Hoping to be HOME for the holidays…
Tanner was picked up as a stray by animal control in February 2013 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was taken to the local shelter and a representative contacted Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio (AHDRO). They emailed us a picture of a dog that had two visibly broken front legs. The shelter said Tanner had the best personality and was the sweetest boy but he was in need of extensive treatment that the shelter could not provide. Upon intake with AHDRO, the veterinary determined Tanner’s legs had been broken possibly 2-3 months earlier and that he was likely hit by a car. One can see in the attached video link how miraculously he got around despite his broken legs.
After a thorough examination, Tanner underwent surgery in his right front leg first. The fracture and the scar tissue were far worse than they had anticipated and the surgery took around four hours. A second surgery on his left leg took place in June and that operation went smoothly. He was able to go to a foster home where he could rest and heal with devoted foster parents. His recovery was much quicker, perhaps because he was in a home where he could thrive and feel like a normal dog again. He recently underwent his final surgery, his neuter, and is now ready to find his forever family!
Tanner greets everyone with a wagging tail and a smile. He will crawl up into your lap and soak up the love and attention that anyone will give him. While receiving treatment at OSU with frequent follow-up visits, Tanner would often work his magic by crawling into the laps of people in the waiting room. Their faces would soften into a giant smile; the worry for their dogs would temporarily subside while Tanner melted their hearts and offered them comfort.
Tanner’s tenacity, loving personality and will to live has overcome his pain and handicaps. Throughout Tanner’s long rehabilitation process, he has been an inspiration to many; the Almost Home group, the staff at VCA Animal Hospital, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and his thousands of Facebook followers. He continues to thrive in his foster home as we look for that special forever home.