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.
This is Chancey, my dog. She is nearing 4 years old. I got her at the Humane Society a year after my mom died. She has helped me tremendously. Before I got her I was having a season of deep depression. My mom died, then my grandmother died soon after. I began to lose interest in the things I once held dear. But one thing was always true regardless of my feelings of depression; I had a comfort zone that I had a difficult time breaking. I struggled with things like taking a mere, “walk”, down the street by myself. Going off my street certainly didn’t happen!
Once I got Chancey, I was off and running! Chancey helped me fight through my anxiety to a level that I had never seen. Because of Chancey, I went from fear of rolling up and down my street to rolling all over the downtown area. Chancey has helped bridge a gap I had longed to see.
When trained properly, dogs can be a great source of freedom for people with disabilities. Life sure has changed for the better in my case! Very soon, I’ll even have a new puppy. Chancey and I will be welcoming a Newfoundland. I can’t wait! I’ll talk more about how dogs have played an important role in my life as time progresses.