Jennifer Garrison was researching the crazy phenomenon of Spinal Walking for her paralyzed puppy Scooter when she came across an article on Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog. She and her husband adopted Scooter after he was hit by a car and left with a severed spine. Since joining the Garrison family, the little dog’s gained the ability to walk short distances even though he has no feeling in his hind legs. His neurologist attributes this miracle to spinal walking. Jennifer agreed to share Scooter’s story so other pet families can learn about this rare occurrence.
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…]