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Domino’s Beginning

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Domino walked into the vet clinic where I work in bad shape. He was a 1 year old blue merle Australian Shepherd. And four weeks before had been hit by a truck. We examined and took radiographs, and the news wasn’t good. He had permanent nerve damage to his front left leg. His owners didn’t have the money to spend on amputation and opted to give him a few more weeks. 3 weeks later I saw his name on the appointment schedule, he was coming back, but this time to be put down. I couldn’t help but remember the beautiful face and loving personality he had. I got up the courage and talked with my manger. Without hesitation she agreed to take him into our no kill shelter and raise the money for his surgery. After only being there for a day I knew I was in love with him. He’s brave and courageous, he takes everything in stride. With the operation set for a few ¬†weeks out, I just crossed my fingers and waited. This all happened last week. Yesterday while making our rounds at the clinic we discovered that Domino’s leg had taken a turn for the worse. His surgery had to be bumped up immediately. I decided yesterday to give Domino a forever loving home. Now I sit and wait to hear. He is having his surgery today. I feel like a nervous mother. He’s never even set foot in my home and yet I would be heartbroken if something happened. I know he is in good hands with all of my co-workers. So any thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated as he goes through this difficult time. Also, any tips on adjusting after an amputation would also be amazing. It’s a new step in a great direction for both Domino and I. Lots more posts to come of Domino and his recovery!

Domino pre surgery the day he was surrendered.

Domino pre surgery the day he was surrendered.

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6 Responses so far »

  1. jerry said,

    May 13, 2014 @ 3:50 pm     Reply

    Good luck Domino! You are a spunky dawg, you’ll do GREAT! It was so nice talking to your momma in that chat. I know you’ll both be fine. Hang in there and keep us posted, we’re cheering you on.

  2. elizabeth said,

    May 13, 2014 @ 8:44 pm     Reply

    Bless you all for giving this handsome boy a chance! Keep us posted, he will do awesome!

  3. benny55 said,

    May 13, 2014 @ 9:09 pm     Reply

    No wnder you fell in love with Domino!! OMD! Look at that sweet face!! You can just tell he’s a gentle sol!

    Cannotimagine the pain he has been in. I’m sure it was hard for his humans to not be able to help him due to finances. It’s a shame. I hope they know you are giving him a forever home.

    Recoveryis nopocnic for about two weeks, ghat’s for sure. Butonce recoveryis done…and all that pain is gone…Domino can love the happiest life possible with you!

    You are a wonderful soul and, clearly, the two of you are meant to travel this journey together.

    Keep us posted. We are here. You are not alone.

    Buy a lot of chocolate and ice cream…it helps calm the nerves!


    Sally and Happy Hannah

  4. 4myty said,

    May 14, 2014 @ 12:55 am     Reply

    Oh, he is beautiful! I love Aussies. It looks like he has not been using his leg much. Just judging by his posture in the picture. That may make his adjustment easier. Bless you for rescuing this beautiful guy! Lori and Ty

  5. Karma said,

    May 14, 2014 @ 1:09 am     Reply

    Oh he IS a cutie. Very sweet face. Welcome to the family Domino and Cassie!

  6. fourminipups said,

    May 14, 2014 @ 3:13 am     Reply

    You are an angel!! And Domino is just beautiful. I have a soft spot for Aussies and can really understand why he stole your heart.

    Sending healing thoughts your way.

    My favorite helping hint is a raised dish as it makes dinner time so much easier for a front amp. Aussies are tough dogs so I have a feeling you will be amazed at how quickly he adapts and he will feel so much better after the hurting leg is gone.

    Take care-
    Luanne and Spirit Shooter

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