UPDATE: Bobby was adopted and now living his best life in Utila ❤️
Hi my name is Bobby and I am looking for a forever home to call my own. Let me tell you a little bit about me. When I was 10 months old, I got very sick and didn’t want to eat so my owner reached out to ROAR. The ROAR people were very concerned and I kept hearing them say I hope it’s not Parvo. It turned out to be bad parasites (I don’t know what those are but they made me feel really bad). The doctor said I got the parasites because I didn’t have clean water to drink. The ROAR people got me the help and medicine I needed to get well. I stayed with a foster family for a couple weeks taking medicine and resting until I was strong enough to go back home. I liked it with the foster family because they gave me lots of cuddles and food. At the same time, I missed my home and family and wanted to be there too.
I was raised to be a hunter’s dog and have some machete scars on my face but I am still a handsome Hound Dog! My owner and I hunted Iguana’s and Rabbits (Watusa) and he sold those for food. Sometimes when out hunting we didn’t catch a thing. Those days were really hard because that meant us hunting dogs were not going to get fed.
I was the best rabbit hunter in all of Punta Gorda and maybe the entire Island because I was so fast. One day in June this year while hunting I was chasing a rabbit. That rascally rabbit ran out onto the road, I was concentrating so hard on getting that rabbit I did not see or hear the car that was coming. The car hit me and didn’t even stop. My owner heard my cry and ran back to see me laying in the road. I couldn’t walk because my back right leg got broken. My owner once again reached out to ROAR for help. He took me to the foster family that had cared for me when I was little. The foster lady took me to the doctor for x-rays. The x-rays showed the head of my femur was broken completely off.
A surgery was performed to help fix the leg. We all hoped the surgery would work and my leg would heal correctly and I would be able to hunt once again. I went back home to recover after surgery and even after a few weeks I still couldn’t walk on that leg and was in lots of pain every day and night. It hurt so much I didn’t want to do anything. I quit eating because it hurt so much and because I couldn’t stand up very long. I lost a lot of weight and my owner knew I needed help and reached out to ROAR one more time. It was now October and after going back to the doctor, it was decided the best thing for me would be to have an amputation. The foster lady talked to me and told me what the doctors said and explained what amputation meant. She was sad because she felt like she failed me and held me tight giving me kisses and cuddles. I had been getting around on 3 legs since June so an amputation didn’t seem like a bad thing to me. It sounded great! I was going to get rid of the broken leg that was causing so much pain and was just in the way. The foster family I stayed with when I was sick as a puppy was going keep me to recover after surgery. I was very happy to know that because they give me so much love and attention. There are 5 other dogs there to play with too!
I had the amputation surgery and all went well. It was painful after the amputation but I took my medicines and now I am all healed up. I can’t believe how much better I feel now! I have learned how to play with the other dogs at my foster family’s home. Being on 3 legs has not slowed me down at all. I am just as fast as I ever was and thought I would go back to being a hunting dog once again. To my surprise my owner does not think I can be a productive hunter anymore so he has surrendered me. I didn’t know what surrender meant. The foster lady I call Mom again talked to me and explained what that meant and it made me sad for a while because I wanted to go back home to live with my owner and the other hunting dogs.
I have a strong will and have adapted to no longer being a hunting dog and am much happier too. I have found out what it is to be a family dog. It is so different and I LOVE IT!!!!! I get pets and cuddles every day, I never got those before, and besides clean water all day every day, I get food twice a day EVERY DAY!! I love playing with all my foster sister and brother dogs we wrestle and chase each other all day long. Aurora is my favorite foster sibling to play with. Her and I play tug-o-war and wrestle it is sooooo much fun.
My foster mom and dad tell me I make a lot of noise when I play with Aurora but they say it is all good to see how happy I am when playing. I also have lots of toys to chew on and that is something I never had before and really like it.
I am still a good watch dog and let my foster family know if an intruder is present. No one is going to get in when I am on watch. I am neutered and have been vaccinated too. I am hoping there is someone or a family out there that will give me a chance to show how wonderful a “Tripod dog” can be.
Looking forward to meeting you.