If you’ve ever felt like you don’t have what it takes to be a good caregiver for your paralyzed dog, you need to watch this video. Tracey Fowler has 7 rescue dogs and 4 of them are in wheelchairs. Her motto is, “You never know what you can do until you try.”
Tracey is a regular pet mom who has become a role-model in the world of paralyzed dogs. Her story started the same way as most of us, when her treasured German shepherd dog, Hayden, became paralyzed.
Tracey tells the story about how she learned to take of her special needs crew
My message to pet parents
Every day pet owners reach out to me with questions about how to take care of their beloved dog or cat who has suddenly become paralyzed. They usually write when their pet is about to go home from the hospital for the first time. They ask about practical concerns like: where to buy a wheelchair or how to get their dog upstairs at night, but there is a hidden message they don’t ask directly.
Pet owners skip around the fact they are afraid of this new role of caretaker. They aren’t sure they are up to the task.
I try to put their fears at ease, but I hope after watching Tracey’s story you can see how life can work well with a paralyzed dog.
The whole reason I started Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to help pet owners transition into this new role. It is normal to be anxious. It takes time to learn how to be a good caretaker and to establish a routine. But eventually, if you just try, you will become an expert in the eyes of your dog.
Thank you to HandicappedPets.com
Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com put this video together to honor Tracey on Mother’s Day. It is a wonderful tribute to Tracey’s, ‘just try” spirit and her love for dogs who need a little extra help in life.