Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Monday, March 26, 2012

Very Cool Story

This "lucky dog" was adopted by a gentleman who has gone above and beyond. The dog came from the south. The original "breeder" had Brittany Spaniels and German Shorthair Pointers. Well, an oops happened and this dog was one of that litter.

The owner couldn't sell them so this dog went to the local pound. Somehow, the dog ended up out in the wild and got his foot caught in a wild boar trap. The resulting injury cost him his foot from the mid -metatarsal area down. One vet recommended full limb amputation. The dog owner sought his own way on this.

He found a company out of Colorado that made a prosthetic for this dog. First they had him wear a moldable one for a few weeks. Then they used the wear pattern to make a permanent one. Now the dog acts as if this is just part of his leg. He swims, runs, plays, etc. About every 8 months, the owner has to get the piece re-foamed to keep the padding at a good level.

The lovely dog and his owner were in today for a routine exam. Here are some pictures of it:

This amazing prosthetic has used mountain bike tire tread on it that the owner gets from a local shop. Very cool. This dog is so sweet and gentle I told the owner this dog would be an awesome therapy dog. Can you imagine how this dog could inspire young folks with "disabilities?" 

He is interested in pursuing but says the dog might fail a part of the test - the independence part as he will sooner follow the owner than stay with food. If that is it, well, then, that's silly. This dog is a doll!

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