Tuesday, February 4, 2014

YouTube Saved My Dog’s Life


I believe in YouTube. After my dog Sophie came down with a progressive disease that left her paralyzed, I turned to YouTube videos to learn how to take care of her. You Can Learn Anything On YouTube is the first of the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog that I learned. Every week I share more life lessons for people with disabled and special needs pets. Below are a few more.


Lesson 2: A Bed Is More Than Where You Lay Your Head At Night. I didn’t want Sophie to be isolated from the rest of the family so I searched for the perfect bed for a dog that couldn’t move. Just like Goldilocks, some beds were too firm and she fell off and others were too soft and I couldn’t pull her around. Then I found a bed that was just right.


Lesson 3: Play Games. My youngest dog Cody loved to roughhouse with Sophie before she was paralyzed and didn’t see any reason why he had to stop just because she couldn’t walk. So I adapted three games for my dogs to play: tug-of-war, sit down catch and the treat ball.


Lesson 4: One Bark For Yes and Two Barks For No. During Sophie’s illness she lost the ability to bark. My smart little girl taught me new ways to communicate, including some sign language. I hope you’ll continue to follow Sophie’s journey and share your story about a pet with special needs.

Thank you to Sharon of "Lessons from a Paralyzed Dog" for bringing us this guest post.
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21 comments:

  1. What an amazing story. I thought Youtube was just for music, boy was I wrong.What a beautiful dog :)

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  2. Such a heartfelt story and an inspiration to others to never give up on their pets who may become disabled. God bless you all, and continued sucess. Lots of love and bellyrubs!

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  3. What a fantastic post - and so inspiring and hopeful, and of course full of love. Well done!

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  4. Oh I'm so glad Sophie has such a dedicated mommy as you to take care of her at that you found ways to keep her occupied and comfortable!

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  5. This is SUCH a Heartwarming story! You have a sweet family that you obviously LOVE!

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  6. Sophie is blessed to have such a dedicated Human. What a gift to read some of their story.

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  7. What a cute dog you have. I do love animals!

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  8. Oh poor girl. She's adorable and it's great that you didn't just toss her out when she became disabled. Which is sadly a reality for far too many pets I'm sure.

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  9. Poor doggie.. I would do the same thing you did for my dog if that ever happened to her.. She is more than an animal, she is family.. So happy you found ways to keep her involved!

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  10. That's so sweet! What a beautiful dog. And wow, you really can find anything on YouTube.

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  11. Cute dog! So happy youtube helped keep her more comfortable.

    Michelle F.

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  12. What an amazing story. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. Sophie's story is making me tear up. I too love my fur babies very much. So glad you found info on dealing with her paralysis and ways to keep her feeling like she is part of the faimily.

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  14. That is such a beautiful story, Samantha! I admire you for your love for Sophie. She is lucky to have you as her family.

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  15. I'm so happy you found this info on YouTube. It's nice of you too, to be sharing it!

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  16. This such an inspirational story! I love my little Mia Mercedes so much!!

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  17. Thank you, everyone who left these wonderful comments about Sophie. You made my day! I hope read more about Sophie on: Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.

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  18. What a great, insprirational story! thank you so much for sharing! loved reading this!

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  19. Amazing story! I'm so glad you didn't give up on her. And she seems to be a beautiful, happy dog :)

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  20. oh wow truly a sad story but an amazing story, and yes i will continue to read more, and its true youtube has so many things to teach us out there all you have to do is type it in.. thanks for being the person you are to these loving animals, i get so sensitive when it come the young people and animals, i wish more people would stop and think.... thanks for share @tisonlyme143

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  21. This story was recommended in my feed, and I am so glad I read it! It brought tears to my eyes to hear about the love and compassion that was showered upon your furbaby. And teaching her sign language? Brilliant! Kudos to you and yours for sticking with her! All this technology that can have its downfalls, certainly has it perks! Sharing experiences online is a great way to educate.

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