Monty has come a long way since the day I drove to Montclair to get him. He is now a pro at getting around in a wheel chair and just comes alive when he is in it. He is also quite mobile and independent even without the chair. Monty's wonderful foster parents, Donna and Rick, live on 14 acres of land; in the mountains. They have a couple of rather daunting hills, I know it would be a challenge for ME to go up and down those hills. But Monty is quite capable of running up and down those hills, with or without that wheel chair and will only "allow" Rick to help him with a harness when he feels he needs it. When he is in the wheel chair, Rick has to keep Monty on a long leash or Monty will take off and Rick cannot keep up with him. Rick takes Monty on a 2-4 mile hike around their property just about every day and Monty has gotten so bold that he has taken some too-tight turns trying to chase down a bunny or squirrel and has flipped the chair a couple of times. He now knows to wait patiently until Rick can catch up and get him uprighted and off he goes again.
Please spread the word about Monty, he is looking for just the right permanent home. He needs a family that is just as special and big-hearted as he is. He has survived against all odds and continues to inspire everyone he meets, now he just needs the happy ending he so truly deserves.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who has so generously donated towards his care over the last few months and above all to Donna and Rick, Monty's amazing foster parents. Without them, Monty would have become another sad statistic.
Video: Monty at the end of one of his hikes