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Sophie's first steps

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

Darling 5-month-old Sophie takes her first steps, after only 1 week of physical therapy to overcome her spinal injury. http://sheprescue.org http://facebook.com/WGSRescue

Even though she's had remarkable results from physical therapy, the doctors all now agree that she will need surgery to remove the mass from her spine in order make a complete recovery. Please donate to help us pay for Sophie's treatment: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr...

or mail a check to:
Westside German Shepherd Rescue
1845 Pontius Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025

(Please note: We know she needs a carpeted floor to walk on, and she does get that in her physical therapy sessions. This video was just done impromptu at home when she started going crazy watching the other dogs chase a ball.)

Sophie was abandoned at a local high-kill animal shelter and slated for immediate euthanasia because she couldn't walk. Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles saved her not a minute too soon. Our vets discovered a mass on her spine in the neck area. She has been undergoing physical therapy (including hydrotherapy, acupuncture, massage, and laser therapy) to build her strength and coordination, and may also have surgery to remove the mass, if needed, depending on the prognosis.

We are so encouraged and excited to see her rapid progress, because prior to this, she wasn't able to even support her weight at all. We are hopeful that she will eventually regain the use of all 4 legs and run and play the way any puppy should. Please help us continue to give Sophie the love and support she needs to make a full recovery.

Watch Sophie's other videos:
Sophie and her Big Brothers: http://youtu.be/0QCaZI1kJhY
Sophie's Miracle: http://youtu.be/qKYi-H0GFx4

Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles is a non profit 501(c)3, no kill rescue committed to saving all types of German Shepherd Dogs from high kill shelters and adopting them to loving, qualified homes. Sophie is just one of many dogs that Westside has saved.

Westside recently lost its major source of charitable funding, and is struggling to survive. We depend entirely on the donations of caring animal lovers like you. Please visit http://sheprescue.org to see how you can help.

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