With one of the Georgia rescues we got in a litter of lab pups. One of these pups the staff started to call Little Mutant Man. This poor little guy was showing very weird signs of bowed legs. They did not seem to bother him at all and he managed to jump around and act like a puppy. We knew we had to get him to the vet and figure out what he needed and I assumed it would be major surgeries to try to straighten his legs out and then to fix whatever was wrong with this little pup. I admit my head saw $ signs spinning all around. I was worried, about the finances AND of course about this sweet little pup who was just the most darling dog you’d ever want to meet.
One day one of our regular volunteers brought her daughter with her. Lace saw Little Mutant Man and said “Hmmm. I can help”. She contacted me a few days later and asked if she could foster Little Mutant Man as a case study for her veterinary internship. She said they would pay for everything, blood work, x-rays and his care and we’d only pay for major surgeries needed. The best part of this is that Little Mutant Man would be going HOME to live with her and her roommate. A WONDERFUL option for this sweet little boy who clearly no one would want because he looked so “deformed”.
So Lace came and picked him up last week. She immediately gave him a name – Badgee – short for Bad Genes. Stay tuned for updates. Oh…and Lace?? THANK YOU!
As promised, I’m writing in with a Badgee update! He is continuing to improve every day, and his legs are progressively looking less bowed. His carpal joint seems much more stable than when I first saw him. The concept of keeping him on “moderate” exercise was unacceptable to Mr. Badgee, who now gets to tear around the fully-carpeted house. He also enjoys going for short walks outside, so long as it isn’t raining like it is right now!His gait is still a little awkward and his legs a little bowed, but the improvement he has made so far is nothing short of miraculous. Badgee set out to show us all that nothing can hold him back and that he is determined to be as normal and active a puppy as any other. He has far surpassed all of our expectations with his rapid progress and I look forward to sharing more about his improvements!We’d love to hear your comments. Leave them here.
Note from Kerry….Badgee is now available for adoption. If you would like to adopt Badgee, please fill out an adoption application on our website!
Latest Update from Lace:
We finally have a conclusion to the medical aspect of Badgee’s story: HE’S CURED!!! After speaking with the Orthopedic surgeon who has been seeing Badgee, we have established that Badgee’s muscular defect has been corrected and he is no longer a ‘special needs’ dog. He can walk on any surfaces, go up and down stairs as he pleases, and do anything a normal puppy does. There are no more restrictions on his activity!!! The only continuing rule (which is good for all pups) is that his food must be monitored for his weight so that he does not become overweight. The best news of all is that because he did not undergo any invasive surgeries, he is not at any increased risk for bone or joint problems down the road. Dr. P said that his gradual progress means his joints and bones adjusted properly as his muscles grew and are now in perfect condition. Badgee (who will hopefully get a new, happier name) can now be adopted as a perfectly normal puppy! I am so proud of him and happy that he will get to lead a life free from this leg problem! Let’s get that boy a home!!!
UPDATE: BADGEE’S LEGS ARE FINE AND HE IS NOW LIVING WITH HIS NEW FAMILY IN A FOREVER HOME!