The Story of Falkor
It was on a day in October, 2016 that I received the call from the Rescue. I had just left the animal shelter, pulling two defeated souls from death row. The call was about a dog that had just arrived. He had been savagely beaten.
My heart sank. My car was full. There was no way I could pick up this poor, next-to-death dog. Luckily, another volunteer lived nearby and was able to have him at the nearest emergency vet within 40 minutes of the initial call.
He was known as B.Y.O.B. He lived in what was considered the low-income side of town. He resided in a trailer park. Not a lot is known of his life, other than it was not very good.
He got out of the front door of his home. For reasons unknown, and never to be understood, a neighbor felt threatened by this senior dog. This monster of a human went inside his home and retrieved a baseball bat. The dog was near a child (although there was never any indication that the child was in any danger).
It is known that this dog was a protector. Perhaps he was from a home with domestic abuse, or child abuse. I do not know. What I do know is this dog saw this man coming towards the child with a baseball bat, and bravely stood in front of the child. I also know that if having to make that choice again, he would not hesitate to do so.
Little did he know, he would receive the beating of his life. He was hit with such force, multiple times, that his jaw was shattered. His eye was bludgeoned, and he was continuously beaten. He was blind, bleeding and near death when the authorities arrived.
I have to question the man who beat him. Why? No one knows. If they do, they are not saying. I cannot fathom the depth of hate, anger, and violence this person possesses.
The owner’s of the dog decided not to pursue charges. Perhaps they feared for their safety as well. Another mystery left to our imaginations.
He was given the name of “Falkor” from the movie “The never-ending Story”.
Falkor is a Luck Dragon.
“Falkor’s attitude purely comes from his heart. It is proven that his openness to making friends means a lot to everyone he encounters, into which Falkor in return treasures every friendship he has. Falkor, however, never wants to make enemies, only those who are threats to his friends or threats in general towards Fantasia itself.”
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Rushed to the emergency vet, not knowing if this dog would survive, the decision was made by the Rescue to do anything possible to save his life. And that is what they did. No expense was spared. No procedure denied. No questions of the cost this was going to create. The following 24 – 48 hours were critical.
A statement from the vet follows:
“Falkor has a broken jaw, broken teeth, needs to have the right eye removed, is currently blind in the left (could be from the swelling), frontal lobe of skull is broken, eye socket fractured, swelling of the brain, could have possible brain damage (too early to tell). Is disoriented… swelling must come down.”
The waiting game began. As the swelling subsided, procedures were able to be done to access the actual damage. As you read above, he suffered severe wounds. It was decided to first remove the damaged eye. By the grace of God, the sight in Falkor’s left eye returned. There was hope.
Falkor received other surgeries to attempt to reset his shattered jaw. It is wired together, and in a position that complete healing may never happen. But, Falkor was slowly on the mend. He was kept on pain medication and sedatives to keep him as comfortable as possible. It was discovered during this time that he had testicular cancer, and was neutered. All signs of cancer are gone.
After a stay of close to one month in the emergency veterinarian’s office, Falkor was ready to move to a foster home. His foster home was already decided, choosing the best person thought to be able to help Falkor become whole once again.
And this is where the real healing begins.
Falkor moved to a small, country town in Texas. His foster is a young mother of a 4 year-old son and married to a Firefighter/EMT. It is believed that Falkor is approximately 10 years-old. He is a Chow/Shar Pei mix. Oddly enough, his foster-mother was raised with this exact mix of dog, as a child.
In the beginning, trust was a very big issue with Falkor. He could only see from certain angles, and was in a completely different environment than he knew. He had new people, smells, and surroundings that he would have to get accustomed to.
People from all over the United States, and abroad, began purchasing all of Falkor’s needs. He continues to receive a large amount of shipments. He is known well by the postal service in this small town.
Falkor settled into his new life well. He began to trust. He shows a love and gratitude to his foster-mother that words cannot describe. You can sense his appreciation. To finally know love, and to feel a gentle hand, possibly for the first time in his life.
Falkor is important. His life matters. Falkor is gentle. He is quiet. He is content. He is happy. He also has a forever wink! Falkor has his very own human boy to love. And to see that love will make you smile!
“Never give up, and good luck will find you.”
Falkor – “The never-ending Story”