Tonka was born with unqualified breeders in Texas as owners. He was also born with a disorder known as bilateral congenital elbow luxation. The condition involves the displacement of a bone from a joint. It is linked to improperly developed ligaments, but it is unknown whether the condition is inherited.
The breeders lacked the funds necessary for his care, so they turned him over to a rescue center. They hoped that the shelter would help him in finding a loving home where he could grow and thrive.
Another rescue team transported the dog to Connecticut in an effort to find a surgeon for him. His condition necessitated surgery with a focus on reduction and stabilization to improve his quality of life. After undergoing surgery, he entered foster care for his recovery and rehabilitation.
Tonka’s foster family did extraordinary acts for him. They ensured that he never missed a physical therapy session, but more importantly, they showed him what a loving family was.
His physical therapy sessions and rehabilitation program continued after his adoption. His furry sibling also contributed to this. Their fun activities resembled therapy more than hard workouts. It enabled him to be agile on his feet.
His determination was unparalleled. He had no reservations about trying new things.
When he was just a puppy, he was sadly unable to walk, but now he is a strong, courageous dog who goes on hikes with his family.
Tonka has his funny quirks, too. He would roll over onto his back and begin singing a song that only he could comprehend. This song would accompany dance moves on the floor.
The owner of Tonka felt fortunate to be a part of Tonka’s life. Tonka has been a source of inspiration for other animals with special needs and for people with physical disabilities who face many obstacles.
Source: GeoBeats Animals