Many Thanks to my good friends at the incredible "Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog" blog for nominating "Diary of a Real-Life Vet" for the Liebster Award.
"Lessons" is written in honor of Sophie, a mixed breed Shepherd, who is the heroine and inspiration for this blog. "Lessons" shares tips, advice, and support for those families dealing with pets recovering from injuries that involve loss of limb function. It is a heartfelt blog with a big purpose and a loving network to share medical advancements, at home assistance, devices, and just a kind safety net for those care givers who might be challenged but are not discouraged. I know that the greatest acts of courage can be found in the homes of those pets whose spirit remains intact even as their bodies begin to weaken. There is no such thing as a broken dog, there are only those that don't know compassion. Let "Lessons of a Paralyzed Dog" inspire you to keep loving in spite of obstacles. Your pets will remind you that life is a beautiful precious gift even if you aren't perfect.
Here is one of my favorite posts;
|Wren, who doesn't have a runny nose and eyes any second of any day.|
I spend my days cleaning up sniffles and wiping her face.
When I look at Sophie's picture I see hope, dignity and gratitude. Is taking care of a paralyzed dog easy? No, but neither is life. There is a sense of purpose and greater joy in being a lifeline for another living soul. It is the most demanding, emotionally and yet rewarding journey you will ever take. I spent a year with Savannah watching her body fail, her personality waiver, and her world withdraw from around her. It was difficult to see her become the shadow of the proud independent diva she once was but there isn't a day that I don't feel enormously grateful to have had that time with her. I learned more about who I was and what I believed in because I was challenged to do so. For me that's a great gift; To know that I don't need, nor want, the easy choices. I want the sweetest moments of life to matter. I want to feel them, live them, and grow because of them.
Take a personal journey into every challenge and discover who you are, you will meet amazing lives along the way. After all that's all you carry with you in the end.
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If you would like to discuss your pets case with me you can find me at the clinic, Jarrettsville Vet in Jarrettsville Maryland. Or find me on Twitter @FreePetAdvice.
Many thanks to the wonderful people at Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog for all of the amazing work they do!