The Things We Do for Love: "I Remodeled My House for My Special-Needs Pets"

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Sara Henderson
Who could resist this sweet face?

Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

Sara Henderson of Des Moines, Iowa, was perfectly content living with an aging Labrador-Chow-Rottweiler mix named Lady and two blind cats. The 13-year-old dog had developed arthritis and was having trouble getting up and down the stairs. The blind cats, Henderson says, “do pretty well on their own,” but one of them tends to pee in places where he shouldn’t.

When Henderson learned about a 4-year-old special-needs Boxer-Pit Bull mix who needed a home, she wanted to help. Chance, who had been struck by a train, had mobility issues and required special care, including a dog wheelchair. While she was concerned about the energy and expense it might take to care for Chance, it didn’t take long for Henderson to decide that she would figure out a way to make it work and agreed to adopt him.

Henderson says her friends helped her adapt her house for her new family member by helping her completely remodel her kitchen so Chance would have a safe, comfortable and easy-to-clean place to spend his time.

“It used to be a big square room with an island in the middle,” Henderson says. The friends gutted the kitchen and replaced the flooring, cabinets and appliances. “We totally opened it up,” she says. “Now it’s a huge room where Chance can just sprawl out.”


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