UPDATE - 16 APRIL 2018 (from Franklin's foster mom): Meet Franklin. He’s about 2 years old and has been through a lot in his short life. Before he came to BREW as a stray, he was shot and had lost the use of one front leg. Dr. Walker and his staff of D.C. Vets, Inc. performed surgery on the leg and they and the wonderful vets and staff at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates (all of Purcellville, VA), took care of him during about 2 months of recovery at Blue Ridge. They had to change his splint every other day until he reached a level of recovery where he could be released.
In February, Franklin came to Delaware for specialized hydrotherapy treatments at the rehab center at Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware. He’s been building up strength in the leg by using the treadmill in the tank; he has been performing many additional strength and flexibility exercises each day. Additionally he is walking two to three times extra per day to build up the strength in the leg.
Franklin is a sweet, gentle young beagle. He is afraid of just about everything but is slowly learning that most people like him and that most of external things like noise and sudden movements won’t hurt him. He is being slowly socialized to everything around him. Franklin gets along very well with his foster beagle sister and brother; he loves to sleep in the bed at night and will counter surf with the best.
As well as being labor intensive, this program is expensive. Franklin will be coming to Beaglefest on the 21st, so come out and look for him at the Manassas Park dog park. Bring along your extra change. We will have a jug to collect any donation you may want to leave for him.
If you can’t attend Beaglefest, please donate to BREW online and sponsor Franklin.
It will be a while yet before Franklin can be made available for adoption. Because of his injury, he will need to be monitored for arthritis throughout his life; he will need lots of walking daily and someone willing to do his exercises on a daily basis. If this isn’t done, he will eventually lose the use of the leg again. Given everything he’s been through, that would be a real shame. Additionally, he’s developing a weakness in a rear kneecap that is being monitored and exercised (it didn’t show up until he started using the front leg). With everything he has to deal with, we are going to be very careful in placing Franklin, so it may take some time.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS (December 2017): Franklin came to BREW as a stray from the Stafford County Animal Shelter in Virginia. He is about 2 years old and weighs around 31 pounds. He is timid and has an injured front leg that is apparently due to being shot sometime during his young life. He will be going through some surgery and then some special rehab, but we hope he will be available for adoption soon. In the meantime, we have a wonderful foster mom who will be helping Franklin through this challenging process.