I am reaching out to readers today to help Igi, the beautiful boy pictured above. Igi worked alongside his handler at O’Hare International Airport for five years as bomb sniffing dog until he needed surgery for a spinal condition. His handler contacted Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog because he has one month to find a new home for the dog.
“Igi worked for the U.S. government, Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security (TSA) Administration,” said Igi’s handler Ken. “He was an explosive detection dog assigned to O’Hare Intl Airport.”
“Igi is 6.5 years old and a male German Shepard. We have been partners protecting the public for 5 years. He gets along with other dogs after being introduced. He is very intelligent and loving. Shortly I will be assigned a new detection dog which would put me at five dogs and over the legal limit for my town. I need help finding a forever home without steep stairs so Igi can live in comfort.”
Igi suffered four ruptured discs that required surgery and he has spinal stenosis. He currently needs the assistance of a harness to help him walk while he recovers from the surgery, but he is expected to make a full recovery after he completes rehab. Igi also takes three daily medications that will have to be maintained by his new family.
Igi’s handler is caught in a tough situation. He is an officer for the U.S. government and his job requires him to work with a bomb detection dog. At the same time he has a deep bond with Igi and wants to do the best for him by finding a family that can give him the care and attention he needs.
Both Ken and I would be grateful is you could share Igi’s story so a home can be found for this disabled bomb sniffing dog. Please contact me by leaving a comment below if you would like more information or if you know someone who would like to meet Igi.