Hi, I’m Robert Redford. They call me Redford for short. I was born with both front legs deformed due to genetic defect. I arrived here at Hearts United for Animals when I was only eight weeks old. I’m sixteen weeks old now, so I guess you could say I have spent half my life here. It is ok though because everyone is really nice and they go out of their way to make sure I have tons of puppy fun. They bring me new toys every day and give me almost enough tummy rubbings, although really, can I guy ever have enough of those?
They say that as I get bigger this leg thing is going to be more of a problem. I’m a Golden Retriever, which I’m told means I am going to get very big, and that could wreak havoc on my neck and spine. I was pretty bummed to learned that none of the university hospitals would touch my case, or even the best orthopedic surgeons in the country. The people at HUA said not to worry one bit, that they would make sure I would have a way to get around and have all kinds of fun.
I have made new friends at Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives in Omaha. They play with me, which they call therapy, and I even get to go swimming there! They say it makes my muscles stronger. They are worried because I tire out easily from hobbling along on my good leg, which isn’t so good because the bones in it are growing at different rates of speed. They are ordering me a special cart so I can zoom all over the place. I will get to go there for weekly therapy/play dates until I am fully grown, then they will decide if I am a good candidate for prosthetic legs. I’ve been surfing the net with the office dogs here at HUA and I think those new 3D printed ones look really cool. They also have the rocker arm ones like the marathon runner and war veteran amputees have. I’m not sure yet if I will have to have amputations or not. Hopefully they can work with what I have to make me comfortable. I’m not really too worried about it. They said for now, just be a puppy. We will figure the rest out later when I’m a big boy.
I guess because I’m going to get bigger I might need more than one cart because I will likely outgrow the medium sized one. So I’m here today to ask if you might contribute a little to HUA for my care. I’m not sure what dollars are but apparently it is going to cost a bunch of them to order my equipment and have my therapy visits and doctors appointments. I offered to pay in puppy kisses, but humans seem pretty set on these things they call dollars. If you can help me out please click the button below to donate some dollars for my care.
Please follow me on Facebook. I’ll keep you up to date on what I’m up to here at HUA. I hear my new cart should be here soon and boy does that sound fun! I will post video of me zooming around when it comes in.
If you are interested in adopting me you can write to my personal assistant, Julie, at email@example.com. She would be happy to tell you all about how amazing I am. I paid her in puppy kisses to do that for me, although she says I wouldn’t have had to, because she thinks I am the most adorable little pup ever.