One of the missions of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to be a resource to rescue groups that are saving the lives of pets with special needs. I knew when I came across little Joshua and how his life has been transformed by K9 Rescue Bulgaria, I had to share his story.
On March 29, 2014 life for a little Italian Greyhound named Ricochet changed in an instant. One minute he was running around with his canine housemates in the yard, “riocheting” off anything he could find to jump on, and the next minute he was lying on his side, unable to move and gasping for air. Ricochet had a type of stroke called Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE). His friends have reached out to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, asking for our help to let pet owners know about Ricochet’s journey to recovery and an online auction they’ve started to help with his care.
When author and special ed. teacher, Sheri Levy first offered to share the story about her dog Mulligan, she was worried that his ordeal wouldn’t fit in with the theme of special needs pets that I focus on for Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog. Then it occurred to me the label of “special needs” doesn’t just apply to a physical or medical handicap; it also applies to animals with “emotional special needs” after being abused or neglected. So here is Mulligan’s story of recovery after being isolated and abused most of his life.
Advances in technology for handicapped animals have improved so much that PBS dedicated an entire series on the subject. “My Bionic Pet” premieres April 9.