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A Pet Rescue Story: Brownie, the Three Legged Dog
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Dog in Pain
This hub is in response to a request for "Hubs on your animal rescue experiences" by Ethel Smith. What a wonderful idea!
My father grew up on a farm in the Great Depression. Farms were being foreclosed, people were losing their livelihood and there was barely enough money to scrape by. The family tried to be as self-sufficient as possible and in those days, people also looked after their neighbors. Doctors still made house calls and Dad was born right there on the farm.
Now to the pet rescue story: One of the family dogs, Brownie, got his leg stuck in a fence on the farm. Poor little Brownie actually pulled his paw off in an effort to free himself from the fence. Daddy was about six years old when this happened.
What a sad situation! There was no money for veterinarian care. The family only called the doctor when it was absolutely necessary, I hope you understand. Grandma put down some rags for the dog to sleep on but did not expect him to survive the night. But, please read on...
Home Veterinary Care
Well, surprise!, Brownie was up and limping painfully in the morning. Dad's Dad, Grandpa, was impressed by the dog's fortitude and felt Brownie should have a chance at life--but this was going to be very painful for the little dog.
Grandpa told Dad to go get a burlap sack and some rope. He told Dad's older brother to get a hack saw from the tool shed. Dear reader, I hope you understand that this was to be an amputation not unlike those done in the Civil War. No anesthesia, nothing! I doubt they even tried to get the dog to drink whiskey as was the normal procedure in Civil War amputations.
They put the sack over the dog's head and secured it with rope around his mid-section. A dog in pain is going to snap and try to bite. Dad and his brother were ordered to hold Brownie down. Then Grandpa pushed up the flesh and cut the bone off as clean as possible with the hack saw. (I can just imagine poor Brownie yelping in pain during this procedure!) Grandpa then pulled the dog's remaining flesh over what was left of the bone as cleanly as he could and fashioned a bandage of clean rags around the stump.
Little Brownie came through this ghastly procedure and recovered on a pile of rags in the house. Normally, dogs were not permitted in the house at all, but this was a special circumstance. Nobody knew if Brownie would make it, so now it was time to wait...
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Daddy said Brownie rested for a while, but perhaps a day later was up and learning to walk on three legs. In fact, Brownie got so used to running around on three legs that he was no slower than the other dogs! The neighbors all remarked on Brownie's ability to overcome his handicap.
Brownie, the tough little three-legged dog, survived to a ripe old age.
A Modern Three Legged Dog
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As you can see, this dog has no trouble getting around on three legs. Such was the case with Brownie! A little feisty animal that Brownie!
Many diisabled dogs get along just fine, so there is no need to put them down at the veterinarian's office.
And that is my pet rescue story. -- Laura in Denver