A Paralyzed Dog Named Sophie | Lessons Learned Living With A Special Needs Pet

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  1. Sophie’s story and the love and care she was given is so heartwarming and very special. Thank you for sharing it with us Sharon and Rachele.

  2. I’m very glad you enjoyed Sophie’s story, Cathy.

  3. Val Silver says:

    Aww, Sophie was so blessed to have had you. I would not have traded my special needs dog for the world, even though it meant cleaning up a lot of pees and poops from the floor in his last few years of life. My response to comments like your friends made was either that I loved him too much and he’s worth it or I’d ask if they’d want someone to euthanize them if they were handicapped. (Depended on my mood I suppose:))

  4. Val, it’s surprising what well-meaning friends will say when you are in a situation like this. I wish I had thought of some of your replies.

  5. Elaine says:

    Thanks for sharing Sophie and Sharon’s story. I would encourage everyone to check out Sharon’s blog. I’m not sure how I found it several months ago, but I really enjoyed her well-written story about her journey with Sophie. You are amazing Sharon!

  6. Hi Elaine. Thank you so much for being a regular reader and referring pet parents to my blog.

  7. What an story! Sharon, you are an incredible person. Thanks, Rachele, for posting this.

  8. You are very welcome, Groovy Goldendoodles. Sophie’s story is a wonderful example of the love, devotion, and dedication of pet parents caring for a pet with special needs.

  9. I appreciate everyone’s kind comments about Sophie and me.

  10. I love Sophie’s story and I love their blog. The love and devotion to their dog is inspiring. ♥

  11. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much, M.K. I’m a fan of your blog too.

  12. raisingdaisy says:

    What a heartwarming story and such a sweet looking pup. It takes very special people to go above and beyond with a special needs dog, and thank God there are such people.

  13. Sharon says:

    I appreciate your comment, RaisingDaisy. My family wouldn’t have had it any other way.

  14. We’re big fans of Sharon’s blog and we’re familiar with Sophie’s heartwarming story – thank you for sharing.

  15. travelanimaldr says:

    Such an inspirational story. Thank you both for sharing. It made my day to see your two blogs working together. Both blogs are such a great source for information.

  16. Thank you, TravelAnimalDr!

  17. Jen Jelly says:

    Such a beautiful story and I’m a big fan of Sharon’s blog and all of the great work she’s done at putting together so much information, inspiration, and advice for owners who are dealing with special needs pets. Thank you so much for sharing their inspirational story – it’s a true testament to the love, dedication, and strong bond we can form with our pets. I also find it so touching because my dog Laika is my ‘heart dog’ – the one who stands out as truly special.

  18. Thanks so much for sharing, Jen.

  19. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the kind words Jen. I’ve been working hard to live up to Sophie’s determination.

  20. What a heartwarming story.

  21. Sharon says:

    I truly appreciate all of the bloggers and pet parents who have shared their own stories about a disabled pet.

  22. Robin says:

    Sharon is such a wonderful person! It takes a lot of love to decide not to give up when life gets tough like that. Sophie’s story is very touching.

  23. Beautiful post. I think there are a lot of us who can relate to loving a dog so much we don’t mind waking up in the middle of night to clean up after them. What a wonderful life you gave Sophie.

  24. Cathy Armato says:

    What a beautiful post. I’m wiping away heartfelt tears! Although I’ve never had these challenges to overcome, I love Sharon’s blog and share her content regularly for others who may need her guidance. I can tell what a special and courageous dog and family member Sophie was. You were blessed to have her and she was so blessed to be given a family like yours, Sharon! Thanks for all you give to others in sharing your experiences and knowledge.

  25. Sharon says:

    Cathy, thank you for your comment. I’m overwhelmed by all of the animal lovers who have left a message about Sophie and my story and truly understand what my family wanted to do for our dog.

  26. Marianne says:

    Very beautiful story! ☺️

  27. Ali Isaac says:

    What an amazing story! I have a daughter with special needs, and you would be amazed sometimes at the things well meaning people say, so I can imagine that empathy for a dog with special needs is not easily come by. I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful and loving pet, and she was so lucky to have found you. I’m glad you gave her such a lovely life, even though she faced such challenges. I’m guessing she very much enjoyed her life even within its limits. All the best to you.

  28. Sharon says:

    Ali, thank you for sharing your personal experience with “well-meaning” people who don’t realize how their words can hurt. You are right – Sophie had a wonderful life even with her challenges. It sounds like your daughter is in good hands too.