On one hot day in Georgia, rescuers found three neglected pitbull pups suffering under the scorching heat of the sun. Immediately, the rescuers brought the puppies into their center, called “Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescues,” and attended to their needs. All the pups turned out to be in good health except for one pup who could not walk.
They named that one pup Augie. One of Augie’s paw was wounded, and he dragged his back leg when he moved around. Fortunately, the pup’s condition didn’t stop Iris, his foster mom, from taking him under her wings.
Iris knew that Augie’s condition could be helped, so she brought Augie to the vet, but the vet told her that Augie would never get to walk again. Iris wasn’t giving up on Augie that easily. She decided that she was going to find a way to help the pup by herself.
First thing, she made sure that Augie’s wounded paw was fully healed. Then Iris set on to teach the pup how to use his back legs by manually helping him walk on a treadmill. Augie soon progressed to walking on an underwater treadmill, but when he turned five months old, Iris and Augie came across another challenge. The vet discovered that Augie also has a condition called hip dysplasia.
Because of his newly found condition, Augie had to undergo surgery to give him a better chance of learning how to walk. Despite all this, Augie stayed happy, and it even seemed like he wasn’t aware of his health conditions. As for Iris, she continued trying ways to help Augie get on his all fours.
Iris said she tried countless things on Augie, from acupuncture treatments to physical therapy to back leg strengthening. Finally, their efforts bore fruit when Augie started using his back legs! He can now walk by himself, but his walk is a little wobbly.
According to Iris, she lets Augie use his wheels when they go for long walks, but when he plays in their backyard, he can run around with no assistance. Augie still tends to drag his legs around when he feels tired after playing, but compared to how he was before, he has improved incredibly. Now that Augie has successfully learned how to walk, he is ready to find a forever home.
Iris said that she would miss Augie very much, but she knows that a loving family is out there waiting for the pup. Augie would love to be with a family that has a dog he can play with and preferably stay in a home without stairs. If you would want a loving and inspiring dog as a new member of your family, then Augie is the perfect pup for you!
Credits to Friends To The Forlorn Pitbull Rescue