Every dog that I work with teaches me. Each leaves me different than how they found me. Winston taught me a little more and left me a little bit more changed than the rest.
His confidence, zest for life, and pure enthusiasm continue to inspire me, long after he has gone to his new home. I am lucky to have known him and had the privilege of being his human.
When I was given the opportunity to write a book about my experiences with Winston and about taking care of a disabled dog in general, I jumped on the opportunity.
Read more about my time with Winston and see videos below.
Diaper changes are an essential part of Winston’s life, and always will be. He’s a good-natured guy and puts up with diapers with no problems at all.
I was often asked, how do you diaper a dog? After years of changing Winston’s diapers, with the help of the endlessly patient vets and techs at UF SAH, I developed a technique that works for me. Here is how I did it.
Do disabled dogs live well? Winston had no doubts about the answer to this question.
I don’t think many people who meet Winston wonder if he has a good quality of life. Winston exudes enthusiasm. Wheelchair or not, Winston will not be slowed down.
One of the most amazing things about dogs is their willingness to make friends despite differences. Winston never notices that he is different, and neither do his friends.
Dogs love to play. Sometimes they take some time to work out the details, but regardless of size difference or disability, they find ways to have fun together. Winston makes friends easily and doesn’t let anything get in the way of a good time.
Toys matter for every dog, but for a dog with mobility limitations, good toys make a huge difference. Food distributing toys were essential for Winston. He is an energetic dog who needs lots of stimulus to be happy.
For me and Winston, a meal not delivered through one of these toys was a meal wasted. He needs all the exercise and problem-solving opportunities that he can get.