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