About Murph

Murph was born on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota with a badly deformed front leg. His mama and her litter were saved by Red Lake Rosie's Rescue after being abandoned when the puppies were just a week old. They were transported to All Dog Rescue in the Twin Cities, where mama and the rest of the litter were all adopted into wonderful forever homes. Murph had his leg amputated on 2/1/2017 and was formally adopted by his foster family after that. His mom is hoping to train him to be a therapy dog. Please adopt, don't shop!

Murph's mom Susan is the author of this blog. She's a bit smitten with her new boy :)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Adoption Day!

Yesterday was a big day for all of us - we officially adopted Murph!  One of my rescue's strongest values is the importance of spay/neuter, so every single dog and puppy we adopt out is spayed or neutered  prior to adoption - including the ones we adopt ourselves as it is important to practice what you preach. The rest of Murph's litter was spayed/neutered almost a month ago, but we held off on Murph's so it could be done at the same time as his leg amputation since he'd already be under anesthesia.  We were going to adopt him right away on Wednesday, but his recovery has been a little more time-intensive and stressful than I was prepared for, so we didn't get around to the paperwork until yesterday.

As you can see, Murph got a new formal shirt with a collar for the occasion :)  He has to wear a shirt until his stitches are out to help protect the incision.  They don't bandage it in order for it to be exposed to air and heal more quickly, but we still need to do everything we can to keep it protected and clean.  He does look handsome in his new shirt, though!  Well, and a little dorky.  It's technically from the "Safari" series, but I think he looks like Magnum PI in it.  Or he would if he had a mustache - is there a Snapchat filter for that? 

His balance already seems to be better, and he still sleeps a lot - but he also wants to play so badly!  It's emotionally hard on mama to make him stop playing and lie down quietly to chew on toys, but he does settle quickly.  While the vets said the amputation is not a technically difficult surgery to do, it is still a very big surgery and the recovery can be hard.  I know this is the best thing for him long-term, but I will be grateful when he is feeling 100% again and can get back to playing like a regular puppy!

My perfect angel of a puppy turned into a naughty boy about 3 hours after we adopted him :)  The picture above shows him lying in his favorite place in the house - on the tile in front of the door, which is probably the coolest place he can find.  Problem is, that place is down a half flight of stairs, and he isn't supposed to be doing stairs yet. We had the stairs blocked off, and I thought it would be safe to leave the room for a few minutes - well, in that short time this smart boy figured out how to slip through the blockade and get down to his favorite spot.  Luckily he didn't fall or hurt the incision at all, and we let him stay down there and nap for a while since it really is his favorite place in the house for a snooze.  He is one smart and determined puppy!!

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