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Kenny was a 10 year old Doberman who was living at Doberman Rescue in Los Angeles when an unfortunate accident happened to him. In April, Kenny lost the ability to move all four of his limbs after a kennel worker accidentally dropped a metal door on his neck. Doctors suggested that Kenny be euthanized since no one thought he would be able to walk again.

The owner of the shelter was unsure of what to do so Kenny was turned over to Leslie McMahon, founder of canine physical rehabilitation center Two Hands Four Paws. According to McMahon, "I took him [Kenny] straight to the neurologist, and she knew we didn't have the roughly $8,000 to do an MRI and surgery so she told us to just try rehab to see if we could get him up again."

"For one very long month, we put in at least four hours of rehab a day trying to keep his muscles supple, putting him in the pool, doing massage, laser, acupuncture, assisted standing and assisted walking in the quad cart."

Kenny's limbs were so stiff that helping him to move proved incredibly difficult, but McMahon and her team kept at it until one day Kenny lost the ability to urinate. This was a life threatening change and the possibility of losing Kenny become very real.


It was at this point that Annie Hart, founder of Los Angeles-based animal rescue group the 'Bill Foundation', got wind of the injured dog's plight and shared his story with the group's friends and supporters via social media. Amazingly they were able to raise a staggering $6,000 overnight for Kenny.

With this money, Kenny was able to undergo an MRI and then surgery. Doctors discovered, however, that the damage to Kenny's spinal cord had been extremely severe and warned that the he might not survive, let alone regain his full strength. But survive he did, even after going through a bout of pneumonia.


It was after his recovery that McMahon and her workers at Two Hands Four Paws "went into crisis mode,"with Kenny. "At times we had four people in the pool with him, each one 'walking' a leg to mimic the motion of movement," McMahon said. "He probably got at least 25 hours of physical therapy a week, including acupuncture."


Then amazingly in July, Kenny took his first steps thanks to the tireless dedication of McMahon and her team, as well as the generosity of many strangers. Today, Kenny "runs around like a lunatic day in and day out. He's a completely different dog. He learned how to play, learned what toys are, learned what walks are and does all three all day long. He's just a joy to watch," said McMahon. Kenny is currently with a foster family and is looking for a forever home

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Responses to "A Paralyzed Doberman Miraculously learns to walk again. (Video)"

  1. Meravigliosooooo......GRAZIEEEE...

  2. That is so AMAZING, WTG KENNY!!! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Such wonderful, beautiful people. Thank you for helping Kenny--he's a lucky boy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    this is so heart touching. Miracles happens happen even to four legged babies

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sweet,lucky Dobie...

  6. Anonymous says:

    That is a blessing & wonderful workers for him, I'would love to have him !

  7. Anonymous says:

    a blessing from God....

  8. Anonymous says:

    Brought some tears. What beautiful people, what an amazing Pup. <3

  9. 10541029 says:

    I'm crying my eyes out here. He reminds me of my beloved Shadow. Bless you for taking on this task and seeing it to the end. xoxoxoxo

  10. Anonymous says:

    God bless you...

  11. Anonymous says:

    Good job Kenny!! and Thanks to all of your support group that never gave up !! =)

  12. lesiaa says:

    bless these people who gave this wonderful dog a chance and worked so hard to help him awsome

  13. Anonymous says:

    Good bless you, workers of the foundation!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Where would we be without devoted people like these. Thank you xxxxxxx

  15. mandi says:

    Just Beautiful!! Hope his new family realizes just how special he is and take the time daily to make him a priority. Shower him with love and walks until his days are done.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Brought a tear to my eye. Bless the people whose love of animals never give up hope!

  17. fantastic people you are!!!! Thank you for what you did for this wonderful puppy. xxxxx

  18. JanL Ford says:

    An absolutely Beautiful sight to see *~*

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to all the devoted people who put in the time and love to care for Kenny. You are God's true children.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart and from all the four-footers on earth who would be so proud to know you all. You are amazing!

  21. Anonymous says:

    This miraculous story is inspirational to me, currently treating our two year old Great Dane girl who has had spinal nephroblastoma surgery after becoming paralyzed in her rear legs almost overnight. It has been a tremendous learning experience for us and I appreciate the spectacular energy and hope that emanates from Kenny's story. Thank you for making this public for all who need hope and support for our canine kids suffering such trials. I am truly amazed at the resilience and spirit of our dogs through such hardship and only hope we can learn from them to approach each day with joy and strive for that next positive "step".

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