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    Norwood vet in dog's survival tale - Local News - News - Eastern Courier Messenger

    While my friend was at the specialist emergency vet with her $6,000 inhaled a bone dog - she met the $30,000 Kelpie.

    Purchase price - is the least of your worries.

    GYPSY’S tale is one of survival and love.

    The kelpie pup had been shot in the head and left for dead on the side of a road in rural NSW in August 2010.

    Vets believe Gypsy hung on to life for up to three months, making do on what scraps of food she could find in the bush.

    Then along came Campbelltown couple Beryl and Graham Anderson who were driving back to Adelaide from the Central Coast.

    “As we drove past her she just looked so sick and miserable sitting on the side of the road that we turned around and went back for her,” Mrs Anderson says.

    “She came up and ... she just had skin between her bones.

    “I put her in the back of the car and I sat with her and I saw this hole on the left side of her face which I thought was an abscess.”

    When the couple reached Mildura, they took Gypsy to a vet who said she was about two days away from death, weighing just 8kg.

    On their return to Adelaide, Mrs Anderson took Gypsy to another vet who discovered the hole in her face was actually a bullet wound.

    The bullet had entered Gypsy’s head near her temple and exited through her upper chest.

    “It had blown the bone in the back of the nose away and she’s still got shrapnel in the roof of her mouth,” Mrs Anderson says.

    Gypsy also had a broken jaw and multiple skull fractures, which prevented her from barking, eating and breathing properly.

    “Whoever shot her, obviously thought they’d killed her and left her as road kill but they’d only knocked her out,” Mrs Anderson says.

    The Andersons were referred to the Adelaide Veterinary Specialist Centre at Norwood where dog specialist David Davies donated some of his time and expertise to help Gypsy recover.

    In a first for the specialist and the centre, Dr Davies put a specially-made stent behind Gypsy’s nose to keep the airway open last July.

    She was given her nine-month all clear last week.

    Mrs Anderson says Gypsy has undergone about 25 surgeries which have cost the Andersons thousands of dollars.

    “She’s worth it. She’s won everybody’s hearts with her nature.”

    Dr Davies says Gypsy is one of the nicest dogs he has ever met.

    “She’s put up with all this intervention and procedures and she still loves coming in here (vet clinic),” he says.

    Aside from some separation anxiety and partial deafness, Gypsy, now 2, leads a relatively normal life.
    and the ninemsn video story.
    Gypsy - The will to live - Awesome Dog ! - YouTube

    Naturally this is one of the nicest natured dogs you could meet, and yet some yobbo on the Hay Plains thought she deserved to be shot and left to die.
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    I love these stories....SOMEONE CARES and for the vet
    Pets are forever

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    I am so sick at times reading what some humans are capable of in their cruelty and then amazed at some others with their kindness.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Surely if you're going to shoot a dog it ain't that hard to make sure you do it properly? Amazed at stories like this, i have no issue with putting a dog down but to not ensure that it is done properly so that the dog doesn't suffer is pathetic

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    The best and worst of humanity. I DO have a problem with people putting a dog down unless it is in pain that you can't fix (ie afford, or it's beyond money), or the animal appears to be insane. If you breed or get a dog and then find you don't want it or it is inconvenient, it is your responsibility to find it a home. A good home. The way we treat our animals, with no power, with no ability to react with equal attitude, tells others what our minimum standards of compassion and empathy and loyalty are. We choose our friends from those actions and decisions. We move in very different circles.

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    Nice to read stories about people who care.

    I did meet a dog once who also survived a bullet to the head. She was a bluey farm dog who was hit by a car. The owner thought she was a goner so to make sure she was dead before burying her he put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. On the way to the spot he was to bury her he looked in the revision mirror to see her looking back at him from the back of the ute. He said he almost crashed in fright. So he turned around and drove home to a crying wife and child. The dog had a neat hole just in front of her ear and out behind her head. He must have closed his eyes at the last miniute and teh bullet grazed the skull. I met her about 8 years later and still very alive.

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    I find it quite amazing how many working dogs are "shot" because they are useless....one of our best working kelpies was one of these useless dogs. My hubby was at the Wodonga sale yard when a person was kicking his useless dog and he was going to take it out the back and shoot him bla bla bla.......Hubby told him to stop kicking the dog or he would attend to him..the guy got very abusive and told us to take the useless F****** dog.

    Which we did....After about a month of work, we had a great little working dog, who lived with us for about 15 years as and indoor work dog....We were never able to truly bond with him, but he was happy and adored our other dogs and loved his work and ute/tractor drives daily.

    A lot of these useless dog have useless owners, who only have one way to train a dog....hence they still get some good dogs, but cannot handle others.

    Anyway his loss, but I often wonder how many other dogs were at the end of his boot/gun .....
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    In WA a bullmastiff was shot twice in the head in Donnybrook last week and left to die, when he was found he was close to starvation but he wasn't dead. Not sure if this link will work, but the vet treating him said he will more than likely lose his eye but the bullets will stay in his head, and the vet said after all he's been through he's still the most friendly dog who wags his tail every time he goes out to visit him ... dogs are amazing creatures ...

    Shot twice, bull mastiff Bob fights back thanks to Donnybrook vet | Perth Now

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    There are some sick people in this world. So glad this little girl was found by this couple... it was certainly her lucky day! Great stories

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Reading Gypsy's story gave me goosebumps, then I watched the link. What a beautiful looking dog!! I can't believe people can be so cruel to animals. What an amazing couple, and what an amazing vet, to donate his time to help saving her!! That is a vet who truly cares!!

    Findeb, the link does work, and again, what a heartbreaking story, but what a beautiful dog!!

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