THESE DOG DAYS
A resource for disabled dogs and their owners
Kirsty from Brighton, UK talks to us about life with her blind dog, Maggie. Kirsty fosters for the Wild at Heart Foundation where she met, and eventually fell in love with Maggie who had been shot and suffered terrible abuse.
Maggie, a former street dog, had four bullets removed from her eyes which left her blind, with a further 13 bullets that were left in place. Her ear was cut off but thankfully this has not affected her hearing.
Despite all of this trauma, Maggie is a loving, kind dog who is now living a happy life with Kirsty and her family.
Today we bring you the story of Fitzgerald’s very own Christmas miracle.
We meet Amber who, inspired by her mother’s request to do something kind for someone else at Christmas, contacted her local rescue to see how she could help. The rest of the story is worthy of its own TV Christmas special!
Thanks to Amber for sharing your story and bringing us all some Christmas cheer. Happy holidays to all of our special needs dogs and their families.
How did Fitzgerald come to be in your life?
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.
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