Fer­gus lives af­ter two near-death ex­pe­ri­ences

Meet the North Bur­nett dog with nine lives af­ter his lat­est brush with death

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Annie Perets

MONTO dog Fer­gus is a fighter and has al­ready sur­vived a brown snake bite and a ve­hi­cle in­ci­dent this year.

The lat­ter in­ci­dent might have taken his leg, but def­i­nitely not his mojo.

Al­most three weeks af­ter los­ing the limb, Fer­gus is hap­pily ad­just­ing to his new life.

Owner Judi Bald­win couldn’t be more proud of the pup.

LOS­ING a leg is a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but am­putee Fer­gus is go­ing about his days like noth­ing ever hap­pened.

The two-year-old chi­huahua-cross pomera­nian’s lat­est mis­ad­ven­ture came at a cost, but such is the risk when one is a big dog in a small dog’s body.

Judy Bald­win He lost his big dog mojo for a cou­ple of days, but it’s back.

Owner Judy Bald­win said her viewpoint on what was orig­i­nally a ter­ri­fy­ing twist of events has im­proved with Fer­gus’ promis­ing re­cov­ery.

“Three weeks ago, he was run over by a car,” she said. “When it hap­pened, I just felt ab­so­lutely sick.

“Stacey from Monto Vet­eri­nary Surgery could not save his leg, so the only op­tion was to have it am­pu­tated.

“And the other leg which was still there, it was skinned back to the bone and he also had bruis­ing on his ab­domen.”

In re­cov­ery mode, Fer­gus has been spend­ing time at Ms Bald­win’s Monto busi­ness, Just Teasin, and act­ing as the sa­lon’s mas­cot.

“He bounced back re­ally quickly with lots of love, and cud­dles and rest,” Ms Bald­win said.

“He’s do­ing quiet well for a lit­tle dog.

“He lost his big dog mojo for a cou­ple of days, but it’s back.

“Fer­gus walks fine, ne­go­ti­ates stairs, and has even jumped on the couch.

“The vet said that in three months, he won’t even know he had a leg as he’ll be so used to do­ing what he’s do­ing.

“Hope­fully it won’t im­pact his life at all.”

This isn’t Fer­gus’ first brush with dan­ger.

“He nearly had his dew claw taken off with a hedger and in Fe­bru­ary, he got bit­ten by a brown snake,” Ms Bald­win said.

GREAT RE­COV­ERY: Judi Bald­win's pup Fer­gus lost his leg a few weeks ago, but is now back to his happy self.

PHOTO: ANNIE PERETS

BOUNC­ING BACK: Fer­gus has been spend­ing some time at Just Teasin while he’s in his re­cov­ery stage af­ter los­ing a leg.

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