Thursday, February 11, 2010

A new bull

No, it's not a bovine bull -- it's a pit bull that someone dumped out here. He is the sweetest dog imaginable and gets along fine with all the animals he's met so far. We're keeping him in the barn office for the time being. He also seems to be housebroken.

But here's the wrinkle. I'm afraid he has a broken leg. The skin on his belly is also scraped, swollen, and red. I wonder if he was thrown from a moving vehicle and landed on his belly. His left rear leg points out about 45 degrees instead of straight forward, and he won't sit on that side. He favors it when walking, but if he forgets himself and puts too much weight on it, his back end just collapses. I've sent two emails and left a phone message for a pit bull rescue, but no word yet from them. I'm nervous about the possible vet bills, so I'm hoping they're able to help. I even told them we'd foster him until he can find his new home. Any other ideas or suggestions?

10 comments:

girlwithasword said...

sit tight. I bet they will get back to you. Alot of breed rescue groups are purely volunteer, and tend to call back when they can. I am crossing my fingers for the best outcome....I worked professionally in rescue for 4.5 years and I LOVE LOVE LOVE pitbulls. Every single one I ever worked with was an angel. I know, every dog is their own. But it's one breed that has a super soft spot in my heart, after my time in the rescue world. Bless you for taking care of him!

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Good luck with the puppy...

clink said...

Good luck with the dog. I hate it when people dump animals. He also might have been rolled by a car.... that could have caused the injury.

The other thing .... take it to a vet or the humane shelter and check to for a micro-chip. Might be one. Most vets use them now and if he is friendly ... he was someone's pet.

SkippyMom said...

Yep! Definitely a winner for spam comment of the week. LOL

I hope the rescue gets back soon and they should since you are agreeing to foster him but they are stretched thin.

I know you are making him comfortable and the chip checking idea was excellent. My vet insists on it - so chances are he might have one.

Good luck. And give him a little pet for me.

Deborah @ Antiquity Oaks said...

I thought about the microchip yesterday, but if somebody dumps a dog, what's the point of finding the person who dumped him? People are giving away dogs on Freecycle and Craig's list all the time, but I know someone who has a boarding kennel, and when I called her she said that rehoming a pit bull is tough because of their reputation. Still no word from the rescue.

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Donna said...

Don't give up on rescue!! A woman that I work with has THREE rescue Pits and they are the sweetest dogs! They CAN be re-homed!!! I have a rescue Border, a rescue Pyr and my Irish Wolfhound....if I had the room I would have a rescue Pit! God bless you and your good heart!

Alyssa said...

I also have a soft spot for pit bulls. They have a bad reputation, but are really, really sweet dogs. You might want to call a vet and explain what happened - you never know they might be willing to take a look at the dog without payment. If your normal vet can't do that - I would definitely call the local shelter and explain what is going on and I bet they could either help or know of different vets that would be willing to help out.

Margaret said...

Peppino amuses me.

So what do you think you'll find on the side of the road next year? Two kittens last year, a pit bull cross this year...

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