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Meet Our New Dyno-Dog in Training

Cycle Solutions Inc would like to introduce Gump, The dyno boxer in training. When word got out that Bubba was ill, someone decided it would be a good idea to dump a boxer puppy off at our house. This dog lived in our woods for about a week or so before we noticed he was there. We would catch glimpses of a brown and white blur at dusk and in the afternoons when he was hungry and looking for food. This dog was so afraid of people and so thin that we didn’t think he was going to survive. After many attempts of trying to leave food out for him to eat and failing, we decided we needed to catch this dog ASAP or he would die.

We borrowed a coyote trap from our local animal shelter that weekend and set it up. On the first attempt we were able to capture the little guy. He was such a pitiful little mess. We were able to get a collar and leash on him to keep him from darting away once he was out of the trap. After a few minutes
of us talking to him and petting him he realized we were ok and relaxed a bit. We carried him to the garage and put him in a crate that had food waiting for him. We allowed our 10 other dogs to sniff and check him out for a bit before we let him out again on the leash. We walked him around with the other dogs in tow to make sure all was good. Within 20 minutes we set him free and he began to play with a few of the other smaller dogs.

It wasn’t long before we noticed that this dog had something going on with his rear legs. His rear feet pointed out instead of to the front. He still walked ok but he wasn’t quite right. We named the dog Gump since it suits him well and goes great with his counterpart Bubba. All we need is a Jenny and we have our own Forrest Gump Pack!

After a few days of good nutrition Gump made an appearance at our local Vet Clinic. While there he was diagnosed with Luxating Patella. This is when the knee cap, which is normally located in the center of the knee joint, is dislocated or out of place. Gump’s knee caps are on the insides of his back legs, instead of on his knees. This is a birth defect. His bones do not have the groove in them that holds the knee cap in place so it floats around to the inside. This defect can be fixed with surgery but it is a very expensive surgery, very hard on the dog and not always successful. After further review we decide that Gump will be just fine without the pain and suffering of trying to correct his condition. He could still do what other dogs can do; he just does it a little differently.

We have had Gump for 5 months now and he has gained approx 15 lbs or more, has a shiny new coat and has gained lots of muscle in his rear legs. He can now jump up like any other dog and get on the couch or bed on his own. He does however still stand at the edge of the bed for you to lift him up because he is lazy and wants the attention!

He is currently on his first road trip to Daytona Bike Week and is relaxing in the sun while we type this. He is not good with strangers yet and is very skittish with loud noises but over time he will be desensitized and hopefully will be an easy going addition to the road crew.