Nearly paralyzed dog overcomes the odds, reunites with family

ALBANY, NY (WTEN) – It’s a reunion that was months in the making. A family has reunited with their beloved dog after he overcame incredible odds.

Grizzy is a big dog with even a bigger heart. And 7-year-old Luke loves his four-legged companion. The two were finally together again Saturday.

Back in April, Grizzy was having trouble walking so his owner Melissa Mullamphy brought him to an animal hospital in Yonkers, New York. It was there when things took a turn for the worst.

“We walked in with a walking dog and out with quadriplegic,” said Mullamphy.

He was suffering from Wobblers Disease, making it very difficult for him to walk.

Melissa and her family had nowhere to turn.

“I searched everywhere. All over the Tri-State area. Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and there’s not a place like this place,” said Mullamphy.

But two hours away from their Holmes, New York home, they found Shaker Veterinary Animal Hospital in Latham. So they took the chance and made the trip.

“It’s probably the biggest case that we’ve ever taken on,” said Jenn Wolfe, who helped rehab Grizzy.

Jenn Wolfe is a licensed Veterinary Technician. She and her team were up for the incredible challenge of rehabbing Grizzy back to walking shape.

“He was paralyzed. Not able to do much but lay on his side. As far as sitting, standing, getting up, he couldn’t do it,” said Wolfe.

Six months of hard work slowly gave way to real progress.

“Every day we saw him do something better whether it is ‘Oh he felt that toe today, he didn’t feel that toe yesterday,’” said Wolfe.


“Grizzy started walking by himself without any help two days before Christmas,” said Wolfe.

That’s when Jenn and her team knew the time was close. Now almost a year later, Grizzy is finally ready to go home.

“I’m just really thankful and now my son has his dog back and he can walk. We’re already fighting to see who will sleep next to him on the floor tonight,” said Mullamphy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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