Rascal, October 2003
Rascal is the October Buddy Arnold Memorial Fund Dog
Rascal and another Lab were abandoned at their owner's house when the owner moved away to Alaska. An acquaintance had promised to look after the dogs, but was unable to care for them properly. When a friend of the owner checked on the dogs one day, he found that they had been severely neglected. The local rural mail carrier heard about the plight of the two dogs, remembered them as friendly and affectionate, and stepped in to help rescue them.
At the time of his rescue, Rascal had many health problems. The middle-aged black male Lab was very thin, full of fleas and worms, and was limping due to a ruptured cruciate ligament in his rear leg. In spite of all his problems, Rascal quickly endeared himself to his rescuer. She wrote: He's like a big teddy bear! When I went to put him in my car from his house to take to the Vet, his leg was so bad I thought he might growl at me but he never did - just wagged his tail in a big circle. We also have a cat and I wasn't sure if he liked cats, but it wasn't a problem. He just smelled her and turned his attention to other things.
Rascal needed surgery to repair the torn
ligament. His rescuer applied to LABMED for assistance and we were happy to
be able to help restore Rascal to good health. Rascal is expected to make a
full recovery and will soon be ready to find a new family to love him and
make sure that he is safe and well in the future.