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up. Even when I walk them in the evenings, I always have them on a leash.” Four Rivers did everything possible to try to save Falco’s leg. “It got really bad,” said Amanda. “Dr. Faulk tried to save as much of the joint as he could, but he had to amputate it. Even after the surgery, she got infection again, and we thought they were going to have When someone approached Jason Williams, a technician at Hanger Clinic, about helping Falco, he contacted the Shooks. Hanger doesn’t make animal prosthetics, but they were willing to try something new for Falco. TOP Derek Hardman and Jason Williams with Falco after ������������������������������������������������������������������ to take off more. Thankfully, the meds worked, and the treatment was successful. Dr. Faulk and everyone at Four Rivers did everything they could for Falco. Really, they were just great.” After the surgery, Amanda asked about the possibility of having a prosthetic leg made for Falco. “No one in the area made animal prosthetics, so Four Rivers connected us with a company in Canada.” When the company sent them a quote for the cost of a prosthetic for Falco, Amanda was heartbroken. “We had just moved, and we had all the expense of establishing a new home in a new place. With Falco’s surgery and all the meds she needed, there was no way we could pay the amount the company in Canada quoted us. If they wanted that much, we figured that’s how much it would cost anywhere we went.” There seemed to be no other option than to simply hope for a good recovery and continue the rehabilitation process. Still, Amanda couldn’t help but worry about her beloved dog. Because she couldn’t distribute her weight evenly, Falco was at a greater risk for conditions such as hip dysplasia and arthritis in the remaining limbs. “Every day I moved what was left of the limb back and forth. I didn’t want her to get hip dysplasia or any other complication that could come from not having full support on her hindquarters. She had the other dogs to help keep her active, and I tried to walk her 26 Toombs County Magazine


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