i emailed you a few months ago regarding a swimmers puppy that was given
a chance to live, and now is full of life, Graham - as we called him.
was named Graham after a TV commentator called Graham on a game show called
Surprise Surprise, as he was a surprise as he was born a day and a half
after the last puppy was born and couldnt feel any more. He was a
poor feeder and at 3weeks old noticed that he was rather flat, whereas
the other were round.
Graham slept, he used to flip himself over onto his back,(see pic) which
made breathing alot better. He was taken to the vets at 4weeks as
the others were up on there feet, and Graham dragged himself around on
his front legs, which he used to paddle to the side. He was xrayed and
all organs were intact and working, and was taken back a week later, and
was still not walking.
because he was a poor feeder he wasnt as big as the others, so when he
fed we packed him up with towels so that he could reach mums teats, and
was placed on the fullest teat, as so to get all he could.
we took him back to the vets and after a few tears and long discussion
with the vet, about how to get him sorted, one of the options was to break
his ribs and have them reset, but couldnt put a puppy through that. So
because he wasnt walking we decided to give him one more week and if it
didnt happen we would then have the poor lad put to sleep.
much research via your webpage, we purchased an ankle support, of which
we cut 2 leg holes in for his front legs to go through and popped him into
that, to give the support of rounding his ribs off. After many prayers
Graham walked 2 days before going back to the vets to be put to sleep.
So he had survived for the second time.
he slept we used to put him in a between 2 pillows put into a 'V' shape,
to round his ribs off even more. He's a feisty little man,and has
come over many hurdles, and now he is 9months old and a cutie, he is brilliant,
bless him and the only difference between him and his brothers, is that
he is smaller and his front legs are just off set, and has staffordshire
bull terrier legs - bless him. We dont know whether he will have
problems in later life, but hes a fighter and with lots of TLC he has pulled
through. Please find the pics that have been included, just to prove again
it can be done