Coonhound Paralysis

This blog talks about our experience when Goya (our 150lb English Mastiff) came down with coonhound paralysis (also called acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis).

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Two breakthroughs today! Starbucks and Stand-up

Just a quick entry on a busy day.

Goya had two breakthroughs today.

1. He walked all the way to Starbucks and back (about 1.5 city blocks each way). A few days ago he only got half way there, so this was progress.

2. On the way to Starbucks he stopped to sit for a little rest on a nieghbor's lawn that slopes up from the street. When I thought he had rested enough, I said "OK, let's go" and started to get behind him to help him stand. Before I could get there, he stood up by himself!!! Now, he did have a little help from gravity, because he was sitting on a slope, but this is the first time he has successfully gotten into a standing position without human help. His body still remembers how to do it, and his will is still trying. We'll probably take him back to that little slope often to practice.

You go, Goya!


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