Rescue dog named for Treasure Valley police officers healed, ready for new home

A stray dog that was struck by a vehicle on Idaho Highway 44 in late December now has a new lease on life, thanks to a whole bunch of caring Valley residents.

Walker Moore is now up for adoption.

The dog’s injuries included a broken pelvis, which veterinarians put back together with plates and screws. Twenty-five people donated $1,875 to a GoFundMe account set up by Boise Bully Breed Rescue to help cover the cost of the dog’s vet bills.

The dog was named for two Treasure Valley police officers: Middleton Police Sgt. Steve Walker and Canyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryce Moore. The pair was lauded for their part in getting the injured dog to safety and treatment.

Walker Moore needed crate rest after his surgery, and he had to be walked in a sling for eight weeks, said Cathleen Catti of Boise Bully Breed.

Samantha Francke, a groomer at Wags to Riches Doggie Salon in Meridian, has provided foster care for the dog since his surgery. Once a week, she brings him to the salon to hang out and get a bath. He’s a “total goofball,” Francke said.

“His tail never stops. He’s very sweet. Basically, he just wants to hang out with you all day,” Francke said. “He’s a big whiner if he’s left alone.”

Walker Moore is a 5-year-old, 65-pound neutered male bully breed. Francke said he gets along well with her other dog. She doesn’t have any cats but she does have chickens, and she hasn’t seen Walker show any interest in going after them.

“He’s fantastic,” Francke said. “All he wants to do is play.”

Francke said she used a towel as a sling to lift up his hindquarters when taking him outside for potty breaks. He no longer needs the sling — he can go out himself — but the veterinarians have recommended another four weeks before he plays with other dogs.

Interested in adopting Walker Moore? Contact Boise Bully Breed Rescue at BoiseBBR@gmail.com or visit their website, www.boisebullybreedrescue.com.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller