There are times in our lives when we think we can only be happy with everything we have, until we discover we really needed to let a piece of ourselves go to find true happiness.

The Humane Society of McCormick County in South Carolina received a call on March 5,2017 from a resident who found a stray terrier dog. This private, all volunteer organization assembled their volunteers to assess the situation as they are the only resource for help in the entire County. They picked up the dog who appeared to be about 2 years old and named him Bobo.

Bobo was found with a stick, wrapped with duct tape, supporting his right front leg. It was quite evident this suffering dog needed immediate medical care. Bobo was hospitalized with Dr. Causey, at Lincolnton Animal Hospital in Georgia, who suspected Bobo’s paw had nerve damage. Although it seemed likely leg amputation would be necessary, therapy was first attempted to bring feeling back to Bobo’s paw. When he wasn’t receiving therapy, Bobo tolerated a sling to hold his injured leg out of the way. He was described as friendly and according to staff, “Allowed the volunteers to try things on him.”

Following one month of therapy, a Tens/EMS unit was used to determine if Bobo had any feeling in his paw. Unfortunately he did not. Bobo was then taken to Dr. Bagshaw of Edgefield Veterinary Clinic in South Carolina. Bobo was diagnosed with Brachial Plexus Avulsion, an injury where thenerves are pulled so hard they are actually yanked out of the spinal cord. The nature of Bobo’s injury seems to suggest a car hit him. Dr. Bagshaw agreed with Dr. Causey’s recommendation for leg amputation. A third veterinarian was called to see if anyone had any knowledge of such an injury reversing itself. Sadly, the answer was, unequivocally, no. Bobo needed surgery to amputate his leg.

The Humane Society reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and was awarded an Emergency Medial Grant to assist in alleviating the costly surgery and follow-up treatments.

Bobo had his leg amputated and was on restricted exercise for a few weeks. His recovery went very well as Bobo’s wound completely healed and his scar is hardly noticeable. Even with only three legs, Bobo is still very strong. He attended 6 weeks of training, including leash training, and is described as very smart as he knows many commands. Bobo is very good with people and prefers being around female dogs. Bobo is now attending adoption events and is looking for his forever loving home.

The Humane Society had this to say, “Bobo seemed to immediately feel better that he didn’t have to drag that leg around. He was sort of depressed when we first picked him up and he has been very perky and happy since the operation. He can run around the yard just fine. All he wants is to be loved.”

This dog has proven, despite having less than he once had, he is happy, and living a fulfilled life.

Written by Theresa Blangiforti

Edited by Bob Stone



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