Deformed puppy learns to walk
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From Daily News Alert: A puppy in Sanford, Florida, was rescued after being found in a garbage bag. Erica Daniel, 26, found the puppy outside the Save-A-Lot. A man was selling pit-bull puppies for $50. Daniel could hear a noise coming from a garbage bag next to the man. Daniel pressed the guy until he allowed her to look inside.
Inside was a deformed puppy that couldn’t walk or hold up its head. Shelter workers and veterinarians came to the conclusion that the dog should be euthanized.
Daniel fosters dogs that need serious help. While she was outnumbered on the deciding whether or not to euthanize this pup, she decided to take her home for the night to give the puppy unconditional love. The plan was to have her humanely euthanized in the morning.
It’s a good thing this woman took her in because now the puppy is recovering to the point that she’s able to walk. They named the little girl Harper.
Harper’s disorder, commonly called “swimmer puppy disorder“, causes dogs to lie flat on their chests with the legs perpetually sprawled out. Most dogs afflicted with it don’t survive.
Within hours of taking Harper home Daniel noticed a difference. She massaged the puppy’s tight muscles, hoping to relieve some of her pain. It worked. Harper lifted her head and looked around. Her front legs also became more limber. Daniel quickly canceled Harper’s appointment to be euthanized and instead made an appointment with a veterinarian at the University of Florida.
The good news is the things they worried she might suffer from such as degenerative bone disease, brain abnormalities and a severe heart murmur were not to be found in this pup.
Her story quickly spread and when the people at the Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy and Fitness in Winter Park, Fla., heard about her they decided to donate free hydrotherapy and massage therapy to the puppy.
The water therapy has been so effective that she’s now able to walk on grass, carpet and concrete. Daniel said she still struggles with hardwood floors and tile.
Sniff, sniff. But what a happy ending!