Two women horseback riding in the Jackson State Forest in Mendocino County, California made a startling discovery. Davina Liberty and Sarah Grimes saw a dog ahead in the distance limping and wearing a cone around his neck.
The good Samaritans tried to get involved, but the dog was growling at anyone who tried to capture him. Liberty was finally successful in securing the badly injured dog and then she called for help.
The dog, named Thunder the Wonder Dog, received vet care and surgery. He was attacked by a wild animal and had several other injuries. Most perplexing is how the dog got to the location and what his back story was.
A microchip scan was successful but the information had not been updated since 2015. A Facebook page created for Thunder went viral and his owners were tracked down.
They signed over custody of the dog to the humane society and the investigation continues. In the meantime, people are following Thunder’s recovery so he can be placed up for adoption.
Thunder was at one point transferred for five days to a Santa Rosa hospital for round-the-clock care and extensive testing that failed to turn up any chronic or terminal condition. All of the tests and much more were covered by donations that began flooding in the moment his story began getting out, making it possible for the small nonprofit to ensure he got every bit of care he needed, Tourtillot said.
The dog’s celebrity status reaches across the county and onto several continents. He’s been receiving all kinds of gifts – toys, blankets, beds, balls, and even an inflatable medical cone so that he doesn’t need to wear a plastic one while he’s sleeping or unsupervised.
Liberty has fostered him at her home, where he can remain isolated and quiet during his recovery. She has found him to be a sweet, playful, affectionate boy who needs some training but is ready to try with the right owner.