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"I'm not usually superstitious," the vet said as he wrapped up Lucky's broken leg securely, "but dogs named Lucky seem to be anything but that!"
Certainly Lucky had lived quite an eventful life. He had come to live at ARR when his owner gave him up after he contracted the deadly disease, Parvo as a puppy and the estimate for his critical care was beyond his owner's means. Though odds were against it, Lucky did survive Parvo, and he made a full recovery from his broken leg.
As an older dog, a cyst developed on one of his rear legs, and although it was diagnosed at first as a harmless fatty tumor, common as dogs age, and no action was advised, over the next few months the growth ballooned to the size of a tennis ball. At that point, the decision was made to remove the mass in a relatively uncomplicated procedure.
But the surgery did not go as planned. The growth had apparently developed its own blood supply and when it was opened, began to hemorrhage uncontrollably. With no alternative, the vet was forced to take the drastic action of removing the dog?s entire leg to the hip to stop the bleeding and save his life.
Lucky, a 100-pound animal was given a guarded prognosis. But again, defying the odds, the three-legged dog made an amazing recovery and can often be seen running through the grounds at ARR without a care in the world.
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