How To Find A Pet Sitter For Your Handicapped Dog

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Taking care of a dog with disabilities is a demanding 24/7 job that leaves pet parents feeling exhausted physically and mentally. That’s why I put together a list of how to find a pet sitter for your handicapped dog. It’s an important step to do before you suffer from caretaker burnout.

When Sophie became paralyzed my husband and I didn’t take a break for the first 18 months. It made us cranky with each other and with our poor dog. I realized all three of us needed a respite care.

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Dogs With Cancer Saved By Scorpion Venom

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Two years ago when a 10 year-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Browning was diagnosed with a large cancerous tumor on her leg, the standard course of treatment would have been amputation. Lucky for Browning she was enrolled in a one-of-a-kind clinical trial at Washington State University where the venom from a scorpion saved her leg and her life.

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Paralyzed Puppy’s Christmas Tale

I share stories about special needs pets all the time, but little Bialy’s story is one to remember. Maybe it’s because she was found around Christmas 2012 as a stray 2 month-old puppy or maybe it’s because she had been severely abused. Bialy had a wound on her neck and a broken back. Or maybe her story stands out because I believe some dogs were put on Earth for a special reason.

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10 Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Shelter


The Holiday season is the perfect time to share a gift with your favorite animal shelter or rescue group. I asked the experts at Heath’s Haven Rescue to share the top 10 gifts to make life better for the paralyzed dogs at their specialty rescue. The nonprofit group rehabilitates and finds new homes for dogs with neurological and mobility problems. You might be surprised at their list.

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Hailey’s Wheels For Life – Dog Wheelchair Assistance

One of the goals of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to share resources with owners of special needs and paralyzed pets. So when I heard about Hailey’s Wheels for Life and their dog wheelchair assistance program, I knew I had to share their story.

In 2012, a feisty West Highland Terrier named Hailey became an Internet sensation after her owners Matt and Jules chronicled her battle against a parasitic disease of the spinal cord called Neosporosis. The couple did everything in their power to make Hailey’s last days, good days. In her honor they created Hailey’s Wheels for Life so that other dogs with neurological problems can have a quality life, like Hailey.

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Homemade Thanksgiving Treat For Dogs

I’ve noticed that lots of bloggers are sharing recipes of homemade Thanksgiving treats for pets. I didn’t want to miss out on the trend, but I have a deep, dark secret when it comes to cooking. I am a very bad chef. The treat I make for Cody every night is a jar of organic turkey and brown rice baby food that I freeze in tiny plastic containers. He loves it, but that recipe wasn’t going to make the grade compared to the yummy homemade treats I’ve seen.

So I reached out to talented online chef Suzanne DeBrango who runs the popular blog apuginthekitchen. Suzanne’s outlook on cooking is, “If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless.”

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Paralyzed Dog’s Family Says Disability Is Labor Of Love

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If she could talk, a paralyzed dog named Greta would say that she has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. She was loved by her human dad and canine sister Alice for 8 years and then was taken in by her “Grammie” when she became a paraplegic. Her entire family pulled together to give her a second chance. Greta is also the only Pit bull dog enrolled in the Iowa State University clinical trial that is trying to get paralyzed dogs walking again.

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