My name is Hope and my story with Headrock Dogs began 29th June 2017
A cruel person threw me away, already with a "broken back" into the dry canal bed and left me to die with one of my front legs broken. I was on heat and I had no chance of defending myself from the male dogs in the neighbourhood.
I was rescued by Headrock Dogs with a temperature of 39.9 C. I was given lots of electrolytes, pain killers and my front leg was bandaged. I was in terrible pain, but I knew Verity was trying to help me so I looked away and let her do what she needed to do. I slept on a comfortable bed for the first time in my life. Despite my pain, it was bliss. After 3 days Verity realised that my broken front leg was too serious for her to treat.
Front Leg Amputated
I was taken on a long, 200km drive to a large veterinary hospital. My front leg was x-rayed. Devastatingly I was told that I needed to have my front leg amputated, leaving me with only one good leg. My future looks so bleak. My amputation went OK and I managed to sit up. I’ve been living in a plaster support to help realign my spine and see if it helps my legs in any way, but it has left with nasty sores.
After I was discharged from hospital I returned to my new home. I was still very nervous, painfully thin and my poor legs were covered in sores. Verity is so patient with me: I let her dress my wounds as I know she’s doing everything she can to help me. After a few days my operation stiches were taken out and my wound had healed well.
Hope Loves to be Outside
Hope is a strong willed determined dog. Despite her paralysis, her muscels are well developed and her front leg is incredibly strong. Over the years she has become very independent and loves to hop around on the grass and play with her friends. Her constant movement caused drag wouinds and pressure wounds on her back legs. We needed a solution to keep her mobile. That solution had to be a wheelchair.
Hope's Wheelchair Arrived from the USA
I've been waiting months to post these great pictures of Hope in her very own beautiful wheel chair!!!
A huge thanks to 3 wonderful people who made this happen. Tom Reiner, Tina Sumner, Gill Callandar who donated so generously and to Hope's fantastic sponosor Matteo Staffaroni in the US who gave me incredible support through the extremely difficult ordering process. It took over 3 months to finally get what we wanted. Hope's case is definitely 'out of the box' extraordinary. Not many people ask for a wheelchair for a one legged dog.
Hope we're so proud of you!
We've been giving Hope several 5 to 10-minute sessions in her wheelchair as instructed by Walking Wheels. She's nervous when we first lift her into it but after a few minutes of talking to her she relaxes. Hope has had many practice sessions in her wheelchair and she is slowly begining to become mobile without our help. The future looks very bright.