Let me start out by saying that this “wordy” Wordless Wednesday story shouldn’t be read by anyone with a weak stomach or anyone who has never changed a diaper. This story deals with doggie poop! As you’ve probably (hopefully) read in earlier Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog stories, when our dog Sophie became paralyzed she also became incontinent. At first, her bladder leaked so Ken (husband) and I used doggie diapers. Later in Sophie’s disease, her body went in almost the opposite direction turning her muscles to concrete. That’s when we threw out the diapers and learned how to push on her bladder to express it. Even our veterinarian was perplexed by the restrictive nature of her bladder. I remember being told that most paralyzed dogs had weak muscles and that is why they leaked urine. [Read more…]
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.
This post was updated July 2018.
When Felicia Drexel adopted a partially paralyzed dog named Miss Buttercup on Valentine’s Day 2011 from DREAM – Dachshund Rescue in Atlanta, GA she was warned by the little dog’s foster mom that she had never come across a dog with a bigger personality. Since that day, the Mini Dachshund/Miniature Pinscher mix has lived up to her reputation as a smart and sassy dog who loves to show off her talents to everyone she meets.
If your dog is about to have surgery for a herniated disc (slipped disc) you’ll want to read about this new research study at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. The program is currently recruiting patients.