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.


We couldn’t say no to Tova!

Tova is super stoic beauty! She is an approximately 80 pounds, 1-2 year old mastiff mix.  This beautiful girl was named after the feminine version of Thor, the god of thunder. Her name is everything that is beautiful and good.

Unfortunately, Tova was picked up as stray by Kern County Animal Services with horrific burns (we believe they are chemical burns) to her body. We have no idea how Tova was burned but she has recovered after several months – though she will always have the scars as reminders. While Tova recovered from her burns and extreme infections, she could not get spayed, but guess what??!! She was pregnant, so then Tova’s Marley’s Mutts foster parent had to step up to the puppy experience – 8 puppies to be exact! They are on the website now.  Big kids to say the least!

Through it all, Tova has excelled and now she is ready to get her figure back and find her forever family!

Tova is intelligent and has learned the rules of her foster home super quick! She is packed with personality and loves all people she meets – small children, adults, men, women, strangers, you name it. She is definitely a people dog! She loves to cuddle with people. Tova settles down nicely in the house, she is housebroken, crate and kennel trained -she does not make a peep when confined. This dog would do well in an apartment or condo.  She has no separation anxiety and is a very solid dog when left alone. She is great for baths and is good with being handled. Tova is an EXCELLENT car traveler and would do very well on long trips! She is healthy, eats well, not picky and no finicky stomach issues. She is moderately active and enjoys hanging out with you.  She is not an escape artist – she will stay nicely behind a 5-foot chain-link fence and waits patiently for you to return. She has no food aggression with humans and is comfortable with you taking bones and food away. She has not chewed up blankets in her crate or tried chewing on anything inappropriate around the house.

Tova is social with dogs who are social and respectful with her and has met several new large dogs while in her foster home.  She is open and easy going. She would not do well with overly dominant or insecure type personalities – it is the happy go lucky types she adores. Her and foster dog Ronan are the BEST of buds and play all the time. She interacts with all of our dogs comfortably and does not bug them even though she is young.  She does love to play with dogs, but she could also live happily as an only dog.  The foster’s mom’s 11-pound chiweenie visited for a few days and she was awesome with him as well.

Tova is also doing great with the fosters two house cats. She’s very affectionate with them.  She clearly was raised with cats because she was naturally happy with them. She has also been great with the fosters two donkeys – a little shy of them, but overall well mannered.

Tova pretty much knows the commands sit, down, come, kennel, and wait – though true to the nature of the mastiff – it is more on her time whether she is responsive. She is learning a very solid heel and “no.” She has a great recall in the yard – even when she is on the hunt for varmints. Tova will need regular exercise, but she is on the lazier side. She is highly food motivated – that is her training secret. Tova would be fine with first time dog owners as she is pretty content with whatever you do with her and is not high maintenance.

Tova will be spayed on 10/27 and then have two weeks to recover with her foster parent.  However, we are ready to start talking to potential families to find her forever family!  If you are interested in learning more about Tova, please fill out the adoption application.

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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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