I’m Josh, I had the privilege of spending 10 years with a boxer named Wrangler who had Degenerative Myelopathy. Caring for Wrangler was a massive challenge but something I am extremely proud.
Why a blog?
Finding information on Degenerative Myelopathy can be difficult. It’s surprising how little information there is and especially how little some of our vets seem to know. In Wrangler’s case I actually figured out he had DM by talking to other people and searching online.
I’m happy to say that degenerative myelopathy is not the obscure disease it once was. People are starting to talk about it and are bringing much needed attention to the disease so that together we can once and for all get rid of it. I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people in the DM community who will go out of their way to help you but as with everything on the internet it can sometimes be difficult to navigate through all the clutter and to find exactly what you’re looking for.
That was my idea when I started the MyDogHasDM website, I wanted to create a site people could go to to get more than just tips about certain products. A place they could go to find out what it’s like to care for a dog with DM and what they could expect their journey to be like. Many times you’ll find yourself wanting to know how other people felt as the disease progresses, you’ll want to know that you’re not alone and that you’re doing the right thing.
Why an eBook?
As I started to add more information to the website and as the stories started to grow, even it became a little difficult to navigate. So I decided to put everything I’ve learned along with Wrangler’s story into an ebook and make it easy to follow and to understand exactly what to expect. Although every journey is different, and every person and every dog’s limitations are different I really hope by following the blog or reading the ebook it will help you care for your dog and I also hope it will continue to raise awareness about degenerative myelpoethay.