Luke’s progress

It has been a while since I posted about Luke. We have now had Luke in foster care for almost a year. His disc (IVDD) surgery was July 24. He didn’t recover much after surgery, so in December we started swim therapy. We go to every weekend, and it has been like a miracle for him. Where his legs were completely contracted out straight, now they are fairly bendy — the left more so than the right. He began to take steps. Now he is “UP” about 50% of the time. When he gets out of the pool at therapy, he actually RUNS the length of the pool to meet me! (His favorite part is getting wrapped up in the towel like a babushka.)
Here is a picture of my brave boy standing in the yard. Marna (his therapist) says that he must learn a new way to walk. He will use different muscles in different ways. It is fascinating to watch him learn, figure out new strategies. He plays like any other dog — loves to tear up a stuffed toy on the bed.
He still needs help with his bladder, but it is really no trouble. I know that one day we will find his new forever home, who will see what an incredible spirit he has, and want to have that spirit as part of their lives.
I am so proud of him!

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