Dog’s Journey From “Defective” to Functional With TLC


In a sad early part of his life, Zeus, a labrador mix, was adopted and dropped off at a high kill animal shelter. He was just 6 months old and deemed “defective” by the owners. Zeus had weak front legs and had difficulty walking and standing. An otherwise healthy animal, St. Francis CARE, an animal rescue group in Illinois, took him in because they knew he would not make it out of the shelter alive.
A couple who work for St. Francis took Zeus home and took him home in their pool to help move his front paws with the aid of the water resistance. It took a very while, but it seemed to help. He slowly began to crawl putting some weight on those weakened front legs. The couple was consistent. They took him in the pool and worked with him several times a week and when the weather got cold, they had a friend who let them use their heated indoor pool to continue their work with Zeus.