Gravity is a six-month-old 36lb cattle dog mix! He was found with a broken back at six weeks old, which was surgically repaired, but he also incurred a deep laceration to his spinal cord. This has left him partially paralyzed from the lower back down. There is a chance that some of the nerves will regenerate over the next two years, but it’s important to note that any progress will be slow and steady. Although he is partially paralyzed he gets around great and absolutely loves playing with dogs of all sizes in ages and going for a nice long walks. He’s an active puppy and loves to go for car rides & beach romps but also loves keeping himself entertained basking in a sunny spot in the house with a chew toy.
Check him out on Facebook at ‘Gravity, a puppy’s journey’ and Instagram at ‘defyinggravitypup’.
- Incontinence: Gravity is incontinent both urinary & fecal. He needs to be manually expressed multiple times a day (at the most every two hours up to every 4 to 5 hours) it takes a bit of patience to learn but besides getting a bit of an arm workout it’s fairly easy, promise! Typically when you express him, he’ll pee & poop so it makes it easier to plan your day. ***On a day to day basis Gravity wears belly bands so he doesn’t pee everywhere and uses diapers for certain situations like car rides if I need to stop in a store (he gets worked up if alone), at PT and at my shop while I’m out walking dogs.
- Gut health: He’s currently eating Purina Pro Plan complete essentials which has a probiotic. He’s on 2 supplements- one for fiber to keep things flowing and a cranberry chew to help keep UTIs away. He also gets a spoonful of yogurt added to each meal.
- Paw care: It’s important to keep his front nails short for gripping and his back paws protected. Because he drags but flips them I to the right position he whittles away at those nails. To keep them safe on long walks we use PAWZ booties (size medium)
- Separation Anxiety: Gravity has displayed some pretty significant separation anxiety since he has been in Massachusetts. It is in his best interest that he goes to home with at least one other dog as it definitely makes him more confident. He can be left uncrated and unsupervised with my dog at this point and he is totally fine. If he is at my shop alone while I am out walking, even with other people in the store-he will bark and whine but go through periods of time where he’ll be able to settle. If I leave him alone, even for something as brief as picking up a to-go coffee order he can get himself pretty worked up and will be panting by the time I get back to the car. Sometimes he gets himself so worked up in these various situations that he will poop himself. These are the scenarios I will make sure he’s in a diaper for . He is crated for each of his meals and every time I go outside for brief things like getting the mail or putting out the trash, and he is now totally settled. He is doing better in a crate for longer stints when the crate is covered with the lights off & music playing, but if somethings startles him he will start crying and typically then takes him a while to settle.
- Barking: When he plays he loves to use his voice! He also barks when left alone.
- Physical Therapy: Gravity is currently enrolled in physical therapy twice a week at Boston Animal Hospital. It is important that he remains seeing his team to regain some flexion of his knees and his overall balance and strength. Physical therapy can be quite costly so it’s important to note that we see PT in his future indefinitely
- Daily supplies: Belly bands, diapers, pee mats, supplements, food, yogurt, booties etc
Fun things to know about Gravity:
- Likes: Loves dogs of all sizes & ages, obsessed with Benebones and chew toys and loves a good stuffy to shred, loves long walks, beach time is his favorite, great for car rides, we’re working on leash skills and he walks wonderfully in a pack
- Dislikes: Being left completely alone, vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, random scary loud noises
Breed: Cattle Dog Mix
Age: 6 months
Spayed/Neutered: Not yet
Vaccinations: Up to date
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Unknown - brief interactions were promising however he’s still a pup (mouthy) and has never lived with kids
Good with Dogs: Yes! Loves all dogs
Good with Cats: Unknown
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