He walks so well on his own that many fail to notice he is handicapped in the first place!
Zephyr came to us quite unexpectedly after the Sanctuary had already been formed. We were in the midst of transforming our part-time rescue efforts into a full-time organization but were stuck on the creation of our logo. We were looking for a very special dog for its central focus that would carry the Sanctuary into the future and personify all that the Sanctuary was about. That was when Zephyr arrived in our care.
With his image as our inspiration our logo flowed together without a hitch and Zephyr became, not just a permanent resident of the Sanctuary, but our official mascot as well. And what a mascot he is! This three legged wonder is an inspiration to everyone he meets on the trail and off. Most are amazed when we tell them that he still works within the dog team and is one of the fastest dogs in our kennel!
He walks so well on his own that many fail to notice he is handicapped in the first place! The accident that led up to the loss of his leg nearly cost him his life. After a terrible infection, a blood transfusion and round the clock care the vet was not able to save his leg, but thankfully she was able to save his life.
We didn't have the chance to meet Zephyr until all the operations were final and he was well on the mend. By the time he came into our care he was able to walk perfectly on his own and pull a sled just as well as before when he had four legs. The only sign of his surgery was a patch of shaved fur that was slowly growing back in to cover the scars.
With Zephyr inside most of the time we have the opportunity to monitor his condition and make sure we are there in case he needs assistance. Usually its just a hug and a good scratch under the collar where his missing leg can no longer reach. It has been our pleasure to share his company on a daily basis as a constant reminder of how strong we can all be despite life's limitations.
To this day Zephyr never ceases to amaze us as he bounds down the trail, leaps over logs and runs for miles and miles never missing a beat. On the trail he doesn't know the word quit, that is until he sees the couch waiting at home! Since his arrival he has been a permanently spoiled inside dog who has the run of the dog yard on warmer days. His surgery site still gives him occasional pain but we have noticed the nerves are dulling more and more as time goes on.
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