Vivienne hasn't lost anything yet, but the puppy has gained a new name.
The new owner of the Collie mix, which was originally scheduled to have its right front leg amputated Oct. 29, has opted for physical therapy for the dog in hopes she can have normal leg usage without surgery.
The Lake Wylie-area family - who adopted Vivienne following a story about her leg issue in the South Charlotte News - has renamed her Lucy, according to Waxhaw rescue Carolina PAWS.
Her new owners have decided to seek a third opinion with their vet, said Robin Essenmacher, Carolina PAWS president. He has recommended giving the leg another month or so of physical therapy. They will X-ray her leg again to see if there has been any improvement.
Inventorially, she may need the leg amputated, but for right now they are hoping she can gain some use of the leg.
Carolina PAWS board menber April Gardner, who fostered the puppy at her home before the owner stepped forward and offered to pay for the dog's treatment in full, says the family is setting up a follow-up vet appointment in a few weeks to re-examine her leg and see where to go next. They tell me she has made tremendous progress in respect to leg usage.
Gardner added that she plans to take some video at the puppy's next appointment just so we can post it to our Facebook page. We, too, have a large following on her story.
It's not known how or when the dog's leg was broken.
The puppy seems as full of life as ever: Gardner said the family felt the name Lucy is a better fit because she's a little redhead with good intentions but always seems to get in predicaments.