got sick. And scared when my mom, Dr.C, said she thought that he was probably not going to live. She said that we could not keep on tube feeding forever but I reminded her that because I was early I had to be tube fed for the first 9 days also. Now every body is now talking about Chip. His bones where showing. We think that he was a month early. When dr.c hered about chip’s ruff starts in life she brought him to her hospital. He is on CNN, channel 4 and the newspaper. I love him and I think he loves me. He is running now. I run with him. He will walk with you if you walk with him. We got a new coat for him. We have to fite for him. We all love Chip because he gives us a happy feling to all of us. Now here is my mom, Dr. C:
Now, from Dr. C:
Chip has become very important to all of us and to many in town. I had Nathan, my 7 year old start this update because I wanted to hear his view on raising this little horse. When we began this saga, I didn’t realize what effect that Chip would have on people, including myself. Dr. Moak, Estes Park’s resident Equine Veterinarian, who is “tickled pink” as to how Chip has been doing, said it all when he said that the effort that has been put into this little guy and how he has responded, gives us a renewing spark as to why we entered our profession in the first place.
With the round the clock feedings, the hydrotherapy treatments, the bandaging, the medicating and the worrying, people say that I have given him so much but in fact he has given back in more ways than can be said. Is it that spark that Dr. Moak was talking about or is it just the satisfaction knowing that we have made a true difference in this little foal’s life? I am not sure but I can tell you that Chip has reached many people. Heck, before when I went to the grocery store, I would see people that I knew and they may wave, say hello, and ask how Mike or the kids were but now I get stopped wherever I am and am asked by friends and total strangers how Chippewa is doing. I usually try to reply, “Mike, Nathan, Lexi, and Chip are all doing well, thanks” I know my dogs and cats get left out of the conversation but I think that they are ok with that. Paula, who has been helping my family and I take care of Chip on the weekends has said many times how much he has affected her life and she can’t explain it.
The people, old and young, that come to visit him and truly care as to how he is doing, he touches them. Others that follow his story in the News have written me and told me how his story has touched them. Some say that he reminds them of a horse they once had and have since lost or some just say that it is nice to hear a good story when there are so many bad stories out there. I would have never imagined that he would have affected so many people. Maybe he just reminds us that life is precious and short and that “Paying it forward” or just helping someone or something when they are in need is why we ARE here. Now I am not one to get too mushy but I think sometimes we should stop and reflect on what is really important.
This week, we got Chip out to meet another horse, Tim and Brenda Brittain’s horse, Findley. You can watch the video of the meeting on the Estes Park News website at www.estesparknews.com. It’s a sweet video.
His sores are just about completely healed and he is quite strong. He is eating alfalfa hay very well but still we hope that he will begin eating his pellets and drinking his milk. Again, from my family and everyone at the Animal Hospital, thank you for your support.
Marie “Dr. C.” Richardson