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Legendary Rescuer Throws His Body into Traffic to Shield Dog

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She Went Straight to the Veterinarian

I took her right to my vet’s office only to find that Dr. Orton my vet had himself undergone surgery earlier that week and was home recovering, but that Dr. Tarpley, another vet in his practice, could see us. They needed a name for this girl to put on her records and as I thought about the grass traffic island and the guy who blew his horn, the old tv show Gilligan’s Island came to mind. Even though as a kid I had a crush on Mary Ann, Ginger was the movie star, so her name is Ginger, since she is my Star.

Dr. Tarpley Examined Ginger and X-rayed her left leg and hip.  It was determined that Ginger was spayed already, she was heartworm negative, and her age was estimated between two and three years old, so we decided on two and a half years old. Ginger had intestinal parasites and a urinary tract infection, so she was treated for both. She was scanned for a microchip but didn’t have one, so I had Dr. Tarpley implant one for me.

Ginger is eating well and is up to 75 pounds now and looking great. She was 63 pounds and very malnourished the day I rescued her. The X-rays came back and showed Ginger’s leg wasn’t injured but that she was suffering from moderate Hip Dysplasia in her left hip. It’s an all too common genetic disorder in German Shepherd dogs, as well as many other overbred large breed dogs.

She is happy and healthy now.

It’s been a little more than 10 weeks since that day and Ginger has fit right in with my other rescued dogs and has bonded very strongly with me.

She loves to ride in the Jeep and will hardly let me leave the house without her. She is very intelligent and has learned to sit, stay, give her paw, lay down, roll over, high five all in very short order and she has been housebroken since the day I rescued her. Sugar Bear, another of my rescued dogs, has always been very jealous, never allowing another female dog to get on my bed, but she lets Ginger sleep on the bed with us every night.

Ginger was given medication for the intestinal parasites and they are all gone now. She was put on antibiotics for the urinary tract infection, which is all cleared up as well, and Dr Orton says she is now at a good weight. Ginger is doing fine on the medication for her Hip Dysplasia, walking well, supporting weight with the affected leg and even running and playing with the other dogs with no signs of discomfort. Outside she doesn’t leave my side.

I love Ginger very much as I do all my fur kids, though no one will ever replace my dog Laredo, though Ginger has helped fill the hole left in my heart from Laredo’s loss. I consider Ginger to be a special needs dog due to the Hip Dysplasia and as such she will remain as a permanent member of my family for the rest of her natural life; she has found her forever home.

I have seven here right now, and all are rescues. Ranger the 4-week-old puppy who I found late one night in a parking lot dying of Parvo Virus, is now over 7 months old, healthy and happy. His survival was truly a miracle and in a large part due to Dr. Orton’s skill and dedication. He will be going to his forever home with Dr. Orton my vet along with his wife and two young sons in June when the boys get out of school for the summer. I have one other I’m going to adopt when the right forever home presents itself. Then, including Ginger, I will be back at five until the next rescue comes along.

I typed this story on my laptop while surrounded by the unconditional love of seven of the best friends a man could ask for. See more photos of Ginger here.

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3:24PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Thank you nice save.

4:29AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

It's good to know that there are heros to help animals in need! Thank you!

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11:05PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

Hugs and I would be right there too! Thanks for posting! Ran into traffic w/o thinking, as well as other things for Dogs!

7:33AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

great story, thank you

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7:15PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

great news

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12:12PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

I wish I could do the same... Unfortunately not all of us are born heroes but we can do our best and help in any way we can. Don Hill surely deserves a huge thank you from all of us.

12:25AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

This was so inspiring.

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