Upside Down Resilience: Beautiful Dog Overcomes Unusual Challenge with Broken Front Legs

She just wants to go walkies! California couple close to raising $20,000 for their beloved dog Rexi, who was born with BACKWARD legs

A couple in California who are desperately trying to help their disabled dog are close to their goal of raising $20,000 for the determined golden retriever.

Rexi began limping as a 10-week-old puppy, but her veterinarian could find no problem with her. Now one-year-old, she lost all strength in her legs, which then started extending backward, past her head.

She was diagnosed with a neurological problem, and her owners, Rachel Woertink and James Cassity, of Victorville, are now working hard to help their beloved pet.

‘One of the vets said, ”Maybe you should think about putting her down”. She is like family to us you know. We don’t have any kids so this is kind of like our kid right here and we treat her like that,’ Cassity told ABC 7.

A dog living in California called Rexi (pictured) cannot use her front legs – which point up behind her head – to move around

Rexi diagnosed with a neurological problem, and her owners, Rachel Woertink and James Cassity, are now working hard to help their beloved pet

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Rexi drags her chest along the ground as she walks, with only her back legs for support

The couple set up a GoFundMe page for Rexi with the aim of raising $20,000.

They plan to use the money for a device that will help the dog walk – because she is forced to drag her chest along the ground – or even an operation to fix her legs.

So far, over $16,000 has been donated.

‘Rexi has no use of her front legs. We would like (someone’s) help to make her mobile again or better yet fix her legs if possible. We love her very much and just want the best for her,’ Woertink wrote on the page.

‘We would like some help to make her mobile again or better yet fix her legs if possible.

‘We love her very much and just want the best for her.’

Rexi’s owners tried having Rexi use a dog wheelchair. Owner James Cassity told local media: ‘When she hits a rock the thing flips over upside down, she has flipped once or twice and we don’t want to injure her anymore’

She currently swears a vest to stop the ground from cutting her chest as she walks

Cassity told KABC: ‘Any kind of invention, somebody who knows something about dogs missing their front legs or handicapped, maybe some kind of doctor who knows about a surgery.’

Rexi’s owners have already having Rexi use a dog wheelchair.

Cassity told the TV station: ‘When she hits a rock the thing flips over upside down, she has flipped once or twice and we don’t want to injure her anymore.’

Rexi’s name comes from her being like a Tyrannosaurus rex, ABC News reported.

Rexi is seen being held on a leash. A GoFundMe page set up for her says: ‘We would like some help to make her mobile again or better yet fix her legs if possible. We love her very much and just want the best for her’

Cassity gave an interview to the outlet, in which he said: ‘She can stand up and use her back legs fully, and then she scoots around on her chest kind of like a snail.’

He revealed: ‘They all did X-rays and whatnot, and the results always showed her bones were fine.

‘A lot of the veterinarians said it could be neurological, and some of them just recommended that we amputate her front legs or put her down.’

However, he said: ‘We didn’t want to amputate her front legs since they still seem to have some movement.

‘Though she can’t walk on them or control them, if you lay her on her back, you can stretch them and move them to a normal position.’

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