Pregnant dog, shot and paralyzed, on the road to recovery

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BAKERSFIELD, CA. (KGET) – Avyanna was shot in her back, abandoned in a field, and giving birth to her puppies.

The gun shot severed her spinal cord. She has no deep pain sensation in her back legs. But, she is fighting. Avyanna is giving her five puppies a fighting chance.

The founder of Marley’s Mutts, Zach Skow says if this had been a human, it would be everywhere. But a dog is teaching us the lesson to fight, even during the difficult times. “If a human woman had been shot in the back, paralyzed, gave birth in a field, and is at a recovery center, it would be all over cnn. but you have a dog who did it. it’s just remarkable, incredibly remarkable,” says Skow.

In what can seem like such a tragedy, came to be a story of resilience and positivity. Avyanna along with her five puppies are creating a new narrative for their life; One full of love for their new owners as they embark on another chapter.

Avyanna will continue here road to recovery at Marley’s Mutts in Wheely World where she’ll be equipped with a wheelchair to help her get around.

2-legged poodle walks on hind legs after remarkable recovery: ‘The friendliest, happiest dog’

Cora the miniature poodle has made a remarkable recovery after being abandoned with two broken legs, a broken back and a shattered pelvis a few years ago, news agency South West News Service (SWNS) reports. The 6-year-old pup was adopted by Zach Skow of Tehachapi, Calif., in Feb. 2018 and has made paw-sitive progress ever since.

Skow, who runs Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, suspects that the precious pup sustained the traumatic injuries after being run over by a car.

“We tried to save the legs with surgery but one of them had a bone infection and had to be amputated, and the other one couldn’t be fixed and had to be amputated as well,” he explained. “She was depressed – it was a shock for her to lose her legs and it was very painful for her to be immobile.”

“The vet wanted us to euthanize her but I’ve taken in many two-legged dogs over the years and I knew she could get better,” Skow continued. “Now Cora is the rock star of them all.”

After the surgery, Cora got stronger by walking with the assistance of a cart. And within three months, she learned to hop around on two legs.


“Through perseverance and dogged will she learned how to walk on her own,” Skow said. “We gave her space and we let her be – we didn’t want to be overly sympathetic and carry her everywhere.”

Now, the playful poodle is living her best life, with her proud owner describing Cora as “the friendliest, happiest dog I’ve ever met.”

“She has never met a person or a pet that she doesn’t want to be best friends with,” Skow said. “I think her mission in life is to display gratitude wherever she goes.

Kansas dog makes 50-mile trek to her old home in Missouri

LAWSON, Mo. (AP) — A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.

Colton Michael told television station KMBC that the 4-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix showed up on the front porch of his family’s home in Lawson, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.

At first, she wouldn’t let anyone get near her, said Michael, who has lived in the home for nearly two years.

“She finds her way home, and there’s some strangers living in it. That would be scary for anybody,” he said.

Eventually, he was able to gain Cleo’s trust and to get her checked for a microchip, which showed that she belonged to the former owners of his house.

Cleo’s owners, who had moved to Olathe, Kansas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Lawson, couldn’t believe it when Michael called and said the dog had turned up at their old home. They had posted on Facebook a week earlier about the missing dog. Neither family knows how Cleo made the trip, which would have required her to cross at least one river.


Sex: Male
Breed: Cane Corso/Mastiff x
Age: 7 years old
Courage is not available for adoption at this time. We are still getting to know his personality and he continues to need medical care and supervision.
Courage has seen more horrors in his short life than many of us will see in a lifetime! He is the face of a fighting ring dog and bares the scars of his abuse. Paws for Miles rescue in Cincinnati reached out asking for help. They’d pulled Courage from one of their local shelters and discovered he had no tongue. We made the road trip and Courage joined the Mutt militia ranks.
Courage is covered in scars consistent with those seen in many bait dogs. His tongue has been removed at the base and we suspect it was likely ripped out by another dog. He is currently underweight but has learned to both eat and drink without the assistance of a tongue. He makes daily improvements are amazing.
We have not assessed him with other dogs as he needs time to heal and decompress. He can display defensive behavior when kenneled after hanging out with people he knows and trusts. Due to his ongoing medical and training needs he is not currently available for adoption.

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