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In August of 2012, Trooper, a 2 yr old Red Heeler, was found sitting on an old bench car seat on the side of a dirt road bleeding from his neck from a gunshot wound. He was brought to my rescue, very weak and wrapped in a blanket, by a couple out for a drive and couldn't believe that he was still alive from the amount of blood loss he suffered.

I immediately took Trooper to our rescue vet where he was examined and x-rayed and it was determined that part of his spinal cord had been nicked, that he had severe nerve damage that prohibited his legs from functioning properly and that the bullet had gone clean through. I continued treating his external wounds and massaged his neck and legs for several weeks to help re-route his nerve function. I picked him up and carried him outside for potty and fresh air until his legs got stronger so he could do it on his own. It didn't take long!

I am proud to say after a year with us, Trooper is still with my rescue and has recovered wonderfully with hardly any indication that he was ever hurt. His legs sometime shake a bit and he may fall once in awhile when he gets really tired, but he runs up and down stairs, jumps in and out of the pickup and has actually worn the door off his doggie door, running inside and outside at least a hundred times a day! He has never been grumpy, even when while recouperating, and always has a smile and a kiss for me. He is always loving, affectionate, and especially loves the company of other dogs and humans. He is my only rescue dog that can be allowed "off leash" to accompany me when I do chores or to go for a ride in the truck.

I would love to see Trooper adopted by a wounded veteran that would benefit from having a constant companion that truly understands what it's like to suffer a severe trauma and survive a life threatening situation.

Lyn Vernazza/Payette Partners Rescue Ranch
New Plymouth, ID

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