Puppieslearn quickly, Olynich said, and though it’s too soon for Cupid to have a concept of walking, it was able to move forward, at height and independently. Success!
“For now, we’ll work on developing the muscles in his back, belly and shoulders,” she said.
Cupid is a great pyrenees mix, and he’s going to be a big dog. Its stunted forelimbs will grow a little, but just how much is unknown. That will be the challenge in fitting his prosthetic devices.
Rescuedfrom the trash and brought to Joan Znidarec, who runs the volunteer group Dog Rescuers, Cupid immediately won the hearts of all who encountered the pup.
From past experience, Znidarec knew that Pawsability might be the place where Cupid could findhelp.
“Dogs really roll with things,” she said of Cupid’s progress. “They’re far more adaptable than we realize.” Cupid may have been born without front limbs, but he seems to have compensated with heart. The dog has a winning disposition.
For now, Cupid is with people dedicated to working with it and helping the pup progress to four-legged mobility. There has been a huge response from people who would foster Cupid and from others who just want to offer encouragement.
Znidarec will be going through applications to find Cupid a “forever” loving home.
“We’re based in Oakville,” she said, “but the response to Cupid has been global.” Like everyone at Dog Rescuers, Znidarec works on a volunteer basis.
“Seeing him go for the ball this morning, in the skis — that’s the reward,” she said.
All of Cupid’s treatment and prosthetics are paid for through donations.
Contributions can be made via the website thedogrescuersinc.ca.