Hi guys, I am wanting to make some posts that will make you smile, make you maybe temporarily forget the worry and stressful time we are all going through at the moment. So here is the first..
‘Maisey My Miracle’
When my Maisey was 5 years old (she will be 11 on the 29th April) she lost the use of her back legs. This happened as a result of 4 large blood clots compressing her spine in 4 different places. She was given a 5% chance of regaining the use of her legs. Due to the severity of the damage euthanasia was one of the options given to us. At the time, which I know I was very fortunate to be in that position, I was a canine hydrotherapist. Treating paralysed dogs every day. So euthanasia didn’t enter my mind. I knew I had to give my own baby a chance.
After a 2 week stay in the specialist vets she was finally allowed home. Dragging her back end, unable to urinate or deficate without assistance and her happy waggy tail was limp and lifeless. Twice daily hydrotherapy sessions, twice weekly laser and acupuncture (kindly provided by an amazing lady Shelley Doxey over at Holistic Veterinary Care) and physiotherapy every couple of hours meant that 8 weeks after her surgery she started to move her right hind paw!!!! A week after that she wagged her tail! Still dragging her back end and unable to support any weight but these two subtle signs were enough for us to say ‘lets carry on and give her more time’.
Fast forward many months and the same rehabilitation programme and she was up on her feet! By this point I had purchased her a doggy wheelchair (bottom right) which meant she could charge around with other dogs and enjoy life as before with long countryside walks. She LOVES all dogs and people so being able to be back socialising made her so so happy. You can see from her face it brought her to life. She used the wheelchair a lot when we first got it but as she got stronger she felt it hindered her and now she charges around without any aids or support. Nearly 6 years on and although a touch wobbly at times she is walking, running and acting like a complete puppy :).
The photo with her and my Sprocker is one way we have adapted our holidays and long walks to suit her needs. This is just a childs cycle trailer but works perfectly for her. She gets out and walks a mile or so and then we put her in for 10 minutes where she can rest a bit and then get back out and carry on for another burst. She is the happiest dog I know and everyone who meets her comments on how bouncy and puppy like she is. My Baby <3.
The point of this post I guess is to share that our furbabies very much live in the moment. They take whatever is thrown at them and just have so much resilience that it makes us appreciate what we have with them so much more. There was a time when I didn’t think Maisey would pull through this but she defied all the odds and is my little miracle <3.
Through this difficult time your furbabies will be there always greeting you in that same way. Waggy tailed and slobbery kisses and I am sure as pet owners that’s what will make this difficult time easier for us. Their companionship and absolute unconditional love.
Stay safe everyone and feel free to flood lots of photos of your amazing pets. Have they got an interesting story or maybe a funny, quirky character that just makes you chuckle. I’d love to hear it. Pop across to my Facebook page and drop your photos and storys on this thread <3