Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux
Location: Anna Texas
Mary has Homer in her care and yesterday he had surgery number one on his right hip which was the one that was completely out of socket. We have opted for an FHO on that one which is the removal of the ball and allow it to heal and form scar tissue to see how he does.
He still has the left side to worry about with a hip socket that is in bad shape and we don’t know which procedure we will opt for him on the left after he has recovered from the right.
Mary will be taking him to The center for Pain Management and Rehabilitation as he recovers for physical therapy with water and cold laser and acupuncture to see if we can help him heal faster. Homer is a very young dog so we know that we have his youth on his side but don’t get me wrong, his hips were horrible and there was nothing to do but take him to surgery on both of them one at a time.. For now he’s on good pain meds and Mary will be keeping him very comfortable and quiet.
We were contacted by Dallas Animal Services a couple of days ago about this Dogue De Bordeaux that came in as a stray asking if we would tag him if nobody stepped up for him… of course we did and they asked us if we would like them to go ahead and neuter him while he was there. We told them yes to proceed with that which they did today. They then contacted us to tell us this:
“We have that you are scheduled to pick up A1059775 from 5-7 today. Our vet let us know that he has bilateral hip dysplasia where his right femoral head is completely out and the left one is not seated. Both hips have shallow acetabular fossas. He did go into surgery to be neutered today. We just wanted to make sure you were aware of the issues and that you are still able to help him.”
We couldn’t turn our back on him but with that we need to prepare ourselves for not only multiples of thousands of dollars in surgery but months and months of rehab.
He will be picked up this afternoon and we’ll send him along for his vetting with foster mom, Mary.
Welcome to Dog Ranch Rescue Homer.
Unfortunately Homer has been returned and will be staying with us at the Ranch while we find a better match for him. You might recall that Homer stayed with foster mom Mary for a couple of months while recovering from his hip surgery, he had extensive physical therapy and co existed in Mary’s home with her three bears, Penny, Pepper and Mallory.
She had no issues with him in her home, but she is firm and would never let him take control.
What’s important to realize in the adoption of a new dog in your home is there is always the human element and people are different, some are very firm and able to demonstrate that to any dog in their home, and a dog like Homer has to have that. Other people are not really capable of that, even though his owners really tried and are very sweet people it just wasn’t a characteristic they were capable of and Homer simply took control, and became more and more difficult in the home with the other dogs and it was time to call it quits.
Last night Homer came to the Ranch and headed straight to the pond to take a look. He will stay with us until we figure out what home will be ideal for him to make sure he is kept in check and understands that he will behave under every circumstance.