|The Maginificent Mr Khan|
|Before his rescue|
|Walking on his heels|
Without a tail to balance him, with very little muscle mass to support his weight, he was just dragging himself along which had resulted in a very bad roaching of the spine.
But, my goodness, Mr Khan had a real will to survive. He wanted to get better.
My aim that day was to teach Mel all the moves and routines she could do to help him recover his mobility and to stand up straight. Lots of massage techniques, lots of compression to build up the muscles and plenty of passive stretches as well as active exercises. We spent quite a long time together as Mr Khan deserved a second chance (or probably a first chance) at a good life.
He seemed to know that I was there to help and was very responsive to touch and massage. If there was any discomfort he displayed it by a gentle grabbing of my hand as though he were saying "OK Dr Les....that is a bit tender there".
There was actually very little of Mr Khan that wasn't tight especially his tendons and ligaments of his hind leg which had shortened and prevented him from stretching them fully and standing up straighter.
For a dog who had clearly not had the best of starts he was very tactile and we soon got lots of sighs and snores. He seemed to realise that massage therapy and myotherapy was going to restore his quality of life. Unfortunately it was harder trying to coax him to perform active exercises as his EPI prevented the use of treats so we had to devise exercises that didn't need bribes. But he picked those up quickly. Again, he seemed to understand that we were there to help.
|Mr Khan - the 50kg hunk of love|
Look at these 'before' and 'after' pictures and see how massage, myotherapy and some good honest hard work can bring back the quality of life to a smashing dog.
|Before and after|
|Before and after|
Mel, who rescued him, posted "OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! Mr Khan has only gone and won Best in Show at the Helping Paws charity dog show!!! So, so thrilled and proud of this boy after everything he has been through. Team Khan, thank you!! "
These pictures show a totally transformed dog physically and mentally. He was happy, alert and totally strutting his stuff. Well done Mr Khan.
|Proud Mr Khan and his rescuers|
|Best in Show - Mr Khan|
|"I know...I'm a superstar"|