Before Brady the Cocker Spaniel had the chance to show his human family what a loving and loyal dog he could be, they surrendered him to Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg, Texas. While at the shelter, the vet immediately noticed something was wrong with Brady. His legs were very wobbly, possibly due to a birth defect or hip dysplasia.
The shelter then made an urgent phone call to the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin/San Antonio because they knew this boy needed more help than they could provide themselves. The Cocker Spaniel Rescue pulled a scared and confused little Brady from the shelter and took him to their vet for examination and X-rays.
After the examination, the rescue took Brady to a specialist, Dr. Kerpsack, for further evaluation. It was then Dr. Kerpsack gave his diagnosis of bilateral patellar luxations – grade 3 bilateral rear limb lameness and bilateral grade 4 patella luxations. His recommendation was simultaneous correction of both patellas to enhance the quality of life for Brady and free him from the constant pain he was in.
After witnessing this courageous dog showing nothing but love to everyone he encountered, even while living in pain with a disability, Cocker Spaniel Rescue was not about to give up on Brady. They reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) for help with Brady’s medical bills and to share his inspirational story.
Brady was placed in a foster home after his surgery and continued spreading his happiness around. “Brady is one of, if not, the sweetest, most loving dog we have ever had. He is outgoing and has fit into our dog pack easily,” said Brady’s foster family. “He always stops to make friends with the other dogs and people. He does not know he is different and is so well behaved, very obedient and a joy to have in our house.”
Along with the Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Brady’s foster family played an instrumental role in finding his perfect forever home. They took Brady to “Meet the Cockers” events every weekend and reviewed the adoption applications. Now Brady is living the life every dog should be living, with a nice human family and another cocker brother named Teddy. They couldn’t have wished for a better match!
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you [ISF] for the grant that helped Brady be pain free and allowed him to stand on his back legs like other dogs. Partnering with like-minded people has helped Brady be the best he can be,” Debby Hylton of Cocker Spaniel Rescue Austin/San Antonio.
Written by Whitney Norton