Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Something Very Different to Post

Hello Friends,

Today I have something different to share with you.

Our sweet dog Kaeli has a degenerative neurological condition that has taken away much of her mobility. We spent a painful week discussing & exploring options with our vet and as a family. We also used that time to pray for Kaeli and for wisdom in what to do. If we believed she was suffering, the logical next step would be to put her down. There was also the issue of repeated back and shoulder strain for Kaeli's humans as we needed to lift her back end in order for her to move or even relieve herself.

One of the things we did was to ask for prayer support. We took Kaeli to our local Grace Healing Room where the team was very loving, as always, and happy to pray for our little girl.

One of the team said, “There’s a lot of life left in that dog.” That rang with so much truth in our hearts, it solidified our decision to do what we could to keep Kaeli with us and improve her quality of life.

The following day, our vet prescribed a steroid medication and we start searching for the right wheelchair. By the evening of the first day on medication, Kaeli was able to walk around a little, something she had not been able to do for weeks.

The first company we approached seemed to have excellent products, but not very good customer service. Both were important as this is all new to us. We needed someone to walk us through figuring out the best equipment and proper size for our girl.

Andrew at Handicapped Pets was superbly knowledgeable about all of the products. He was over-the-top helpful and put me completely at ease. Kaeli's Walkin' Wheels cart arrived in just a week from ordering, faster than expected.

Below is a You Tube video of Kaeli's first walk in her new cart. You can see that her tail is wagging the entire time, even though that was not her habit in the past. She is over-the-moon happy to have her mobility back. Her front legs were becoming bowed from taking the brunt of her weight. The cart alleviates that and helps her to have a more normal gait in the back as well.


NanaConnie said...

This post has me nearly in tears, Teresa. It's wonderful to see Kaeli so happy and mobile.

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful idea, you have much improved the quality of her life. I see you still have lots of snow by the roadside! Hugs to you and Kaeli, Valerie

Linda W. said...

Oh Teresa you had me in tears til I saw the video! That was the perfect decision. My hubby and I have a very special dog too and would do the same as you did - prayers are so important.

I also want to thank you soooooo much for your lovely envie of specialties from Canada! I absolutely love each and every one of them.

How fun to meet over WACKADOODLE! Hugs, Linda :)

Alicia Baldwin said...

How wonderful to do what you did to give her back her mobility again! I hope she has many years to come with you and the family!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a touching post! Brought tears to my eyes. I am an animal lover too! What a wonderful gift you gave Kaeli!

Lady Anne Milnes Howard said...

Oh Teresa how wonderful to see Kaeli walking. It will take a while for her to build up the strength in her front legs but you have really made the best decision and I'm so happy for you all...
Love ~ Lady Anne xxx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oh are so brave and seeing your furry baby its no wonder you are doing what is best for everyone

Dr Sonia
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Nancy said...

Oh, my! How wonderful, Teresa!
Also...oh, my! You do still have lots of snow! :o)

Patricia St Martin said...

Teresa, I'm so sorry about Kaeli my heart goes out to her and to you and your hubby this is so hard but you did the right thing and you can see how happy she is. I'm so glad she has you to take care of her and her wonderful new friends at the pet shop nothing makes people happier then when an animal is taken care of and she has you someone special.
Hugs, Pat/♥

Angela Hoynes said...

Oh Teresa, like the other ladies who have commented I am full of emotion. It looks like an ideal solution and i pray that you will have your fur baby for much longer xx

Penny Odell said...

What a wonderful thing you did for your little pet. She seems to be so happy. Prayer can do so many things. Definitely looks like yours and Kaeli's prayers were answered.

Judy said...

Oh Teresa, I got chills and teary eyed reading your post and watching that sweet, sweet video. What a precious fur-baby you have!!! Bless you and her.

ps. The Pocket letters you posted about on my blog are so so much FUN! You must look into it. Here are a couple of urls that will explain everything. This is a free site where I meet all other PL peeps,

and here is a link on youtube from the creator of PLs.

I hope you'll come join in the fun. Would love to do a swap with you.

cheiro urgia said...

Kaeli can consider herself lucky to have such caring humans around her! I'm sure a lot has changed for her with the new walking aid and I love how you aproached the topic of a dog's quality of life - too many people seem to handle their pets as if they were a fashion gadget.

Thanks also for your lovely comment on my blog and your vote at Path of Positivity. I guess it's about time for me to check out the participants and vote, too.


Penny said...

So happy that you were able to find relief for Kaeli! She looks soooo happy on her walk! How wonderful for all of you! :^)
Thank you for sharing this video!
Hugs, Penny

Peggy T. said...

Teresa, I am so happy for you and Kaeli. It's wonderful they have products now to help our fur babies. I have a little Maltese and I don't know what I would do if anything happened to him. God Bless You and Kaeli.

Karon said...

Awwe that is so wonderful! She was wagging her tail for the whole walk :-) TFS

Jacquie said...

Hi Teresa, I have popped over from NanaConnies blog to thank you for the text sentiments you have made for NanaConnie, which she has graciously given away to us, I love the Cat one.

Beautiful to see your Kaeli walking, over time she will no doubt get some strength back in her front legs and she will be well away with you running after her lol!

Thank you again

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx