“Through your support of helping animals in need, a very sweet dog named Hope received her second chance! We were contacted about Hope due to our experience with special needs dogs, particularly paralyzed dogs. She was at a rural shelter unable to move and needed to be seen by a vet quickly due to problems that occur with back-end paralysis.
We picked Hope up and took her directly to the neurologist. The prognosis for Hope wasn’t great; there was a less than 1% chance that Hope would use her back legs again. The neurologist wasn’t sure what caused Hope’s injury and felt it could have been from being dropped, kicked, or hit by a car. Because it was unknown exactly when her injury occurred, he recommended holding off on surgery as scar tissue had most likely already began to form and to do 6 weeks of rest. She also had a very severe UTI, which isn’t uncommon with paralyzed pups.
Hope wasn’t interested in resting and romped and played with her toys in her playpen! She was excited to see us each morning and let us know that her injury wasn’t going to slow her down or stop her from enjoying life or dressing up for Halloween!
After Hope’s resting period was complete, it was time to begin therapy and getting her fitted for a cart. She went to underwater treadmill therapy and acupuncture weekly. She worked very hard during her sessions and slowly began to build more strength throughout her body.
And once she got her cart, there was no holding her back! She was on the move!
Hope’s adorable personality really began to show once she could move and play again. She was sweet, sassy, and full of life. She chased after her foster siblings. Ran as fast as she could on walks. And always let her foster family know when it was time to eat! She also caught the heart of an amazing woman that wanted to welcome her into her home. It took a few months to work out the details to get Hope to her mom in Vermont from South Carolina, but in March it was time for our sweet girl to head to her forever home. And she went in style, aboard a personal flight with Flying Fur Animal Rescue.
We know that this sweet girl was once again unsure of where life was taking her, but we can say with certainty that she now has the best life! She has many fur-siblings, both four legged and other cart pups to play with and her mom is active and engaging, which keeps this little one busy. They hike often and she gives her brother George, a 120 lbs. German Shepherd, a good wrestling match every now and then. Her mom is what we would consider a true hero in the life of specially-abled pups! And of course, Hope is now the most stylish pup in town!
The support of the Pedigree Foundation made it possible to save Hope’s life and give her the second chance she needed! We’re very grateful for the opportunity to assist special needs pups like Hope and for the Pedigree Foundation for making a difference for her and so many others!
You can see more of Hope’s journey here