At first it seemed that if Lucky did not have bad luck he would have no luck at all. He was found wandering and starving with a front leg injury. He was clearly in distress but was happy to arrive at HUA where he was given wonderful meals and taken in for evaluation by a specialist for his leg. Unfortunately the leg injury was old and the tendons had wrapped around, healing so poorly that they could not be repaired. Lucky had to have a front leg amputated. He did very well with the surgery and was a model patient. He became a favorite at the vet clinic in Omaha where he spent several days recovering. During that time his heartworm test came back and it was bad news. Lucky is heartworm positive. We were in despair over all this poor, adorable, loving boy had to go through and the tough road ahead.
When Lucky arrived at the vet he did not even have a name. Our first concern was to get him care quickly. Upon receiving the news about his heartworm diagnosis the vet said “well we just wanted you to know we have named him Lucky.” We said really? Why? At first we thought it was a joke. Dr Jensen then went on to explain that as the staff discussed it they decided that any dog who was in that bad of a situation, who turned out to be such a loving, happy dog in spite of all his troubles and found people who cared so deeply about him, loving him and wanting to heal him in spite of all his afflictions was actually pretty darn lucky. We thought that was such a sweet sentiment that we decided Lucky would be his name. All of the techs at the clinic continue to inquire about Lucky, the dog with such heart and spirit. They want him to find a wonderful home, as they just can’t imagine a dog who deserves it more. Lucky has had no trouble with his amputation. When we went to pick Lucky up from the clinic he ran out to greet us, jumped up for treats and to show us his favorite bone that had been given to him as a gift by the clinic staff. We could go on about what a great dog Lucky is, but we think the look on his face says it all. He is happy and loved and that is all that matters to him.
Lucky will be going through his heartworm treatments and is scheduled to be done around Valentine’s Day. He will have big piles of blankets to rest in while he recovers and people at the shelter to dote on him, which he completely adores. Lucky is looking forward to a great New Year of happiness, healing and hopefully a home with a family of his very own.