written by Connie Versagi

If you’re looking at the picture of Banjo and thinking we get some real cuties on Spotlight on Rescue, you’d be absolutely right.  They don’t come much sweeter than our boy, Banjo.

We don’t know much about Banjo’s past, as he was brought into a shelter as a stray found running loose.  He did have a splint and bandage on his front leg when he was found.  Walking was obviously painful for him.  So, when word of Banjo’s mysterious appearance got to the ears of ATRA volunteers, off they went to bail him out of the shelter. 

Shelter policy was that Banjo could not be released until he was neutered.  Normally a good policy, but one that would prove to help complicate things later for this boy.  The neutering could not be accomplished for 10 days due to a busy schedule.  ATRA also told the shelter to have his leg x-rayed while he was under anesthesia, find out what the splint was all about.  Banjo was in pain, but he needed to wait the ten days.  When the
x-ray was taken, it revealed a broken right radius.  It was a clean break, but the bone  ends were sliding past each other when he used it, and he had to be in considerable pain.

Ten days later, with the neutering accomplished and Banjo safely out of the shelter to an ATRA foster home, arrangements were started for further treatment on his leg.  This too involved waiting for an appointment.  The break was now several weeks old, and had begun to form calluses around the bone ends.  It needed surgical repair, not just to be set in a cast.  It would never heal properly if the bone ends were not cleaned up first. 

Surgery needed to be accomplished immediately.  Time was against us as incorrect healing was happening every day we waited.  Banjo was estimated to be only a year old, and otherwise healthy and happy, he deserved a chance for a full recovery.

Surgery was performed.  One bone end was cut off to make a clean surface, things were realigned nicely and plated and screwed for fixation.  Banjo’s age and overall health being such a plus for him, six weeks of healing time was the order, and the vet felt that we would have a mobile, happy Airedale on our hands.   The repaired leg would be slightly shorter than the others, but nothing noticeable to Banjo.  A complete recovery was in Banjo’s future. 

An ATRA volunteer who had recently retired and said she would like to help out more was sent Banjo’s cute picture along with a request to foster him.  She welcomed Banjo into her home, E-collar and all, for some serious rehab time.  There were medication schedules to be followed and soaking the leg four times a day until the staples came out.  Then slowly weight bearing, to promote the bone to grow.  All of this being successfully accomplished under the watchful eye of Banjo’s foster mom.  He sure is glad she retired just when he needed her! 

Your ATRA donations are used to cover expenses like this one for Banjo.  A surgery that saved a young pup from years of misery and pain in his leg.  A pup that now has a future filled with running, playing, being a great companion, and even being able to do Airedale playbows.  Your donations make a difference.  Remember to donate.

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