a long-haired black dog with a sweet disposition was brought to the
Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine's Teaching
Hospital on March 11, 2000 for repair of injuries caused by a gunshot wound
to her head at the hand of her former owner.
The bullet caused extensive damage, but fortunately missed vital structures
including the brain. Hope had a large hole in the roof of her mouth and damage
to nerves which resulted in blindness in her right eye and a head tilt.
Dr. Jason Beck repaired the
hole in the roof of her mouth
using a graft of skin from her neck in a surgery lasting almost 6
On March 31, 2000 Hope returned to Montana to be adopted. She was blind in
her right eye and deaf but compensated well for these deficits.
Donations and support for Hope’s care poured in from throughout North America
and even Europe.
Thanks to the children from
Montreal for their donations to the Good Samaritan fund
This summary of previous web postings about
Hope was prepared on Feb 14, 2008