The dog’s also become a favorite with the staff members at Longmont’s Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, where he’s receiving care. He’s been dubbed “Beefy” and described as “the sweetest big-headed goof.”
“He’s been really the best dog,” said Rachael Brady, a certified veterinary technician. “He’s just super stoic. He’s a testament to pit bulls and how wonderful they can be.”
Surgery last week to repair Beefcakes’ jaw was successful, with the bullet — and a few destroyed teeth — removed and his jaw fused shut.
But with his strong jaw, Beefcakes broke the supports twice after the initial repair. He now has stronger wires holding his jaw closed and a feeding tube so he doesn’t need to eat or drink through his mouth as he heals for the next six to eight weeks.
As he lumbered through the vet’s office on his way for a visit outside, he stopped often to nuzzle with staff members and accept scratches.
“He’s a big mush,” Brady said. “He’s going to be a good dog for somebody.”
To pay for his medical care, the Longmont Humane Society has started a fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $14,000, with about $12,750 raised so far through about 235 donations.
Beefcakes was found badly injured and wandering in an empty parking lot July 7 near St. Vrain Road and U.S. 36. The person who found him called police and reported seeing a two-door red pickup truck driving away from the area.
Longmont Humane Society officials said Beefcakes, who’s estimated to be 3 or 4 years old, is expected to stay in a foster home for several months until he’s fully recovered, at which point he will be available for adoption.