Last Updated: May 31, 2012
Here is Landon's story, in the words of his rescuer:
"Little is known about Landon's background before he was taken into rescue. His mom was a corgi. Landon has limited use/weakness in his back legs, and he learned to drag himself to get around. That hardly slows him down, but there is some hope of rehabilitating him to walk normally if he gets proper therapy and care. Landon is a sweet little guy. He's quite a charmer and considers everyone his new best friend. He loves to make new friends and gets along with everyone he meets. For a pup, he is very cuddly and will quietly and contentedly snuggle with you. He's more than happy to lie near you on the bed or the couch if you're watching a movie, doing homework, or playing on the computer. He also likes to sleep on his back, which is incredibly adorable. This boy is one of the lightest sleepers we've seen! The minute you get up, the ears pop up, the eyes pop open, and he's scrambling after you to see what you're doing and where you're going. He's definitely a little Curious George and pokes his head into everything and loves to explore. He is also a very playful little guy who loves to chase and run around with other dogs in the yard. Right now, his favorite playmate is a little basset hound we are fostering. We frequently find them snuggled up together.
"It is thought that Landon has a neurological condition that inhibits his walking ability and his ability to control his bladder, which is why he has to wear a diaper. Blood tests have been done to rule out an endocrine disorder. It was suggested that he get an x-ray at 3-4 months to look at his spinal column. As he is a puppy and still growing, things could either correct themselves as he grows or in the future he may require neurological/surgical intervention. Landon has wobbliness to his hind end, and one of this legs cannot support the weight as well as the other. He has bouts where he can stand for a short period of time, but then one leg will give out. This, however, does not stop him or slow him down. He moves quite freely and quickly by pulling himself along with his front legs and kicking with his hind legs. We have outfitted him with a temporary wheelchair, which will hopefully help him gain muscle tone and mass in his hind legs. One of his hind legs is contracted, so does require stretching a few times a day to help give the muscle more elasticity. In addition, hydrotherapy will need to be utilized with either a kid-sized pool or even holding him in the tub while he kicks.
"Landon will need essions with a physical therapist to set milestones and exercises that will ensure the best rehabilitation chance possible. He will need help with a wheelchair to meet his growing body and specific therapeutic requirements to regain the use of his back legs."
CorgiAid supporters will help this little cutie get strong as he gets big, so that he can go forward into the happy life he deserves. Thank you!
Landon was rescued in Nebraska.