Nope, not quite the car - although his name was inspired by a set of wheels that nearly killed him, left him for dead. Jaguar is a boy who has an amazing story to tell. One that inspires, renews faith in human kindness, and ultimately warms your heart and makes you smile.
|photo credit: Purr Photography|
Jag's tibula was shattered. They weren't sure if they would have to pin his leg together (surgery) or if a cast/splint would work. Because of his age, the veterinarian thought we should try the cast/splint first.
Jag's first cast had a metal splint that came down through the cast & went up over his hip. Walking was extremely difficult. Jag's foster mom had to crate him and work on supervised walks. he would fall flat on his face every few feet.
The cast caused an irritation on the inside of his this thigh. He was brought to the vet to be checked. Since his foster mom worked, the appointment was a drop-off.
While waiting to be seen, Jag chewed off his cast.
His second cast did not have the splint & left his toes free. It made it easier for Jag to walk, but every two steps, he puts his bad leg out sideways and tries to "shake off his cast". He is also chewing on it by his feet. He went in for a check last week, and although everything looks good, he has to wear the cast for a couple more weeks.
Jag is an absolute sweetheart. He loves to be petted. Since his mobility is not what he wants it to be, his favorite activity right now is laying in a cuddler and eating. In fact, if foster mom does not feed Jag as often as he wants, he walks (shakes) to the kitchen to remind her it is time to eat.
Jag can't wait for his cast to come off. Then, he wants a forever home of his very own. He will need physical therapy for a short while until he regains muscle mass in his leg. Otherwise, he should have smooth sailing for the remainder of his 8 lives!
Jaguar is available for adoption through Almost Home Foundation.
*This has been a guest post by Deanne Blenkle, animal rescue volunteer, freelance writer - and in love with Jag.*