Our Black Lab Retriever, Spot For those who are new here or do not know or remember, our Black Labrador Retriever, Spot, was severely injured on November 09, 2006 when he was going after an 'intruder' inside the Rectory fence line. Both of his Anterior Crutiate Ligaments (ACL) in his rear legs were severed. He could not walk at all after that incident and surgery could not be performed until the swelling went down ( November 27, 2006). I was his rear legs both before and for more than 9 months after the surgery using a towel as a belly band to support his weight for his 'potty' breaks. After the surgery, his recovery went as scheduled, but since he had BOTH rear legs involved, it was a very long recovery period. After 9 months of recovery, he could walk on his own for short distances in a straight line while on a leash. He was prevented from making any short radius left or right turns so as not to separate the surgery clamps and surgical polypropelene repairs. After one year, (November 2007), Spot was able to trot for short distances and to sit and stand up without help. Because of the daily excercise routine that our Veterinary Surgeon and I worked up for Spot, his rear legs are stronger than ever, BUT will never be 100 percent mobile, so some caution in his free-running must be observed. Spot was intelligence tested in 2002 and at that time, he had the intelligence roughly the same as a 3 yaer old human child and a vocabulary understandability of just over 450 words and phrases. He is an exceptional part of our family, and God blessed Spot with intelligence to understand what was going on throughout his recovery and God blessed me in changing some things in my life so I could be there for Spot 24/7 for his rehabilitation. I'd like to thank everyone here at CFS who has inquired as to Spot's recovery in PM over the past two years and to those who prayed for our 'buddy'. He will be 9 years old in December, and is just as much of a 'puppy' as he was at age 1. Spot was a rescued dog. If our family had not adopted him in 2000, he would have ended up on a rural farm, alone, cold and hungry some days. He has brought joy to our lives and is not a 'pet', but a full member of our family. He talks with us in facial expression, tail wags, vocalizations in 'doggy' fashion, front paw gestures and he understands us when we speak with him, not TO him. God has given us the opportunity to keep Spot from having to be put down and to allow him to continue to be with us to live and to love... Thank you all for your kind prayers over the past two years.