Nearly a year ago Daisy, a black lab mix, suffered a sudden stroke leaving her fully paralyzed. She could not stand or move. She could only move her eyes. Veterinarians suggested euthanasia, but our intuition told us to do our research before making that decision. Although there wasn’t much information available online, we found a spark of hope that we were searching for.
Daisy couldn’t move. She had to be hand fed and watered. We carried her on a Kuranda (a “doggie cot”) up and down sets of stairs- anywhere we were- so that she could always be with us. She had to be turned from one side to the other every 2 hours to avoid bed sores. We showered her with love, toys and bones– doing what we could to keep her spirits up. And we held on to hope. Hope that our intuition was right. Hope that Daisy would one day move again. Hope that we’d made the right decision.
Intuition told us to massage Daisy’s legs and muscles multiple times every day in attempt to get adequate blood flow to her body and to help her heal. We gently moved her legs using slow range of motion exercises. All the while, she laid on her cot unable to move much more than her head. After multiple weeks, we weren’t seeing any progress and we were incredibly worried that her condition would not improve. But we continued to hold on to hope. And hope- and a lot of hard work and sleepless nights- carried us through. Continue Reading