Just because you cant see your guardian angel doesn't mean they aren't there.
Joe, an 11 year old boxer, has slowly begun losing stability in his hind end. He does not have a definitive diagnosis, but radiographs (x-rays) of his spine show some significant age related changes - degenerative joint disease, stenosis and arthritic type changes. Unfortunately we do not know if the spinal changes are the cause of his progressing weakness or if there is another disease process occurring; we may never truly know. Despite all, Joe is in incredibly spirits and goes about his day as if nothing is different about him. He still goes for walks, plays at the dog park, enjoys his trips to daycare and endless activities with his dog-mom, Linda.
A few weeks ago, Joe was at the dog park letting loose. Because of his condition, Joe tends to draw a little attention. He trips and gets tangled up in his hind end at times. Fortunately at this visit the the dog park, Joe drew the attention of his guardian angels dog-mom Heidi, whom was at the dog park with her new rescue dog. Heidi began a conversation with Linda stating that she had a boxer by the name of Lucy, whom looked very much like Joe and had similar type symptoms. Lucy was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) early 2015. Like Joe, she had difficulty controlling her hind end. Unfortunately Lucy's symptoms progressed rather quickly, and as a result she needed her wheels to get around almost full time. She did very well in her chair and got a second chance at life. Sadly, her disease continued to progress and she passed away at the end of summer. After some continued chatting, Linda gave Heidi her number and they went on their own ways. About a month passed, and Linda received a call from Heidi stating that she felt Lucy wanted Joe to have her chair and wanted to know when she could bring it by. Linda scheduled with her a time to come to Petlicious when Joe was having therapy and all was history from there.
Joe got into his new wheels and he was a new man! No more tipping over for Joe. The wheels are currently being used to help keep his hind end up and allow him to move more freely - like a walker (see image below). We want to maintain the muscles and movement that he has, but just give him some assistance when he needs it. We hope that Joe will not need to use the wheel chair full-time, but should that time come, Lucy has given him the freedom to run for as long as possible, courtesy of her wheels.
The moral of the story is, you never know when and where you will meet your guardian angel. You just need to live each day to its fullest and be kind to those around you, because you never know when one of those people may just give you a blessing of a lifetime.
With many thanks and in memory of Lucy the Boxer, Joes guardian angel on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
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Help'em Up Harness