I had a hard time deciding how to begin this story. It was a toss-up of introducing you to Rook, a “melt your heart” adorable American bulldog puppy who has tons of energy and smiles for everyone OR tell you about his dedicated foster mom, Tryslyn who at the age of 19, has been taking care of the 4 month-old since he was a newborn.
Tryslyn actually fostered Rook and his two siblings when the litter was surrendered to Viva Animal Rescue, in New Mexico. Rook still lives with Tryslyn because he is partially paralyzed due to a birth defect that requires surgery. For now this high octane puppy is on bed rest and in the devoted hands of his foster mom.
I’ll bet you’re wondering, how do you keep an energetic puppy calm and quiet 24 hours a day? It’s the same question Tryslyn Campos has been thinking for the past two months, but she is determined to do all she can to give little Rook a chance for a normal life.
Rook was born with two malformations in his cervical spine. His veterinarian at The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center in Albuquerque diagnosed the puppy with a spinal cord compression in one part of his spine and abnormally loose joints between his neck and skull.
The veterinary hospital plans to perform surgery that will decrease the pressure and swelling of his spine and stabilize the puppy’s neck. However, they first want Rook grow and mature for a couple of months so his back will be stronger when it gets fixed.
They have placed Rook on crate rest so he doesn’t accidently do more damage to himself. He is allowed to go for short walks using a body harness and he MUST avoid playing, running, climbing stairs and jumping. It’s a pretty tall order for Rook and Tryslyn.
Taking care of puppies is nothing new for Tryslyn. She’s been a volunteer for Viva Rescue since she was 16 and she runs her own animal advocacy FB page called TeeCee Boo’s Wysh.
“I plan to have Rook for as long as necessary,” said Tryslyn.
Her routine includes keeping Rook calm and safe in his crate while she is at work. The two go for a short walk and bathroom break when she gets home and lots of snuggle time on the couch at night.
“Rook has tons of energy so we go for about 15 short walks before and after work,” she said.
Tryslyn is also helping Viva Rescue raise money for Rook’s surgery which will cost $5,000. The group has never taken care of a paralyzed dog before so Tryslyn is quickly becoming their expert.
Rescue groups rely heavily on foster homes to nurture the youngest and most vulnerable pets. Tryslyn is proving to be an amazing foster mom. I wish her and little Rook the very best outcome possible.
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