Arliss, April, 2000
Although Arliss is a beautiful, friendly, loving black Lab, his family no longer had enough time for him. It will not surprise rescue workers to learn that Arliss was turned in to an animal shelter, to take his chances on finding a new home. Fortunately for Arliss, luck was on his side! He did not become a statistic at the shelter, but was rescued by Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue, one of the many all-volunteer organizations around the country dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned Labradors.
A physical examination, however, revealed that Arliss had severe hip dysplasia. Both of his hips were affected, but x-rays revealed that Arliss had not yet developed any arthritis in his hips, making him a good candidate for a surgical procedure called TPO (triple pelvic osteotomy). This is a very expensive procedure, so MLRR set about to raise the funds to help Arliss. One of the organizations they contacted was LABMED, and we were happy to be able to contribute a portion of the amount needed for a second chance for Arliss.
Arliss had surgery on both hips, one after the other, and recovered well from both operations. One of MLRR's approved adopters came to visit Arliss during his recuperation, and fell instantly in love with him! Arliss joined his new family on July 5th and from all reports is blissfully happy in his new home!
(For more information about the treatment of hip dysplasia see: http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/petsvets/hd/hd.html ).
Update: April, 2001
Arliss has his forever home and he changed his name as you can see from the following note from his rescuer and from the letter from the "Arlo Family".
Arlo (on the left in the photo) was rescued last summer by MLRR. He had hip dysplasia, which required surgery on both hips. Many wonderful people donated money to help fund his surgery. He is now living the good life with his new family, and his Lab "brother" Ike, as you can see in the following letter from his family:
Arlo is a happy dog, doing all the things required to maintain his rightful ownership of humans. The rumors are that he will be coming out with his new book HOW TO TRAIN HUMANS IN THREE EASY STEPS soon; this follows his blockbuster THE ART OF ALLOWING HUMANS TO SERVE YOU. Arlo adopted his human family in July 2000. He named them John and Joan, and quickly set about the process of making them feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Arlo's favorite hobbies are taking his humans on car rides, walks, wrestling with his roommate (Ike), greeting guests, planning summer activities, and cuddling! Ike has been telling Arlo about camping and swimming in rivers and lakes all across the U.S., so Arlo is looking forward to this summer. Arlo is so much on the go that it is hard to believe that he had hip surgery at all.
Arlo is happy to report to all his fans that he is very much a Lab enjoying life to the fullest without any physical deformities, and loves you all for your support. If you don't believe that I love you, stop over to visit my humans sometime and I'll not only sit and shake your hand, but I'll also climb up on to your lap if you let me.
Love and affection, Arlo and his humans
Update: August, 2001
Arlo is a happy dog doing all the things required to maintain his rightful ownership of humans. Arlo adopted his human family in July, 2000. Arlo's favorite hobbies are taking his humans on car rides, walks, wrestling with his roommate (Ike), greeting guests, planning summer activities, and cuddling! Arlo is so much on the go that it is hard to believe that he had hip surgery at all. Arlo is happy to report to all his fans that he is very much a Lab enjoying life to the fullest without any physical deformities and loves you all for your support. Arlo and his humans
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