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Lucas - Came through Surgery Like A Champ

It is just incredible how far our friend Lucas has come in just a month. This beautiful young boy was so scared, shy and disoriented when he first came to us from Tennessee one month ago, (see photo above), but with lots of good care, love, patience and reassurance, Lucas is well on his way to being a well adjusted and happy pup.

In case you missed his story, we received a desperate plea from a rescue group down south that had a real heartbreaker on their hands, and no way of helping him. Lucas came to them as a stray that was found wandering, all alone and blind. Lucas has a congenital deformity that caused his eyes to be much too small for his eye sockets. This condition doesn't always require surgery, except in the cases where it causes pain or discomfort. This is the case with Lucas. He has discomfort and irritation and unfortunately, he will need to have his eyes removed. They are so small that they can barely be seen, and he is completely blind, so there is no saving his vision.

We have been working hard to teach Lucas so much over the last month. When this 1 1/2 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog came to us, he did not know how to walk on a leash at all. Even off the leash, he was very unsure of himself, and would drop to the ground every few steps in fear of the unknown. Now, when Lucas drops to the ground, it's simply because he wants a belly rub! Lucas now knows how to walk on a leash quite well and has gained so much confidence. As soon as he comes out for a walk every day, we have Lucas run wide circles in an area where there are no obstructions, so he realizes that he will be safe while on a leash. This has worked wonders for him, and he now walks with his head held high, and is just ecstatic to greet friends while out on his walk. He is such a loving and affectionate guy, and any good family would be very lucky to welcome him into their lives once he is recovered and ready to go home.

We want to thank you all again for helping us to do this important work that we do for animals such as Lucas. What would have become of him had we not taken him in and got him the help he needed? We won't have to think about that because he is safe now, thanks to all of you that generously contribute to our Res-Q Fund. Please consider helping to defray the costs of the surgery that Lucas will need and make a donation.

For more information, call the AHS at 609-693-1900 or e-mail us.

Please stay tuned for more from our lovable Lucas!


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