Every dog that I work with teaches me. Each leaves me different than how they found me. Winston taught me a little more and left me a little bit more changed than the rest.
His confidence, zest for life, and pure enthusiasm continue to inspire me, months after he has gone to his new home. I am lucky to have known him and had the privilege of being his human.
When I was given the opportunity to write a book about my experiences with Winston and about taking care of a disabled dog in general, I jumped on the opportunity.
Read more about my time with Winston and see videos below.
Diaper changes are an essential part of Winston’s life, and always will be. He’s a good-natured guy and puts up with diapers with no problems at all. Here is how I diapered Winston.
Do disabled dogs live well? Winston had no doubts about the answer to this question. Here are some videos of him living the good life and fetching like a spaniel should. He is equally happy to chase the ball with or without a wheelchair.
One of the most amazing things about dogs is their willingness to make friends despite differences. Winston never notices that he is different, and neither do his friends.
Toys matter for every dog, but for a dog with mobility limitations, good toys make a huge difference. Food distributing toys were essential for Winston. He is an energetic dog who needs lots of stimulus to be happy. Here he is working out a new food toy.