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Watch Major in physical therapy, walking on an underwater treadmill.

Poor Major. His heart is willing, but his body is failing him. Young and active, Major gave few outward signs of the problem he was dealing with. An occasional short step and an odd way of sitting could be discounted. Then his foster family happened to see him running from behind, and noticed the bizarre rolling motion in his hips. Radiographs showed extremely shallow hip sockets. Happy-go-lucky Major was headed for a life of crippling pain.

The decision was made to treat Major's condition preemptively, with surgery. In a series of surgeries, first on one side and then the other, Major's veterinarian will remove the head of the femur, preventing the femur from dislocating and rubbing against the pelvis. Cage rest is in Major's future, and lots of interactive games and brainwork with his foster family. Running and wrestling will have to wait a few months, but Major has a very good chance of a complete recovery and a long pain-free life.

November 16, 2012: Major had his first surgery today. Although there is a lot of swelling, Major is already touching his toes to the ground, and putting weight on his "bad" leg. It seems he has no intention of letting a little thing like surgery slow him down. Nevertheless, he will spend the next couple of weeks either in his crate, on his bed near a person, or taking slow gentle strolls. Major needs to take it easy, and let the muscles and skin heal, while getting enough exercise to prevent atophy of those same muscles. His foster family will help him maintain a balance, both physically and mentally.

December 7, 2012: Major has been going to physical therapy and today was a breakthrough day! Major spent 20 minutes in the water tank, walking on all four legs, followed by a four-legged hike up the inclined treadmill. He was a tired, sore puppy afterward.

January 22, 2013 Major is bulking up before his next surgery. Meanwhile, he continues physical therapy.

December 26, 2013: Major's second surgery is behind him and he is once again working on physical therapy. This time around he has responded much faster, perhaps because his hips are at last pain free. Physical therapy, as well as opportunities to walk and play with other dogs, seem to be things he looks forward to. Soon, he will also be looking forward to a permanent home.

June 9, 2014: Major has found is forever home!

Please contribute to the Pet-in-Need Fund to help pay for Major's treatment.