Late Saturday, May 4th, 2013, I received a call from an employee at one of our local animal shelters. An Akita had just been picked up by one of their animal control officers and she had been hit by a car evidenced by the broken bones protruding from her lower leg.
Could we help?
I would like to say that my first thought was to the poor dog, and perhaps for a fleeting moment it was. But what went through my head was what the cost of caring for this dog at our vet’s office would add up to.
But as dollar signs swirled about, I automatically said, sure, let me call our vet and see if we can get her in Monday morning.
And our vet always says yes. He has a big heart for animals in need but I think he likes the challenge too.
Sunday passed and Monday morning arrived. On May 6th I met the shelter employee at our vet’s office. Actually, she beat me there and our vet had already examined Koko and determined the leg needed to be removed.
The bones were beyond the point of repair. And dogs do well on three legs so she was scheduled for surgery immediately.
During surgery Koko lost a lot of blood. This couple with all the blood sucking ticks that the shelter employee, the vet staff and then that I had pulled off as well as what the Vectra was trying to kill, poor Koko was in no shape to be spayed. That will have to wait for a later date.
When I saw her at the vet’s office I asked them to apply Vectra which kills ticks because Koko was covered with them.
Koko spent most of the week at our vet’s office. At one point she took a sprawling fall onto the floor resulting in a bad injury to the stump that was left from her leg removal. Back to surgery to clean it up and more stitches and this time staples too! It worked. She has healed nicely.
Koko is doing wonderfully learning to be a tri pod dog. At first it was hard and she would lean to one side and almost fall over.
A sensitive topic, I know, but the entire ordeal of going poop was most difficult. Sometimes she would put it off and put it off until finally, she would give in and get in position to poop. She is getting better at that!
She loves to go for walks and actually pulls at the leash sometimes. She is curious and wants the chickens but she is afraid of the rooster. Good thing because the rooster is not a nice character and Koko is not stable enough to avoid his kung fu movements!
Koko is improving day by day and is doing so well that she is scheduled to be spayed this Friday, May 24th.
Our ability to help dogs who need extensive help, dogs whose hope is limited by what we are able to do, can only be offered because of the generosity of donations from people who care like yourself!
If you are interested in adopting Koko, you may want to consider the following:
* that she would do best as an only dog. She does well with other dogs most of the time but I suspect she would do best by herself:
*that she would not be ideal in a home with cats. It is the way she watches them. I suspect when she can move more gracefully she may do more than eye them:
* she considers herself a guard dog and will growl when people come to the door. I doubt anyone will break into her house. She may have only three legs but she has teeth:
*she loves people. She has a sweet nature and is quite the lover. Everyone who meets her thinks she is awesome:
* she loves to go for walks, to go on explores and adventures:
* she is a candidate for doggy obedience school. A doggy class would strengthen your bond with her and teach you both how to command her attention:
*she is a looker, she has great looks and an incredible tail that sweeps across her back:
*she is a cool dog with a story to tell and could be a Pet Therapy dog bring hope to those who have none.
Koko is available for adoption. If you are interested, please fill out an application and email it to us as an attachment.
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Medical: She is spayed, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots.
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $250
Leash and Collar or Harness: a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each canine. Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge (thank goodness!).