As I sit here writing about National Walk Your Dog Month, my shepherd/collie mix Cody is stretched out on his side lying by my desk waiting as patiently as he can for me to finally step away from my computer and take him for a walk. With temperatures reaching below zero in many parts of the country, I have no excuse from pushing away from my desk to enjoy a leisurely walk with my dog in the mild temperature of Las Vegas. So, here we go….
Stories of amazing pets who have suffered a handicap or disability or paralysis.
We’re deviating from our usual posts about amazing disabled dogs and cats to share the extraordinary story of Scarlett, a paralyzed chimpanzee who learned to walk after being paralyzed. Scarlett made a remarkable recovery after a lesion was discovered on her spine. Her experience is important for two reasons: she regained mobility after a devastating threat to her health and because she’s lived most of her 34 years in a government lab.
After fourteen years in animal rescue I still find it hard to believe that someone could discard a dog or cat that has been a family pet for a decade or more, but actually the problem is more common than you think. Recently volunteers at the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society rescued one of these senior pets and in the process of saving her life they discovered a dog who gives inspiration to all homeless animals.
Rikki is a sweet little Chihuahua who was born with a deformity in her front legs. The Animal Rescue League of Boston realized that while Rikki’s body might not be perfect, the perfect match could be made with a loving family. This Holiday Season, Rikki is getting the chance for a new life.
Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog encourages everyone who is looking for a new pet, to consider adopting one of amazing dogs and cats available at shelters with disabilities or special needs. That animal will be forever grateful for your help.