In April of 2013, Two Hands Four Paws founder Leslie Gallagher received a call from Doberman Rescue regarding a paralyzed Doberman named Kenny. Kenny had suffered a traumatic event to his neck, possibly due to a kennel gate being dropped on him. He was rendered paralyzed in all four legs, completely unable to move. Due to the potential costs of a proper diagnosis and restorative surgery, euthanasia was proposed. Lisa contacted Leslie for advice. Leslie subsequently offered to take Ken in and try to work her magic one more time. The odds were not in her favor.
The staff at Two Hands Four Paws worked diligently for a month to get some functionality back into Ken’s legs. They were met with minimal success. Kenny had to be carried everywhere, he was unable to urinate on his own, and he was in terrible pain. At the end of the first month he developed cancerous tumors that needed to be removed. While recovering from surgery Kenny developed pneumonia which landed him back in the hospital. It was a low point. After spending several days under the watchful eyes of hospital staff, Kenny recovered and came home.
Though game for therapy, Kenny would need an MRI and probable neurosurgery. A fund raising campaign was established, word spread about Ken’s situation and contributions totaling over $9,000 came in from around the world! In early May, Dr. Wayne Berry, a leading neurologist analyzed the MRIs and performed the surgery. Immediately, Ken’s pain diminished and his limbs regained some flexibility. A major hurdle had been crossed.
It was then back to rehab. Intensive, focused rehabilitation. Massage therapy, hydro and laser therapies, acupuncture, exercises, etc. And it worked! Within a week of surgery he took his first few steps. He soon regained his ability to urinate and defecate on his own. His strength returned. He started to try to play with other dogs even though he was so unstable he fell down constantly.
Today, Kenny is stronger than ever. He runs down hallways, his spirit is bright and he charms everyone he meets. That’s Ken, and THAT’S the power of canine physical rehabilitation!
To read more about Kenny’s story on Leslie’s blog- click here.
Here are some of Kenny’s videos throughout his recovery:
Kenny’s Full Story, by the Bill Foundation:
Week 1 Post-Op
Week 2 Post-Op
Week 7 Post-Op