One of the missions of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to be a resource to rescue groups that are saving the lives of pets with special needs. I knew when I came across little Joshua and how his life has been transformed by K9 Rescue Bulgaria, I had to share his story.
Joshua weighed only 4 ½ pounds when he was found on the side of the road in rural Bulgaria with a severed spine. He was slowly dying from bladder and bowel paralysis and an infection. Although it looked like the sweet dog only had days to live, K9 Rescue didn’t give up hope.
Veterinarians at the rescue group’s clinic decided to take a chance best and perform a new type of surgery that would repair the dog’s spinal cord and allow the nerves to regenerate. They believed that with follow up therapy the severed pieces of Joshua’s spinal cord nerve would start “talking” to each other again.
“The procedure and therapy worked! Joshua has regained so much movement in his hind quarters that his therapists are confident he will walk again within a year,” reported K9 Rescue.
First Joshua had to be held by his therapist while he tested what his body could do in a swimming pool. Then after a short period of time, the little dog was swimming by himself.
Joshua’s recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. He now weighs a healthy 31 pounds and has fun running in a borrowed wheelchair, all over the property of his foster family.
K9 Rescue was founded to tackle cruelty to dogs in Eastern Europe. While they are based in the UK, their work takes them primarily to Bulgaria where many dogs are in need of help. The group focuses on developing the skills of local rescue groups by teaching them about animal care, veterinary training and education to the public.
The group hopes to raise funds to buy Joshua a wheelchair of his own and continue his intensive therapy that will get him walking again. You can read more about K9 Rescue on their website and Facebook Page.
Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog wishes Joshua a complete recovery and a happy long life. Thanks to K9 Rescue for letting me share his story.