One of the first things we noticed about Tanner when he arrived was how he sloped down in his hindquarters while standing or walking. It looked like that half-leg he was carrying around was literally weighing him down. If you go back and look at the various photos in his arrival blog post, you'll see what I mean. Here's one of those shots:
The day after his surgery to remove that stump, we watched him moving around the front yard and immediately noticed a difference. His back was level as he walked, and when he stood still, his rear leg was perfectly straight. In the photo at the top, which I took on Sunday, you can see how different his posture is.
Here's another view:
And now when he walks or runs, he's almost skipping across the ground. Alayne calls him "Twinkletoes" these days. Having taken off many a leg over the years, we knew Tanner was going to be better off without that stump, but we were amazed to see what a striking difference it made in his case. Here he is running:
Of course, all of this newfound ease of motion is great, but in Tanner's mind nothing quite compares with this:
Thanks to all of our wonderful donors -- your gifts made it possible to do this for him!
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
The first round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway and runs until March 30th. You can vote every day here. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We've won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
Please note that I cannot help with technical or voting problems. I also do not have an "inside track" to anyone at the Shelter Challenge, and I don't know any more about the contest than anyone else does. So if you find yourself having issues, please consult their FAQ page here and their Rules page, which is a pop-up you can find linked on this page.
Thanks for your votes!