It is important to tell certain stories of dogs that have a will to live and of the people who help them to a life of love, care and dignity.
This is Ken's story.
Dedicated to Silvia Bordetas Gil and Tina Solerna
February 9, 2011 - Ken is a galgo who was abandoned in the south of Spain. Roaming the streets their lives are at risk constantly. Ken was another victim of a hit and run. How a person can hit a dog and run is beyond us, but it happens a lot in Spain, and Ken laid in the street with a broken back. Somehow Ken's predicament was reported to Tina Solerna of Galgos del Sol in Murcia and she rescued him and brought him to the vet. She would not give up on Ken. Surgery was needed as he had spinal injuries. He was attended to immediately.
Weeks passed and from here, Tina knew he would need some specialized care and rehabilitation, and she asked our friend Silva of Galgo Connection Spain
for help. Ken was not in any pain, he had a bit of movement in one hind leg and he had the will to live and a joy for his life. Ken was a fighter, and he would live to have a dignified life.
Ken was driven to Valencia to meet his 24 hour care giver, Silvia Bordetas Gil. Once with Silvia he began rehab, which included water therapy.
Ken received water therapy and other types of therapy as well for many months. He also was fitted with a wheel chair that was donated to him. Progress was slow but everything was being done for the special boy who loved life!
Ken's needs were constant. His health condition before his accident was compromised so his healing took time as well. He developed some ulcerations that were very diffucult to heal, but Silvia immaculately cleaned him three or four times a day, dressed his wounds, changed his bedding every time he needed it, picked him up and carried him to potty and almost broke her own back in the process. She never complained and Ken's look of love at her is all she needed to continue nursing this very special boy back to the best health he could have.
As time passed, Ken's personality emerged. He learned to scoot himself to his food bowl, and would tell Silvia when it was dinner time or potty time. He would scooty himself to the patio door and look at her saying "Hey mom, I want to go outside and lay in the sun!" Months passed and one day Ken's greatest dream came true. A family was asking for him! A family who had lots of experience with special needs dogs and former foster parents of Silvias.. they had watched his evolution and wanted to adopt him!
What could be better than the laughter of children, a huge garden for him to run with his wheel chair, a family who would love and cherish a poor galgo that only wanted to live and please as he could. Ken was on his way home!
August 2011 would be the beginning of a new and happy life for Ken!
There is nothing else we can say as we think this story speaks for itself. Unconditional love is given by the dogs we help and in this case by those who cared for him. Our best goes out to Ken we are so happy for you!
Thanks to your donations, we were able to help GCS during Ken's months of rehabilitation. Your donations make a huge difference!