“If I give you this dog, will you give me another one?” she asked.
Three weeks earlier, “Obie” was a normal six-month-old Pomeranian. Then his owner dropped him, breaking his back leg. He wasn’t taken to a vet. She wrapped the bleeding leg in gauze and put him in his crate, thinking it would heal itself.
Obie had been a gift from her daughter, who bought him from a pet store when he was only five-weeks-old. He was so light he easily fit in a bag over her shoulder. She took him everywhere with her. Then she dropped him and complained that the stress gave her headaches. For three long weeks Obie suffered without medical care of any kind.
When Mrs. G arrived unexpectedly at the Society our doctor carefully lifted him from his bad-smelling carrier. The tiny three-pound puppy patiently let us examine him. He didn’t growl; he didn’t make a sound. Some of his pain had subsided because, at that point, the little dangling limb had lost all feeling. We saw multiple fractures and the bone had obviously punctured the skin. Nerve damage and severe infection left very little to fix.
Mrs. G looked faint when told that an amputation was the only option. She said she needed to take a few pills and asked for water. Again she asked, “If I give you this dog, will you give me another one?” When we told her that we would not, she said, “I’m sorry I just can’t deal with this,” and asked if she could just sign him over to the Society. Walking out the door she said she was on her way to buy another Pomeranian.
Obie was immediately taken into surgery, as there were concerns that the infection would spread throughout his entire system. He was given an injection of long-acting antibiotics as well as a patch of time-released pain medication before he was fully sedated. Then his leg was removed.
But this didn’t have to happen. If he had been taken for immediate medical care, the leg might have been preserved. Sadly, this puppy must now go through life on three legs and adapt to his new physical limitations. But he is sweet-natured, loving and trusting. They say an animal knows when they have been helped. We think Obie knows