One of the first lessons I learned about life with a paraplegic dog was the importance of playtime. I needed to find a way to keep Sophie stimulated mentally and physically so she didn’t get depressed. The idea about playing games initially came from my dog Cody. He loved to roughhouse with Sophie before she got sick and he didn’t see any reason to stop just because she couldn’t walk.
One evening while the family was watching TV, Cody walked over to Sophie and gave her a gentle push with his nose. She immediately knew it was an invitation to play so she hoisted her body up as high as she could and she pushed her nose back at him. The two dogs had so much fun that night I knew I had to find toys to entertain a paralyzed dog. [Read more…]