A seven-week-old Pomeranian puppy who’s seen too much pain in his short life.

Caillou wasn’t dealt the easiest hand. This adorable fluffy puppy was found on the Pine Ridge Reservation in February (2020), clearly favoring his back right leg and tucking it up under his tiny body. Our rescue partner, LightShine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue, knew right away that Caillou was going to need help and immediately pulled him from his painfully sad situation. He entered Ruff Start’s care where we learned that his femur and pelvis were broken from an injury sustained when he must have been just a week or so old.

Can you imagine? A tiny week-old puppy with such a large injury? We don’t know if it was from another dog, a human, or if it was simply an accident – and it doesn’t really matter – what matters is that Caillou gets the care and attention he needs to live a happy and healthy life.

This is what Caillou’s foster mom had to say about him, “He has lots of energy and just likes to follow everyone around the house – whatever our dogs do, he tries to do. Wherever they go, he tries to go – there is nowhere they can hide from him! If they are getting too much attention, he makes sure to let us know that he is the littlest and should get all the attention – so he will bark/squeak/yell at us until we pick him up. He plays hard, cuddles just as hard, and loves everything about life right now – even though we know he is was in pain, he makes us laugh multiple times a day!”

A black puppy wearing a gray sweat looking up at the camera
Caillou's lower body xray showing leg and pelvis fractures

After his first vet appointment, it was decided the best (and only) option was to remove Caillou’s injured leg and part of his pelvis. Caillou’s surgery took place not long after he was rescued. His leg was successfully removed allowing his pelvis to fully heal. Just a few days post-op Caillou was already running around and going up and down the stairs. It had been a long journey for the tri-Pom, but well worth it in the end!

A black puppy with a large red cone and surgically removed back right leg
A black puppy in a baby bjorn held by an adult woman
A black puppy wearing a dark sweater sitting. His back right leg had been surgically removed.