Monday, March 30, 2009

Super Trooper

Here's a great story which had a sad beginning and happy ending:

I first met Trooper on Valentine's Day when his owner brought him over to be treated for mange, and I also gave him a parvo/distemper shot. He was the sweetest little chow/husky mix.

Just a couple weeks later on March 2nd his owner called and said that Trooper was in very bad condition as he was mauled by a large dog. He refused to surrender Trooper to us, but he had no money to vet him. When he told me the bleeding would not stop on his neck, I told him to go to the vet and we would take care of it, so he did.
INJURED TROOPERJust four days later, the owner called again and said Trooper was not doing well at all, and he feared he would die. He surrendered him to us and left him at the vet. Apparently he had neglected to give the antibiotic and Trooper now had an abcess on his back and infection in at least 5 lacerations on his little neck and body.

With antibiotics, water, and good nutrition, he improved rapidly, and went to Dino in Rogers, MN for foster care on March 15th. Read what she says about him now in his new forever home:

Great News !!

Trooper went to his new forever home last night and S. just called me this morning and said everything went wonderful. I had trained him to ring the bell when he needed to go outside and she said he did that twice last night and went out and did his job. He slept right next to their bed and slept all night.

They have one son (2-1/2 yrs old) and the two of them are buddies already. I'm sending a photo that S. sent this morning with Trooper at work -- that's right, she works for someone out of their house and is allowed to bring him with her. Isn't that great?! I am so happy for him and they are keeping the name Trooper!


Trooper is at the office with me today! We're leaving for a walk right now!

Just wanted to let you know that it was another great night last night! He used the bell twice successfully...and so far no accidents, but I've been taking out regularly.

Do you know how he is with water? He's going to be getting his first Petco spa day tomorrow afternoon. So I'm hoping he likes taking a bath and he does ok with it.

We have ducks in our yard that lay way under our big pine trees. So he watched the ducks and the squirrels in the yard this morning and would occasionally bark at was very cute!

Trooper follows my son around everywhere...always needs to know where he's at, but he also knows now that wherever my son is there's a good chance he'll find a stray cheerio or two... :)

I'll keep you updated as often as I can (remember to). He is such a good puppy, so far we are very, very impressed with him!


Kristen said...

I am so happy that Trooper's story has a happy ending but I have to admit that I cannot understand the mentality of his former owner. WHY would he not release a dog that he could not afford to care for? And then when given FREE vet care and antibiotics, WHY wasn't Trooper given his medication? Are there no legal consequences for such neglect on the reservation? What are the laws regarding animal care there? The heartlessness really hurts me. Thank you for the good work that you do and for rescuing Trooper and all the others.

Denise said...

Actually, whether on the reservation or off, people are pretty much allowed to treat (or not treat) animals as they choose. That's why educating people about the responsible care of companion animals is so crucial, along with the availability of free or low cost spay/neuter programs to prevent unwanted litters.

Denise said...

I should add that we realize that rescuing animals will never solve the problem, except for the animals rescued.

I hope that sharing these stories will bring awareness to all the people who already treat their pets kindly, that help is needed for education, advocacy, rescue. Not everyone is able to be on the frontlines of these efforts, but everyone can help.

Thanks for caring! I'm always so happy to hear from the readers of this blog.

Kristen said...

I look forward to helping RLRR because you do such wonderful and important work. I am planning to leave my software industry career to attend vet school, and I'd love to participate in your mobile spay/neuter/vet-care clinics when I graduate. (And I set you to my charity at

Denise said...

That's great you are going to vet school, Kristen! However, you can volunteer at a spay/neuter clinic, transport, or just go up to Red Lake Rosie's to help for a weekend without any experience at all. Come to a meeting of the supporters of RLRR; the notices are posted on the blog.


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