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New Life for the Blind Husky That No One Wanted

New Life for the Blind Husky That No One Wanted

Written by Lori Whitney of Pennsylvania

Dante was born two years ago to a pair of siberian huskies. He was the last born and the breeder had to pull him out of the birth canal and revive him. He was three times smaller than any of the other pups, blind, had an overbite, and his skeleton did not look quite right. We received a call from our friends as they knew we had been wanting a husky pup, and they told us to come look. No one wanted the funny looking pup who kept running into things, so we took him. We took him knowing full well that he may not live a normal life, but hoping we could make his life as full as possible.

He had his first vet visit at five weeks old so we could see what all was wrong with him. The vet told us that he was fully blind and should be put down because he was going to die in a couple of years anyway. Needless to say, we did NOT follow his advice. Several days ago, Dante started limping on his right back leg. We contacted my friend who offered up her vet as we don’t have any good vets around us. The vet discovered that he had torn his crutiate ligament trying to bear all his weight on his right side as his left front elbow did not form right in the womb and is full of arthritis. This is not an injury from being too active; it is from trying to relieve pain. Trust me, we feel so guilty about not getting him in sooner, but he did not show signs of pain.

The good news is that his hips look great and as long as we get him the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteomy) surgery, his life expectancy will be normal. The surgery has to be done at a specialist and will cost us $2,500 and we are trying to raise funds to pay for it.  See Sweet Photos of Dante


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11:42AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

God bless you and Dante!

1:45PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thank you for giving Dante a beautiful life. I hope you were able to secure the funds for the needed surgery. Every animal should have access to whatever Vet services are needed. Hope Dante and you have a real long and happy life together.

1:31PM PST on Jan 16, 2014

What a lovely story and lovely people for taking in the poor wee thing.
I hope that they all have a long and happy life together.

8:09AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

thnx for take Dante in your life!!!!! great story!!!!

8:48AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Glad that you didn't follow that vet's advice!

7:08AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

TY :)

4:34AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Like any baby (humans included) even a few weeks or months of love and life is better than none (unless they are in terrible, ceaseless pain). So as you can tell I disagree with the attitude that we should just do away with imperfections. Pets and other animals are not just food or coats. I have had injured animals, crippled animals, My beloved old man dog is going blind at 12. I walk him down our stairs many days (my bedroom is on the 2nd floor) so he can go to the bathroom. He checks to make sure I am with him before he goes. I am honored to have him. He is a part of my heart.

4:07AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Sweet story, God bless you for giving Dante life.

9:03AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Thank you for sharing this lovel ystory and thank you for having compassion to take Dante
May many blessings be heaped up on your family for doing this

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