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"He literally just bowed his head like he did something wrong," Wise said.

Wise got in for a closer look and discovered a nail, driven into Bomber's right eye.

"At first it was shock," he said. "And then I just snapped into, 'OK, it's go mode.'"

Nick rushed Bomber to the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado. Emergency doctors removed the 3.5-inch nail, but could not save Bomber's right eye.

"It was as far in as could possibly go," Dr. Matthew Chavkin, a Veterinary Opthamologist at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, said. "It was all the way back and right up against his skull that was protecting his brain."

Wise believes a neighbor - using a nail gun to reattach planks on a common fence - accidentally shot Bomber in the eye. He said Bomber got out through a doggy door while he was at work and went to the fence because of curiosity.

"I'm assuming he stood up to take a look," Wise said. "I don't know how it just went in. It was a straight shot. The fence is a little older, so it didn't catch on the wood, and it went straight through the wood."

Wise said the neighbor did not know the dog was hit until he spoke with him the next morning.

"We are on good terms. He was extremely apologetic," Wise said.

Though he has stitches on his right eye, Bomber has not missed a step.

"It has not slowed him down a bit," Wise said. "He runs around; he plays. I don't think he really even notices."

According to Dr. Chavkin, Bomber will have a relatively normal life after the surgery.

"It's really amazing how well dogs can adapt to vision with just one eye, said Dr. Chavkin. "They still have depth perception. They have a blind side but very quickly, they accommodate."

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