Inspiring dog in wheelchair will make you cry with happiness
When you are ready and planning to have a pet dog, how do you get started to find your furry best friend? Will you be looking at adopting a dog, or buy a dog from a dog breeder. What are your selection criteria?
Looking after disabled dogs can be testing, many dogs owners take the leap of faith as they claim that the love and joy reciprocated by the pet dogs outweigh the challenges. They can’t help but love them.
Before one embarks into adopting a disabled dog, it is important to do a bit of research, we have come across some good tips that might help:
1. Understand that dogs are animals of habits. So, have a set routine and maintain orders will help your pet.
2. Do not try to second guess, when need be, consult a vet to seek specialist advice.
3. Be prepared; mentally, physically and financially. Caring for a disabled dog is a long term commitment.
4. It is encouraged to network with the community so one is not alone. Join Facebook groups and blogs to learn, share and encourage each other is a healthy thing to do.
5. It is important to fit your disabled dog with the right gear – that will give them comfort and good experience so they will enjoy it. Knowing that with the help of the wheelchair, they can play and run again like their normal furry friends.
Here is a story of a disabled dog called Loki, who was in foster care for over a year. There was a lot of interest for him but nobody ever follows through or showed up for him. Could be because they probably assumed that it would be too challenging. Loki was born with double forelimb deformities. He has stumpy legs, he gets around by scooting on his chest.
Loki is a happy, adorable, sweet dog. He does not let his disability stop him from having fun. He has an enormous smile, full of energy, he’s always jumping all over the place, he just gets on with life.
One day, Loki’s lucky day arrived. A young lady who was looking around on a bunch of rescue groups’ pages, drawn to his mushy old man lips. She found love with him instantly because of the way he scoots around, despite his differences, he has a beautiful spirit and he’s just very happy. Loki was adopted into a warm, loving forever home.
Life hasn’t been easy for Loki, because of how he scoots around, it was hard on his body and affected his back quite badly. Loki was fitted with a wheelchair to help him walk and correct his back. Unfortunately, the first go with wheelchair did not work out well, as Loki kept flipping over forward. But Loki was really determined as he realized the wheelchair is helping him to get around easier, even though he kept flipping over.
Loki’s resilient attitude and determination inspired the young couple to put their heads together, to figure out how they can rework the wheelchair to fit Loki better to prevent some of the flipping over. They eventually found a solution, now Loki is able to hop around and run around the yard. Loki gets very excited when the wheels are brought out, as he knows it means play time outside.
But when inside, he prefers to scoot around and act like he has nothing different about him. Loki is an attention seeking hog, he loves to snuggle and his a complete cuddle bear. He wants to be friends with everybody, his high spirit and friendliness change everyone he encounters for the better because his love and affection are contagious.
“Loki kind of made me realized that disabled dogs are quick to be deemed as unadoptable which is completely untrue. He is honestly no more challenging than just having a puppy. Having Loki inspired me to start my own rescue, we called it From Hope to Home- hoping to specialize and rescuing senior pets and disabled pets just like Loki.” What an inspirational heartwarming statement from Loki’s mom.
Loki’s story has taught many of us so much about love, patience, and determination. Just being optimistic in the face of limitations. Being tremendously resilient, and let nothing stops anyone from having fun and living life. He teaches us that one can be happy even though one might be different.
This is a video of Loki’s story.
Credit to The Dodo for sharing this video.