By SALLY SEXTON
Tristian Davis has always been passionate about animals, as her mother can attest.
From squirrels to turtles, opossums, raccoons, horses, dogs and cats, rescuing animals has always been important to the Crosstimbers Academy senior and aspiring veterinarian.
“Animals can’t talk, people have to talk for them,” Davis said.
With her interests, it was no surprise to her mother when Davis and her friend returned from a trip to Livingston to visit family with a litter of four puppies — one with a serious leg injury.
“My friend Cierra [Davidson] and I noticed a car on the road outside my dad’s house drop off some puppies, and we yelled and asked the driver to stop but he kept going,” Davis said. “We went back to the house and got the four wheeler and went down to look for the dogs.”
One came right to Davis while another one took off for the nearby woods, but was caught and taken back to the house with its litter mate.
A few days later, Davis and Davidson noticed two more puppies wandering down the road toward a nearby highway and quickly caught them.
“It was obvious by their color and their markings that they belonged with the other two,” Davis said. “One came to us but was a little skittish and the other began to run back toward the woods.
“When we got them to the house and had them all together, they rejoiced at seeing each other again and ate lots of food.”
The puppies, two males and two females around 5 months old, were transported back to Parker County on July 16. One of the males, which favored his left back leg, was immediately taken to the vet, where it was discovered that he had a broken femur.
“The vet here [Dr. Kevin Buchanan] didn’t want to operate on him himself and offered to call a surgeon in Fort Worth,” Davis said. “But he said we had two options — either put him down or come up with the $800-$1,000 it would cost for surgery.”