BOULDER, Colo.– Therapy dogs can bring comfort to many. There are many jobs they can do and the results are always positive. A therapy dog in a hospital can turn someone’s worst day into a day with a smile. But the same way they help us, sometimes they need our help and we should stand up for them. Such is Greta’s case.
Greta is a 4 and half-year old Bernese Mountain dog who has worked as a certified therapy dog in Boulder’s health centers for the past 2 years. She is a member of the Canine Corps at Boulder Community Health, a volunteer with the Boulder County Comfort Dogs and a weekly volunteer in the Intensive Care Unit of Boulder Community Hospital. She has touched hundreds of lives during those 2 years. And now people are helping her.
Last Monday, Greta suffered a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism, or FCE stroke in her spine and she’s currently paralyzed because of that. Apparently, FCE strokes are common in dogs but in most cases, they are euthanized on the first day because of a bad diagnosis.
Greta’s case is delicate because the stroke affected all of her limbs. However, she does have a good chance of recovery. She will require daily home visits for rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, oxygen therapy and hydrotherapy. All of this for several months.
It’s a long way to recovery and there are a lot of expenses ahead. That’s why Greta’s human, Lori Cotton, opened a GoFundMe page to ask for help. The response has been amazing. In only 5 days, she has managed to raise over $7,000 from a &10,000 goal. Cotton says:
“I am so grateful to you for making it possible for me to seek out the best possible therapies for Greta. The fact that this sweet girl who has given so much of herself is the recipient of such generosity and love says so much about the community we live in and the caring dog communities I have found online that are as passionate about their pups as I am about mine. I can’t possibly say it enough…Thank-you”
You can find updates on Greta on the GoFundMe page. In a week, she has started to show some progress and even though she still can’t move, she already has a wheelchair so Cotton can take her outside and lift her spirit. She is trying to use her back legs and after oxygen therapy she made an intentional walking motion, which is great.
Greta is expected to recover in a maximum period of a year. Of course, continuing with all of her therapies will help her get there faster. She has helped many as a therapy dog and she will help more after she recovers and volunteers again. But right now, she needs our help.
If you can donate, go to her GoFundMe page and do it there. If you can’t, you can always share her story. Sharing is also helping. Let’s help Greta back on her feet!