Lyra Will Walk Again!


On July 5th at 9 a.m. my dog Lyra was with us while we were running errands at a few shops in Jialeshui (southern Taiwan). She slipped out of the car while I went to pick up a recently repaired surfboard. While going over the repairs with the shop owner, a loud noise made me turn to see her tumbling underneath the rear of a speeding mid-sized sedan. The driver slowed but never stopped.

(In the emergency room after the accident.)

I ran to pick Lyra up as she was yelping and dragging her back legs frantically on the pavement, meanwhile the car sped off. I picked her up and we immediately rushed her to the nearest animal hospital. The entire 25 minutes of the drive Lyra looked, with nothing but trust, directly in my eyes, as I scratched her slobbery chin and looked into her eyes fearing that this could be our last car ride together. We wouldn’t hear from the driver for another hour when she finally called to assert that she was "Not driving that fast.”  Later, after Lyra was relatively stable, the driver would go on to claim that her car had been damaged in the accident and implied that she would seek compensation.  She never apologized or expressed any remorse for hitting Lyra.

Initial tests revealed Lyra’s  ALT (alanine transaminase) level was over 5,000, whereas it should be 8-80.  X-rays and a CT scan determined that her seventh vertebrae had been shattered and she would need surgery. After the CT scan, we had the first fear and realization that we may never have Lyra jump on up on our legs and comfort us as we come home. Lyra's surgery was performed the following Wednesday, July 9, during which four screws were implanted to immobilize said vertebrae.
(First visit post-op)

As of July 19, Lyra spent  11 days in ICU. We visited her every day and while her spirits were raised when she saw us. It’s hard for us to watch her struggle in her failed attempts to stand and greet us. Although the prognosis on her walking is optimistic, Lyra has also suffered neurological damage that could potentially affect urinary and bowel control. Lyra has now been released from the hospital, and has to spend one month in “crate care” where she has to stay in a restricted area. We have to express her bladder (squeeze the bladder to help entice urination) three times a day, and clean her wounds at least once a day.

(Lyra's first stand test after surgery)

Lyra’s recovery process will be long and financially taxing, particularly because I am still a student and Mei—my girlfriend—has only recently graduated and is currently working in an entry-level position.  Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated, as we’d like to see Lyra climbing over rocks at the beach and barking at waves again as soon as possible.
(A sandy nosed Lyra)

A resounding, heart-felt thank you to everyone who has ever, or is currently contributing to the recovery of these animals who might not otherwise have a chance.

(Her claim to fame was once climbing up things taller than others thought possible.)






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Wyatt Spitze 
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