You may recall the story of Fox Valley Oliver, the huge black draft horse that was taken in last summer by a rescue in Cambridge, Ohio, in bad shape, unrecognized as the famous fellow he was.
At the time, all they knew was that the large Shire had teeth knocked out, sore feet, a skin infection, dull hair and malnutrition.
As they were nursing him back to health, he responded beautifully, and they discovered that he was Fox Valley Oliver, champion and reserve champion in the United States and Canada.
In fact, he was the model for a toy produced by the prestigious Breyer Company, for their special edition Breeds of the World model horse.
At age 16, Ollie had found a permanent home at Frog Pond Farm, the draft horse rescue that took him in.
Now, Ollie suddenly faces another challenge, an expensive one.
On Feb.10, Lisa Gordon, owner of Frog Pond Farm, noticed that Ollie was "wasn't quite himself."
After a long hospitalization, first at his local veterinary hospital and then at OSU Veterinary Hospital where he was in ICU isolation, Ollie is finally starting to recover from what turned out to be an abscess on his colon.
He could be released to go back home within a few days.
Between the two facilities, his life was saved, but his bill is in excess of $7600.
Lisa Gordon says any donations would be greatly appreciated, and would go toward paying the vet bill to get this noble animal back to health.
Checks can be sent to: Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse Rescue, 64385 Larrick Ridge Road, Cambridge, Ohio 43725.