A couple months ago on a Sunday, February 7, this guy was found in a ditch in the woods. He couldn’t walk because both front legs had been shattered by gun shots.
He was filthy and in a lot of pain, but he was friendly and his eyes were full of light and his heart was full of love .
Out of the Ashes Pit Bull Rescue was contacted to help. Terri Lindsey and Debbie Taylor picked him, brought him home, cleaned and bandaged his wounds while other members of the rescue group got busy working on helping him survive.
After initial x-rays, the vet recommended putting Captain Marvel to sleep, but there was that light in his eyes and that tail that never stopped wagging. The second option was to contact Dr. Terry Dew, a veterinarian who specializes in orthopedic surgery.
The first surgery to save both legs went well, but his front left leg was injured too badly, and he had to go in for a second surgery a couple weeks later to remove that leg.
Captain Marvel adapted quickly to being a three-legged dog. He learned to sit up on his back legs with fantastic balance. The light in his eyes just keeps getting brighter and his tail just keeps wagging.
This past week, we took Captain Marvel in for new x-rays, and the bones in his remaining front legs aren’t healing the way Dr. Dew would like.
He’s going to have to have a third surgery. Dr. Dew is going to take tissue from his shoulder to graft into his leg.
When Marvel’s cheerleaders come to visit him, we’re always amazed about his ability to inspire and win people’s hearts.
At this point, there’s no doubt. Captain Marvel WILL survive. I hope for him is that, after all this surgery stuff is over, Marvel will be trained as a therapy dog who visits and inspires people who are recovering from tragic life experiences like his.