Tracey Fowler, Mendon, Vermont does what she loves most all her life, helping dogs who don’t have overly good living conditions.
She had her own dog named Hayden. She was a German Shepherd and after losing him she decided to dedicate her life to helping other dogs. He now has a pack of eight strong dogs.
This is The Fowler Herd, a group of dogs with special needs and those who tried in every way to be adopted, but still stayed here because they felt their possible eternal home.
She told Bored Panda that Hayden crossed the Rainbow Bridge when that sad fight against the disease that affects dogs is over. It is called degenerative myelopathy.
He also had special needs and in certain years suffered from paralysis, all because of this serious illness.
Nonetheless, this brave dog did not give up. He played until the last minute.
Tracey, when Hayden was no more, wanted to make a difference to all the other dogs that were similar to him, all to emphasize his resilience.
She has so far adopted six dogs with special needs, while she has two German Shepherds since before these unfortunate boys joined them.
The Fowler Herd are incredibly connected to each other, they love and socialize constantly. And most important of all, they have all the necessary love and care they get from Tracey.
During snowy winter days, she puts skis on their strollers instead of the ordinary wheels they normally use, so they can still enjoy themselves outside regardless of the snow.
As Tracey says, it may not be the best idea to adopt a dog that has trouble walking if you avoid poop and urine. On the contrary, if you have always taken care of it, then it is the same as being completely healthy.
She says that they will be satisfied even if only one person realizes that it is not the only option to say goodbye to their sick dog, but that something much better can be done there.