There are three dogs that call the sanctuary home: Bugsy, Minnie, and Molly. Minnie and Molly were the first residents, since they were left by the previous owners when the dogs wouldn’t allow them to capture them. A few weeks ago, Minnie started limping. Her knee isn’t great, so we took some x-rays and found nothing new. However, it became evident a couple of weeks later, when a bony lump appeared that there was indeed something else going on. The growth was determined to be cancerous and, after much deliberation between our team of vets and some of their contacts, full amputation was decided as the best treatment. She’s been a champ the whole time and has received pain meds, laser treatment, acupuncture, and lots of support through the healing process.
Minnie loves running to the barn but was put on strict limited activity post surgery. Once superficially healed, her reintroduction to exercise had to be slow with her new status as a three-legged dog. It’s hard to give up the freedom you once had, so we started taking her to the barn where she can run around in the soft sand stalls when the elephants are not around. Initially, this meant the truck, which she has never liked, but decided it was ok because of where it was taking her. Now, like her sister (they are actual littermates), she’s decided she likes riding on the 4-wheeler as well, as long as it means she can go up and down the hill more often. Molly rides on someone’s lap and Minnie rides behind.
She’s still healing but, as you can see, she clearly feels good and is ready to run with the others – at least part of the way to the barn.