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Carl Langley
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One lucky dog

web posted January 22, 2007
Pictured below: Bill Geiger and Lucky
GUEST COLUMN - Lucky hobbled down the ramp leading up to his new home. With his tail wagging briskly, a dog’s universal sign of welcome, he was eager to greet the guests arriving for dinner.

On this sunny, warm afternoon the big, friendly dog was well on his way to recovery from wounds that could have killed him. Only a few weeks back his life was slowly ebbing away because of two broken legs that had left him unable to seek help.

Fittingly, it was those of his own kind who saved Lucky. The dogs owned by Bill and Pat Geiger knew something was wrong when they kept running into the woods off Bridge Creek Road more than two months before.

Bill Geiger was out walking with the couple’s half-dozen mixed breed dogs on Nov. 1 when several of them began dashing into a dense section of woodland, then returning, only to return to a place in the woods.

“They did that several times, so I figured they had found something they wanted me to see,“ Geiger said. He finally got the message the dogs were eagerly bringing to him and he stepped off the walking trail into the woods.

“I hadn’t gone far when I found Lucky. He was unable to get up, and I learned later that both of his back legs were broken,” said Geiger. “He was in bad shape, thirsty and starving. I picked him up and he didn’t

try to bite me. He never let out a whimper.”

Geiger carried the stricken dog back to his house, and he and Pat began what would be long days and nights of bringing Lucky back. They fed and watered him, then took him to a veterinarian. The vet told the couple if Lucky had not been found he probably would have died within a day or two.

For the next 10 weeks the couple nursed the big yellow dog back to health. It was slow going, but Lucky was a good patient. He knew they were helping him, and he never whined or groaned. He soon was able to get up and go for short walks, hobbling along at Geiger’s side thanks to nine steel pins inserted in his shattered left leg.

“The vet was going to amputate the leg, but he found that the right leg had been broken, too,” said Geiger. The right leg was healing itself and the vet didn’t want to take the left leg off because of the pressure it would have put on the leg that was healing.

A few days ago Lucky returned to the vet for a big moment on the path to recovery. The steel pins were removed and Lucky was fitted with a splint that will keep the pressure off the leg as it completes the healing process.

The veterinarian also neutered Lucky.

“That was to take his mind off his other troubles,” said Pat. The couples’ other dogs are neutered, which removes a male dog’s tendency to wander away in search of female companionship.

Geiger said there were times when he doubted Lucky would make it, especially during the early days when the veterinarian told the couple that amputation would have been the best option. He reminded them that there are a lot of dogs running around on three legs.

The Geigers have no idea how Lucky ended up in the woods near their home, but they believe he became separated from his owner and was struck by a car while trying to find his way home. They have not been able to trace him back any farther than the woods.

Lucky can thank the dogs owned by Pat and Bill Geiger for giving him a chance to live, and he can thank the Geigers for proving over and over again that there is a lot of goodness in the world around us.

I want to thank the Geigers, not only for the love and care they gave Lucky, but for their willingness to spend the hundreds upon hundreds of dollars it took to repair his shattered body and make him a member of their pack.

Some dogs are special, and some people are special.

Lucky is in that category and so are the Geigers. I wish for Lucky a long and happy life, and I wish a special blessing for the Geigers who lift us all with their kindness and generosity.


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