Orionis a typical, good natured yellow lab, whose owner turned him in on 7/7/11, stating he was two years old. During those first two years of his life bad things happened to Orion. He lost his home and family due to unhappy circumstances and ended up in a high-kill shelter. Orion was very depressed at the shelter, curling into a tiny ball and refusing to make eye contact. His world was shattered and Orion wasn't handling it well. The shelter staff moved Orion to a quieter area where he was away from public view, and in danger of being put to sleep because the shelter staff felt he was unadoptable because of his depression.
Enter Lab Rescuers 7/11/11: The Lab Rescue lady visited Orion to check him out. She saw a beautiful, young yellow lab, and immediately took him out of the kennel. With this new foundd freedom his personality changed, he came to life. She had rescued him and he rewarded her with kisses and boundless attention.
7/18/11: Orion is placed in a foster home where his new journey was just beginning. He lived with 3 other labs and a cat. His Foster Family found Orion to be good with children, crate trained, housetrained, that he loved riding in the car, going for walks, and of course he loved food (what lab doesn"t). He tended to get excited when his dish was being prepared, but a hand out over his head like a Halo, and a "Nope" helped control his enthusiasm. Orion has learned to wait for a release command before feasting.
As with all resued animals, Lab Rescue provided a thorough medical examination for Orion. During that exam x-rays showed that our lovable 2 yr. old Orion needed hip surgery that would cost $4,000.
12/27/11: Dr. Dhupa (carlsbad) performed a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) which is common in veterinary surgery and replaces the hip ball joint. Following two weeks of Post-op, total crate rest, Orion began his minute rehab walks twice daily.
2/10/12: In about a month, Orion was back walking with the pack at the Dog Park and added two Aussie's to his list of friends. His Foster Family spent three good weeks walking them so that they could then run loose with him in the park. Orion is in love with our newest foster puppy Luna #2889 and offering small stuffed toys to her for play. He has been so gentle with the little princess.
5/02/12: Orion is back in foster after a Total Hip Replacement (THR) on the left hip with six weeks of crate rest.
6/14/12: Orion's new Hip is working quite well and he is permitted to go for short walks. During his recovery many small children visited with him and of course he reacted with love and more kisses. Orion loves children!
8/22/12: Dr Dhupa was happy with Orion's 12 week check-up and okay'd his medical release. In the meantime, the Foster Family has been working with Orion, socializing his being around other dogs. For some reason, he has a concern with strange dogs that he does not have with those he lives with or been around.
9/07/12: Orion started his first day of beginners training and did great with all other dogs in attendance around. Weaving in and around while they were in a sit, down, stay.
He is still seeking a new FOREVER HOME of his very own--one where he can just chill, take walks and be happy for the rest of his days. Could that be you!
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