Toltec came to Panther Ridge from a life filled with misery. At one of his previous homes, he broke his left front leg and it was never set, so it is now deformed. He also had darted with Baytril (an antibiotic) that can cause tissue and nerve damage if done too often. Toltec now walks like a “drunken sailor” because he has nerve damage and muscle atrophy … if he tried to go too fast he loses control and falls over. He arrived wearing a very tight collar, which we managed to remove … that seemed to give him some immediate relief.
He mostly stayed in his igloo and did not seem to want human interaction … but that had never worked out very well for him in the past. Our intern, Scott, was determined to bring him out of his shell and try to improve his muscle strength. He started to work with him using treats and a clicker. Little by little he became more outgoing and stronger from the exercises.
Now he refuses to be ignored, and will call loudly when he hears people nearby. We have a long way to go, but his attitude has completely turned around. I think he knows how much we care. Homeopathy and acupuncture are in his future and should give him much needed relief for his sore body.