|Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
Helping Labs Find Their Fur-Ever Homes
Gunner is a young lab approximately a year old with an endearing personality and handsome
looks. How anyone ever lost track of a gem like him we’ll never know. He was first discovered as
a stray and taken into a shelter. Someone considered adopting him there, so he was neutered
and micro chipped. The family backed out, perhaps recognizing his leg wasn’t quite right, and
there he spent a month in a crowded shelter, unadopted and time running out. At this point
Brookline discovered him, evaluated him and took him into foster care.
As Brookline began to handle his veterinary care, Gunner was found to be underweight, with two
infected and ruptured ear drums, and suffering from an apparent trauma which had snapped the
heads off the top of both femurs. Imagine the pain he felt as he sat in a shelter waiting for help,
and the pain he continues to endure even now as he sits on his fluffy sofa pillows at the
beginning of a long recovery.
It may surprise you to know that this is also a dog that plays with his foster siblings, tugs at toys,
manages to get up and down the stairs and even occasionally the sofa too. Gunner catches a
treat in mid-air with ease, playfully plops himself across his human friends’ laps for attention,
and curls up for a nap with his foster siblings.
As one volunteer said, Gunner is just a big, lovable lug! Wherever he goes, whether the vet, the
park or a Brookline event, Gunner is a magnet for admirers, and seems to have a sense of
humor sure to make you chuckle. His joie de vivre will make him a wonderful pet for some lucky
family some day (his foster family certainly enjoys him)! This loving dog is in need of help and
Brookline has come to his rescue!
Now in our care for more than a month, Gunner’s ears are completely healed and he is putting
on weight as he awaits a hip operation. To date, his Brookline medical costs exceed $1200. His
upcoming hip operation and pool therapy will add at least two more months to his recovery and
cost an additional several thousand dollars.
Won’t you consider being one of Gunner’s rescuers too by making a donation to Brookline?....
Gunner has now been in foster care for three months, having had Femoral Head Ostectomy
surgery on his left hip in January. He began recovery like the true champ he is. An unfortunate
slip on the ice and 'jailbreak' on the same day, led to a setback in terms of swelling and pain for
him. However, he still takes meds with delight (as they're hidden in cream cheese), and tolerates
manipulation of his leg, pool exercise and the Elizabethan Collar.. Movement is restricted until
complete recovery, so he spends most of his time hanging with his foster family in two big
rooms, and taking brief walks on a leash.
At his one month post-operative check-up (Feb 24th), his anti-inflammatory drugs were extended,
and additional therapy recommended for another full month. Like a kid, Gunner doesn't know his
own limits, and enjoys each walk in the snow with a bit of happy hops. His foster family hopes
that Mother Nature is more cooperative from here forward so that his therapy can be maximized
and he can romp and return to better health...and a new furever family!