This is JR.
He is a 12 year old Yellow Labrador Retriver. He has been part of our family since he was 6 weeks old.
His official name is Moses Burning Bush Jr. But we just call him J.R.
JR has always had many physical ailments. Whether it be food and skin allergies or a bad hip, it’s always been something.
When JR was 6 months old and the cutest little dog you ever did see, the vet told us that he had servere hip dysplasia and he would need to have some sort of treatment.
JR went to a doggy specialist and it was decided he would need to have a hip replacement. Tests were run and X-rays were taken. It was determined that his leg was not large enough for a new stainless steel hip and that option was taken off the table. That bill would have been a big pill to swallow.
Plan B was to remove JR’s hip socket and fill it in with muscle and tissue. He would have more quality of life and less pain as he grew.
The surgery was completed when he was 10 months old.
He was and is loved by all.
A boy and his dog
After coming home from surgery, JR had never been a super active dog because of his abnormality. He dealt with pain and did not run and jump like normal 10 month old puppies. However after surgery he acted differently. He became fearful of many things but mainly hardwood floors. Carpet was good. Concrete, wood, tile or any other smooth surface floor made him weird.
As he walked very hesitantly on smooth surface floors, approximate 8 feet prior to reaching a carpeted floor, he would turn around and walk backwards the rest of the way until his back feet would touch the carpet. He would then spin around and feel very confident in himself.
He would be fearful of items in his path.
Now, 11 years later he still walks backwards. Here is a sample just taken this morning.
Yes I know.
Poor dog. The new normal requires help from his people to make it up the stairs.
Each and every morning, faithful JR gets the newspaper for my dad.
He jumps as you say “get the paper” excited to please his master.
However 10 minutes later we are still waiting for JR to make it up the stairs.
However he is ever faithful and very compliant. He is a wonderful listener and does whatever you ask of him. Even take a bath.
Happy Dog Day, Week, Month and Year to the best dog ever.
We love you Jr,