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« on: November 11, 2012, 11:27:02 PM »
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  • (MNN) -- Consider it an occupational hazard. Work at a veterinary clinic long enough, and eventually you will wind up falling for a patient. In the case of veterinary technician Christina Simpson, she fell for a patient that had been left behind at her roommate's veterinary clinic.
    Oreo's owner surrendered the dog because the animal could no longer use her hind legs. After hearing about Oreo, Simpson offered to try laser therapy. The procedure promotes healing at the cellular level by increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation in the injured area, and had been used successfully by Simpson's colleagues at Eagle's Landing Veterinary Hospital in Georgia. Simpson was so sure laser therapy would work that she took responsibility for the perky pooch, renaming her Hope.
    "I wanted to try to get her walking again with the laser," she says. "I was hopeful I could do that and adopt her out, but once it became clear she wasn't going to walk again, it became difficult."
    By that point, she had fallen for Hope. But with a roommate and a house full of pets, Simpson had no room for another addition. The vet tech decided the next best thing to taking Hope home was to move to Plan B: Build a wheelchair so the dog could get around and — hopefully — find a forever home.

    How do you build a wheelchair for a dog? For Simpson, it was time to surf the Web and reach out to her friends.

    Firefighter Clay Gaddy, whose wife works with Simpson, downloaded instructions to transform 1-inch PVC pipe, foam insulation and a pair of lawn mower wheels into Hope's new ride. Eagle's Landing Veterinary Hospital paid for the supplies and, a few hours later, Gaddy was fitting the dog for her new wheelchair. The first ride was a bit bumpy and required some adjustments, but soon Hope was off in pursuit of a stuffed toy.
    Fortunately for Hope and other dogs with disabilities, there is no shortage of information to help people care for animals with special needs. On HandicappedPets.com, pet owners offer advice, purchase gear and share words of encouragement. Customers regularly submit video footage of their dogs thriving, and the site's Facebook fan page has more than 48,000 members. It was created in 2000 by Mark Robinson, who had sold pet supplies and wheelchairs for years.
    "People who were caring for disabled animals were feeling very alone and neglected," says Robinson. "Friends and neighbors would say, 'Aww, put the poor thing to sleep,' but these people knew their dog was alive, awake, happy — they just couldn't walk. They had nowhere to go for support."
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    Community feedback led Robinson to invent the Walkin Wheels adjustable wheelchair, which is available in 22 countries, including Australia, France and — coming soon — Iran. A mini version accommodates dogs that weigh less than 20 pounds and ranges from $249 to $325, while the standard version works for dogs up to 180 pounds. Prices range from $399 to $529. Upon hearing Hope's story, HandicappedPets.com offered Simpson a travel-friendly Walkin Wheels to keep Hope moving in the right direction.
    Now, all Hope needs is a forever home. Eagle's Landing has agreed to board her until Simpson finds the right family, one that can handle the challenges of a pet with special needs. In the meantime, Hope is adjusting to her new wheels. Check out the video at the bottom of the story to see her in action.
    "It's hard to keep up with [Hope] when she makes up her mind," Simpson says. "Her front end is all muscle so she's a great candidate for a wheelchair."
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    « Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 11:32:40 PM »
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  • This whole world has gone backwards.

    Human beings with immortal souls (death to prepare for, and sins to expiate) are given morphine by Hospice workers for a dignified "early exit"...

    ...and dogs which SHOULD be simply put under (in a humane way, of course) are given "more time to earn merit for heaven, and prepare for eternity" with wheelchair devices like this.

    Nevermind the fact that dogs don't have an immortal soul -- animal souls are destroyed at death.

    Animals are 100% residents of the Material world. They can't conceive anything spiritual -- anything higher than this life -- nor do they have any spiritual faculties. Their highest faculties are purely material -- memory and imagination, which are faculties of the brain. And their "imagination" is limited, too -- they can dream, but they can't invent something new.
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    « Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012, 11:55:32 PM »
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    « Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012, 08:55:17 AM »
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  • Quote from: Matthew
    This whole world has gone backwards.

    Human beings with immortal souls (death to prepare for, and sins to expiate) are given morphine by Hospice workers for a dignified "early exit"...

    ...and dogs which SHOULD be simply put under (in a humane way, of course) are given "more time to earn merit for heaven, and prepare for eternity" with wheelchair devices like this.

    Nevermind the fact that dogs don't have an immortal soul -- animal souls are destroyed at death.

    Animals are 100% residents of the Material world. They can't conceive anything spiritual -- anything higher than this life -- nor do they have any spiritual faculties. Their highest faculties are purely material -- memory and imagination, which are faculties of the brain. And their "imagination" is limited, too -- they can dream, but they can't invent something new.


    An important reminder,  Matthew.  We all have many friends/family who anthropomorphize their pets; thus, falling into the 'animals have souls' trap, which leads to disproportionate charity.
    I have worked with animals my entire life - professionally, in a zoological institution, and personal "rescue" work.  I endeavored to remain objective, which was easier among colleagues who had science degrees, than with friends who truly believe the pets they dress up (a replacement for the children they prevented from birth by using birth control) are going to heaven.    
    Personally, if we expended funds to assist one who needed veterinary care, it was always with the intention of modest, humane assistance, but not to prolong an inevitable death.  Thousands of dollars spent on chemotherapy, etc., when there are human beings in desperate need (most especially their souls), is sinful.  

    In this example - a wheelchair for a disabled animal - if I could construct one cheaply with pvc pipe and some inexpensive wheels, and the animal was otherwise healthy, no problem.  But in good conscience, one cannot spend an inordinate amount of money.

    That being said, He gave us enormous capacity for compassion and empathy.  All of His Creation inspires awe. As stewards, we must exercise prudence and responsibility as best as possible.

     

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