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It was nothing short of a walking miracle. A boonie dog that often hung around Robert Lau's work and became family. Until one day, Robert found Felix bleeding and nearly lifeless in the parking lot.

"For five and a half weeks he was paralyzed," he said. "He couldn't eat on his own, he couldn't urinate on his own...poo on his own."

Robert knew the injured dog needed immediate medical attention. So he took Felix to Isla Veterinarian Clinic in Asan.  

"When I first brought him down here you can see his ribcage," he said. "We would pick him up try to make him exercise and then he would just plop back down. I would pray to God every day that he would walk."

With patience, Veterinarian Doctor Lisa Silk and her staff attended to Felix's needs.

 
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"He had a peripheral paralysis for whatever reason the nerves going into his muscles were not responding it could be from a toxin, it could so that's gonna take time for those nerves to start working again," Silk said. "We started on the Western medical treatments for him and he wasn't really responding and we decided we're gonna add the acupuncture and the herbal and seriously he was moving and walking within a few days."

Robert's prayers for Felix's recovery were answered after Valentine's Day when he caught dog on camera beginning to take steps.

"You know I always hear these stories of miracles happening and this is a miracle that I've actually seen it," he said.

The staff at Isla helped nurse Felix back to health.

Felix is the third paralyzed dog to walk under Dr. Silk's watch.
With the stray dog population increasing here on island, Silk says leaders should take action.

"We need to do something about the stray dogs it's very possible that this was a tick disease," she said. "We as humans can get tick diseases, so it isn't just an issue of having stray dogs that are definitely suffering, but they have diseases that we can get."

She shares advice if you find an animal in need.

"If they're scared and hurt they might hurt you but don't be afraid to come to the clinic, I will give them a sedative to give them or to do my best to help you get them, don't just leave them," Silk said. "I cannot underestimate if you have the faith and the love they know when you give up on them they know."

Robert, who's now his owner, never gave up on Felix, he says all dogs deserve a fighting chance.

"Just because it's an animal you can't just leave them to suffer or eventually die," he said. "They're just like us, human beings."

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