Meet Faith (#2780) from Shanghai. Faith arrived in the U.S. on January 22, 2017. Faith is a very special case as she can’t walk or move on her own except for wagging her tail, eating and drinking, and being a happy camper despite all she’s gone through. Faith is about one year old, just 35 pounds, and a very sweet, beautiful Golden girl who desperately needs help – and she’s getting it! Faith has started “Physical Therapy Boot Camp” with her foster family.
The veterinarian physical therapist who thoroughly examined Faith is guardedly optimistic about her future. The diagnosis isn’t totally clear but Faith evidently has acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis that has affected all four limbs. There could be several explanations but the bottom line is that she didn’t receive the correct help in China for the first months of her problems, which has caused severe muscle atrophy. But she does have feeling in her spine and back legs and some strength in her front legs, which is really good. The hope is that heavy duty physical therapy for at least a month will give her a good start to recovery then continued PT at home will further her progress.