Adopting a dog with special needs is difficult. Special needs dogs require more attention and care due to their health issues, and the sad reality is that few people are willing to commit.
Tracey Fowler of Mendon, Vermont, however, is determined to make a difference. After losing her beloved German Shepherd a few years ago, the dedicated dog lover began adopting dogs from shelters that others pass by.
She now has eight dogs in her household. Her pack of dogs is known as The Fowler Heard, and they are now living the life that every dog deserves. They couldn’t be more pleased.
“After a battle with degenerative myelopathy, Hayden crossed the Rainbow Bridge,” Tracey told the reporters. The dog fought the disease for a long time and eventually needed a wheelchair. However, his paralysis did not affect his spirit, and he continued to play until his death.
She missed the sound of Hayden’s wheels whirring, so she decided to pay tribute to his spirit by helping other dogs like him. “I have eight dogs right now,” Tracey explained. “I had six special needs dogs and two German Shepherds before I adopted the others.”
Tracey’s genuine love and care are always appreciated by the Fowler Herd, and they have a lot of fun together. Everyone enjoys the winter season. Tracey swaps her dogs’ wheelchairs for skis when the region surrounding her home snows, so they can enjoy some winter enchantment.
This amazing woman maintains that special needs pets aren’t suitable for everyone, but that caring for them isn’t difficult. “Adopting a special needs pet may not be for you if you are terrified of poop and urine.” It’s no different than if they were walking if you’re okay with it.”
The Fowler Herd, on the other hand, will keep going. “Our goal is to show one owner that there is another alternative besides saying goodbye to their sick pet,” she says.