Brave Dog Diaries: Police Dog Bosco & human partner recovering
Brave Dog Diaries: Bosco, Dutch Shepherd Police Dog, recovering from life-threatening gunshot wounds suffered in the line of duty (Bosco's human partner is also recovering from a gunshot wound.)
(Note: Bosco suffered his injuries on August 23rd, so his progress is nothing short of miraculous!)
February 3, 2010, Bosco Update! Bosco Brief (update on Bosco, the Dutch Shepherd Zanesville, Ohio, Canine Officer)
(Note: Bosco, a Dutch Shepherd Canine Officer in Zanesville, Ohio, was shot on Sunday, August 23, 2009, when Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. Officer Schiele was shot in the leg and was treated and released from Grant Hospital. Bosco was shot through the neck and suffered multiple injuries, one of which caused temporary paralysis, which affected his front end most. This great dog and his owner. Visit http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm to read all 15 updates and see other photos and videos. Keep your Kleenex handy; this is a story with courage in spades!)
February 3, 2010
Photo of Bosco taken on November 5, 2009:
Since the holidays, Bosco has been coming in approximately twice a week to the Veterinary Hospital for standard rehabilitation therapy.
He walks on the water treadmill and performs other exercises to reinforce his balance and coordination and to strengthen his right leg, which is still experiencing some weakness.
Overall, he is doing great, and he has a tremendous amount of energy that is evident as he pulls vigorously on his leash upon entering our doors.
Everyone is extremely pleased with how far he has come since his injury last year.
The Zanesville K-9 Unit is paid for entirely by donations. People wishing to contribute to Bosco's care can send donations to the Zanesville Police Department, K-9 Unit, 332 South Street, Zanesville, OH 43701.
October 13, 2009, Bosco Update: As seen in this video http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5577.htm Bosco walks comfortably on the underwater treadmill as part of his physical therapy. As opposed to a "dry" or "land" treadmill, the water in the treadmill tank, a soothing 94 degrees, supports his entire weight; thus it is less stressful on his joints. The only challenge is that Bosco likes drinking the water as he walks! After the walking exercise is over, we turn on the water jets so he receives an invigorating massage.
October 9, 2009, Bosco Update: Today, Bosco completed his therapy for the week and headed home to relax. Tracy Marsh, certified canine rehabilitation technician, explained that he continues to gain strength and is only in rehabilitation three days per week. Check back on Tuesday, October 13 to watch video of Bosco in the water treadmill. Thank you for your continuing interest is Bosco's recovery. For more information about the Emergency and Critical Care service: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/771.htm that cared for Bosco when he arrived at the Veterinary Hospital in August, you can read the article: Team Approach to Emergency and Critical Care Saves Lives: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/2812.htm Website where all updates are located: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
October 1, 2009, Bosco Update! On Thursday, October 1st, Bosco and Officer Schiele made a live appearance on Channel 10 news. Bosco walked into the TV studio confidently and did not seem to be fazed by the camera. View the video of the interview. No doubt Bosco won over more hearts after his appearance on the program. His therapists continue to focus on increasing his strength and balance in his front legs, since he still stumbles, but he is showing improvement every day. In the past week, Bosco has been featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder, WBNS-TV, plus a live appearance on WBNS-TV with Officer Schiele, the Lantern on September 28 and October 1, and WCMH-TV.
September 28, 2009, Bosco Update! Initially paralyzed from the neck down, Bosco can now stand on his own and take a few steps. Media are invited to see Bosco during his rehabilitation session on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 10 AM at the Veterinary Hospital, 601 Vernon Tharp Street, Columbus, Ohio. Veterinarians and rehabilitation technicians will be available to answer questions. In fair weather, his session will take place outside, on the Coffey Road side of the hospital, which is located on the corner of Vernon Tharp and Coffey Road. In case of rain, media will be escorted to the Canine Rehabilitation room. More information: Melissa Weber 614-292-3752, cell 614-327-6024 or Kristine McComis 614-688-3517
September 24, 2009, Bosco Update! We are happy to report that Bosco can get up and stand on his own. He is also walking short distances with no assistance. As seen in this video http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/2862.htm he continues with his daily therapy which includes walking around cones and other obstacles, although sometimes he tries to cheat! After these exercises, he takes a well-deserved nap. http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
September 18th Bosco Update! Bosco went home to Zanesville Thursday night for a fundraiser and stayed the entire weekend with his family, which he truly enjoyed! He is back in the hospital this week [September 21-25] to continue with daily therapy, but will be allowed to go home on weekends. The main focus of his therapy is working on his balance. Although his front legs buckle now and then, he is making progress walking on a leash and harness. http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
September 17th Bosco Update! Dr. Amy Butler reported that Bosco has been a little lazy the past two days, until he started chasing a squirrel while outside on Wednesday! As seen in this video http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/2815.htm he is starting to move his front limbs fairly well. He just needs a bit of support when he walks, but he is placing the forelimbs and starting to bear even more weight while walking. He also wagged his tail for the very first time! http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
September 14th Update: Bosco is getting stronger every day. He can easily get himself to a sternal position from both sides. As you can see from this video -- http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/2448.htm (15 seconds; please turn up your volume) -- once he is lifted up, he has been able to stand on his own, as well. Bosco's attitude remains superb, and we continue to see some forelimb movement. He enjoys his therapy sessions outside in the beautiful fall weather. He also spends a lot of time in the canine rehabilitation room with his therapists and other dogs, so he never lacks for company or attention. Bosco's official police portrait is displayed at the hospital's front desk and generates many well-wishes from clients and visitors. http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
September 8th Update: "Bosco continues to make progress in his recovery. We are pleased to report that he has now been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit. He is able to prop himself up and is beginning to move his front limbs. His appetite and spirits remain very good. Bosco's daily rehabilitation therapy sessions clearly have made a positive impact. Bosco has been receiving many "get well" cards, and the entire patient care team appreciates the animal-loving public's interest and support during his stay here at the hospital." http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
Bosco Brief: Updated September 8, 2009 (See Photos posted here:
Bosco Brief: Updated September 3, 2009: Bosco continues his rehabilitation twice a day. His exercises include work on a large balancing ball. Tracy Marsh, RVT and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner demonstrates that like many dogs, Bosco can be motivated by food treats. Bosco's movement is assisted by Amanda Waln, RVT. The following video shows Bosco working in the water treadmill in the canine rehabilitation unit located in the Veterinary Hospital. http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5971.htm
Bosco Brief: Updated September 1, 2009: Written by Kristine McComis, Assistant to the Director email@example.com or 614-688-3517 (Posted by Michelle Fehribach)
Dr. Amy Butler, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, reported that Bosco continues to improve and is very pleased with his progress. Bosco has more strength and has shown a little movement in his front legs. He is taking steps with his back legs and can stand with sling support. Bosco undergoes rehabilitation sessions three times a day and his exercises are focusing on improving his strength, balance and confidence. He can now go to the bathroom on his own. "He is ahead of where we thought he would be at this point," Dr. Butler said. It is possible that Bosco may be moved out of the ICU by the end of the week. It is anticipated he will be in the hospital several more weeks as he continues with his daily therapy.
August 29, 2009
By Julie Kay Smithson firstname.lastname@example.org
Bosco is recovering from his injuries, slowly, but steadily.
To donate to help with the costs of his hospitalization and recovery:
Zanesville Police Department K-9 Unit
332 South Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
" ... as of today [Thursday, August 27] he's moving both of his back legs pretty well," said veterinarian Dr. Amy Butler. "He's starting to move his front legs and he's starting to bear more weight on them ... "
See articles below for more details, photos and video:
Bosco Brief: Wounded Police Dog continues slow recovery
Written by Kristine McComis, Assistant to the Director email@example.com or 614-688-3517 (Posted by Michelle Fehribach)
The College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
August 26, 2009 - Bosco, a Zanesville, Ohio police K-9, remains in The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital's critical care unit as he recovers from two gunshot wounds. Bosco was shot on Sunday, August 23, when Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. Officer Schiele was shot in the leg and was treated and released from Grant Hospital. Bosco was shot through the neck and suffered multiple injuries. He is currently paralyzed, although he does have some movement in his back legs. After several days of supportive and medical care with pain management, Bosco has shown some slight improvement.
He has eaten a little on his own and has started daily rehabilitation sessions in hopes of regaining more movement as his body starts healing from its wounds. Monitored 24 hours a day, Bosco is surrounded by compassionate and dedicated caregivers and has received an outpouring of support from the Zanesville and local police departments as well as the concerned public.
The Zanesville K-9 Unit is paid for entirely by donations.
People wishing to contribute to Bosco's care can send donations to the Zanesville Police Department, K-9 Fund, 332 South St. Zanesville, OH 43701.
Continue to check back for updates about Bosco's recovery.
August 28, 2009
Bosco is continuing with several rehabilitation therapy sessions a day and has made some progress. Today's session went very well, as Bosco, while supported by a sling, took six steps using his back legs. He has also urinated on his own. He is still unable to move his front legs but he looks much brighter, is eating well, and is more alert.
Bosco's story has been featured on several local television news stations and newspapers. Watch the video posted on Channel 10 news.
Our thanks to everyone for their continued support and concern.
The Ohio State Veterinary Hospital is open 24 hours, seven days a week for emergencies and critical care.
Copyright 2009, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Wounded Police Dog Shows Improvement
August 27, 2009
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Columbus, Ohio - Veterinarians said Thursday that Bosco, the police dog shot in the line of duty, is showing signs of improvement, but they said it is still too early to tell whether he will walk again.
Bosco has been receiving care at the Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital since the shooting Sunday night, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.
The 3-year-old Dutch shepherd's human partner, Zanesville police Office Mike Schiele, was attempting to serve a warrant when gunfire erupted.
SLIDESHOW: Images Of Bosco
Schiele was hit in the leg while Bosco, who had been let loose to attack the gunman, was wounded in the neck.
Bosco's caregivers offered a grim outlook earlier this week, saying he appeared to be paralyzed, with no movement in his front legs and very limited movement in his hind legs.
On Thursday, there was better news regarding the dog's condition.
"On Monday, he could just barely move one of his legs, and as of today [Thursday, August 27] he's moving both of his back legs pretty well," said veterinarian Dr. Amy Butler. "He's starting to move his front legs and he's starting to bear more weight on them, so we're happy with his progress."
Veterinarians believe the dog's spinal cord is still bruised, and they stressed that it is still too early to predict whether or not Bosco will walk again.
Each day, three times a day, Bosco undergoes physical therapy for an hour-and-half. He also gets daily visits from Schiele.
Veterinarians said the dog's appetite is healthy. They even joked that he has been eating like a pig.
"Here we've been feeding him canned food and he loves it," Butler said. "And people are bringing him steak and salmon, all kinds of good treats. He's getting spoiled."
Veterinarians said the next three to six weeks will reveal if the dog will walk again.
Watch 10TV News and refresh http://www.10TV.com for continuing coverage.
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