Pete the German Shepherd really is one lucky dog.
"Our buddy Pete, this dog had an angel on his shoulder," says Dani Champagne, a volunteer who provided a foster home for the injured eight months ago.
Pete's story begins though with some very bad luck. In August of last year, the stray dog was hit by a car in Mims. But the very next moment, his luck turned around.
"And this lady stopped, and stayed with him," says Champagne. "She called Animal Control and waited the two hours it took for them to get there in the hot August sun."
Animal Control took the one-year-old German Shepherd to the Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center in Melbourne. In an X-ray, you can see the clean break in his right hind leg. It was a devastating injury, but one that just happened to qualify Pete for an experimental surgery.
The $8,000 surgery -- the first of it's kind for a dog -- called for human-grade orthopedic hardware. It took doctors Jeffrey Christiansen and John Moser three hours to anchor a titanium plate to Pete's broken bone. In a post-operative X-ray, you can see where lag screws and staples stabilized and straightened the once mangled hind leg.
After surgery, pete's leg was put in a cast, but his recovery was sped along with treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, and weeks of loving care by Champagne. Eight months later, Pete does have a very slight limp, but amazingly, he can run and play fetch.
"I don't think Pete would have done as well, if he had not had the surgery," Champagne said.
It also would have lowered his chance for adoption, but thanks to donated time and money by the aAnimal Emergency and Critical Care Center and the South Brevard German Shepherd Rescue, this lucky dog now has a good chance of finding a new home.
If you are interested in adopting Pete, go to the link below: