If you’re like me the New Year’s Resolutions I made at 12 o’clock midnight 2015 will soon be a distant memory. To keep me motivated, I’m going to remember the story of a paralyzed dog named Zeus and how he stayed focused on his goal to walk again.
Zeus was about six months old when he was turned into a high-kill shelter in Oklahoma by his owners who didn’t want a dog that limped. The limp soon turned to a full-blown paralysis that left Zeus barely able to lift his head.
The puppy was rescued by St. Francis Community Animal Rescue & Education and went to live with Lynda Kuether who became his foster mom. A veterinarian determined that a virus was the cause of the paralysis and recommended a treatment of antibiotics, steroids and lots of physical therapy.
Lynda, who is a physical therapist for humans gave Zeus his medicines every day and started to set small therapeutic goals for the dog. First she brought him to an indoor heated swimming pool so she could help him move his legs in a weightless environment.
After a couple of months, Zeus began to crawl on the ground and progressed to moving around on his knees.
Lynda’s goals for Zeus included walking on his own, climbing on and off furniture, getting in and out of a car and finding his forever family.
One year later Zeus was using a dog wheelchair to get around and two months after that he took his first steps on his own. The small goals (resolutions) Lynda set up for the puppy eventually led to him acting like a typical young dog who steals food off a plate when his foster mom isn’t watching. Lynda is proud of the way Zeus kept trying to achieve the goals and never gave up hope.
Today Zeus is able to do all of the activities Lynda set up for him. He can climb on furniture, get into a car and walk up a flight of stairs. And when it came time to achieve his final resolution of having a family to love him forever, Lynda realized Zeus was already home.
When your New Year’s Resolutions get tough, remember Zeus and what he achieved by never giving up.
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