Paralysed Pit Bull inspires others – Elsa now works as a therapy dog and never gives up! This story was submitted by Furever Member and Elsa’s mom @Kelly as Furever works towards casting the dogs who will appear in the Furever Home documentary series.
I adopted Elsa through HugABull Rescue and Advocacy Society in 2010. She came from a cruelty seizure by the SPCA where she was involved in an irresponsible breeding situation. Elsa was rescued along with 26 other dogs (mostly pit bull puppies). All of the dogs were sick. They were suffering from malnourishment, mange and respiratory infections. She was nursed back to health and found her furever home with us at the age of 5 months.
Elsa was a very adventurous pup. She loved to go hiking in the woods and go fishing with her dad. Elsa always had a happy go lucky attitude!
Paralysed Pit Bull inspires – never give up!
One day, at the age of 13 months while playing at doggie daycare, Elsa suddenly collapsed. She became totally paralysed, from her shoulders down. We rushed her to a vet. An MRI confirmed she had suffered from a fibrocartilaginous embolism. In plain English – a blockage in her spinal cord that resulted in paralysis. My husband Nik and I decided to enroll Elsa in an intensive rehabilitation program. She worked very hard at physiotherapy for 16 months. She has since relearned how to walk.
Throughout Elsa’s troubled start to life, she has always remained one the happiest dogs I have ever met. Her love for people is what inspired me to try her out as a pet visitation dog. Elsa passed the screening process. She is now a certified pet visitation dog through the Pets and Friends organization. Elsa does weekly visits to GF Strong rehabilitation centre in Vancouver, BC where she inspires people with brain and spinal cord injuries to never give up.
Send Furever Member @Kelly a note – an encouraging word can mean so much!
Elsa’s amazing journey has earned her recognition on Cesar Millan’s website as “fan favorite video.” She was also listed as top 20 “Pit of the Year.” She has appeared live in Cesar Millan’s seminar as a “rescue dog that has gone on to do something extraordinary.” Most recently Elsa was honoured in a ceremony in May and awarded the BCSPCA ”Animal Hero Award 2013.”
She is an ambassador for her breed and for shelter dogs.
“I think Elsa would be the perfect candidate for the rescue documentary.”
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