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Diesel, October 2003


One of the most readily identifiable features of a Lab is a happily wagging his tail. Not for Diesel, though -- when Diesel was brought as a stray to a shelter near San Diego, he could not wag his tail at all! Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue (SCLRR) was asked by the shelter to help evaluate what was wrong with the tail of this friendly, 4 year old black male Lab. �A veterinary neurologist diagnosed a broken tail that was compressing nerves and causing loss of rectal tone. Amputation of Diesel's tail was recommended, both to prevent further damage to the tail and to hopefully restore function to the damaged nerves.


SCLRR asked LABMED for assistance in paying for the surgery, and we were happy to be able to help fund Diesel's treatment. Unfortunately, although the amputation went smoothly, it was discovered that a key nerve at the base of the tail had been severed, meaning that Diesel would never be able to sense when he needed to move his bowels. However, SCLRR is hopeful that just the right family will come along who can provide Diesel with a loving, outdoor home. The rescue volunteers and the vets who treated him all portray Diesel as a sweet, quiet guy who will steal your heart away. He is good with other dogs, children and cats and loves to play. Diesel is just waiting for a family of his own to complete his second chance in life.

Update: November, 2003

Diesel has been adopted and has a wonderful new "mom" to call his own! She and SCLRR have sent a "huge thank you" to LABMED for helping fund the medical care for their Special Boy, Diesel.

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