This story comes from way up north in Manitoba, Canada where a paralyzed puppy is teaching people to never give up. In late January Gizzy was found dragging himself on the side of the road after being hit by a car. One of his hind legs was shattered and the other paralyzed. He had infections on his belly and legs. Yet even with all of this bad luck, the puppy’s will to survive can be a lesson to all of us. [Read more…]
My dogs are my favorite Valentines. It has been a short four months since Bailey and Olivia became roommates, but if you saw them you would think they have been together since puppyhood. Their bond is stronger than any of my previous dogs. They genuinely like each other.
The funny thing is Olivia was not my first choice to be Bailey’s new roomie. She’s small, even for a Beagle, and kind of pudgy. I didn’t think she could keep up with Bailey’s energetic personality. But lucky for Bailey and me, adding Olivia to our family has turned out to be the best decision ever. Life in my home is so joyful, I wish I could freeze time. [Read more…]
Some of the best resource ideas for this blog have come from readers. That’s why I want to officially thank the pet parent who introduced me to Barkertime fashionable and functional apparel for incontinent dogs. This young company, that started in 2015, has quickly grown to become a worldwide provider of every product imaginable for incontinent pets. I think their products are so helpful, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog has become an affiliate member.
Having a paraplegic pet almost always guarantees that you will be dealing with an incontinent dog or cat. That means learning how to express your pet’s bladder and educating yourself about the products to manage accidents and leakage. It is important for pet parents to have a reliable company to turn to. [Read more…]
Cathy Erwin is the brainy creator of the Walkabout Harness which is my all-time favorite product for paralyzed dogs. This rear-lifting harness was a lifesaver for Sophie and me. I always had two of them on-hand so one could be in the wash while Sophie wore the other. Without our easy to use Walkabout harness, Sophie and I would’ve had a tough time making it through the five years of her illness.
Recently I had the amazing opportunity to interview Cathy. She explained how she turned her ideas into products for dogs with mobility problems and how she worked hard to get the veterinary world to take notice. I also learned about the exciting new devices Cathy loves. [Read more…]
Charlie Sparkle’s purpose in life is to make people happy. Born with Spina bifida, the 3-year-old English bulldog works his magic every week as a certified therapy dog in Logan, Utah. He scoots through the halls of the Sunshine Foundation’s Terrace Grove Assisted Living putting a smile on the faces of the residents. [Read more…]