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September 7, 2010 > "Bionic Wonder-Dog" Dino gets new lease on life

"Bionic Wonder-Dog" Dino gets new lease on life

Submitted By Kelly Grant

Dino, a cheerful, lovable four-year-old German Shepherd/Chow Chow mix nearly didn't make it to his "second chance." Members of Humane Society Silicon Valley's (HSSV) Regional Rescue Team found Dino wagging furiously at a nearby shelter, a shelter that could not afford to get him the help he needed to live a life without pain. He literally had bone-sitting-on-bone in his hips, with no cushion whatsoever. And still he was wagging. The shelter thought the only way they could end his suffering was to euthanize him, and that was just breaking their hearts. So they asked HSSV to step in.

After HSSV brought Dino to their Animal Community Center and had him examined by a specialist, they discovered that what he needed was hip replacement surgery, a very expensive procedure that could cost up to $7,000 and would require eight to 12 weeks of recovery time - no wagging, running, or jumping allowed; a tall order for Dino. After meeting Dino, our adoptions, medical and behavioral teams couldn't say no - this golden brown boy was extremely special and deserved all the help we could give him.

Dr. Andrew Staatz at Veterinary Surgical Associates (VSA) in Campbell performed Dino's surgery. Dino recovered for several weeks in a foster home (because Dino is such a joyful dog, his foster dad had to practically sit on him to keep him still during his recovery time). Six weeks later, Dino, the bionic dog, was on his feet, visiting HSSV and greeting potential adopters. Now, nearly 2 1/2 months since his surgery, Dino is a regular on HSSV's campus, greeting visitors with a big smile and the softest brown eyes you've ever seen. "Dino just seems to always see the bright side of things and doesn't move like a dog who has had hip replacement surgery," notes his foster dad, Wayne.

Dino loves to go for walks, is very people-focused and loves everything that life has to offer. Foster dad Wayne says that Dino walks calmly on a leash, has excellent house manners, rides well in the car, and knows many basic commands like sit, stay, and down. Dino really enjoys meeting other dogs and rarely barks. Because Dino still suffers from arthritis in one hip, he will likely need to be on NSAID medication for life. If you or someone you know would be interested in adopting this special boy, please contact Casaundra Cruz at (408) 262-2133 ext. 183 or Jeri Seiden at ext. 185.

If you are not able to adopt Dino, please consider sponsoring him with a financial gift by going to and help HSSV to cover the cost of his life-saving surgery. Or, sign up to foster other animals like Dino at

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