About Sophie


Sophie the paralyzed dog

My Sophie.

Dog Wheelchair LIFE (formerly Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog) teaches pet families how to care for their paralyzed dog.

Learning that your pet won’t walk again is scary. It happened to me and my dog Sophie.

I’m not a veterinarian. I’m a blogger and a pet mom who’s raised 9 dogs, 6 cats and lots of other critters. I’m also a co-founder of the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas, NV and an animal writer who has contributed to websites and magazines.

The information shared on this site is based on my personal experience and the research I do for each story. Please do not use the content from this blog in place of professional veterinary care.

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About Sophie

Sophie was the fastest runner at the dog park. Running was her greatest joy. In 2008, she started to show signs of weakness in her hind legs. Six months later she was fully paralyzed.

Her illness changed my family, but during the next five years she learned to enjoy life as a paralyzed dog and we did too.

-Sharon, Forever Sophie’s Mom

Our story

Dog and founder Dog Wheelchair Life

Click on each title to read our story.

How Sophie Joined Our Family

Canine Distemper Is Usually Seen in Puppies

Lots of Changes in Our Life

Life with Three Dogs

Lots of Medical Tests

The First Lessons About Life With A Paralyzed Dog

YouTube, A Cozy Bed and Transportation

Don’t Lose Sight of the Rituals Your Disabled Dog Loves

Finding Mary Poppins

When Your Friends Think You Need an Intervention

Taking Care of a Paralyzed Dog Requires a Good Routine and Work Ethic

The Importance of Good Communication with Your Dog


The Other Cast of Characters


Olivia (Left) and Bailey

 Dog Wheelchair LIFE strives to share; accurate information that will make LIFE whole again.

We are a community that shares information about:

  • Managing daily life with a disabled pet
  • Reviews about the best products
  • Understanding the different types of spine and neurological conditions
  • Veterinary medical tests and procedures
  • The latest clinical trials
  • Where to find financial aid and donated dog wheelchairs
  • Stories of amazing paralyzed pets