Finding a pet sitter for a dog that couldn’t walk or go to the bathroom on her own was a lot like Jane and Michael Banks, from Mary Poppins, as they searched for a “practically perfect” nanny. The whole idea seemed practically impossible.
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….
What would happen to your pets if you became sick or worse? Most of us don’t have a backup plan if we die before our animals, but a new book is here to help. Authors Joe and Cathy Connolly found themselves in this situation when a death in their family left a 12 year-old dog named Mandy without a home. Together they wrote “If I Should Die Before My Dog-” to let pet owners know there is a way to create an organized plan, in the event of a life-changing emergency.
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.
“The best part of having a paralyzed dog is that you always know where she is.”
I’ve heard about dogs that are paralyzed, but continue to be mobile by using their upper body strength to pull themselves across the floor so they can move around their houses as they please. Sophie wasn’t that type of dog and maybe it was because of her advanced age. At 11 years-old she pretty much stayed in whatever room where I left her. Her immobility posed a problem because it meant that she couldn’t reach food or water by herself and it kept her isolated from the rest of the family. Ken and I knew this type of arrangement wasn’t what we wanted for our dog, so we set out to find an easy mode of transporting Sophie inside our house.