Our good friend Steve found Trooper one month ago today. A lot has happened to and for Trooper since then, including several surgeries, a trip to Virginia Tech, therapy, infection control and pain management.
Trooper has had an outpouring of love from all over the country, and donations from as far away as Minnesota and California. We appreciate each and every kind thought and donation sent his way.
Last week, Steve got to see Trooper for the first time since he brought him to our clinic, when he was full of maggots, puncture wounds, and an incredible will to live. The reunion was a happy one, and here is a posting from Steve:
Last Thursday, Ella & I went to Roanoke for a show that she'd given me tickets for for my birthday. In talking with folks from Angels, they put me in touch with the folks who are caring for him - his foster family, as well as the family waiting to adopt him. We worked it out to where we were able to go see him on our way to Roanoke.
He had the surgery on Wednesday to remove the right eye. An earlier visit to Virginia Tech determined that he was blind already in that eye, and that it was both a source for continuing infection & pain for him. It was at that point that they decided the best option for him was to have it removed. They said the pain in the short term would be significant, but that it was best for long-term health.
While the eye looks bad, you can see a lot of life in the one good one he has. This dog has got the heart of a lion, and to see what he is at now versus where he was, he is a million times better than he was less than a month ago.
I found out in talking with his foster family that they've determined that he also has a broken front left leg. Its the smaller bone in that leg, and what appears to have happened is that another dog had bitten him & punctured the leg, broke that bone, which appears to have either dissolved or has been pushed out of the leg. It's 2 loose ends that will just have to knit back together naturally. From what they said, it just causes some stability problems for him & is not painful.
On the good side, he's gained about 8-10 lbs, and is a ball of solid muscle. He was on morphine in the photos we have, and he is very subdued according to reports. Some of the pictures that were emailed to me support that - several are out of focus where he's in such constant motion.
It was really good to see Trooper. He's got a lot of things ahead of him, not all of them pleasant, but he has a wonderful, loving home that he's in now, as well as a forever one waiting for him, much much more than what he had a month ago.