Canine With Damaged Legs Saved By Man Who Discovered Her In The Woods

With over one million subreddits for all types of particular communities, Reddit has rather a lot to supply. Notably for us canine lovers, a subreddit known as “BeforeNAfterAdoption” lets rescuers and canine dad and mom share the tales behind their adoptions. Naturally, all these photographs and movies are touching, a pleasant reminder of why we love to avoid wasting animals.

Graham Whatmough, or as he’s recognized on Reddit “u/WhereTheHighwayEnds” shared a good looking video of his canine Willow fortunately having fun with the outside to the web page. You’d by no means be capable of inform she had such a tough previous earlier than they met. This glad, outdoorsy pup was as soon as discovered ravenous and motionless within the woods. The assembly between her and her rescuer simply needed to be destiny.

An Uncommon Discovery In The Woods

4 years in the past, Whatmough stop his job within the oilfield to pursue his ardour of being a contract photographer and videographer. He spends a lot of his time outdoor exploring lovely locations. In the future, he found one thing a bit of completely different on a hike by the woods.

Whatmough normally took the identical path by these woods, however at present he determined to take a unique path. As he stopped to take a photograph of some berries he discovered, he seen one thing else.

“I took just some steps extra and I noticed a fallen tree and an off-white animal laying behind it.  I believed it have to be a small deer or a coyote hiding as a result of it wasn’t transferring or making any sounds. Then I noticed a pink collar and realized it was a canine.”

Incomes The Woods Pup’s Belief

At first, the canine confirmed indicators of concern aggression, baring her enamel and growling. Whatmough didn’t get any nearer than 15 toes from her, afraid she would run off. He tossed her among the berries he had picked, the one meals he needed to supply. To his nice shock, she ate the berries and even wagged her tail a bit of bit. He additionally provided her some water from his bottle, which she drank shortly, so he returned with extra water from his truck.


Contemplating her willingness to belief, Whatmough figured she was a runaway or misplaced canine. She regarded just a few months previous.

“I nonetheless thought she was only a runaway and was possibly dehydrated and a bit of starved. The berries and water had allowed me to get shut sufficient to her to start out scratching her snout and he or she actually appreciated it.”

Despite the fact that she appeared a bit of friendlier, Whatmough seen the canine didn’t appear to wish to transfer a lot. One thing undoubtedly appeared flawed together with her hind legs.

“Now that she warmed up I coaxed her to rise up and stroll I noticed she was virtually strolling fully on her entrance legs at some factors each her again legs appeared to come back proper off the bottom.  I nonetheless thought that she was possibly simply needing meals and train after being caught within the forest for some time.”


Quickly, Whatmough would be taught that each of the canine’s again legs have been damaged, and because of this, had began to heal improperly. Her situation didn’t look too good.

The Street To Restoration

Whatmough introduced the canine to the veterinarian for therapy and x-rays. They decided that she would wish to have her legs amputated or she would require costly, dangerous surgical procedure. Within the meantime, nobody got here to assert the poor lady.


Whatmough wasn’t positive what to do at first. He needed a canine, however was he able to take care of one with many bodily challenges forward of her? May he even afford that sort of care?

“When the vet began listed my choices as amputation, a really costly surgical procedure or surrendering her to bylaw the place she would more than likely be euthanized I made a decision to maintain her at the very least till I might discover somebody that was capable of undertake her.

As he’d been sharing updates in regards to the canine he discovered within the woods, folks grew to become invested. Whatmough defined that his group pitched in donations to assist pay for surgical procedure. They have been capable of provide you with $4000 in a single day!

That’s how he knew, there was no manner he might give this canine up.

“After seeing how my group rallied round her with the donations and having her for a number of days I knew I wouldn’t be capable of give her up.”


He named the forest canine Willow, fittingly. On daily basis, Whatmough stretched Willow’s legs and walked her. At instances when she appeared to battle, he regretted not getting her surgical procedure. However courageous Willow pulled by her robust restoration.

“She additionally would present some indicators of discomfort after I would stretch and pull her again legs however I’d at all times cease after which she would let me stretch her some extra.  She progressively resisted much less and fewer and now she doesn’t appear to thoughts in any respect after I actually pull laborious and work to stretch her.”

A Household That Does Open air Collectively

Willow didn’t let her previous experiences flip her off to romping by the woods. She and Whatmough spend all their time collectively, particularly now that he works at residence.

“I’m exterior mountaineering 2-6 hours on a regular basis summer season and winter and he or she loves all of it. She actually loves the snow however after about 4hrs in -30C she begins to attempt to get her paws off the snow and appears for shelter and I do know it’s time to return residence.”

For a canine with previously damaged and malformed again legs, Willow runs like an absolute champ now!


Willow and Graham’s story reminds us that each canine is price it, and generally destiny pushes us into the fitting canine’s path. Right here’s wishing them a lifetime of happiness collectively!

u/WhereTheHighwayEnds by way of Reddit

Watch the Reddit video under:

Right here is video of me strolling out a canine I discovered malnourished within the woods…Once I took her to the vet I discovered that each of her rear femurs have been badly damaged and starting to set about an inch shorter than they need to be. I adopted her and after numerous stretching and train right here Willow is at present 🙂 from BeforeNAfterAdoption

H/T: Reddit
Featured Picture:@GWhatmough/Fb

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