Within three hours of the freak accident, the cockapoo was paralysed in his back legs.
Now, finally, the dog is back on his feet thanks to a spinal operation, multiple therapies, and a pair of custom-made rolls skates that cost £94.
Zippy can run around and play, and the motion of zooming around on skates may help him walk unaided in the future, allowing him to exercise and stimulate the nerves.
His owners, Jean, 63, and Terry Stork, 74, from King’s Lynn, are overjoyed to see their pal up and about again.Jean, a part time lecturer, said: ‘It’s amazing to watch Zippy on his roller-skates and finally get some independence back.
‘Zippy had always been a happy and placid dog who used to visit care homes, hospitals, nurseries and schools for children with complex needs.
‘The last four months have been heartbreaking to see him going through such a tough time.
Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.
‘When he had the accident we immediately drove him to the emergency vets where an MRI confirmed he had slipped a disc.
‘There was a 50/50 chance the spinal operation would work – but we were willing to take the risk to see him walk again.
‘Sadly, it didn’t work, and he was still paralysed but we could see in his eyes that he was fighting.
‘We discussed as a family that we couldn’t put him to sleep and decided to fight for him.’The day before Zippy’s accident the couple had to say goodbye to another dog, Cosmo, as he had a tumour.
They were determined not to let Zippy go.
‘The difference with Zippy is he is young and determined and wants to get back on his feet,’ said Jean.
Zippy had to undergo physiotherapy, laser treatments, and hydrotherapy to get him strong again.
‘Like any dog, Zippy loves going for walks and strolls through the woods – it was terribly sad seeing him indoors,’ Jean explained.‘I began researching and found Winston’s Wheels – an American charity that offered us a doggy wheelchair and it seemed like the perfect way to get Zippy back outside.
Socialize your pet. This is especially important for puppies. Again – behavior problems are the number one reason dogs don’t stay with their families and don’t get adopted by new families. Lack of proper socialization can result in inappropriate fears, aggressive behavior, general timidity, and a host of other behavior problems that are difficult to extinguish once a dog is mature.
‘Incredibly he has got stronger but the wheelchair meant his legs had to be up in stirrups when he was in the woods and I felt he would benefit from having his legs in a normal walking position.
‘So we decided to look for other options which is when I came across the roller-skates and they mean he can have his legs down on the ground.
‘His right leg is now walking but his left leg needs to get stronger.’
Zippy became the first dog in the UK to use ‘Skate with Maximus’ roller-skates on his back paws and is now loving getting outdoors again.
His owners are hopeful he’ll soon be wagging his tail and running around freely.
Jean said: ‘Every day Zippy is getting stronger – we feared we may lose him.
‘I hope to see him wag his tail again and walk unaided in the back garden.
‘The whole experience has been traumatic but we refuse to give up on him.