It was a quiet afternoon at the shelter when a man and his teenage son pulled up in a pickup. The dad informed us that his son found a puppy in the in a ditch in the country the night before while out having a good time with his buddies and wondered if we could help. We were anticipating a Labrador, or some other typical breed for the rural areas. The son got out of the truck and presented our volunteer with a little yellow puppy who weighed less than 3 pounds. He was the most adorable little thing we’d ever laid eyes on. We of course said we were happy to take him.
We noted that the little pup was very snorty and his breathing was labored. He lapped up soft food and water but we could tell he needed immediate veterinary care, so minutes later he was on his way to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha. We were thinking antibiotics and time on oxygen would fix him up. We were very disappointed, as was the veterinary staff, to learn that he had severe injuries consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle. He had a scar on his head, his eye was red from trauma, a rib was fractured and his jaw was broken and severely displaced. We were sick about it. Despite his injuries this gorgeous little pup wagged his tail, squirmed and was so happy to be with people. The jaw break was at the TM joint making surgery not an option. The vet said that sometimes putting a tape muzzle on to make the jaw bone grow back into place works and that was our only option. It would mean syringe feeding the pup for 3 to 4 weeks until the jaw healed. We said of course, we have to try. After a weekend at the emergency hospital our little pup, now named Kid Rock for his love of the music he listened to in the car on the way to the vet, was able to come back to the shelter. The HUA staff fed him every 2 to 4 hours by syringe giving him pain meds through the syringe as well. Kid Rock was so sad and in so much pain that it broke our hearts, but we knew if he could get through it he would be the happiest, sweetest puppy ever. He whined and nuzzled his head into our arms for the first several days. Although still not happy to have his mouth taped shut, soon after he was back to himself and begging for his next feeding.
Kid Rock’s jaw has healed faster than anticipated and he now has the tape muzzle off after 3 weeks. He is still weak and fighting infection. He is eating soft food for now with two different kinds of antibiotics administered. His nasal trauma is still healing and he makes some snorting noises that sound like he is gasping to breath. He is happy as can be though and got to play with the other puppies at HUA for the first time this weekend. He thought it was positively delightful. He loves lapping up every bite of food on his own and just can’t wait to get out to lavish hundreds of kisses on his care givers. In addition to being too cute for words he has the sweetest, most loving personality.
We cannot imagine what caused someone to throw this gorgeous little pup from a moving car and leave him to die in a ditch in the country. Perhaps drugs? There is just no reason on earth for such a horrible thing to happen. We are so glad that he was found and that he had such wonderful medical care. The entire staff at two veterinary clinics have fallen madly in love with him and are as grateful as we are for the divine intervention that caused the young man and his friends to stop to check their tires at that very spot by the ditch late that night.
We are gladly accepting monetary donations for Kid Rock’s care (costs are currently at close to $1,000), and although he is not quite ready for adoption yet if you are interested please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will keep you informed of his progress. He still has some follow up vet visits to do and will need to be stronger in order to be neutered and micro-chipped but he would LOVE to have a great home waiting for him when he is ready to go.