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Kenny the Paralyzed Doberman Learns to Walk Again

Twice vets advised he be put down, but this dog wouldn't give up. See the Bill Foundation video.

 |  Nov 7th 2013  |   9 Contributions


Kenny is a Doberman Pinscher, a sweet-natured dog with a knack for kissing those he cares for at oportune moments. He is loving and sweet without much in the way of aggressive tendencies, which most animal lovers would celebrate.

Kenny's original owners, however, did not think Kenny was aggressive enough -- so they dropped him at the shelter, where his story might have ended. But it didn't.

For the crime of being too good natured Kenny was left at the shelter for three years. Finally, a rescue group took him in, which should have been his happy ending -- but his tale took a tragic turn. A gate was dropped on Kenny, and his back was severely injured. Vets advised that he should be euthanized, and again his story most likely was about to end. But it didn't.

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Kenny, shortly after the accident.

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He had to be carried at first.

Two Hands Four Paws heard about Kenny, and its members had faith that they could make him whole again. They rescued him and put together a plan, a plan that included massive surgery and months of rehab.

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Slowly he learned control of his own body again.

About this time, I met Kenny. Perhaps from my own physical maladies I felt a connection to him. I too know what it is like to be trapped in a body that -- at times -- will not allow you to live life the way you wish. Kenny was trapped in a body that would not let him live at all. So I posted on Facebook asking our "village" to help donate to his care (for surgeries, MRI scans, and treatment for pneumonia -- yes pneumonia, too). The cost was substantial. In short order, the Bill Foundation village raised more than $6,000 for Kenny.

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Eventually he could stand and walk freely.

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Here's what Kenny can do now.

Fundraising and surgery were the easy part, though. The team at Two Hands Four Paws rehabilitated Kenny for three hours each day for almost six months. That is more than 500 hours of rehab. With the odds stacked against him, it is realistic to say he should never have walked again.

But he did. And it was nothing short of a miracle.

Watch the video below and share it. Miracles like this need to be seen. And celebrated. (This video doesn't work on all mobile devices, so here's an alternate link: https://vimeo.com/78767578)

Visit the Bill Foundation to apply to adopt Kenny or to donate to help us continue saving dogs in need. You can learn more about Kenny at Two Hands Four Paws.

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