DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Don't let the "doggie wheelchair" fool you. Calypso is just as fierce in her tug of war as housemate, Ebby.
Their owners, Andi and Blake Stewart were on vacation when they got the call Caly was being rushed to the vet. Andi said they didn't know what to think.
"They thought that she might have a tick born disease that was causing temporary paralysis. By the time we got home, they said she'd taken a turn for the worst, it's probably a spinal condition, and we probably need to put her down because she is in a lot of pain," said Andi.
But as it turned out, there was no deep pain sensation, and she felt nothing from the rib cage down. The final diagnosis was a "spinal cord bleed."
Andi and Blake literally spent five days and nights at the vet's office. Then, according to Blake, it was "homework time."
"Information about how to take care of her. How you take care of a handicapped dog, relieving the bladder, making sure she turned over from side to side so she doesn't develop bedsores" said Blake.
And of course her wheelchair, or cart, helps give her the independent mobility she needs.
Two people take care of Caly while the Stewarts work. Andi said Caly goes to physical therapy two days a week.
"She gets hydrotherapy and massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, laser therapy", said Andi.
Blake said a lot of people think they spoil her.
"We've had a lot of people who want to be reincarnated as our dog or an animal in our house," he laughed.
While some people may think the care excessive, Blake says it appears to be paying off.
"The chiropractor has determined that she is started to get some feeling back in at least one of her feet," he said.
In fact, she even tried to jump out of the car, stand to drink out of her water bowl, scoot out the door and more.
Blake says they would like to see her on all fours, but as long as she is pain free and happy…
"Even if she's not and she stays in the cart for a long time, we're fine with that," he said.
Needless to say, the Stewarts are glad they did not put Caly down. She's given them a lot of love and been an inspiration not only here, but in all parts of the country.