HIS BONES WERE BROKEN BUT NOT HIS SPIRIT
It was 8 p.m. Thursday evening , January 28, when Mike saw a small husky puppy lying on his front lawn.
He rushed to pick him up and noticed that both hind legs were broken. The puppy had dragged himself along on his front legs.
Horrified, Mike jumped into his car and drove to the Emergency Vet Clinic where the pup was examined and x-rays were taken. He had not been hit by a car, the vet said, and it was obvious that the breaks were deliberate. Both legs were splinted but needed to be pinned as soon as possible. After paying the emergency vet bill of $1,000, Mike took the pup who he named “Dexter” back home to his family. Unable to afford the necessary surgery, he made many calls in the next two days trying to find a group which would help.
In the meantime, little Dexter, approximately 10-12 weeks old, was being monitored by the family dog, “Juno”, a one year old spayed female Husky mix. He adored her and probably thought his mom had come back for him.
On the third day, Sunday, not having received any positive response in regard to financial help, Mike approached the SPCA. We responded immediately. Realizing the seriousness of this case, we decided to have the surgery done and worry about the financial aspect later, although our funds were limited.
The next day, Dexter was taken to the Regional Vet Referral Center in Springfield where a board certified orthopedic surgeon took over and his leg was pinned. The other leg was not as badly broken and received a new shorter splint and will eventually heal on its own.
Mike and his family offered to be the foster parents for Dexter during his recovery period until a permanent home could be found. They also had a spayed female 1½ year old Husky mix who began mothering him.
The healing process began, and Dexter felt better quickly. New casts had to be put on every week to allow the legs to grow. Being a typical active puppy, Dexter did get into trouble occasionally. He shredded four pairs of high heeled shoes and got into a can of paint, causing him to look like a lovely lavender dog statue. (Fortunately it was latex.)
Now that the casts are off, Dexter is able to walk and run normally. He romps with his “mom” and goes fishing and swimming with her in the river.
What does not come as a surprise to us is that Mike and his family have fallen in love with the spunky little guy and want to make him a permanent member of their household. Upon questioning Dexter, we found that this offer meets with his approval.
If you would like to make a contribution towards Dexter’s surgical bill of $3,000, it will be greatly appreciated. He has many good years to look forward to because people cared.
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P.O. Box 100220
Arlington, VA 22210-3220
We have started a blog so you can read about Dexter's progress. Check back for more updates as they come in. Here's the link: http://spcadexter.blogspot.com/2010/04/dexter-adorable.html