I’m sure my neighbors thought of me as the “crazy lady” when they saw me pushing Sophie, my paralyzed dog, in her cart. One woman thought I was running a doggie hospice when she approached me during a walk to ask if I was interested in fostering her sick dog. In reality, I was just doing what was necessary to keep my dog around as long as possible. During the process I learned a lot from my dog. Here are the first of many “Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.” [Read more…]
I watched my parents transform from an outgoing couple who loved to entertain family and friends to a pair who were housebound and isolated. As their health declined their world got smaller and I didn’t want that to happen to Sophie after she became paralyzed. You see our little girl was a vibrant dog who barked happily when she spotted a dog in a passing car and greeted everyone she met on our walks. I didn’t want her to be lonely.
If your dog has trouble walking due to arthritis in a knee or elbow, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine may be able to help with two groundbreaking clinical trials.
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.
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.