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A second chance for Phoebe

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Dear Editor:

I thought my short story should be told. My name is Phoebe, aka Phoenix, and I am a one-year-old female small black lab who hasn't been able to use her back legs since birth. I have been dragging my hind quarters everywhere to reach my food or doggy room; consequently sores have developed on my derrière. Not pretty. Playing was a challenge.

A nice woman felt sorry for me and she had my necessary shots taken care of but was told that possibly my quality of life wasn't so hot, but CAWS thought another opinion was needed. So, my second chance was in the works. Bilateral hip slings to tighten hip laxity were the answer. How about that! Wow!

Well, now I am recouping at a CAWS foster home, healing and going for laser treatments (helps healing in case you are wondering) and several leg massages per day. It is a four-month commitment for me and my fosters. I must work hard at standing, using my back legs as they should be used not tangling them up and falling. I must not get so frustrated that I can't socialize with the foster's three in-house curious dogs. A lot of under the door sniffing going on. It's their mystery to solve.

One problem I don't have is eating -- I was less than 39 pounds prior to surgery. Food is a fun thing for me here. They bring it right to me. Because I can't run it off I think my figure will fill out.

I am very grateful to the lady who discovered me, CAWS which wanted another opinion, the great clinic that understood my dilemma and the CAWS' fosters letting me rehab at their house.

As we all know, operations and vet care can be expensive. The rescues do so much for we critters so we can have happy and healthy lives. I am grateful to all who are helping me on my journey.

I am a sweet lab, will recover and will make a great pet who will enjoy taking walks, napping at your feet and watching the Broncos. I now have a second chance at being a dog.

CAWS foster
The Martindales

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