So I’m excited to talk about an wonderful organization I’ve begun working with called Angels with Misplaced Wings. They are a nonprofit providing long-term and hospice care to animals in need.
This particular pup’s name is Papillo and here is his background story from @angelswithmisplacedwings -
Papillo was born and lived on the streets of Costa Rica for the first year of his life. He was discovered paralyzed, pulling himself around the streets, by a nonprofit group that travels to countries like Costa Rica to help provide medical care to the local animals. They asked around and learned that Papillo had been run over by a motorcycle. Arrangements were made to transport Papillo to a speciality clinic in Portland, Oregon. Diagnostics, including an MRI, were performed revealing that the accident had severed his spinal cord and that he would be paralyzed for the rest of his life. The people involved in Papillo’s rescue efforts raised money for a wheelchair and his initial care while starting the process of finding him a forever home. Six months passed and there were no leads on finding him a family. We learned about Papillo when a friend shared a news segment that aired on local TV about him and we knew that he would be a perfect fit for our family. Papillo has been with us since 2012, thriving thought the exceptional medical care he receives including physical therapy, water therapy, massage therapy along with Chinese Herbal Therapy, acupuncture and essential oil therapy. He now has a custom made cart that addresses all of his specific conditions related to his paralysis which he loves to use during play dates and long walks. Around home he prefers to be in the cart and pulls himself around the house and yard...and he is fast. We can barely catch him when he takes off across the yard. Despite his severed spinal cord and paralysis Papillo can “stand” and “spinal walk”, which is unusual for his condition. He has no conscious control over these movements since there is no neurological connection between his brain and hind legs. However, he does occasionally “walk” across the house until he loses balance and his hind end gives out.