As we get older some of us have special needs and the things we use to do with ease and vigor, we tend to be hesitant or even fearful of falling.
I don't know about you, but I love dogs, I have always had dogs as a pet. I had a Shepherd dog that saved my life. I was walking in a pasture to go to a spring to draw drinking water for my family. My dog bayed a rattlesnake and stood between the snake and me. She confronted the snake and killed it. That snake had seven rattlers and a button.
We have had several Dachshunds. Ginger was Stephanie's dog. When we moved to Richmond Stephanie let us keep her because she taught school and Ginger would would have to be cooped up in a wire cage all day. She didn't want that for her dog. Ginger had gotten hit by a car in our neighborhood in Athens prior to our moving to Richmond, VA, and had a paralyzed left foot. She learned to run with great speed by compensating for the handicap. However, she found it difficult to negotiate stairs.
Ginger followed me whatever I went. She enjoyed being with me in our yard. We had a large wooden deck with steps to the ground. I would reach out my right hand and arm and she would leap through the air and grab my arm with her paws. She trusted me and I would take her down the steps to the ground and she would dig with me in the dirt when I was working with flowers and shrubbery.
I want you to watch this video and see how various dogs approach stairs with caution and fear, and how some overcome their fear with courage.
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