Most of the time, we think that paralysis can limit a dog’s activities.
Take the case of Albert, an 8-year-old Shih Tzu-poodle mix. Albert’s disability didn’t stop him from going on an adventure with his human, Jill Lawson. He even toured outside the US!
Albert was a rescue. Rescuers saw him lying in a ditch on the side of the road in Arkansas. He was suspected to be hit by a car, which caused his paralysis from the waist down.
Despite his paralysis, Albert has exuded positivity. He can be seen running around the local shelter on doggie wheels. He has won the attention of The Little Pink Shelter, an organization in New England that helps in relocating dogs from the South going to the North.
Little Pink Shelter’s founder Holly Chasin was a bit pessimistic at first, thinking that Albert might not be adopted at all. They were wrong. Albert surpassed all of their expectations because he showed confidence and enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, Jill Lawson of Fairfield, Connecticut, wasn’t looking for a dog. However, she fell in love with Albert as soon as she saw his photo. She immediately filled out the application form.
It was the first time for the Lawsons to take care of a special needs dog. However, Albert didn’t make them feel that he needs special care at all. He moves just like a dog with four legs, thanks to his all-terrain dog wheelchair.
The Lawsons bring Albert outdoors. They would often visit Lake Mohegan, and Albert would run around the shore chasing seagulls, swimming, and walking together with his co-rescued canine siblings, Pancake (11-year-old Bichon) and Norman (mutt).
Albert has been inspiring others on Instagram and has 118k followers. His life as a rescued dog has encouraged others also to adopt dogs with special needs.
Special needs dogs may have special needs, but they also give special love to their owners.
All photos are from Albert’s Instagram account