Charlie and Tanya Diable have a special place in their hearts for dogs who have been hurt by society. Their family consists of 5 disabled pups. But it wasn’t until they adopted two double amputee dogs named Joey and Boone, that they knew they had to make life better for handicapped dogs in need.
Can you guess my absolute favorite part of running Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog? It’s the stories I receive from people about the amazing lives they have created with their paralyzed dogs and cats. I am in awe at each pet owner’s transition from novice to expert caretaker.
While everyone’s journey is unique, the theme of each story is the same. It is the courageous moment when they decided to give their newly paralyzed fur kid a chance. Every pet parent made that decision even though they were scared out of their minds about being able to care for a disabled animal.
Linda Pintoff is one of these special people. Last February she wrote to me about how to get a wheelchair for her dog Logan. The little Papillon had just undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc and Linda didn’t know what to expect next.
Now a few months later, Linda has become an expert at taking care of Logan and meeting his every-changing needs. There were weeks of steady recovery and times with serious setbacks, but Linda and Logan keep moving forward. [Read more…]
How many times have you seen a picture of a sad homeless dog living in terrible conditions and said, “Someone should help that animal?” Well an animal lover from Colorado named Susan, made that comment after she saw a photo of a sick dog who was fending for himself on the other side of the globe. She spearheaded a rescue mission to give the paralyzed street dog from Taiwan a second chance.
This story originally posted in 2014, but I think the message about the strength of the human-animal bond makes it worth telling again.
If you are thinking about adopting a pet, I know a paralyzed dog who would love a new family for Christmas. Tiger is a 7-year-old Corgi/Chihuahua mix recovering from spinal surgery. He was abandoned by his owners when they learned he might be paralyzed for the rest of his life. [Read more…]
I am reaching out to readers today to help the sweet dog pictured above. Her name is Aurora and she is a paralyzed refugee dog from Kuwait who needs a home ASAP.
The last time I wrote a post like this was to ask people to find a home for a disabled bomb sniffing dog named Igi. The German shepherd had worked alongside his handler at O’Hare International Airport for five years until he became paralyzed. More than 10,000 animal lovers shared Igi’s story and 130 people volunteered to give him a loving home.
I am hoping readers will work that same kind of magic for Aurora. Mission K9 Rescue has the funds to take her out of danger and send her to the USA. All they need is for a loving family to adopt her.
Igi went to live with April E. and her military family. His life has transformed from a service dog who worked for the Department of Homeland Security, to a treasured family pet. Yesterday I heard from April and an animal rescuer named Amy who fights for legislation against animal cruelty in Kuwait. Each wrote to me individually asking for help in getting the word out about Aurora. I hope you’ll share her story. [Read more…]