It’s hard to resist the sweet face of a French bulldog, English bulldog, Boston terrier, Pug or Boxer. Their adorable flat-head, short-nose and corkscrew tails are the epitome of doggie cuteness. But did you know that from the tip of their nose to the end of their curly tail, each of these breeds is prone to Hemivertebrae, the spine deformity in flat-faced dogs? [Read more…]
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because its sole purpose is to enjoy time with family and friends. To make the holiday even more special I am sharing a super easy homemade Thanksgiving treat for dogs. I know your pups will love it.
Lots of bloggers share their famous recipes at this time of year and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. The only problem is that I have a deep, dark secret when it comes to cooking.
The truth is, I am a terrible chef. The only homemade food I make for my dogs is when I mix a jar of turkey and brown rice baby food into little plastic containers that I slip into the freezer. They love it, but I knew the recipe wasn’t going to make the grade as a real homemade Thanksgiving treat.
So I reached out to the talented online chef, Suzanne DeBrango, who runs the popular blog apuginthekitchen. Suzanne’s outlook on cooking is, “If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless.”
Since starting Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, I’ve tried to cover a wide range of medical conditions that cause dogs to have mobility problems. But until this story, I’ve never discussed how accidents play a role in turning a healthy dog into one that can’t walk. That’s what happened to a puppy named Grace. This is her story and how her pet mom’s devotion has no bounds after the dog fell 30 feet.
It’s kind of ironic that I haven’t covered this topic because one of the first dogs my rescue group, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, took in was a big black lab named Chooka. He broke both of his front legs jumping from a second story balcony at an apartment complex. The two young men who owned Chooka couldn’t afford the surgeries he needed so they surrendered him to us. Chooka had three or four very costly surgeries that nearly sent my group into bankruptcy. Thankfully he recovered enough to be able to walk with assistance. And later he was adopted into a wonderful home where he lived a long and happy life.
Grace’s pet mom, Kerry contacted me to share their daily challenges and victories after the dog’s terrible accident.
I am thrilled to share this guest post from fellow blogger and animal lover Nikki Carvey. Trained as a journalist in the UK, Nikki now makes her home in Los Angeles where she says she “complains less about the weather.” Nikki has always had a passion for English Bulldogs and she writes about them often. Not long ago she met another family of Bulldogs that she feels has an important lesson for all pet parents.
The family calls themselves Mickey and The Padded Bum Crew because all of the pups are in diapers due to a birth defect that is commonly seen in English Bulldogs.
It is called Spina bifida and the condition happens when one or more of a dog’s vertebrae do not properly fuse together in the womb. While the problem isn’t well-understood, researchers believe there is a strong genetic component that is somehow linked to malnutrition or the ingestion of toxins by the mother during pregnancy. Dogs with Spina bifida have problems walking, controlling their muscles and are usually incontinent. They can also have a drainage from their spine. The good news is Spina bifida doesn’t get worse with time.
“If you don’t laugh at 5am when your dog has pooped on himself, you’re going to cry.” These words of wisdom were my introduction to Tracey Holupka who as a special needs dog mom keeps her sense of humor. Tracey is the creator of the well-known blog, Oh Melvin which shares the funny side of life with specially-abled dogs Melvin and Jake. She started blogging five years ago to reassure pet parents that, “If I could take care of a disabled dog, they could too.” [Read more…]