I learned so many life lessons from Sophie, my paralyzed dog, that I created a whole blog to talk about them. Today I want to share a few of my favorites:
Sophie was very lucky to have two loyal doggie housemates, Shadow and Cody, who rallied around her even as her body got weak. They stayed by her side when I had to leave the house and they waited to eat until I sat Sophie up and got her bowl in place. When Sophie wasn’t feeling well enough to join them for a walk, Shadow and Cody would sweetly kiss the top of her head.
Sophie liked being around people. One of her favorite places to visit was the park because there were so many people to see and sniff. Children playing at the park were the most interested in her condition. One by one they would make their way over to us and ask to meet her. They had very direct questions about her inability to walk and told me lots of stories about their own pets. As time passed, it was the children who showed Sophie most kindness – sitting and petting her.
This is my favorite lesson and the hardest. The demands of taking care of Sophie became a demanding and full time job. Somewhere I realized that I was doing tasks FOR my dog and had stopped doing things WITH her. I had forgotten to show her my love. From that day forward I made a point of sitting with Sophie each night on the floor just to cuddle.
Read more about The Lessons and other Amazing Special Needs Pets at: Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.