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Columbus, OH: soon to be Tripawd Greyhound Lurcher needs Foster!
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Arthur is a gorgeous 1 year old American Lurcher - a Greyhound mix (high percent of Grey in the mix) - who has come into the care of the American Lurcher Rescue Project in Ohio; at some point in young Arthur's life on an Amish farm, he was stomped or kicked by a horse and his badly broken leg was never treated.  The bones in his front left leg healed badly (no surprise) down toward the foot and, our consulting vets (two of them) say his elbow is also badly dislocated.  The leg has been very painful for our sweet boy for quite some time and he does not really bear weight on it.  Both consults recommended amputation as Arthur's way forward to a happy and pain free life.

ALRP has this surgery scheduled for September 12 at The Ohio State University vet college / hospital and we are thrilled to provide him with this level of care, especially as OSU has depth of experience and understanding of greyhound care and the challenges of major surgery, anesthesia and post op care for the breed.  And Arthur's luck was really looking up when a vet at OSU first said she thought she could provide a short term medical foster for him after his planned stay in hospital (we think they will keep him at OSU for at least 4 nights post amp).  Unfortunately for this gorgeous boy who still has a happy helicopter tail whenever you interact with him despite his pain, that arrangement fell through.  

ALRP has been unable to find another foster to take Arthur on for either a short term while he is still on meds and will need to be near OSU for any required follow ups (suture removal at least - possibly no more than that).  We are hoping fervently the Tripawd nation might have a member in the Columbus, OH area who will not be intimidated by the post amp period and might consider opening their home and providing this sweetheart care during his initial recovery period.  Longer term foster care or foster to adopt are also options, of course, but the main thing we are hoping for help with is a comfortable place for him to recover.  

If we can't find this sort of support, we will likely have to have him stay longer in medical boarding at OSU and this will add to our little all volunteer rescue's already exceptional expense.  Don't get  me wrong, this boy is worth it.  But he has never yet known the comfort of a home (he is currently boarded at Celina Pet Center - a very fine, professionally run boarding facility) and so we would love it if he .

Some details about Arthur: 

  • He is just about 1 year old
  • He was bred for Field Trial Racing and had an owner who elected to keep him at the farm he was bred at till he was ready for training
  • The owner was never told of the incident and no medical care was provided
  • He appears to be very cat workable
  • Has been fine with other dogs
  • Has not lived in a home, but is very clean in his kennel and waits for turn outs (but would not say "house broken" yet)
  • Is now current on vaccinations and has been wormed
  • Had his surgery delayed due to the start of pneumonia, but recovered very well
  • Is super sweet
  • Is just plain gorgeous

Evidence of how gorgeous this boy is:

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That's the glamour shot, but this picture shows his poor, damaged leg - both the badly fused break down toward his foot and the swollen elbow:

Arthur

But, as I said, he is just so loving and grateful for attention and affection despite it all:

Sweet & grateful boy

You can read more about Arthur in our Facebook group, Ohio Lurcher Project - Save the Underdogs of Underground Racing (ALP) or learn more about our rescue, Lurchers and Field Trial Racing at our website, American Lurcher Rescue Project.  You can also private message me through Tripawds (I am a board member and Vice President of ALP) to ask for more info or offer any sort of assistance for this lovely lad.  

One last link - to a video posted of dear Arthur and his helicopter tail.

Thanks much, Tripawd nation...

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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And I should have specified to make it clearer - it is planned for him to stay in OSU hospital for 4 nights, so start of short term foster would be around the 16th or 17th or even starting the 18th or 19th would be a great help!

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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What a sweetie! Arthur is SO lucky to have you and all the great people at ALP looking after him. THANK YOU!

We'll help get the word out. Keep us posted on this adorably handsome pup. 

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Awwwww Lisa,thank you so much for sharing Arthur's story AND sweet, swwet picte!  He is sooo handsome and just looks like the definition of a GENTLE SOUL!!   Those eyes........so full of love!

Hopefully your efforts will pay off and he can find a wonderful FOSTER FAIL! 🙂  Arthur is going to love being loved! 🙂

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I am delighted to update you all on how brilliantly Arthur's surgery went and how brilliantly his recovery is going.  We did find a "medical" foster home for him and he was able to spend a few days with them prior to his surgery to get settled.  He went in for pre-op assessments last Tuesday and spent the night to have surgery first thing on Wed morning.  He did SO well, they were able to move him to all oral pain meds the next day and he went home to his foster family on Thursday afternoon!  Arthur the AMAZING!.

As I thought he might, the adaptation to being a Tripawd has been perhaps easier for Arthur both because of his youth and because that leg was really not being used already.  Much like my boy, he had already become a virtual Tripawd and now he is rid of that painful and fairly useless appendage.

Here is a link to FB post of video as he was heading out of the clinic and to his foster home - Tripawd Arthur vid.  

And a post from this morning from his foster Mom - apparently he decided he wanted a bit more space to stretch out in and her duvet in the wee hours of the morning... in true Lurcher / Greyhound fashion, comfort is key.  

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Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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A is for AMAZING indeed! Thank you for an update. I'm so happy things are going well. Keep on sharing his story so we can help find that boy an AWESOME home!

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