Learning how to put a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair by yourself takes practice. This is especially true for large paraplegic dogs who can’t stand or support their own weight. The person helping the dog into the cart is responsible for lifting them while moving them into position. This might sound like an impossible task, but most pet owners successfully learn how to do it. In fact, the process eventually becomes second nature. [Read more…]
This is Sophie’s little red wagon. I have been holding onto it and all of Sophie’s belongings like a hoarder since she passed away. I have her boots, 3 different sizes of lifting harnesses, her leash, collar, bowl, her big red stroller and her little red wagon. Having these items nearby makes me feel connected to Sophie and always puts a smile on my face when I run into them around the house. At times I’ve even found a use for her stuff. I loaned her boots to a friend whose dog was having a problem walking and recently I used the largest harness to keep Cody’s back legs steady during the final days when he was too weak to walk alone.
Tomorrow I will be saying goodbye to the Radio Flyer Red Wagon and while I am excited that it will be going to someone I love, I am also sad to see it leave. It will be a reality-check that an era, which can never be replaced, has truly passed by. [Read more…]