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.”
Davis reached out to Parker Paws for their help, which agreed to take on Trooper, named for his endurance an attitude through the ordeal.
Trooper had surgery Tuesday morning in Fort Worth to amputate the leg, which had digressed after getting infected, and was picked up Wednesday afternoon to begin rehabilitation. In the meantime, Parker Paws is in the process of taking in the other three puppies for vaccinations before placing them for fostering and adoption.
“We try to keep things conservative by not taking in more animals than we can afford,” Parker Paws director Barbara Pursley said. “We also want to make sure we have foster homes available for each animal.”
Parker Paws is now reaching out to the public for help covering the cost of the surgery.
“We’re trying to raise additional funds and we’ve already had one monetary donations,” Christine Birkbeck, vice president of marketing, said.