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Husker was dumped at a shelter. Before he was taken there, his caretaker brutilized him, which caused a pre-existing injury to his back to be re-injured. He was picked up by rescue and taken to a safe home. It was clear that he needed special attention that the foster could not provide, as he was also not able to walk. They kept him in a heated garage, as he was not able to control his bladder or bowel, despite being told that he was house-trained.

We had him transported here. We met the transport about an hour from our home. He had several potty breaks, with no results. This was after being on the transport for nearly 6 hours.

The first thing we did was take him potty as the transport reported that he had not gone in the 4-5 hours on the transport. Nothing.

We got him something to eat, as he had not had anything to eat since the day before. He was very hungry and thirsty and gobbled everything down. After 5 minutes or so, we took him potty. Again, nothing. So, we decided to check his bladder to see if it was full. It WAS BEYOND full, as was his bowel.

We expressed him and it was amazing how much he was able to hold, despite not being able to go. Clearly, due to his sustained injury, he had lost bladder and bowel control.

No wonder Husker appeared to be a tad owly, he had no way to tell everyone that he had to go, but couldn't get anything to work! We got home, got him cleaned up and fitted for a belly band, for those dribble potentials.

The next morning he went to the vet and was given some steroids and anti-biotics for his bladder infection. Then we started his therapy. Strick kennel rest and 2 weeks of water therapy and exercise, he showed great improvements. He wasn't walking, but was able to stand without support. a couple days later, when we tried to express him, he showed signs of feeling what we were doing and seemed a tad annoyed.

From that day on, as he was regaining bladder and bowel control, he pottied on his own! And, he was quite proud of that, as were we! During the next couple weeks, he was taking steps more and more. And, by 1 month was walking completely on his own.

In less than 2 months in therapy, Husker was walking and running and playing with the other pups. He wobbled a bit, but he had fully recovered from his injury, and was able to go to a more permanent foster home. He is a very happy, well adjusted little 2 year old, that just wanted to be loved.

He was a lucky boy, having sustained his original injury when he was less than 1 year old, and despite being re-injured by a man that he did not like, he loves everyone. His only down-fall, CATS.

We hope that Husker finds his forever home, as he's completely recovered. He may always walk a little wobbly, but with preventative care, and no cats to chase, he stands a great chance of not suffering another injury. But, as will all IVDD pups, the risk is greater for the potential. So, his new family should be prepared for the possibililty that he may, someday, require a customized walking cart.

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