Adopted: Orla has found her forever home. We wish her the very best life possible.
Orla came to CBCR from her vet, where she was surrendered due to a very severe break in the femur of her hind leg. While amputation seemed like the only option at first, the orthopedic team at State were able to stabilize the break and put a plate in it to allow it to heal. Orla is now two weeks out from her surgery and isn’t allowed to do much yet, but that doesn’t stop her from trying! She’s a true border collie puppy with high energy, high drive, and a need to be everywhere at once. Orla had limited socialization as a puppy but is rapidly learning how to interact with dogs in a typical way. She’s working hard on potty training (no accidents in three days!) and crate training. Orla is extremely smart and seems to learn just by watching the other dogs in the house. While I wouldn’t trust Orla alone with a cat (or alone period, as she thinks everything is a toy!), she doesn’t bother our cat one bit. Orla loves water, swimming, and even showering with you if you’ll let her. She loves toys and always has something in her mouth or by her side. She is learning to settle and be calm, and one of her favorite places is on the bed or couch with her people. She’s an excellent snuggler and very easy to love! She also likes to sit-down wrestle with her 1 year old sister, who is doing a great job of teaching her how to be gentle and when to stop.
While Orla is very outgoing and social, good with kids and adults alike, she is very, very fearful of men when she first meets them. We’re working hard to teach her that men are safe and won’t hurt her, and she has bonded closely with my husband despite her fears. Orla is very treat motivated and loves attention, so we’re hopeful that this will be a short phase.
In terms of Orla’s injury, she will have a repeat evaluation in 4 weeks (end of August) to determine if anything else needs to be done surgically. If she’s cleared, she’ll be ready to transition to a new home! She’ll likely need on-going physical therapy at home, which is largely stretching her knee and making sure that she walks on all four legs. She’ll also benefit from swimming sessions! Whoever adopts Orla should be aware that there may be activity restriction for things like jumping, sprinting, and chasing a ball for a while. The vet may also say that she shouldn’t do certain things for the rest of her life to prevent re-injury since the break was near her knee. While we hope that her surgery will have no future complications, things like arthritis or discomfort may spring up when she’s older and require a future surgery or medication to decrease pain.