Saturday, November 12, 2016

Dog who defied death after almost a month in abandoned well heads home

John and Cindy Billesberger were all smiles as they prepared to take their chocolate lab Bruno home from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine on Thursday afternoon. Bruno, seven, was trapped in an abandoned well for 27 days before they found him. He spent more than 22 days at the WCVM while he recovered. (Morgan Modjeski/The Saskatoon StarPhoenix) / Saskatoon
   When Bruno the chocolate lab was rescued from an abandoned well in the Estevan area after almost a month without food, his story got international attention.
   As he headed home this week, he still looked thin and wore a cast on one paw, but after 22 days recovering at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the improvement in his condition was obvious.
   His owners, John and Cindy Billesberger, had been waiting for that moment.
   “After seeing what he looked like when we brought him in and seeing the looks on the vets’ faces, every day — every moment — that he lived was another obstacle that (was) overcome,” Cindy said.
   Bruno went missing on Sept. 17 from the family’s farm near Hitchcock, southeast of Regina. Their efforts to find him turned up nothing until Oct. 14, when John took their other two dogs for a walk and one of them stood over the abandoned well, refusing to move. Bruno was lying in the mud three metres below, injured and near death from starvation...

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