I share stories about special needs pets all the time, but little Bialy’s story is one to remember. Maybe it’s because she was found around Christmas 2012 as a stray 2 month-old puppy or maybe it’s because she had been severely abused. Bialy had a wound on her neck and a broken back. Or maybe her story stands out because I believe some dogs were put on Earth for a special reason.
Bialy was saved by Second Snoots Rescue in Chicago and soon after Erin Kowalski, a canine massage therapist, became her foster mom and advocate. Erin was told that Bialy’s hind legs were paralyzed and she shouldn’t expect the puppy to walk again. Bialy was put into a splint to heal her back and sent home with Erin.
During that time Erin decided to try daily massage therapy sessions on the paralyzed puppy to see if it could stimulate her legs. The massage regimen would sometimes span up to 3 hours a day.
After two weeks Bialy regained some movement in one of her legs. Soon she was making progress on a daily basis.
With Erin’s determination, the once paralyzed puppy became healthy enough to start a full rehab program and after 6 months, the puppy was walking (although a little shaky) on her own. When she stopped growing, Erin saw that Bialy was fitted for a dog wheelchair.
At that time Bialy was officially adopted by Terry Ruggiero and her family. Terry’s dog had been a client of Erin, when he needed physical therapy.
The two women shared the responsibility of taking care of Bialy’s 24 hour needs and out of their dedication to one paralyzed dog they founded Bialy’s Wellness Foundation for all disabled dogs. They made Bialy their Special Needs Ambassador.
“The goal of our nonprofit group is to help others recognize the impact adopting a dog with special needs has not only on the life of the dog rescued, but also the person that opens their heart and home to the dog in need,” said Erin.
“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation provides families of special needs dogs with equipment, veterinary care, rehab therapy and support so the animals can have a strong quality of life.”
Bialy’s Wellness Foundation is a young group but they have already helped dogs in Chicago, New York and Canada. The 501(c)3 organization is funded through donations. Those in need can apply for assistance on the website.
Despite all of the love and support Erin and Terry gave to Bialy, it seems to me, their little dog came to Earth for the purpose of bringing the women together to help dogs in need. Bialy became an angel on June 19, 2014. Although she was only here for a short time, her legacy will live on through the foundation that was created in her name.
Here’s a video of Bialy’s full story:
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