It is simply disheartening to hear sad news about our beloved pets. We would refuse to believe it at first and some would immediately fold thinking nothing can be done. However, this particular family did not let those thoughts into their mind after they heard their dog possibly could not walk again. They, along with other people, persevered to encourage the dog to get back up on his feet.
This giant pooch has the gentlest heart of all.
Meet, Grizzly, a 160-pound dog that Melissa Mullamphy got for her family. Melissa has a son named Luke, and when Grizzly arrived in their lives, Luke wholeheartedly accepted the dog and became his best friend.
They would do everything together at the point that they were almost inseparable. They were all well and happy until something happened to Grizzly.
The family was saddened after they heard news about their dog.
One day, Grizzly suddenly was unable to walk and his family was clearly worried about him. The dog could barely walk and so they had to take him to the vet. Everyone thought that it was just Grizzly’s muscles weakening, but the vet still had to take him for a proper examination.
However, it turned out to be something worse! Grizzly was diagnosed with Wobblers Syndrome. The vet gave the option to let him go through a surgery and even reassured the family that Grizzly would walk out of the operating room. Unfortunately, the dog came back out of the room on a gurney.
People thought Grizzly would never walk again.
“The vet says if they don’t walk after four months, they’re not going to,” Melissa shared to The Dodo.
Some thought that Grizzly is practically a 160-pound dead weight, but the family refused to accept that. They would do everything for Grizzly even though they had to go back to square one.
Every day, the family would perform a home therapy for Grizzly to exercise his limbs, hoping that it would help him walk one day.
The son Luke helped a lot in encouraging Grizzly to get back up again. Luke would read stories for him, watch cartoons, and sometimes accompany Grizzly on his bed. The sad thing was, four months passed and there were no signs of Grizzly getting better.
The family remained hopeful despite everything that happened.
In July, the Mullamphy’s found a place that decided to take a shot at helping Grizzly. But they had to be separated for a while as Grizzly had to stay with the people who were willing to help him.
The people took Grizzly to the rehab center and observed him. They left him in a pen with the other dogs and they would see him getting lonely and frustrated. It was clear how much he missed the family, and that encouraged him to boost himself up. When people found how determined Grizzly was to see his family again, it made it easier for them to help him.
The sweet reunion.
The workers continued to encourage Grizzly, and the family came to visit him to see his progress. Three days into Christmas break, Grizzly was finally ready to go back home.
“When he saw us, he actually almost ran to the car,” Melissa said. “We were all crying.”
Grizzly defied the odds and was able to come back home to the family, walking on his own four legs. The family, especially Luke, were just so happy to see their best friend back with them.
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