About Us

We've been dog breeders and rescuers for more than 25 years.  In that time we've seen many dogs with disabilities.  We always seem to have one or more in our family.  It all started with Homer....

Degenerative Myeopathy came on our first guy, Homer, fairly quick (or maybe I just didn’t realize what was happening) – I had no idea what was going on but if you could help him up he could walk so we’d stand him up and point him in the right direction and he’d wander the yard until he sort of sat down.  If he flopped in a shady spot, I’d just let him hang out there awhile. If he sat down in the sun, we’d go out and help him up again.  Riggs was a puppy then, and he would sit and talk to “Grandpa” for hours – very unusual for a puppy – it was like he was getting wisdom from the elder dog. To keep Homer safe in the house from the other dogs he had a comfy bed in an x-pen.  This went on for about 8 or 9 months when Homer must have just decided he didn’t want to get up anymore.  He gave up.  Home care consisted of rubber backed rugs that absorbed the accidents and gave him traction. He enjoyed the last year of his life wandering the yard and hanging out with the grandkids (Riggs was his fav).  Knowing what I know now, I know we might have hung in there longer with a  better system of coping with the pee and poop and mobility..  He made it to almost 12.   

Shadow was a handful.  He had aggression problems early on so we weren't sure how he would handle being handled as a disabled dog. Most of his life he was hell-on-wheels so I was really surprised when, as the DM got worse, he actually let us help him.  The aggression subsided which was very unexpected, and his separation anxiety got worse.  The DM started with him peeing down the hallway as he walked.  Not a big problem as we don’t have carpet .I just kept bleach water and a mop ready.  Eventually it progressed to problems standing and eventually the typical paralyzed rear end, but he was ok as long as he could be near us.  I made my office in the living room and he had the vestibule with a baby fence around him.  Riggs befriended him and they’d sit and “talk” for hours just like with Grandpa Homer. The other dogs would visit and he’d yell at them for fun.  He did well on the rubber backed rugs.  The biggest problem is he needed to keep his mind busy – he was a VERY intelligent dog and sitting still and doing nothing was difficult for him. At the time I didn’t know dog mobility resources even existed. Most of the summer he spend on the front lawn under a huge beach umbrella – he loved this because he could keep an eye on the neighborhood and a dog who was pooping on our lawn (I think he liked being the “tough guy”).  He made it to 14 when the average malamute lifespan is 12. So much for handicapped dogs not living very long! 

Hoover was a pro at being disabled.  This site was originally created in his honor. Hoovie even went on vacation with us up north with 5 other dogs.  He “ran” in the sand dunes with the help of a sling and enjoyed the beautiful scenery in a grassy spot while the other dogs got walked nearby.  I took a bunch of towels and rugs and we made a Laundromat stop halfway through the trip.  I brought plastic to put on the hotel room carpet and he was the darling of the hotel staff.  (He was incontinent too).  I think that trip was the best time of his life – he enjoyed it so much and so did we. While he had a wheelchair, he preferred the dog sling. Eventually he even lost use of his front legs, but was a happy guy right to the end.  He also took up residence in the “doggie nursing home” in the vestibule of our home and would talk to the other dogs, play with his squeakie toys and be nearby.  He was a joy because he was so patient and accepting of his disability.   By then we had it pretty down pat – the incontinence and poop wasn’t even a problem. 

Then we had Riggs – probably wouldn’t have even noticed the signs except for the other guys.  Slight toeing under, unsteadiness when he turns – and the hoarse “woo” pointed to degenerative myeopathy again.  After the tests at MSU he was having a rough time standing for a day or so because it stressed him out so much, but has bounced back pretty good. Kidney problems became more of an issue. He just had to go out more often.  The kidney problems will probably got him before the DM did…He always had the respect of the others and kept his spot as “alpha” till the end  Even the young  upstarts didn't challenge his authority.  It was funny to hear his “straighten up your act – boy” voice in that high-pitched woo, directed to the upstart.  He enjoyed watching TV (medical shows – always has liked them) even if we had to help him up on the bed to see better, so his routine stayed the same as much as possible,

We also had Chevy, a dog with severe epilepsy.  His needs weren't mobility, but more about finding the right balance between medications and safety.  In an active seizure he would jerk around and bang his head, urinate and deficate. As his overall health deteriorated, he needed a safe space to retreat and rest. 

We now have two geriatric sisters that are deaf. One is further along than the other and we basically use hand signals and gestures to direct them what to do. One is a little more intimidated by hearing loss than the other so she gets extra support. Deafcanines.com is an excellent resource for owners of deaf dogs, and Blindcanines.com has good information for blind dog owners.

And last of all, our Daughter has Cheesecake....who recently came down with something neurological - we still don't exactly know what it is but she's now in a wheelchair and doing fine otherwise. This just shows that every dog with disabilities is very different and the solutions that will make them comfortable and happy are not always the same. Whereas one dog may just love a wheelchair, another may prefer a dog sling - another will want none of it..  It's very individual. 

So we've had a lot of disabled and elderly dogs over the years and like to think we've learned something from being loved by them.  Dogs with disabiilties are special and well worth the time and trouble to deal with their handicaps and limitations.  This site is dedicated to all those dogs that made our life unique and gifted us with their wonderful love.

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