Trooper’s Story

Trooper Update – September 15, 2010

Adoption Process finalized…

Trooper has a forever home to call his own! Although he has not yet been released to move into his new home, the adoption is final! Fresno residents Shelby and Doug Dart have completed the adoption process and are anxiously waiting for Trooper to come home. Trooper will be sharing his new home and the Dart’s nine year old Vizsla, Parker.

The Fresno Chapter of the CCLRR has an application process, interview, and home visit that they follow for every dog placed through the rescue. We look for the best match in the interest of the dog’s welfare. We felt that Shelby, Doug, and Parker were the perfect match for Trooper.

The staff at Waterhouse Veterinary Hospital is truly amazed at Trooper’s rapid recovery and sweet personality. He continues to heal and make progress daily. Physical Therapy treatments have been positive and he has been taken off all medications. Dr. Sorrells recommends swimming and regular exercise gauged to Troopers endurance. He is walking on his rear heals rather than his foot pads due to the length of time he was in bandages. Trooper’s feet will be especially vulnerable when walking on outside surfaces. Trooper will always need to have special tender, loving care which Shelby and Doug are prepared to provide.
Shelby and Doug Dart will be available for interviews. Thank you for all your help and I will keep you posted on Troopers transition into his new home.

Trooper Update – August 31, 2010

Physical Therapy Begins…

Trooper continues to improve! The bandages on Trooper’s paws have been removed and he is now scheduled to start Physical Therapy! He limps when he walks – protecting his left rear leg; hopefully, the physical therapy will help with that. Trooper’s paws will always require special care. He has severe scaring and his feet tire easily. When his toes were ground down, it did not leave an adequate amount of nail bed for his nails to grow back in a normal position.

The staff at Waterhouse Veterinary Hospital is pleased with his recovery as he continues to heal and play more readily. Trooper has black and red boots to wear on his paws for outside breaks. He is a beautiful lab with a kind, forgiving nature that will need a very dedicated forever home willing to deal with his physical limitations and ongoing veterinary care.

The outpouring of donations will cover Trooper’s medical costs! The community support has been life saving for Trooper, and the Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is so grateful to have the financial help. Without these donations, the Rescue would have been stretched thin to come up with the necessary funds to save Trooper’s life. Trooper’s friends at the CCLRR have been working to make sure every donor receives a donation receipt. The overwhelming response from the community has slowed down the thank you/receipt sending process. If you have not yet received your receipt we appreciate your patience and it will be coming to you via US Postal Service.

Although, we have received enough donations to cover Trooper’s medical costs, the all-volunteer Rescue is always in need of donations. We have multiple labs with expensive medical issues to take care of before they can go on to their forever homes.

Donations can be made directly at the Central California Labrador Retriever’s website www.cclabrescuecvc.org via PayPal or you may send your donation payable to: CCLRR, PO Box 1484, Clovis CA 93613. Donations are tax deductible and the Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

Trooper Update – August 10, 2010

Trooper is currently sporting his new black and red boots for the first time! Although there is still some oozing on his hock, the Vet has decided to remove all of the bandages at this time to get air to the wounded areas. The doctors are VERY pleased at how well Trooper is healing! He will have some physical therapy in the near future on that bad hock area. The nail beds have been damaged to where they might not grow back normally or may not grow back at all…The Vet will have to see how to manage that at a later date. Oh boy…he is getting neutered next week!

Trooper Update – July 27, 2010

Trooper’s Long Road to Recovery…

Trooper’s paws have begun the healing process, but are still gruesome to look at. His doctors are pleased with his progress to date, with the exception of the rear hock. Physical Therapy will no doubt be in Trooper’s future. Trooper has a long road of recovery ahead! Oral pain meds were tried, but he was put back on the morphine patch at a lower dosage – without it, his pain was still too severe. The scrotum is healing but, again, the pictures show the severity of the damage.

Trooper has become the Central Valley’s dog! The outpouring of donations will cover his medical costs! The generous donations have been life saving for Trooper, and the Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is so very grateful to have the financial help. Without these donations, the Rescue would have been stretched thin to come up with the necessary funds. Although, we believe we have received enough donations to cover Trooper’s medical costs, the all-volunteer Rescue is always in need of donations. We have multiple labs with expensive medical issues to take care of before they can go on to their forever homes.
Donations can be made directly at the Central California Labrador Retriever’s website www.cclabrescuecvc.org via PayPal or you may send your donation payable to: Trooper c/o CCLRR, PO Box 1484, Clovis CA 93613. Donations are tax deductible and the Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

In the meantime, the CCLRR is still looking any information leading to who tortured this dog. Trooper was picked up in Madera County at the Madera Municipal Golf course (Ave 17 & Road 23 ½) on July 6th at 7:30 a.m. If you recognize this Lab or have any information, please contact the CCLRR at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the Madera Control Office at 559-675-4275.


Trooper Update – July 20

Today the CCLRR had a meeting with the Veterinarians in charge of Troopers care to find out, at this point in his recovery just what the prognoses is for his future.

We were advised by Dr. Conlan that Trooper is still in a guarded condition; although he is progressing quite well he still has serious issues to overcome; the pads on his feet and the open wound on his Knee are the two major concerns at this time.

A Surgical Team of doctors will be coming into Dr. Waterhouse’s clinic tomorrow to analyze Troopers condition and decide if he will be a good candidate for skin grafts on all four of his paws and they may have to do a more aggressive surgical repair on his knee since the staples keep pulling out. We will know more about that tomorrow too.

He is currently being given Buprenex Injections and a morphine patch for pain. Two antibiotics, one anti-inflammatory, and a sedative to keep him calm. He has regular X-rays & blood work and a complete bandage change every other day.

Dr Conlan feels like Trooper is a happy, well tempered dog that will be able to enjoy a pretty normal life. He feels that the pads on his feet will never be normal again. He may need to wear booties to protect his paws. His toenails look as if there may be some nail bed left…only time will tell.

We can still use your help. I can be reached at 559-683-0881 or 559-760-5881. Donations can be made directly at the Central California Labrador Retriever’s website www.cclabrescuecvc.org via PayPal or you may send your donation payable to: Trooper c/o CCLRR, PO Box 1484, Clovis CA 93613. Donations are tax deductible and the Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.


Original Story

Trooper Thursday, July 8, Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue Fresno Chapter (CCLRR) received an urgent call from a Madera County Animal Control Officer regarding a 3 year old male Labrador Retriever that she picked up on Tuesday, July 6, with horrific injuries. The officer took pity upon him when she realized he was still alive and he lifted his sweet head to greet her with a painful look. Judging by his condition, the vet staff that is treating the Lab estimates that the dog was dragged from a moving vehicle and left for dead.

He literally has had the underside of his body, paws, knees, scrotum striped off in most places exposing muscle. “Trooper” as he is now called by his caretakers is currently stapled and bandaged together on a morphine patch for pain, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic medications. Because of the high dosage of antibiotics, Trooper has developed a yeast infection.

He is unable to stand and he must be is carried when transported to his every other day vet visits where he is sedated so that his bandages can be changed and wounds can be cleaned. This amazing dog is doing his best to beat the odds with the help of some supportive, caring individuals who are cheering him on. Trooper has an amazing will to live, and is responding to his treatment, but he has a long, painful, road ahead.

The Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is willing to do what it takes to get Trooper the care that he needs. However, his medical expenses are going to be very high and the volunteer rescue group works off of donations. We are asking for help from the public to assist us with Trooper’s recovery and extensive treatment. Please, any amount would be helpful. Donations can be made directly at the Central California Labrador Retriever’s website www.cclabrescuecvc.org via PayPal or you may send your donation payable to: Trooper c/o CCLRR, PO Box 1484, Clovis CA 93613. Donations are tax deductible and the Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

In the meantime, the CCLRR is looking for the owners of Trooper and any information leading to who tortured this dog. Trooper was picked up in Madera County at the Madera Municipal Golf course (Ave 17 & Road 23 ½) on July 6th at 7:30 a.m. If you recognize this Lab or have any information, please contact the CCLRR at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the Madera Control Office at 559-675-4275.