Help Alexi !

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My name is Alexi, I'm approximately 3.5 years of age. I was found in an unfinished building in Iran, unable to move. When I was taken to the vet, I had some internal bleeding, a fever, blood in my feces and couldn't move. I have luckily been in the states area since July 5th, 2018, one year after I was found in Iran. One of my vets thinks it's very likely that someone tried to hang me, due to the shape, the severity and depth of my damaged nerves, which was shown through an MRI. We found out I have ivdd / ruptured C5/C6 disc.  I came to the states with complete paralysis. We truly hope that one day I will be able to walk again, as when I was found I couldn't even move my neck. Now I can, and my rear legs are very slowly starting to wake up. I am in Washington State with the help of Loved at Last Dog Rescue. 
My neck is strong and I'm working on holding it up for longer periods of time. While I'm making improvements, I can't get up to a sit, stand or walk on my own.  I so badly want to play and run like other dogs.  I love to sniff outside while I lay on my bed, or on my human lap. I also love my foster sister, Gypsy. But I'd love to do so much more! 
Alexi needs to continue therapy, and on going vet appointments which provide laser, acupuncture, osteopathy and herbs. All of this helps his legs and establishing connections in his nervous system.
All of the money raised goes directly towards the cost of therapy and medical expenses. 
You can find more out about me:  https://www.petstablished.com/pets/public/260943?awo=Loved+at+Last+Dog+Rescue&widget=true 

Truly, any amount helps! This is ongoing and we couldn't do it without your help!

You can follow my progress on Instagram under my dog sibling's account:  https://www.instagram.com/rescuedgypsy/ 

New as of May, 2019, Alexi now has an Amazon.com wish list. https://amzn.to/2I3kT9v 

Thank you for following along, any donations and / or sharing my story!! 

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Woof! Our apologies that it's been multiple months since our last update. Alexi got his first snow this past winter, but I believe he prefers the warmer months.
If you don't follow Alexi on Instagram, you may have missed the wonderfully written blog about his progress! Please check it out (and if you're in the Seattle area, consider making your dog an appointment)
If you read that blog, the really exciting news is that Alexi's rear legs finally started to move on their own. This happened exactly six months after he arrived, and I couldn't believe what I had just witnessed. I could hardly sleep that night, but sure enough his rear legs had movement on their own. It's been almost five months since that first happened. His rear legs are getting stronger, and he still has good and bad days. The good is that we can now go on "walks," in the cart. We're not fast, but it's enjoyable and helps his legs get stronger. *Sometimes* Alexi will initiate movement on his own. Other days (and most days), he will wait for me to start the cart in a forward motion and then his rear legs will follow along. We've noticed, he moves more on his own in new locations and is even stronger pushing along if he has somewhere new to check out. He's moved himself close to other dogs playing, and to his food bowl, so we're making progress. His rear legs sometimes do collapse, so I'm always keeping an eye out for that and helping him lift his hips back up when that does happen. He can't steer the cart, so a leash will always be attached. The cart and Alexi always draws attention from individuals and other dogs. This Spring, we were able to get Alexi into his dog backpack for forest walks. He loves it, and anytime he sees the backpack make an appearance, he starts barking and whining with excitement. He knows we're about to go on an adventure.
Alexi continues his home exercises, his on going appointments, water treadmill and swimming in a larger pool. He is getting stronger, but the fact remains he still can't get up on his own to a sit or stand. He still needs to be carried 90% through out the day. I truly believe he's a happy dog, he's not in pain and enjoys his life. He loves to snuggle, take naps with his favorite human, get visited by those who are a close second and will most always like any treat! Though he can't sit up on his own, his neck is much stronger. If he's propped up in a certain way, his neck can stay more upright and he's even able to clean his feet this way.
He did have a thorough blood work panel done this Spring, and everything looked great. That is, except for a UTI, which is common for paralyzed dogs. He is now on a daily cranberry supplement, which he enjoys as a treat.
On a fun note, he's also learning how to howl with other music.
Any donation is of course appreciated, and we also now have an amazon.com wish list! https://amzn.to/2I3kT9v
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Happy New Year!
First off, thank you so very much for the donations and sharing of this page. I truly can't say thank you enough, as his therapy, appointments and supplements are on going.
It's hard to believe Alexi has been here for almost six months. Each month he continues to slowly show improvement. He's continued to move his rear legs on the water treadmill, usually for 10-15 minutes. He's still wobbly, but does well as long as his front legs are getting patterned in a walking motion. He enjoys eating treats while in the water, and sometimes has to be reminded to move his rear legs. We continue our exercises at home, and walking to his breakfast and dinner. We practice our walking many different ways, but right now he's doing quite well with tail stimulation in the cart.
Recently, we were shown how he will climb over my arm with his rear legs. Just in the past few weeks, he's made a noticeable difference in how well he's following through with his motions. We've also been working on downs to stands, as I support his front half. His front legs continue to collapse after a little while, but his limbs are getting stronger. He pushes himself up and forward using his rear legs, but shortly after, his front wrists will collapse. Fingers crossed one day, this will change for the better. One a good note, he's pushing himself up more and more. I now have to keep a close eye on him when he's in a sternal position, so he won't face plant into the ground. We're also working on getting him from his side to a sternal position (see video). I'm happy to report, that after moving just one front leg to a sternal position, his body followed pretty smoothly. He did this twice, and then he didn't want to do that again. We continue to work on it, as I believe using his whole body was quite new to him. We were also graciously donated a estim machine, which we've been using daily. Currently, we're using it on his biceps.

We continue his appointments with the holistic vet twice a month, where he gets acupuncture, laser and herbs. We've also had some amazing appointments with that vet, plus another water rehab therapist / SAMP that work together on him. This is wonderful as Alexi gets osteopathy work, and it's incredible to witness. At the end of those sessions, his muscles feel so great. Last time, his muscles stayed soft and normal feeling for a week, which was great. It's a plus that these two wonderful individuals enjoy working with Alexi and seeing his progress.
Alexi has been enjoying his walks in the backpack, his exercises, massages, play time with Gypsy and of course cuddles. I think even if he walks more one day, he will still continue to love cuddle time.
Don't forget you can follow his adventures https://www.instagram.com/rescuedgypsy/
Thank you again for any and all support of Alexi!!
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Woof from Alexi, who now LOVES to bark at the squirrels. One day we hope he can run after them, but for now the squirrels are a great motivation.
We were graciously donated (for the most part) a quad cart. While Alexi can't walk in this (yet, fingers area always crossed) it's great for him to be in a proper standing position. He's getting used to it, and knows that good things happen in the cart. He's been eating while in it, barking at squirrels, getting treats and we can also express his bladder while he's in a "standing" position. He does have motivation, but I think he's also a little confused and frustrated. Before we got Alexi, he learned how to move a few inches with his head, while on the ground. He's used to doing this, so with being frustrated and trying to move in the cart, he'll move his head all around. That will eventually give some momentum and the cart will inch forward. Everyday, we're moving his legs in a walking position to hopefully teach him how to walk in the cart. One day, right!

Bigger news - many of you know or have seen the video of Alexi's rear legs waking up. They would follow his front half, as long as I was holding him and moving his front legs forward. We took a leap of faith in therapy, and turned on the treadmill to the slowest speed. Sure enough, his rear legs started to follow, just as they do at home. This was so great to watch, and everyone was so pleased. He can't yet do it on his own, but now knowing he's able to on a treadmill I think is a good sign!
With a lot more ongoing therapy, we truly hope Alexi will learn to walk in the cart. His therapy is needed, as it's crucial to his recovery, muscle building and making new connections between his brain to his limbs.
Please consider donating and / or sharing, *any* amount does help his recovery.
We hope to have even more progress in the next update!
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Hello all Alexi followers!
We're sorry that it has been over a month since our latest update. Alexi has been busy being social with his many appointments. He's made some amazing progress! The quick run down of his treatments -
He gets water therapy, which he is getting a great massage in the water which is really helping to loosen his tight muscles. It was here I also learned about acupressure points in between the paw pads, which helps keep open any spinal cord signals.
He goes to rehab twice a week, which he's getting a different type of water therapy. In this smaller water tank, he's getting his legs moved in a walking position. This helps his brain remember what it's like to walk, and to help create new muscle memory. After the pool (and treats) he gets e-stim therapy done on his lower spine, and sometimes he'll also get laser. He looks awfully cute in his doggy glasses which he wears for his laser treatments. During this time, we're also working on building muscle through exercises.
Alexi also visits a vet who practices integrative healing. This amazing woman sees Alexi in her house, and has him on a Chinese herb, a homeopathic remedy, and also does acupuncture, laser and osteopathy.
We're continuing exercises at home, and it's all paying off.
We hit a huge milestone this past week, and for the first time since being in our home, he used his rear legs on his own! In all truth, I almost cried I was so happy. He's still extremely wobbly, but to see him kicking his feet underneath him, it was a remarkable feeling. He also has more strength in his front legs, not allowing his legs to collapse right away, as they used to do. The same goes for his rear legs, he's holding his own weight for longer and longer each week, though we still need to support his front half. It's so wonderful to see the strength he's gaining in his legs, as when we got him, his legs would automatically collapse each time he was supported in a sit or stand. Also for the first time last week, Alexi used his rear legs to kick off of a step in the pool.

Thank you so much for all the generous donations, it warms my heart.
A month of rehab is almost $900, which right now is the most expensive bill. All of his rehab and appointments are worth it, and it's showing off as he's getting stronger and stronger. Our hope is that one day he will be strong enough to get a set of wheels! Any donation really does help, as well as sharing and getting this page out there.

In other light hearted news, Alexi has had his first bone and loved it, and went "hiking" (he's in a backpack) and to the beach with us multiple times this summer. He's had the wind in his face during car rides, and continues to play with our dog Gypsy.

Thank you!
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