[tweetthis]Paralyzed dog from South Africa learns to walk.[/tweetthis]
During the past two years of writing Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of dedicated pet parents who are caring for their paralyzed dog. Together these special people and I have formed a kind of community where we share our experiences and resources.
Last week, Natasha who lives in Namibia, wrote to share a video she made about her brave dog Savannah and the recovery the dog has made from a traumatic injury to her spine that left her paralyzed.
Here’s Natasha’s account about what happened to Savannah, her South African Boerboel:
“We arrived home from work and found her paralysed on the floor. We are not quite sure what happened but we believe she and our big male played, (he weighs almost 90kg) and she may have slipped on a concrete floor outside. X-rays showed that her vertebrae shifted and the nerves and marrow were damaged.
Savannah is a living example of courage to me. Dogs are not like people. They don’t feel sorry for themselves and their situation. People told us to put her down because of the pain and because she is large and heavy. She could not pee or poo on her own. She could not stand or walk. But we could not put her down so together we had the most heartbreaking, but also the most wonderful experience ever. I’m so proud of her!”
Natasha, thank you so much for sharing Savannah’s story!