Owner’s Love for Disabled Dog Goes Viral

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Bowie in her wagon


One dedicated pet owner’s love for her dog has recently touched many hearts.  Her message is simple:  “You may never walk again but we’ll never stop having adventures together.”

Reddit user ‘thepoultron’ posted a photo of her paralyzed dog Bowie, and it has already garnered hundreds of comments (likely thousands by now).  Some had negative things to say, but in general the responses were overwhelmingly positive.

Bowie is a six-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever.  She was playing fetch with her 95-pound son Mac when the pair collided.  Bowie was left paralyzed from the waist down.  She spent two weeks in the intensive care unit and has just come home.

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Still all smiles in the ICU

“She lives on a farm and loves to run and swim,” her owner commented.  “She still had another 5+ years of an amazingly active life to look forward to… But now she can’t do anything on her own.”

Like the rest of her breed, Bowie has always been very active and adventurous, but the injury has not dampened her spirits.  Her human wants Bowie to have the best quality of life possible.  Pessimistic commenters suggested that she was only prolonging her dog’s misery, but she disagrees.

“If you saw her, you’d still say she’s the happiest dog in the world,” thepoultron replied.

She is currently undergoing physical therapy three times a day, and the family is looking into options for her to regain mobility.  They have spoken to a local bicycle shop about the possibility of creating a contraption for Bowie to move herself around.  Another Redditor following the story told thepoultron about an organization that donates doggie wheelchairs.

“She’s seen me through a lot the last 6 years,” her owner wrote.  “I’m happy to be here for her for the next ~6+ to come.”