I typically post new stories from a long editorial calendar, but once in a while a great story comes into your life that can’t wait for a vacant slot. Peaches and The Mia Foundation is one of those stories.
Stories of amazing pets who have suffered a handicap or disability or paralysis.
I am excited to announce the winner of our Dog Wheelchair Halloween Costume Contest. But first I want to thank everyone who entered. Each of you had such wonderfully creative costumes for your paralyzed dogs that it was nearly impossible to choose just one winner.
And because of that, every dog who entered the giveaway will get a prize. It warmed my heart to know how much our paralyzed dogs are loved. [Read more…]
This story was updated October 2018.
Have you heard of Degenerative Myelopathy? It’s a progressive neurological disease in dogs caused by the degeneration of the spinal cord. It is similar to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in people. DM most often strikes dogs between the ages of 8-14. The symptoms begin with a loss of coordination and weakness in the hind limbs. That progresses to paralysis in the back legs and eventually the disease moves to the front limbs and respiratory system. Dogs typically pass away after 2-3 years, although some live as long as 5 years.
I was introduced to DM because it was one of the first conditions my dog Sophie was tested for when she began to lose her balance and drag her hind legs. She had a DNA test for the disease, but it came back inconclusive.
Another dog wasn’t as lucky. Bundas had a DNA test after he showed the early symptoms of Degenerative Myelopathy. Komondors aren’t listed as one of the breeds prone to the condition, but the DNA test for Bundas proved otherwise. The diagnosis sent shock waves to his owners and other Komondor breeders. It began a personal crusade by his pet mom to wipeout the illness from the breed.
Charleigh is a little dog with a big personality. All of the pictures of her on the Little Black Dog Rescue website show her smiling. But life hasn’t been kind to the pup. Charleigh is paralyzed after she being the victim of a hit and run. She has worked hard over the past few months recovering from her injuries and trying to regain her mobility. Now she has one more hurdle to jump.
Charleigh is looking for the perfect family to adopt her and make her their own.
This story was updated August 2018.
On March 29, 2014 an Italian Greyhound defied the odds after a stroke. His life changed forever in an instant. One minute Ricochet was running around with his canine housemates in the yard, “ricocheting” 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).