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Juno is a full blooded Treeing Walker Coon Hound and she is absolutely gorgeous! She came to SPR due to some unfortunate luck recently. She was found on the side of the road by some kids in a rural Alabama town. It was very obvious that something was wrong with her because she could not walk and was very skinny. The kids carried her to their home and everyone assumed she had been hit by a car. She was very emaciated and drug her back legs and would not put weight on them. She was helpless and her spirit was gone. The parents reached out to Facebook to seek help for her.
A Sandi Paws member saw the post and immediately contacted the parents and picked her up that night. (I do believe that things happen for a reason and I do believe that this particular member/foster was trolling Facebook at the exact time and exact moment to be available for this specific dog, which was literally about 5 miles from her home .... but we will get to that point in a minute.)
Sooo... She was taken to the vet the next morning and clinical tests were performed and results showed that she was not hit by a car, but in fact, was shot in the spine causing some minor spinal cord injury and left to die. The vet then referred her to a specialist to assess her neurologic issues. For what reason that she was shot, we will never know. She may have not have been interested in hunting or she may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The next day she was taken to an Orthopedic Specialist in Birmingham to seek treatment options as she could not live a happy and good quality life dragging her back legs which would eventually cause damage to the top of her feet. The doctor ran more tests and xrays and came up with 2 options. Have surgery to remove the bone and bullet fragments from around her spine and potentially do more damage or put her on a heavy anti inflammatory and wait to see if she recovers. She also had a lot of weight to gain to rebuild her strength. (This is where the" chosen foster" comes into play) Juno's foster mom (just so happens to be a Physical Therapist) and brought Juno home and started extensive physical therapy. They worked on gait training using a sling to support her torso and tactile cues to retrain her back legs to ambulate and after a few days, Juno started to use her back legs again!!. She started becoming a happy hound again!! She started gaining weight and running and playing and being a care free hound that she may have not always used to be able to be! She is now able to fully use her legs, she does have a slight gait deficit but it does not slow her down.
She is the sweetqest hound and loves to cuddle and loves attention. She is a dominant female and does better with males but does have females currently as foster siblings. She has been working on house training. She does fine in a crate. Unsure with cats as there are none at her foster home, but being that she is a hound, would probably not be the best fit. She absolutely loves baths and rides well in a car.
If you are interested in giving sweet Juno her forever home, Please contact Sandi Paws Rescue!!Thank you for your interest in a Sandi Paws Rescue, Inc. Please visit our site at sandipaws.org for more information on our organization or to fill out an application to adopt one of our pets. You can also find volunteering information at our site as well.