ECPR Attends Special Needs Pets Meet-and-Greet

This past weekend, Emerald City Pet Rescue was asked to present and participate in a very unique and awesome event. Patrons of Washington Talking Book & Braille Library came to learn about ECPR and our work with special needs animals and animal assistive technology.

Adoptable ECPR pup, Chewey, and his foster mom, Linda, came to join us for the presentation. Chewey is in recovery from IVDD (Intravertebral Disc Disease.) After surgery from his back injury, Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair, but now he is able to use his back legs and get around without it!

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We also invited ECPR alum, Millie, who had the same injury. Millie’s injury was a bit more severe than Chewie’s, and although she has made, and continues to make, great improvements in her mobility, she still needs to occasionally use her wheelchair. Her adoptive dad let us know that even though she needs to use it sometimes, it doesn’t slow her down one bit!

IMG_1469Also joining us were two ECPR alums, Asha and Athena, miniature Australian Shepherd sisters that were born deaf. Both were adopted into loving families, and one of them was adopted by a deaf couple who have taught her sign language! Both dogs are healthy and happy.

Peaches, a tiny ECPR alum chihuahua who lived the first eight years of her life in a basement was in attendance as well, and although her challenges are not physical, until a year ago, she hadn’t seen much of the world. Now she is healthy and happy and wants cuddles and pets from everyone she meets.

The important thing that we wanted to show WTBBL patrons is that although some of the dogs that we had with us had special needs, they never let their challenges slow them down. They are happy and loved.

It was touching for us to see these wonderful dogs interacting with equally wonderful humans. As we all know, dogs have a special way of communicating that makes us feel calm, loved, and seen for the valued living beings that we all are. To watch a child’s face, apprehensive at first as they cautiously reach out their hand, transform into delight as the dog cuddles up to them, warmed our hearts. We were glad we were able to share the stories of these amazing dogs with equally amazing people who have stories of their own.

Thank you, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, for organizing this event and hosting us and our wonderful dogs!

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