On Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM, Erin B <email@example.com>
I just wanted to share my swimmer puppy's story.
He was 5 weeks old when he was rescued and no one thought there was any
hope for him. His big blue sparkling eyes looked up at me and I decided
that I would do whatever I could to help him. I
have attached a brief story of his recovery with some pictures.
Erin and R2-D2
Subject: Re: my swimmer puppy
From: Erin B <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:21:18 -0600
Please do share our story with everyone.
l have also started a facebook group to spread the word about swimmer
puppies, I would love for you to join and add to it. I have put pictures
and video of R2's recovery and the first times he walked. However,
his is the only story I know so if you have other pictures and stories
you can add, that would be great! I will send you the link from facebook.
I found your web site when
R2 was a baby and it was the only suggestion I found that he might live
and I had to cling hard to that so I am very grateful. At the time
I couldn't figure out how to contact you and wasn't sure the website was
still active, otherwise I would have contacted you then for help at first
and later to share our success. I still wanted there to be as much
info as possible about saving swimmer puppies though so I also started
the website:www.swimmerpuppy.org and hoped people would send in their
stories for me to add but I haven't gotten much response. I keep
R2's story up and it has more details than they short version I sent you
so feel free to check it out and feel free to use anything you find on
the site and add it to yours. What matters most is that people with
swimmer puppies are able to find information, help, and hope somewhere.
Saving A Swimmer Puppy
R2-D2 & Erin Bierwirth
he came into my life he could not walk, he could not even stand. His chest
was as flat as a board and his legs splayed, reaching out like the points
on a star.
His condition was extremely stressful for his body and his entire immune
system was severely compromised.
R2-D2 was 5 weeks old
I refused to accept this fate and I managed to come up with some creative
physical therapy. I spent all day massag- ing his shoulders, trying to
encourage his legs to move into position in a constant battle with the
muscle spasms that were fighting to keep his legs as they were.
||Next, R2 started wearing homemade vests that
would help reposition his legs and pad his chest to avoid any additional
pressure on his rib cage. He also had to sleep in positions that would
keep him from roll- ing onto his stomach.
Finally we added a new exercise to our physical therapy routine which
would help him start to develop the muscles and the coordination that would
be necessary when he was able to start walking.
The Chute was built so that the sides were shoulder width apart provid-
ing support for him to stand up and keep his legs from splaying.
It took almost a month and it was the longest month of my life but R2-D2
got on his feet,
learned to walk and even started looking like a “normal” puppy.
The trust, dedication, determination, and passion we both put into R2’s
recovery led to the creation of an amazing
|bond and I am now applying the same passion,
dedication and commitment to providing dog training and pet care services
|Waggles Dog Training & Pet Care - Great Falls MT:
For more information about our dog training and pet sitting services
contact Erin at Waggles Dog Training:
406-564-1982 email@example.com www.waggledogs.com
Swimmer Success !!!!
Swimmer Puppies Saved
Swimmer Puppy Recovery Methods