Tanner, a 4-year-old tan and white German shepherd, has become something of a celebrity.
He’s coming off a 2-week stay at the Animal Rescue Empowerment Foundation in Falls Church. The nonprofit took him in when his owner, Renata Ruva, 48, died unexpectedly on May 14.
The organization said he suffered two serious injuries that had to be corrected. In the months leading up to his accident, he had eaten massive amounts of the couch during what appears to have been an extremely anxious, nervous event.
X-rays revealed the first of the bones in his left front leg was broken in two places, which required surgeons to implant screws. The medical team in Falls Church determined his procedure was so successful, they performed the same procedure the day after he was released.
The second fracture he had to fix was to his front right leg, which, with subsequent surgery, will put the leg on a corset to support the rest of his body.
All three of Tanner’s legs are now on crutches and at home in Springfield, Va. After he’s fully healed, his dog-sitter, Danianne Adkins, will be taking care of him.
Besides running through nearby grasslands, you might see him taking in the sights in the Old Town walk, as a visit to the Arena Stage or Union Station might be in his future.
“He is a super friendly and playful dog,” Adkins said. “He loves nothing more than to play around with other dogs, and he loves to cuddle up.”