Buck , January, 2001
The day Buck encountered a bullet was his lucky day.
Buck arrived at the veterinarian's office on New Year's Eve. He was barely alive. His gums were blue and he was in shock. Although he was brought in by his owners, it was not for treatment. It was to be euthanized.
Luckily for Buck, his guardian angel was working at the veterinarian's office that evening. She could not allow this wonderful boy to be put down and persuaded the owners to sign him over to her small organization, Hounds Haven Animal Rescue.
Intravenous fluids, shock therapy, and oxygen therapy were started. A pellet was removed from his hind leg. One still remained in his chest. Buck recovered nicely but he continued to have red, itchy eyes. At a veterinary visit to check his progress after treatment, the veterinarian diagnosed entropion, a painful condition where the eyelid turns in, causing the eye lashes to rub against the eyeball.
The need for additional surgery was something the rescuer just couldn't afford. She turned to LABMED and we were happy to lend assistance. Buck has had surgery to correct the entropion and remove the pellet from his chest. His rescuer reports he is happy and awaiting a new home.
No one can be sure of the exact circumstances surrounding Buck and his encounter with a gun, but it was brought to the attention of the rescuer that a friend of the original owner's son has been known to torture animals. Buck was indeed lucky his guardian angel was on duty at the vet clinic. He now has a chance at a wonderful forever home.
Update: January, 2000
Buck was adopted on January 21, 2001. He has a new "Mom and Dad" who love him very much and a 4 year old "sister" and an 8 year old "brother". A few weeks prior this family was owned by a 6 year old yellow lab. While getting their mail one day, a car hit a patch of ice and went off the road and almost hit the owner, but missed and instead hit and killed their family pet. They were, and still are, heart broken over the loss but Buck has filled in some of the void. He has his forever home.
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