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October 19, 2010

Update on Trooper Biscuit

Trooper went to Virginia Tech for an expert opinion on his right eye today. It has not healed very well, and we were concerned that it was becoming painful.

I picked him up at 7 am, and after the usual happy greeting, he jumped right in the car. When we arrived at Virginia Tech, there was an initial air of slight apprehension from the staff. After all, performing a painful eye exam in very close proximity to any dog's mouth would be a concern, let alone one on a pit bull. But Trooper greeted every staff member in his calm, unassuming and friendly manner, and immediately had all at ease.

An hour of poking, prodding, and shining lights in both eyeballs ensued. Trooper did not move a muscle, and let the Veterinarians and students do their thing. His foster mom describes him as stoic, and she is right.







As uncomfortable as the procedures were, he never flinched. After the exam was done, he even let each student take a closer look, and he seemed to listen in as questions were raised and answered. They asked me to leave the exam room while they finished the paperwork. A few minutes later, a Vet student appeared and asked if it was OK for him to have a treat. Soon another appeared, and said she could not believe how sweet this dog was. Then a third appeared and asked if he was available for adoption, because he had won over each and every person on the team. And after that he made friends with the receptionist and the housekeeper.

After a lot of discussion, it was determined that Trooper will need his right eye removed. He is definitely blind in that eye now. The Vet said it may be due to a bite that almost punctured his cornea, or it may be from trauma to the head that hurt his optic nerve. Either way, his cornea is very fragile and is becoming painful, and will most likely never heal.

We will schedule the eye surgery as soon as possible, and meanwhile Trooper has returned to his loving foster home.

Today, once again, this little "bait dog" proved what an unbreakable spirit he has. They say that "eyes are the window to the soul" ... Trooper may be down to one good eye, but he wears his kind and gentle nature on the outside. It's not only something you look into his heart and see, but also a calm and peaceful feeling he brings to everyone he meets. He has certainly made our lives better, and I have a feeling this boy has something wonderful coming in his future.

7 comments:

  1. My goodness, Trooper is amazing. Please someone share this Pit Bull Story with Best Friends who has seen the best and worst in treatments to pit bulls. I personally think Trooper should be the spokes 'dog' for Pit Bulls everywhere. Now he's going to face another challenge. Thank You Angels for never giving up on the lost and what seems like the 'hopeless' cases. You are where my heart is!

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  2. I'm not sure if my last comments came through but this little dog is surely amazing and should be the spokesdog for the Pit Bull breed. I love Angels for never giving up on anyone no matter how tough and how costly the road. Bless Your Hearts...

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  3. Trooper, no matter your past with the pain and mistreatment, you have a truly unbroken spirit and unconditional love. What a wonderful and amazing dog!!! You are so loved now and will never have to worry, be scared or anxious again. No one can hold a candle to the care and love you have been given from Angels and the Vets and above all the foster family. I for one have fallen in love with you and only spent 1 short hour with you at the vets office. Keep that awesome chin up as you have from the beginning!! Kisses to ya!!

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  4. So many are thinking about you Trooper - and praying for your speedy recovery. We love you...

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  5. WHEN STEVE FIRST POSTED TROOPER ON FACEBOOK, I WANTED TO GO GET HIM AND BRING HIM HOME. BUT I HAD NO IDEA WHERE HE WAS....I AM GLAS SOMEONE SAVED HIM BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE. BUT IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT HE HAD TO LOSE HIS EYE...I LOVE PITBULLS. I HAVE TWO OF MY OWN AND DARE ANYONE TO HARM THEM...I AM, HOWEVER, SO GLAD THAT HE HAS KEPT HIS SPIRIT. WITHOUT IT, HE WOULD HAVE SURELY DIED..IT'S THE ONLY THING I BELIEVE KEEPS AN ANIMAL STRONG TO SURVIVE THIS HORRIBLE WORLD. THANK YOU FOR GIVING HIM A CHANCE AND I PRAY THAT HE WILL BE PLACED WHERE HE CAN BE HAPPY. SOMEONE ONCE SAID A HAPPY DOG IS ONE THAT CHOOSES THEIR OWNER AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. LIVE ON TROOPER!!!!!

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  6. My heart shattered upon reading Trooper’s sad story. It’s a story that started sad but with the hope and love from everyone it won’t end that way. I am appalled that there is no reaction from law enforcement. I know that the job is tough, I do it too, however Trooper is a victim. We are here to speak for him just as we do any other victim. If we don’t speak up for them who will? I understand that there are a lot of cases that require our attention, but if its 10 minutes here or 15 there, this is precious time that you are making a difference and you are working for your victim. Some cases may seem unsolvable but when you have the support of the community and you have them stand with you demanding these senseless crimes stop, it helps! I hope that Trooper receives the justice, love, and support that he truly needs!

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  7. My heart shattered upon reading Trooper’s sad story. It’s a story that started sad but with the hope and love from everyone it won’t end that way. I am appalled that there is no reaction from law enforcement. I know that the job is tough, I do it too, however Trooper is a victim. We are here to speak for him just as we do any other victim. If we don’t speak up for them who will? I understand that there are a lot of cases that require our attention, but if its 10 minutes here or 15 there, this is precious time that you are making a difference and you are working for your victim. Some cases may seem unsolvable but when you have the support of the community and you have them stand with you demanding these senseless crimes stop, it helps! I hope that Trooper receives the justice, love, and support that he truly needs.

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