In­jured Reuben is on the road again

Mandurah Coastal Times - - COASTAL TIMES -

REUBEN may look like a funny pup scoot­ing around on his bot­tom like a seal, but it took thou­sands of dol­lars of vet care and lots of love to get him to this point.

On De­cem­ber 10, Reuben’s owner took him swim­ming at the beach.

By home-time Reuben was drag­ging his back legs and was un­able to keep them up­right.

A rushed visit to the vet and a trans­fer to the WA Ve­teri­nary Emer­gency and Spe­cialty re­vealed that he had popped a disc and punc­tured a spinal cord. He was also haem­or­rhag­ing.

It was touch and go for a week but he re­cov­ered.

But he had lost feel­ing in his back legs and was un­able to walk.

Reuben’s owner had al­ready spent thou­sands on his emer­gency vet care, but he still needed a way to get around.

He had been at­tend­ing Peek­a­boo Doggy Day­care since it opened and hear­ing of Reuben’s plight, owner Ja­nine Pace jumped into ac­tion and started a Go Fund Me to pay for wheels.

They reached the $1400 fundrais­ing tar­get in a week and Reuben got his wheel­chair.

“So many clients do­nated, so did friends and fam­ily,” Ja­nine said.

“It plays on the heart strings of many peo­ple; they see an in­jured dog and they want to help.”

Car­ing for Reuben is labour in­ten­sive .

His owner has to ex­press his blad­der man­u­ally and he has no bowel con­trol.

Reuben also re­quires physio and ex­er­cise on his wheels.

He still comes to Peek­a­boo and af­ter play­ing with his doggy friends he keeps Ja­nine com­pany in the of­fice.

Ja­nine said car­ing for a dog like Reuben wasn’t for ev­ery­one, but it was re­ward­ing for some­one will­ing to put in the time.

“Dogs give un­con­di­tion­ally; it doesn’t mat­ter what has hap­pened to them, they for­give,” she said.

“All they want to do is be loved.”

Ja­nine de­scribed Reuben as a “peo­ple per­son”.

“Noth­ing changes for him,” she said.

“His qual­ity of life is good be­cause of his mum.”

Reuben is back in ac­tion.

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