Rudy, a 9 year old explosives detection dog with the Annapolis Fire Department, was suffering from intermittent right hind limb lameness. Rudy has worked for the Annapolis Fire Department for the past 8 years and has been with his handler, Lieutenant Kelly Ruth, for that entire time. After a couple months of intermittent lameness Rudy suddenly became acutely lame, so the Annapolis Fire Department knew they needed to take action. Rudy was evaluated by a local veterinarian who diagnosed him with a torn right Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) tear and recommended surgery to correct the injury. However the surgery was going to cost over $4,000 and The Annapolis Fire Department didn’t this amount of funding available. The Annapolis Fire Department reached out to the Chesapeake K9 Fund for help. Wendy Oliver, the President & Co-founder of the Chesapeake K9 Fund, started a campaign called “Run Rudy Run” to raise money for Rudy’s surgery. Within a few short days they were able to raise over $1,000, but needed more help. Wendy learned of Project GO and reached out for additional financial assistance. Project GO immediately approved the funding for Rudy’s surgery and delivered the news that they would fully fund the cost of the surgery on Rudy’s 9th birthday, December 20, 2017. Just one week later, Rudy had a right Tibial-plateau-leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery performed by Dr. Sherman Canapp at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM). He is currently on the road to recovery and will be able to return to work with a few short months!