photoMagoo is a 7 year old Springer Spaniel who loves to spend his days running after squirrels, swimming, chasing birds on the beach in Massachusetts and doing serious amounts of snuggling. And as the beloved dog of Joe and Brooke's young family, he has lots of opportunities to do just that.

At the end of August, Magoo was out for one of his morning runs and came back to the house holding up his back right leg. Two days later, when he still was favoring the leg, Joe and Brooke brought Magoo immediately to the vet.

As with most vets unfamiliar with bracing, Magoo's vet initially recommended surgery. Joe and Brooke were hesitant to put Magoo under the knife. They were concerned about Magoo's age and how he would be able to recover from the process. Everyone they had talked to who had similar procedures done on their dogs discovered the other leg eventually needed to be operated on as well. And with a growing family, the $4000 surgery was difficult to fit into the budget.

Joe combed the internet looking for a solution and discovered Hero.

Four weeks after keeping the Hero Brace on Magoo regularly, Dr. Andrea DeTora from Massachusetts Vet Referral reported that Magoo was 90% healed. She anticipates close to a full recovery with six more weeks of regular wear. Dr. DeTora is also thrilled at the results and will be using Hero braces as a valid alternative for her patients in the future.

"Seriously, try this brace before going the surgery route," Brooke recommends. "It is light-weight and very comfortable on Magoo. He actually seems to like wearing it."

Brooke and Joe are thrilled to have their Magoo back to playing and having fun. And the entire family is glad to get their snuggle partner back.