This story comes from way up north in Manitoba, Canada where a paralyzed puppy is teaching people to never give up. In late January Gizzy was found dragging himself on the side of the road after being hit by a car. One of his hind legs was shattered and the other paralyzed. He had infections on his belly and legs. Yet even with all of this bad luck, the puppy’s will to survive can be a lesson to all of us.
After Gizzy was discovered he was taken Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue in Winnipeg. The rescue group brought the puppy to a local animal hospital for treatment. It looked like his run of bad luck might be changing, but sadly it was determined that Gizzy’s shattered leg could not be saved. Then to make matters worse, Gizzy suffered a heart attack during surgery that left him blind.
The puppy has endured more misfortune than most of us will see in a lifetime. But his veterinarians and the rescue group aren’t giving hope. They believe Gizzy’s strong will to survive will help him beat the odds.
“We are at the stage right now, with Gizzy, that we are going to keep pushing with him,” Colleen Holloway, a volunteer with Manitoba Mutts, told Metro News. “We’re confident in the professional advice in the veterinary hospital. We are seeing, in him, a will and a desire to keep going.”
The campaign to get Gizzy rolling on his own
To help Gizzy walk again, Manitoba Mutts started a campaign to buy a custom wheelchair with an attached halo so he won’t bump into things. They are also accepting contributions to pay for Gizzy’s veterinary bills and future rehabilitation. In total, they are seeking $6,000CAD.
Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit organization that started in 2011. Founders Rebecca Norman and Sara Robinson saw the need to save dogs who were abandoned, abused or surrendered at no fault of their own. The group looks forward to seeing the day when Gizzy can once again stand on his own.