Dogs are incredible animals. Melissa Mullamphy and her husband adopted a Mastiff named Grizzy as a companion for their young son, Luke. One day, Grizzy suddenly became disabled.

Grizzy and Luke were best mates who did everything together. Grizzy became lame, and the Veterinarian initially thought it was just muscle related. But it turned out to be worse. The Mastiff was diagnosed with wobblers disease, a condition that affects the spinal cord and neck, causing weakness in the legs. Large dogs like Grizzy really struggle with this disorder.

The family decided to have a somewhat risky surgery performed on their dog. The doctors told the owners that Grizzy would walk out of the hospital, but Grizzy, unfortunately, left on a gurney. He had quadriplegia.

Life had to start all over for Grizzy and his family. They were now dealing with a dog who was 160 lbs of dead weight. Melissa says they had to buy him a special hoist, like the ones used in nursing homes. The family had to rent vans to transport him places. It was hard and heartbreaking.

Their young son, Luke, helped a lot. Luke would read books to Grizzy, and they would watch television together. Luke would often get out of his bed and sleep with Grizzy on his dog bed. Everyone was exhausted.

 

Their veterinarian told them if a dog isn’t walking four months post operation, it is unlikely it ever will. They had reached the four-month mark. The family decided to seek outside help. In July they found a rehab facility who took him in.

During his time in rehab, Grizzy wanted all the attention of the staff. Melissa believes it was Grizzy’s determination to be seen that put him on the path of a full recovery. A full recovery is precisely what happened, too.

Just three days before Christmas, Grizzy started to walk. Now the family can hardly keep him from running. What a heartwarming gift to receive! Here is a video clip of his journey:

Video via The Dodo YouTube and photos via Grizzy’s journey to walking Facebook

 

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