Calypso (and Ebby)
August 2012, our front yard (at our home in Decatur, Alabama)
When our Doberman Calypso was inexplicably paralyzed two years ago, we knew our lives would change forever the moment we decided to save her. We invested all of our time and money into her treatment and rehabilitation. Our veterinarian tried to explain how difficult it would be to care for a disabled pet, but we never expected that would include waking up in the middle of the night (every night) to care for her, hiring a pet sitter while we were at work every day, and remodeling our home and our yard to accomodate a 65-lb handicapped dog.
Something else that we didn't expect - how much this experience would change both our lives and our community for the better. Calyspo has thrived since her paralysis diagnosis. She maneuvers in her wheelchair just as well (if not, better) than dogs with the use of all four of legs. Our other pets - a rescue Chihuahua-mix (pictured) named Ebby and two rescue cats have all adapted to her disability and don't even notice the cart behind their paraplegic friend.
Through Calypso, we have become involved with our local shelter and humane society, raising money for other less fortunate animals. We have since fully sponsored several dozen dogs and cats at our city's shelter. Calypso walks in dog parades and runs in 5ks to bring awareness to her cause and the charitable causes of others. She has even hosted a large community party for the past two years (and will continue to do so) to raise money for several local rescue groups.
Most importantly she brings a smile to the face of everyone who meets her - from humans in wheelchairs, to veterans, to children who are just curious why she can't walk. She has taught us, our family and our friends, and our entire community that even dogs can overcome disabilities and live fulfilling, happy lives - and most importanly that love conquers all.
This photo truly captures how much fun she and Ebby have, despite the wheelchair. They still run and play and chase each other, never missing a beat!
Shelter: Animal Humane Society Bound for Home
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