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August 1, 2013

Super Trooper

With a rear leg amputated, puppy that was rescued with three others learning to adapt

By SALLY SEXTON

A week after having surgery to amputate his back left leg at the hip, Trooper, a male Labrador/border collie mix puppy who was rescued with his three litter mates, is thriving in a new foster environment.

The 5-month-old went home with foster mom Beverly DeLano last Thursday following surgery in Fort Worth.

“He really is a little trooper,” DeLano said. “He’s able to sit when told to and can even walk to the front door.”

Despite a little hobbling as he continues to adjust to his new walking mechanics, Trooper has increased his strength and can walk about 10 feet, compared to 3 feet a week ago, before needing to stop and rest, DeLano said.

“He’s just got his little tail wagging all the time,” she said. “He’s going to make a sweet dog for a loving family.”

During Trooper’s initial vet visit, he was found to have a serious infection caused by the broken femur and required the surgery as well as a blood transfusion.

Initial funds were provided by Parker Paws, who helped Trooper and his litter mates’ rescuers, Tristian Davis and Cierra Davidson, cover the cost of medical procedures, as well as spaying, neutering and proper shots.

Trooper is scheduled to have his stitches removed next week.

“As far as fundraising, we’ve received several donations — enough to cover the vet expenses to date,” Parker Paws vice president of marketing Christine Birkbeck said. “We reached out to the community for support and they responded.

Trooper and his litter mates were rescued by Tristan and Cierra when they saw the pups dumped along a Livingston road. Over several days, the girls were able to find all four puppies and returned to Weatherford with them. The other three puppies are with the girls and will eventually be adopted out, as will Trooper once he fully heals.

“Hopefully things continue to progress and Trooper gets a clean bill of health when he goes back to the vet.”

But until then, DeLano is enjoying the Trooper’s company, along with her other three dogs.

“I’ve been a foster mother before — that’s how I ended up with my last dog,” she laughed. “But I have been told and told, “Do not bond with that dog!’”

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