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    This is my little 4 yr. old Chesapeake, Tanzy. Last wk., she suddenly became paralyzed and was diagnosed with 2 ruptured vertebrae in her neck, requiring emergency surgery by a neurosurgeon specialist. She's still paralyzed, but has been making baby steps of progress from not being able to lift her head or wag her tail 4 days after the surgery to lifting her head, wagging her tail happily and rolling onto her sternum. These were taken a week after her surgery, at the start of her rehab. It's pretty pitiful, but we are grateful for every baby step she takes on the underwater treadmill and every time she bears a little weight on her limbs on the yoga ball that along with lazer therapy, is part of her long, slow rehab.process. She is still heavily drugged (note her dilated eyes in close up). You can see the scar from her surgery in the yoga ball photo. It's been heart breaking and I'm still questioning if spending all this money with no guarantee she'll be able to live even a semi normal life, was the right thing to do but she tries so hard and has been so stoic.
    Julie R., Hope Springs Farm
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    Pets and words of encouragement for Tanzy, H&M
    One cannot reason someone out of something they were not reasoned into. - Jonathan Swift

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    I hope she keeps making progress...even in baby steps. They do try so hard and rarely ever show their pain.

    Keeping Tanzy in my prayers,

    lesa c
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    Get well Tanzy. She looks tough enough to beat this.
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    Get well, Tanzy!

    Julie, never sell a retriever short! You did the right thing! Remember McGuffy!-Paul
    there's no good reason to fatten up a retriever.

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    4 thumbs up! 2 for Julie and 2 for Tanzy.
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    Julie, Best wishes for you & Tanzy

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    Julie, good luck and best wishes, it is amazing to see the advancements in Veterinary Medicine.

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    Sure hope Tanzy is on the mend. We used cold salt water to rehab our lab when a back injury became a problem. It helped a LOT- took her to a horse facitlity and they swam her 4x per week. she was not paralysed, but was in bad shape. We also used a PHT magnetic blanket.. also a horse deal, but they make them special for dogs too. She had limitations of stairs and jumping, but lived to be a 14 year old, when Cancer took her.
    Brian & Jennifer Tucker
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    Julie, my money is on your little Pocket Peake.
    You and Tanzy are in my prayers.
    Don't bother to just be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
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