I emphatically love dogs. Going on walks with mine is often the highlight of my day. Often times, though, walking dogs can be tiresome. Especially when you have energetic dogs! They tend to need more walks then I can give them in pushing strength through my manual wheelchair.
While down at my father’s over the long weekend I asked him if I could borrow the scooter. (He has kept one there for me to use around his property.). He was happy to lend it to me.
That was the best idea! Now Chancey and Grace get really good excercise. On top of that; each dog (walked separately) gets some quality time to bond with me.
If you have dogs, and have a disability, maybe you already have a scooter and walk your dogs often. If not, I want to recommend you try it. See if it revolutionizes your dog walks the way it has mine. Until next time…
For those of you who have followed my blog, you’ll notice I have a new dog. Yep, that’s my Doberman Pinscher, named Grace.
Some of you may be pondering the thought of a guy in a wheelchair owning a Doberman Pinscher. I get that. I mean…a small guy in a wheelchair walking a Doberman Pinscher on the square will attract some looks!
On top of that I used to be terrified of dogs!
So why a Doberman?
Dobermans are one of the smartest breeds in the world. On top of being watch dogs, they make excellent companions.
2 . Activity
For those of us with Spina Bifida, I believe being active is so important. I have fought kidney stones most of my adult life. I believe,in part, due to inactivity.
Dogs in general give me purpose. When I had to go on disability, I had lost my sense of purpose. For many years after, I remained in a depression. I was bitter at everyone around me, too. Then I met a dog trainer who taught me all about dogs.
Til this day I continue to learn about dog behavior. She helped me find my purpose. Now I can help others understand their dogs. love Chancey and Grace. Having dogs has been the best thing to ever happen. They gave me purpose. Whether you have a disability, or not, having a purpose makes the biggest difference. If you haven’t found yours; find someone who knows you well. Ask them to help you find it. It’ll make a difference.