Specially-abled pets

I’ve gotten a few complaints that Animal Week ended up not being as uplifting as they’d hoped. I understand, we are a tender-hearted folk and seeing such innocent and loving creatures suffering is hard. I find that animals’ dogged perseverance and chipper attitude and compassion should inspire us all.

National Specially-abled Pets DaySometimes they may need a little human intervention , or just our love. And that is what May 3rd celebrates: National Specially-abled Pets Day! (Notice it’s not National Disabled Pets Day). They have plenty more examples of how specially-abled pets are chasing their dreams.

handicappedpets.com beach shotAnd there are so many people more than happy to help them in that pursuit! For example, HandicappedPets helps people caring for elderly, injured or special needs pets and provides everything you could possibly need (including pet wheelchairs!).

HandicappedPets.com maked Walking Wheelchairs for all sorts of people of the animal persuasion, like Cris P. Bacon and Joshua the goat with bone disease:

Cris P. Bacon walkin wheels recipient

Joshua the goat with walkin wheels wheelchairSo…I don’t know. I think these specially-abled pets and the humans that love them are rather inspiring. There’s a lot of love there.

That said, if you would like to help pets with disabilities… Pets With Disabilities is a non-profit that rescues abandoned disabled pets and promots/facilitated disabled pet adoptions. Its pretty spectacular the lengths people go to for family.

Happy Monday friends!

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Starstruck: Celebrity Pet Edition

Mr. Jon Stewart is the celeb of the day and his celebrity pet is Champ!

Jon Stewart's 3 legged pit bull ChampStewart has rescued 3 pit bulls including Champ, who has only 3 legs. Stewart is a huge dog lover and an advocate for pit bulls. He went so far as to respond to a Sarah Palin comment in 2008 about pit bulls and hockey moms like this:

One is unfairly maligned in spite of evidence that it is no worse than any other dog, and one is an artificial demographic that is no better or worse than any other mom. –Jon Stewart

With the new addition of Champ to his family and his public displays of love and patience towards his disabled dog (who understandably tires easily on walks), Stewart is rectifying yet another “maligned” demographic.

Maybe the handsome duo is out on a walk now! Happy Saturday!

And you think your problems are big…

Today I present (what I presume to be) the biggest prosthetic ever!

Baby Mosha was only 7 months old when she stepped on a landmine, loosing her right front foot. A growing Mosha created a growing problem…an ever growing prosthetic device.

Mosha the elephant amputee with prosthetic leg

Mosha was rescued by Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand. In 2007, she became the first elephant in the world to use a prosthetic leg!

She can now go back and hit the jungle but look at that face! She looks pretty darn happy with her Friends of the Asian Elephant!

When pigs do handstands…

…good thing that’s not how the saying goes or the joke would be on us!

Disabled Strong Pig walks on front legsIn China a piglet was born without hind legs. The owner spent the first month of little Strong Pig‘s life (that is her name) teaching her to walk on her front legs. Now she does so completely of her own will, without assistance, and tourists come from far and wide to see her.

People and their furry disabled family members can do things you’d think were possible only when…well, when pigs do handstands! And that includes scaly family members!

While Strong Pig took the brunt of her accomplishments completely on her own shoulders, Einstein had a little more help….

Einstein developed a disease that prevented him from swimming. Which is important because he is a fish.

He would simply sink to the botton of his aquarium and turn upside-down, unable to move:

When he couldn’t get back up, it was a sorry sight… It broke my heart to see him so helpless. He looked so depressed. – Leighton Naylor, owner.

Naylor took it upon himself to remedy the situation, and did the second unfathomable feat of this post! He made Einstein a lifejacket. Naylor’s buoyantly-challenged buddy had some issues at first, until Naylor made his aqua-home more disability friendly. Now, Einstein is happy as a clam!

Einstein disabled fish using lifejacketPeople have said I’m crazy but every animal is a valued family member… I’ve tried to train all of my fish but Einstein’s my star pupil. He can swim through my fingers and he was getting into fish football when he fell sick. -Naylor

Note: Naylor lives in the UK. He probably meant to say “soccer” in that interview. ; )

I think the people who are most successful at overcoming the odds are those with the best family support. Sometimes they are your biological family, sometimes its a neighbor or friend, and sometimes its a “non-human person” who’s stolen your heart and makes the unfathomable…fathomable.

Fowl Shoes: Buttercup’s most snazzy accessory are making a splash!

Disabled animals deserve the best tech us humans can think up! It’s Animal Week and Technology Tuesday, so I’ve got something pretty sweet for you: Buttercup.

Buttercup the duck with her 3D printed prosthetic footButtercup was born with a deformed leg last year. Feathered Angels Sactuary in Tennessee took over from there and provided the best of care to ease this duckling’s pain and restore its ability to walk and swim.

This year, Buttercup’s angels scanned the healthy foot of his sister. The plastic used in 3D printing is rigid and unsuitable to best restore function of the limb. Instead, they printed a mold for a silicon cast that was then worn by the duckling.

Buttercup's 3d printed foot

I think it’s safe to say that Buttercup is no ugly duckling;
and he’s got some pretty fly shoes if you ask me!

Okay, now who’s going to get this song out of my head?

Have a little faith: beating the odds

Faith was born in December of 2002 with only 3 legs. Her mother tried to smother the newborn puppy by laying on top of her.

Faith two legged puppy

Faith was rescued by a young man named Reuben. He and his mother took care of the puppy, but one of her legs was so severely deformed it had to be amputated.

With only two legs left, Faith struggled to learn to move about on her own. Veterinarians advised that she be euthanized because if she continued to drag herself the way she was, she would rub away the skin on her chest and chin.

But her adopted family had other plans. With much encouragement and some peanut buttery incentives, Faith learned to stand on two feet and walk! At first she would hop but then she taught herself to walk like her two-legged family members.

Faith the two legged dog, walking

Faith the two legged dog serves her country

Faith has recently retired from her career of helping, motivating and healing people. She made visits to veterans hospitals to see disabled soldiers. In this way Faith was able to serve her country just like her rescuer Reuben.

Faith the two legged dog all grown upShe is still an inspiration–10 years and going strong and touching lives!!