Thursday, June 13, 2013

Poor dog? Naw, just rolling with it!

"Awwww. What happened to your dog?"  That's the question most asked of us.  Sometimes we just say "He got really lucky to have us!"  So true!

Many people come up to us and say, "That is SO cool,"  or "I think that is wonderful."  Other people say, "Oh, poor dog."  I usually say, "He's not the poor one- you should see my bank account!"  Seriously, though, there isn't anything to be sad about. He gets to do everything he used to do- play fetch, go swimming, get treats.  But now he gets extra baths, massages, and attention wherever he goes!  He's got the life, I'll tell ya!

A while ago, we were at the off-leash park and Harrison was busy running around chasing his orange ball. A kid came up and said, "Oh, he makes me sad."  I asked her, "Does he look sad?"  She paused and said, "Well, no," and so I asked her, "Why be sad for him if he isn't?"

I guess some people see the wheels first and then 'a poor dog', while others see 'an amazing dog' in wheels. Often, though, just by meeting him and seeing how capable he is in spite of his paralysis most people get it.  Life is life!  It's not about being perfect and 'whole' but about living the best that we can and living wholly.  Here's to keeping on keeping on no matter what life throws at ya, right Harrison?


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed seeing Harrison chase the ball in two different seasons.His energy and happy Beagle nose to the ground sniffing give guaranteed smiles :) He is lucky to have you as his family.

melissa said...

Thanks! His pure joy at playing and just being alive are such a gift to us and everyone that sees him. We are the lucky ones!

Shaye walsh said...

Hey, I had trouble finding an email address. Can you email me so I can ask you a question?

Anonymous said...

Harrison! I miss you.

tania freedman said...

I don't know if you check these comments, but if you do, I wanted to say how nice it was to meet you and Harrison at the park today! I can't stop thinking about him, so I actually Googled "Harrison beagle wheelchair" and found this blog. What an inspiration he is! In two weeks, I'll be moving to Avenue and Chaplin...if I have our beagle, Delilah, with me, we might see you in the park one day! My email is taniafreedman (at) Rogers (dot) com.