For three days the best dog I have ever had fought for his life. And because he was young and vital, he made it. However, it was the opinion of the attending veterinary staff that he had sustained an avulsion to the right brachial plexus, which is in the right shoulder area and from which all of the nerves that run down the right foreleg emanate. Their recommendation was that following a reasonable period of recovery and a follow-up re-evaluation, the right leg would likely need to be amputated.
Although I knew that three-legged dogs had every chance of leading a happy, active life, our situation was complicated by the fact that Jericho had been born with a mobile patella on one hind leg and although he seldom showed signs of weakness in that area, the fact was that he did not have the ideal profile for a possible three-legged life. So we began to explore alternatives, including acupuncture therapy and set about searching for some kind of device to support the right leg.