Today's interview is with Benn from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Benn has provided a wealth of great information about life with his two dogs Jasper and Daisy. Jasper suffered a herniated disc which has left him paralyzed in the hind legs.
Benn has shared details of their daily routine, and provided some great bathroom tips and helpful product recommendations that will benefit others managing paralyzed dogs. Thanks Benn!
Today we talk to Meredith who kindly shares her experience with her dog Burton. Meredith adopted Burton from the Arizona Animal Welfare League when he was about 6 months old. Burton became paralyzed during 2016 from a suspected Fibrocartilagenous Embolism (FCE).
Meredith tells their story and offers some great tips on bladder management and keeping high energy dogs entertained.
Could you tell us about Burton's condition?
I will never forget March 6, 2016 when I woke for my normal morning walk with my three rescue dogs to find Burton paralyzed. It was completely unexpected and an incredibly scary experience not knowing what happened or if something could have been prevented.
Over two years later, Burton scoots around with his super strong front legs in the house and yard and also has a wheelchair for walking. He just recently hit 1.5 miles which is the furthest he has gone on a walk since his paralysis. Burton does not have any feeling midway down his back all the way to his backend. I have to help him pee by expressing his bladder and deal with the other business whenever and wherever it appears.
Today we talk to Paige from Santa Cruz, CA about life with her pit bull cross, Steve.
Steve was born both blind and deaf. His life could have taken two routes - he could have been aggressive, scared, and unpredictable (I would be terrified of everything if I couldn't see or hear it approaching!) or he could have been a confident, happy dog who didn't let his disabilities get in the way of enjoying life. He chose the latter. As far as I'm concerned, Steve doesn't have any disabilities - he is a normal dog that likes to eat, sleep, play, go on walks, and snuggle (ALL the snuggles).
What does a regular day with blind and deaf dog look like?