For the past few years, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL actress Rena Sofer (Quinn) has been opening her heart and home to foster dogs in need of forever families. Earlier this month, the B&B star shared on Instagram that her family recently welcomed into their home a chocolate Labrador retriever puppy named Bear, who sadly was living in a West Los Angeles Animal Shelter with a broken leg. The actress had first learned about sweet Bear thanks to a post sent to her by fellow animal advocate Annika Noelle (Hope), and then with the help of some other animal-loving friends, brought the 5-month-old puppy to her home to take care of him and get him the medical attention he needs.
Over the past few days, Sofer has been updating her followers on Bear’s adjustment to life in the home she shares with her husband, television director Sanford Booksaver, their daughter, Avalon, and the family’s dogs. “He has so much energy and is very playful,” Sofer said of Bear. “My dogs (who aren’t always the friendliest) are putting up with him and are even getting closer to him.”
Unfortunately, sweet Bear’s broken front leg was prohibiting him from living his best life, and the pup had surgery on Nov. 20 to amputate the limb. “We’ve seen three doctors and the ultimate consensus is that because he’s so young, the break didn’t allow his leg to grow like his other ones, so he will always be off,” Sofer explained. “So it’s best to remove it. Anika and I are gonna take this on, and then Sandy and I will get him ready for his forever home.”
In another post, which also included a video of the actress, Sofer further explained Bear’s predicament. “The healing and pain and possibilities of infection were too great for a surgery [to fix the break] that may or may not work, so we went with the best option for him. Amputation,” she said. “Listen, I know nothing about who had him before he went into the shelter system or why they didn’t fix his broken leg. He ended up in a cage for a month while all his healthy legs grew and his broken one withered. Thankfully, that will be fixed today, and he will heal and thrive and make some lucky family so happy in his furever home.”
Thankfully, Bear’s surgery went well, and he is on his way to a thriving life, even though he has several weeks of healing ahead of him. In the last of several Instagram posts documenting Bear’s progress, Sofer thanked veterinarian Dr. Balfour for doing “an amazing job” correcting Bear’s horrible injury and shared a video of the tripod puppy running around her backyard. “[The vets] told me he is a completely different dog than he was when he came in. It was clear he had been through a terrible trauma and was constantly in pain from his broken leg,” Sofer wrote. “But as he woke up today, he was a happy puppy! Now he’s home again and trying to play with all the other dogs. This dog was worth saving. They are all worth saving if you just give them a chance! Thank you again for all the well wishes! I’ll keep keeping you posted!”
We are so glad to hear that Bear received the medical attention he so badly needed and will get a new chance at life. Although he probably won’t be ready to be adopted by a furever family until he’s healed up, Sofer pointed out that there are lots of other dogs as adorable as Bear that are in need of good homes and lots of love, whether you want to temporarily foster them or rescue them for life!