Solve one problem and create another… When a dog is paralyzed, you have to experiment with just about every aspect of his life. I’m on about trial #5 for keeping Korey's urine from leaking out, and the latest challenge is walking him.
He can be very stubborn and will just stop if he sees something he wants. He can be really hard to walk in the morning, so I finally decided that maybe he was just too tired for us to walk in the morning. Mind you, he isn’t too tired to get up for breakfast!
Instead of walking, I thought we could play in the backyard before work. Well, dragging himself on the hard ground gave him some abrasions - time to experiment! A fan donated a drag bag, but because his legs don’t bend, that isn’t going to work, and besides, he wasn’t having any of that on his legs!
While we are on the topic of his rigid legs, no, he isn’t walking on all fours in the picture. They just work as levers, and when he’s on a rough surface, his forward motion can pull his body up while his legs stay put.
We have another fun thing to announce: Korey has learned how to “shake hands.” He is so food-motivated that it hardly took much work, and he literally has drool puddles beneath him while waiting for a treat.