Fanny the 5 year old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has survived the unimaginable and thrived thanks to the support of her loving family. Fanny's mom shares her incredible story of survival:
Fanny has been through a lot in her young life, undergoing a front leg amputation when she was only 9 weeks old she has learned how to overcome a lot. At just over a year old, Fanny began training as a St. John Ambulance Therapy dog where she regularly visited schools and seniors homes every week. Her family describes Fanny as, "A bright and happy dog who is very calm and sweet at the same time. She loves the beach and soccer balls!"
Fanny's Fall and Her Recovery
In November 2020, Fanny was startled by an Amber Alert and jumped out of a window. She fell roughly 50 feet and broke her back in 5 places! Her injuries were extensive, requiring surgery and a lengthy month-long recovery period at the Vets.
Being a tripod on top of all the injuries, there is no way she could have recovered or managed any mobility or autonomy without her wheels. We started her on her wheels as soon as she had any voluntary movement in her legs which was about 3 weeks after the fall. Through the Canadian winter we removed the wheels and put 4 of the ski blades onto her system and she skied through the park every day! Her wheels have given her the freedom to be herself again! Fanny is a thriving tripod who is still healing, but gets better with each day.
What Do You Want Other People to Know About Caring for a Special Needs Pet?
My best wisdom for caring for a special needs pet and what I have learned are as follows… they are not that much more work than a “normal” dog and they give you so much in return. Almost every day I am approached by a stranger when I am out with Fanny and they say something along the lines of “bless you for taking care of her” I always think, I don’t deserve that kind of praise, she needed me and we are just doing what we need to do. Not once has she felt sorry for herself, and I go along with her positivity. I don’t push her to do more than she should and she impresses me daily on her own.