gbsomerville By gbsomerville, 22nd Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a true story of a lovely dog called Shadow


At six months old, black and a cross
Handed over by young lads showing no remorse.
Supposedly running in front of a car
There was more to this tale, much more by far.

The lads pointed out a leg, withered and thin
They knew enough to mention a pin.
Down to the surgery the very next day
The evidence clearly shown on x-ray.

The vet recalled some months before
Shadow being brought to the surgery door.
Cause of the injury, folks wouldn't say
Added to this, claimed they wouldn't pay.

Forms of referral to the P.D.S.A
Given to the people who went on their way.
They followed it through; the leg had been pinned
Alas, to the vet, they never returned.

The leg was quite wasted and freed at the hip
A toe cut and swollen right to the hip.
Corrective surgery was carried out.
Allowing Shadow to get about.

The swelling subsided revealing a blow
A youngster in danger of losing a toe.
Stitches inserted and all seemed well
Sadly there is more to tell.

Amputation of the toe was carried out
Poor circulation had brought this about.
A second toe began giving trouble
Surgical removal was carried out at the double.

Shadow was re-homed, but sad to relate
Another black card was dealt out by fate.
When the third toe caused problem, Shadow was lost
His owner's brought him back afraid of the cost.

Alas for this poor dog, his leg was removed
Pas neglect was suspected but couldn't be proved.
Post op recovery was steady and good
Pain free and happy, enjoying his food.

He runs on three legs as fast as his friends
And this so far is where it ends.
Third time lucky the old adage says
Shadow deserves the best, for the rest of his days.


Amputation, Car, Circulation, Dog, Pdsa, Sanctuary, Shadow, Surgery, Vet

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author avatar gbsomerville
I am 22 years old, play the piano and accordion. I'm a live sound and studio recording engineer, enjoy the outdoors / countryside, agriculture and most animals... except insects.

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