Kanuk, a yellow Lab mix, came down with a mysterious injury leaving him without the use of his back legs. Devoted dog lovers in Texas are hoping to find a forever home for the 11-month-old pup!
“He likes to play; he likes to run around and chase things. He’s just a little slower doing it,” Catherine Prystup, who is fostering Kanuk for Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption said.
After Kanuk was examined by the vet, he thinks he suffered some sort of spinal injury when he was young and at this point, experts do not think surgery will help. “His condition is not expected to worsen; how he is now, is how he will stay,” Prystup said. “He doesn’t require any additional care, he doesn’t have extensive issues, he could live to be 15 years just fine.”
Rescue volunteers got Kanuk booties to protect his feet when he walked.
In only a couple of hours, they received an email from a woman named Amy Countryman with the Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield, Texas. Countryman could help Kanuk.
“I read the post from Lucky Lab and reached out immediately to offer the cart to them,” Countryman said. “One of our clients donated a large pink custom wheelchair when their dog passed away in hopes we could find someone who needed it. We weren’t sure we would ever find a dog of that size who could use it, but we held onto it for months because we know those types of chairs are very expensive to have made.”
Kanuk immediately took to the cart and loved it.
“Our hospital is so thankful that they were able to rescue Kanuk and that the cart is helping him in his journey to his forever home,” Countryman said. “He doesn’t even seem to mind that it’s pink.”
Kanuk has since started water therapy, which is helping strengthen his muscles. With the activity and exercise he’s getting, Kanuk has even started trying to stand on his own and take steps.
There is no stopping Kanuk, he is on the go all the time and he’s become quite the star in Austin, where he now lives with his foster mom.
Kanuk is still looking for that permanent family to go home to. Kanuk has gone to many local events and even appeared on KUVE-TV (Austin)’s “Pet of the Week” segment with his foster mom and other dogs up for adoption.
He has also played the groom in a dog-themed wedding designed to raise awareness about Lucky Lab and the importance of adoption.
Kanuk’s foster mom is by his side during all his events.
When Kanuk isn’t making appearances, his daily routine is now relatively easy.
“I put him in the cart for an hour or two every day while we go on walks. It takes about a minute to get him in the cart and less than a minute to get him out,” Prystup said. “He can get around just fine in the house without the cart. We really only use it on walks.”
Kanuk has been up for adoption since the summer and unfortunately, has not had a lot of interest. “It would be my Christmas present to see him get a home for the holidays,” Prystup said.
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