I have a new hero and her name is Linda Stowe. In 2002 Linda founded Dodgerslist, which is a website that has grown into the leading authority on dogs and especially Dachshunds with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Linda’s passion and courage changed the conventional veterinary treatment of dogs with IVDD and has saved countless lives.
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.
Monday, September 22 was the third annual National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day to celebrate and honor wheelchair dogs around the world. The event was started in 2012 by award-winning author and advocate Barbara Techel in memory of her beloved dog Frankie. A fall left the dachshund paralyzed with Intervertabral Disc Disease (IVDD).
As a fan of the Paralyzed Dogs Network I was very excited when Joanne Leicester, who founded the website, agreed to share the story about her paraplegic dog Carl and why she started her insightful website. The Paralyzed Dogs Network is full of useful information for pet owners who are adapting to life with disabled dog.
Joanne’s philosophy is, “Canine paralysis is not a death sentence – like any dog a paralyzed dog lives for the moment. They don’t lie around feeling sorry for themselves, instead they just get on with life, adapting to their disability.”
There is wonderful news to share about Lizee, the four month-old paralyzed puppy found on the side of the road in Albuquerque, NM. A foster home has been found and the puppy will be in the safe hands of Heath’s Haven Rescue. Thank you to everyone who shared Lizee’s story and helped us save her from being euthanized.