Champ came to GRRR from a local shelter where he had been surrendered due to a divorce. The shelter staff noticed his painful limp as he entered the shelter’s lobby. When asked about his limp, his owners said it just happened once in a while and they would give him joint supplements. The shelter could tell Champ needed more care than they would be able to provide for him, so they contacted GRRR right away. We immediately rushed to his rescue. Champ was so happy when we arrived! He was the typical happy Golden who was willing to go for a ride with anyone. He pulled me across the parking lot as we headed toward the van. Off we went to Phoebe’s Place. Champ was great with all the other dogs and loved to play fetch as best as he could considering the pain that was slowing him down.
Champ was seen by Dr. Carpenter and was diagnosed with a torn ACL. This was not a new condition. Poor Champ had this injury for quite some time. It wasn’t the kind of pain that comes and goes—it was there all the time whether he was walking, playing or even trying to sleep. Champ was placed on Rimadyl and Tramadol to help make him more comfortable. Because he was overweight he needed to slim down before he could undergo surgery. Champ was placed in foster care with Darla and Bob Heldenbrand. Champ fit in very well. He loved the large property where he could explore to his heart’s content.
When a Golden comes to GRRR in need of surgery and rehabilitation, it can be quite a challenge for us to find the perfect foster or new family. It takes a special lifestyle and situation that can accommodate them. During their recovery following surgery they are limited to being on leash for only potty breaks, and the rest of the time they must have crate rest. No ball, no running, no wrestling, in other words—NO FUN. Champ was posted for adoption on our website as a special needs Golden. To our surprise, it wasn’t long before he was meeting a special someone who had the time and willingness to help Champ through his surgery and recovery. Sarah came to Phoebe’s Place to meet Champ, and we could tell it was going to be a great match. The adoption was finalized and off he went with his new wonderful person. Champ has done very well in Sarah’s home. Surgery is being scheduled now that he’s met his weight goal.