Broken...but not broken


Guelph, Canada

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Hit by a car at 5 months of age, Swagger’s rear legs were shattered, with damage to his pelvis and internal injuries as well. His owners thought he might come around so left him for 4 days. They finally took him in – but not to the vet, to the shelter. Some people don’t like spending money on vets.

The shelter brought him to their vet, who said this dog would need such intensive orthopedic surgery, we cannot help. Shelters are the last people to cover for owners who need vet work done. Shelter staff were devastated and asked if they could just say goodbye. As the vet watched the staff come say goodbye one by one, he said screw it, I will fix him. He donated about $4000 worth of surgeries to put the boxer cross with the Odie ears back together.

Swagger is barely slowed down. He is pinned, screwed and bolted together, and he has some minor GI issues, but he could not be more in love with his life. He is a great example of the resilience and unconditional love that you see in most of these shelter dogs. He flies around like the wind and many he encounters don’t even notice something is different about him.

We were initially at the shelter for another dog…but as all three of us from the rescue passed his cage, each of us marvelling at this obscenely cute yet twisted puppy, we said heck we can take him too. He was not going to be euthanized by the shelter, but it was not a great place for him to recover. His foster mom, a third year vet student, failed fostering 101 and has adopted Swagger…despite a crappy start, he’s now set for life.

Swagger is an alumni of Barlee’s Angels in Ontario, Canada. He is 10 months old here.

(I’ve added this to the Ontario group simply because we’ve been doing all-breed rescue in Ontario since 1999, and thought it might be of interest. There may not be too much Ontario-specific in this shot, but the story is all Ontario. Hope that’s OK.)

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