Swimming Therapy For Rescue Dog Hit By Car

Swimming ah physiotherapy will be helping Joy gain back her smile. On October 4, 2016, in a suburb of Athens, Greece, she was hit by a car and left there, on the side of the road, to suffer in agony and pain, until the rescuers got to her. It’s hard to tell if she was recently abandoned or just lost, but nobody has come forward to claim her so far, and I don’t think anyone ever will.

Joy the day she was rescued/ SPAZ

Joy was taken to the vet immediately. The pain she was is must have been unbearable, but Joy dealt with it wagging her tail. She had two smashed legs, and pneumothorax caused by the force of the impact.


The tag outside her cage in the clinic said: “caution, in severe pain”. She was operated on a few days later, pins, plates and a bone graft were used to put her legs back together, and she remained confined for a few weeks.

Joy after the surgery / SPAZ

Joy’s bones have healed, but she still has a long way to go. She is still in pain, and she barely uses her two broken legs. The vet has recommended that swims, and yesterday she had her first swimming session.


She is being fostered by my beloved Elizabeth, and when she asked me to join them today, I couldn’t refuse. We put Joy in the car and drove to the beach. In five minutes we were there,  Elizabeth put on her bathing suit and I took out my camera.



This is one of the great things about living in Athens, especially the south. In just a few minutes, you are at the beach and even in the heart of November, the weather will allow you to take a swim.


It was funny watching Elizabeth help Joy swim. Funny and sad and sweet. Joy splashing around and moving her tiny legs underwater while Elizabeth was getting wetter and wetter. After two rounds of swimming, we took her out, dried her and let her sunbathe for a while.


It was the first time I saw Joy. I had been following her story, and today I finally met her. She is the sweetest girl ever, calm, quiet and a bit reluctant. She still has a long way to go, and I wish her all the best. I know that SPAZ will do their best to help her be healthy and happy again.


If you wish to follow her progress, you can check the charity’s Facebook page. Donations are more than welcome (PayPal: [email protected])

Update (November 29): Joy’s hind leg is doing much better. The vet is not so optimistic about her front leg thought – apparently the crash damaged the nerve. We are still hoping it can be saved, but it will not be easy.




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