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Enter to Win a Pet Gift Box (CONTEST CLOSED)

Donโ€™t miss this opportunity to thank your four-legged friend! Part of keeping your pet healthy – so that your pet can help keep you healthy – is to make sure your pet is happy. As part of this month’s featured Spotlight on Pets and Health, we’ve partnered up with PetGiftBox.com to give away one gift box to a lucky MultipleSclerosis.net community member!

PetGiftBox.com is a monthly subscription-based service that sends a box specifically tailored for a cat or dog. Each box includes a great selection of of hand-selected chews, quality toys, treats, and accessories that every pet is sure to enjoy.

To enter, please leave a comment below by clicking the blue speech bubble “Join the conversation. Members can add a comment to this story.” Tell us why your cat or dog should win a pet gift box. All comments must be received by February 28, 2017 at 12:00 am ET.

One winner will be randomly selected on February 28, 2017 and will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be selected, so be sure to check your spam box! Please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions prior to entering.

Comments

  • Rebecca Braglio moderator author
    2 years ago

    THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

  • skeithley
    2 years ago

    Who won the contest?

  • SweetNPjen
    2 years ago

    I have a shitszu named Romeo who has been there for me from the day I was diagnosed in 2006!! The love I receive from him is better than alot of the human support I have. His unconditional love is priceless!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so glad you have Romeo in your life, SweetNPjen! He sounds like a pretty special friend. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • jennyb
    2 years ago

    We have a rescue cat named Desi, named after a woman marathon runner Desire Lindon. (my husband is a marathon runner) Desi has kept me company through a badly broken leg an 18-month separation from y husband, due to work, and now MS. She is fairly young and likes to play and hates the snow that make her feet cold.

  • Rebecca Braglio moderator author
    2 years ago

    Jenny! Congrats! You were randomly selected to be our winner. I’ve sent you an email with the details, so please check your spam box. Remember – per the giveaway rules you have 48 hours to confirm your prize before another winner is selected. Thanks again for participating!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I think it’s wonderful that you adopted a rescue cat (and I love her name)! I am glad she has been such a source of comfort and support for you during this challenging season in your life. I also had a kitty that hated getting snow on his paws and it was funny to watch him shaking his paws every time he took a step! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • spydre
    2 years ago

    My Dodger is my doorbell, bodyguard, and security pillow when I don’t feel good. He sends up the alert when I start to have a seizure (and then tries to lick me awake so he has to get put outside until it’s over). He doesn’t realize how big he is, so he frequently hits his head turning, or trying to walk under the table. He’s 10, and has arthritis that comes with age, but he pretends that he doesn’t have it. He makes me laugh, and if I’m crying, he doesn’t lick my tears away, no, not my Dodger. He gets in my face and demands pets until I can only laugh at him, despite the tears. He paces when I leave (because I’m not supposed to leave, I’m supposed to stay home all day) and pouts while I’m gone.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Awww, Dodger sounds pretty incredible! I am impressed that he is so intuitive about your health! What a great companion! He sounds like a pretty great pet. Thank you for sharing Dodger with us, spydre! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • 2 years ago

    I have two sister cats. They keep me entertained for the better part of the day. They were abandoned at a farm, and the lady living there brought them to me. I have nursed them to healthy cats. We love to cuddle and sleep together at night. They both follow me around like little shadows. Sometimes they think they know where I am going in the house and try to beat me there. When I don’t show up, they meow loudly and race to find me. My sanity is saved by their love and attention. Who says cats are not interested in people? Mine sure are!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I love cats! I think it’s pretty neat that you gave these two kitties a second chance at a good life! It sounds like they really enjoy you and I am glad they give you something to smile about. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • 199vnk4
    2 years ago

    Miles is a male german shepherd and about 6 years old. he is a wonderful best friend who lives inside with me. he is my doorbell, my protector and friend who loves to play ball. he is very smart and can do tricks.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    German Shepherds are such smart dogs, aren’t they? I am glad Miles is such a great all-around friend for you! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Tynkster
    2 years ago

    My cat Zoe is a shelter cat rescue who has saved me as much as I saved her. When I got her, I was in the early stages of disability and unable to work so I was home all the time. She is my little nurse and constant companion as she hangs out with me and makes sure I rest enough so she can lay on me. She is loving and playful and adds joy to my life when things are bleak. She is my shadow and always needs to know where I am even if she’s not right by me. I am blessed to have found her and have her in my life.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Zoe sounds like a very sweet kitty, Tynkster! I am glad you have her in your life. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • janey41
    2 years ago

    My little Lulu, a 3 lb Chihuahua, came into my life when I no longer wanted to live. I was tired, in pain, depressed, mentally and physically exhausted. I was done with MS drugs that made me feel worse and unable to leave my room. Lulu’s mom was killed when she was 4 wks and needed someone to care for her. Someone who was home 24/7 to feed her and care for her. I was reluctant but took on the task and we have been inseparable ever since. She is now 12 yrs old. She gives me unconditional love on my worst days and has been there for me when no one else was. She listens to my rantings and licks away my tears. I love her with all my heart and deserves the moon!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    What a sweet story, janey41! I think it’s pretty amazing that you saved her life and she has turned around and given you a lot of love and joy in return. She sounds like a sweet girl and the perfect pet for you. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Loopyone
    2 years ago

    I was going to enter for my mini-poodle “Spark”. He was a rescue. He has been one of the best dogs I ever had. He is getting old and slowing down and can’t hear well. But, he is still my constant and faithful companion. Of the handful of stories I have read from others, I think their dog deserves the pet gift box. Spark gets “gifts” every day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    That is so sweet of you, Loopyone! Spark sounds like he has been a good friend to you through the years. I hope you and Spark have many good years ahead, despite his age! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • 2 years ago

    I got my Ellie a Frenchie on my 50th birthday. Which is good for I had too many telapes and lost my job at the hospital. When she was2 we breed her but I was unable to sell her pure breed pups.I felt uneasy about doing it. So my 3 kids took one and I gave a Vet Tech the last. About 14 months later my son who got back from Iraq was unable to take care of her and his wife & kids were unable to even train her. So I went to get her and discovered she was deaf. Mia was her name and I took her home and trained her and learned her some hand signs & then she was great! I called her my snuggler. 2 months ago she snuck out beside my leg and ran out to the road(2 x in 4 yrs)& a truck killed her. Now Ellie(her mommy) still looks for her and crys andis in a deep depression. I feelmy Ellie could use a pet Gift Box. We have gone through so much,& she has had the worst. I luved my babies and being home now 24/7,getting over this, not sure how but this would be a great thing for her. Thank You.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Alison, I’m so sorry to hear about Mia! I’m sure a pet box would be a great pick-me-up for Ellie. I sure hope Ellie feels better soon, which I’m sure will also make you feel better to see her happier again. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Cheryl
    2 years ago

    I named my dog Isis for her ice blue eyes almost 10 years ago. She is my constant companion or co-pilot, navigator. I discuss everything with her- she does not judge me or hold against me anything I say. She always agrees with my clothing choices. Sometimes she rides with me to me Drs. appointments, again always quiet but giving me her silent support. I would love to give her a gift monthly!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us, Cheryl! Your dog sounds like such a wonderful companion ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Catinshelter
    2 years ago

    I’m asking for my cat to win this gift box as I had to put her in a domestic violence pet shelter recently. They did not have room for me also, so I had to leave her there. I visit her as much as I can from the dv shelter I’m starting at but it’s not close. She has done so much to help me remain calm on my most painful days (triple autoimmune diagnosed) and her love gets me out of bed to care for her or play with her. She is my heart and my world. Any bit of money I have goes to get her brands of litter, water, dry & wet food and toys when I can afford them. Its hurting me not to have her with me, she is my therapy animal. Please I’m out of any way to continue to pay for her fancy feast salmon classic canned food, her fancy feast shrimp dry food, Pets Pride litter or alkaline water. The pet shelter gives her whatever donated foods they have. Please help me feed my cat, its hard enough with my auto immune diseases. I cant bear the thought of being able to bring her food anymore when I visit. Thank you so much!

  • Jessica
    2 years ago

    My special now senior pup has been my best friend since I was 18! I got him when I was in college & he has been right by my side for 14 years…this September will be 15! ~ Time please slow down!! [in my parent of a human voice] :)!! I was diagnosed with MS on 2/8/13 and I will never forget that day. Long story short I drove myself home to check on him & feed him before I drove myself to the ER (paralyzed on my right side from the waist up). When I got out of the hospital after 2 weeks, he was the ONLY thing in my life that hadn’t changed. He didn’t see my facial paralysis or my totally limp right arm. He just saw ME. The me I had been to him for so many years. And for that, I will always know the saying “man’s (or woman’s) best friend” ๐Ÿ˜‰ is truer than true. In 2002, God let me happen upon that ad boasting dachshund puppies in my local paper and for that I will be eternally grateful, long after we part worlds. But today like every single day since God put us together, I will be thankful that God’s love & my pup’s never changes. <3 xoxo

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    DixiePixi22, how touching! Your pup sure knows how to love unconditionally ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Brenda1900
    2 years ago

    PD(puppy dog) has been a life saver for me. It is hard to stay depressed when he comes around the corner dragging his toy, shaking it for all get out. By rescuing him, we rescued ourselves. Since we got him, he has enriched my life by always being there for me. Even when I make “an uncontrolled descent” he is there licking my hands and face to let me know I am able to get back on my feet. With every day, this little puggle makes it easier face each morning.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us, Brenda1900! Your puggle sounds like such a joy to be around ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • mgaribay12344
    2 years ago

    I have a dalmatian named Rum. He recently turned 9 months old, I got him when he was only 3 months old, the crazy thing is he chose me not the other way around. I went to go pick up a puppy and as soon as they came out he ran right up to me and sat next me to. He has been the best puppy, I was diagnosed with MS two years ago and at night my whole body aches. Since he couldn’t go outside without all his shots he slept with me. One night i was in a large amount of pain granite that rum was only three months old he got up and laid on my back putting the little pressure and weight he can, at this point in time I knew that he needed to be my service dog. Now he is CGC certified and i have a trainer that is helping me for mobility. I would fake fall to see what he would do, rum got a little excited but calmed down and I can actually put pressure on his back so that I can lift my self up off of him. When I take him out he helps me when I am tired and walking around I rest myself on him and he knows me so well I am so grateful for what he has done for me. The only way i can repay him is by giving him all the love i can because even though i have only had him for a short amount of time he has helped me in all of it right there by my side whether it be school, or my infusions I couldn’t ask for a better dog. Thank you for reading have a great day!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Rum sounds pretty special, mgaribay12344! I grew up with two Dalmatians, so I have a soft spot for the breed. I think it’s pretty sweet that he chose you and is now a CGC certified dog! That’s pretty incredible! I hope you and Rum have many happy years together! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • 1wg87gf
    2 years ago

    My dog Teddy has been my faithful and loyal buddy, like no other. Staying by my side when I’m hurting, fatigued or sad, he is such a source of comfort to me. He thinks he’s a lap dog, all 65 lbs. of him. He looks directly into my eyes for the next cue. I don’t know what I’d do without him. I know one thing for sure is that I would not be doing as well as I am if I didn’t have him beside me!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Teddy sounds like quite the cuddle buddy, despite his size! Isn’t it funny how big dogs don’t always seem to realize they’re big? I am so glad you have such a good furry friend to keep you company and lift your mood. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • skeithley
    2 years ago

    I have a rescue cat that is 1.5 years old. He acctuallu rescued me when he was 5 weeks old. I not only have MS, but I also have diabetes and sleep apnea. At night when I’m asleep or if I’m taking a nap, he will wake me up when my blood sugars are getting too low. And if he can’t wake me up the first time by knocking my phone off of the table, he goes to bigger noisier items on my dresser. He will keep this up until he knows I’m sitting up and check my blood sugar level. Then he is ok and calms down. Also if I lie down to go to sleep, and have not put on my cpap mask, he keeps bugging me until I put it on. When I am gone for long periods of time to doctors appointments, when I get home he plants himself in my lap or lays on my side when laying down, like “You’re not going anywhere else today!”
    He is my little guardian and I don’t know what I would do without him. I have other pets, but he is the only one in tune with what is going on with me medically. He is the first pet i have had that has done this and I don’t know if I will every have another one like him or not. But he is the best little guy yet. Oh, his name is MC (short for Mouse Cop).

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    MC sounds pretty amazing, skeithley! I am so impressed that he is so intuitive about your health. I am glad you have such a great pet watching out for you. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • nancyz
    2 years ago

    I have two cats that are now 11 years old. I adopted them at the shelter in Cookeville, TN. They are sisters, but different as can be.. Daisy Mae is grey and long, long hair and only loves me – she runs and hides whenever anyone else is here. She is beautiful and she is the Qneen of the house. Next is Maisy Mae she is a stinker and much more social. she is dark grey with black and gold highlights. She is the princess of the house and even though I long for a puppy, they have said NO WAY!!! They sleep with me and I love them so much. If I need a hug, which is often, I just pick up one of them. They really keep me company since my husband left me after 35 years of marriage. i struggle badly with loneliness and sadness. I am 71 years olf. God Bless you all – love nancy

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Such great company to have, aren’t they, nancyz? Thank you so much for sharing with us and our community. We appreciate you commenting and are so glad they’re there for you in times of loneliness.
    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Niece
    2 years ago

    Hi, I’m Denise and I’m touched that your company thinks of our pets as they’re very important to us for many reasons. I myself have a VERY ACTIVE 2 1/2 yr old German Shepherd named Einz (German for #1). He’s very lovable, loyal, and sometimes smarter than me. I’m hoping too take him with me too the local veterans home as a therapy dog, he’ll love the attention while I enjoy listening too their stories, but we have more work to do. He loves playing hide and find the bone, learning new tricks (and showing them off). But his real obsession is playing fetch and will do so with anyone, he’ll even bring his stick too the UPS guy. Einz loves kids especially my youngest niece and nephew who are 8 yr old twins, sometimes they stay the weekend and when I tell him the kids are coming he sits on the couch looking out the window until they arrive, he follows them everywhere lays on them and vice versa. Einz an I used too walk twice a day but recently I have knee issues (from steroid treatments) and I can’t do the afternoon walk anymore, and I know he misses it. I know he’ll LOVE and enjoy your special gift box, and course I think he deserves it.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Denise,
    Thank you so much for sharing with us! Einz sounds like a wonderful companion for your and your family (especially your niece and nephew!). I hope you are able to register him as a therapy dog as that sound like a great thing for you to do together ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best,
    Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • chelala
    2 years ago

    I have 2 yorkies. I always say my boy Godzilla is magical. He knows when I’m having pain or numbness. When i have numbness he usually knows before I do. I know when I see him licking the random part of my arm or leg that’s numb and realize oh it’s numb that’s why he’s doing that. He’s the best and without my pets I would be severely depressed and lonely.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    How intuitive Godzilla sounds to be! Your yorkers sound like wonderful companions for you. Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Antera
    2 years ago

    I have a rescue yorkie named Toby. In the past I have always been a poodle person. I also always purchased poodles from breeders. Toby came into my life and has been a god send. I am dealing with MS on my own and if not for him I do not think I would have made it. He is the most loving, compassionate and attentive pet I have ever had. He knows when I am down and crying. He will come sit beside me and gently put his paw on my leg. He looks at me and I can see it in his eyes that he wants to help. He is my moral support. I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful loving pet for support.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing, Antera! Toby sounds like such a wonderful, loving companion. I’m so glad you have him in your life for support!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Katie
    2 years ago

    I have a rescue dog named Raj. A year after I got her I was diagnosed with MS. I immediately started training her for any and all tasks that I could think of that I may need in the future and was able to get her registered very quickly. A short year after that, my symptoms were so bad, I could no longer work.
    It didn’t take long to realize that Raj had the perfect disposition for a therapy dog. She loves to interact with people, especially kids and the elderly. She delights in being doted on and petted – so I saw an opportunity to get myself out of the house and “out of my head.”
    So, Raj and I enrolled in a therapy dog program and started doing some volunteer work. We started by visiting Hospice patients at a nearby hospital and nursing home. We’ve expanded to visit libraries and schools as well. Right now, we’ve been focusing on a middles school’s special education class. The kids take turns reading to her to improve their reading skills in a safe environment and without fear of being laughed at of made fun of. We’ve been doing this for about 4 years now.
    While Raj has brought joy and help to so many others, I want to focus on what she’s done for me. Watching her bring joy and comfort to others, brings me joy. Sharing the burdens of others reminds me that my problems are not the end all / be all of problems. It gets me out of the house so I am not allowing myself to focus solely on own problems, dwelling on the unknown future, and sinking into depression.
    She is a constant help at home, picking things up, helping with doors etc. But at the end of the day, when I’m overloaded with fatigue, muscle spasms, vision problem and any of numerous symptoms – there’s Raj, with her head on my lap, letting me know she’s there for me, first and foremost.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    So touching! Raj sounds like she is truly an unconditionally loving companion. I’m so glad you have her in your life. How wonderful it is all the volunteering you do together! Thank you so much for sharing, Katie!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Parker 1133
    2 years ago

    I have a boxer named Parker. He has made my daily life tolerable. No matter what the circumstance is he rarely takes his eyes off me. He is not a mean dog at all but he is very protective on my wife and eye.
    Everyday I post him on Facebook making a comment as if he is talking to me. Like most pet owners I’m sure, I find myself talking to him and I “think” I know what he is thinking. Hanging with him, the postings etc. have really helped with feeling of being alone, which may be overwhelming with out him in my life.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing, Parker 1133! We are so glad that you have a great companion to be at your side through everything! Pets are such a great part of the family, if I do say so myself! We appreciate you sharing with us and our community.

    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • kicknMSback
    2 years ago

    I know pets will have a special place in the heart of those that truly live with them. Our George Henry is no exception. As a GSP, he seems exceptionally suited to being my service dog and companion. He keeps me company even when my mood has soured or I just can’t take in the world around me anymore and need to pull back to desensitize. He lets me know when there is something wrong that I need to stop ignoring. I have loved this wonderful dog for eight years. To say that one who gets to experience life with such love is lucky by far.
    It is great to see so many out there who love and are loved by a four legged furry. They keep us going sometimes when our human loved ones can’t reach us so easily. We would appreciate getting picked because giving him something back is another joy that is unexpected but dually giving. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi kicknMSback –
    What an awesome name for your pup! George Henry, so strong! Thank you so much for sharing with us and our community.

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • quillmama
    2 years ago

    When my husband left I looked for a silver lining and found one in the prospect of getting myself a cat, now that his allergies would not be an issue. But we moved into a rental and then another and it never seemed to be the right time. One day my son said, “Right, the RSPCA is overcrowded and we’re going down there to get you a cat.” So we did. And Mojo immediately made it clear that she WAS my cat, sleeping near me and cuddling up to me.

    A week later my legs went numb and I fell over in the emergency room. I spent 5 days in hospital and came out on a walking frame. I couldn’t believe that Mojo looked at me coming back into our home and gave a squeak that said “THERE you are!” The kids said she had clearly missed me, and she was wonderful company as I worked to get back off that walking frame and marvelled at my ridiculous exhaustion. We don’t have a lot of money but she gives so much to our family, and especially to me. When a purring furball cuddles up, it really takes the edge off a bad day. She deserves many good things.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi quillmama!
    It’s amazing the love you can experience with an animal, isn’t it? She surely missed you after being gone for 5 whole days! Thank you for sharing with us and our community about your sweet cat, Mojo! We are glad you found her!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Denise Rains
    2 years ago

    My Molly is very protective. When I am having a bad day, she will stay by my side no matter where I am or what I am doing. She loves being out running in the mountains and woods around the house but absolutely refuses to go when she senses that I might need her. She is my hero. I rescued her from an abusive situation as a pup and I pray that she cannot remember those days now. She deserves only the best.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Oh, sweet Molly! Thank you for saving her from a terrible situation, Denise! Dogs can be so smart, it’s sweet that she can sense when you need her. Thank you for sharing with us and our community!
    Warmly,
    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • DebPiens
    2 years ago

    I think my cats Zig and Zag should win the gift box because they give me so much support. Somehow they know when my symptoms are acting up, even when I try to hide it. They know, and they then spend more time with me, snuggling and “grooming”me as if I were a giant cat brother.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi DebPiens –
    Thank you for sharing with us! It sounds like you have some caring, sweet cats!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • deevaa
    2 years ago

    I would love to win a pet gift box for my dog Shirley, who is an 8-yr old tzihpoo. Shirley is extremely smart, as she appears to understand English. I never have to tell her anything more than once. We live in a senior building, and seems no ones’ day goes well until they see her. She is exceptionally friendly, loving and tireless.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    So sweet, deevaa!
    So glad that you have such a loving dog in your life! We appreciate you sharing with us and our community.

    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • pam
    2 years ago

    My sister gave me Molly for my 60th birthday, and i was a little shocked when the information she told me about my dog and the actual dog seemed to be like some kind of strange mystery story. My sister said she was an Austrailan Shepherd and she even bought me a book on Australian Shepherds, when i received Molly about 3 weeks later as she needed to be at least 8 weeks old, she was the cutest little thing but looked like a mix of a boxer and a Staffordshire Terrier and had the energy to match. It took me know time at all to love her cute little face, and as a puppy she was the sweetest thing, at night she would lay across my neck and cuddle always very close to me in bed. I fell in love with her but after about 2 and a half months later i was tired, crying and worried I was not up for being a puppy mom. I finally told my sister she needed to go back to the people that sold my niece the dog. But as soon as I sent her away, thinking that someone with more energy more people in the house to play with would make her a better home then stuck with me. I cried for a week or two would not leave my house until my sister promised to get her back. I was so miserable without her and i felt i had abandoned her and I felt like i was a terrible person. My sister was able to get her back, but it was not easy for her, as the people did not want her to got back to the person that previously had her. So my sister not my niece picked up Molly and brought her home.

    I was back in Tennessee to help care for my dad and was suppose to retire there, but as a native Californian it was hard once my Dad passed on. So i sold the house i bought that was next to my sisters, (i have four sisters) the other three were in California. Anyway Molly and I drove from Tennesse to Ca. she was so young still just 1 year old but she just could not seem to go potty at any of the rest stops we stopped at which were every rest stop from TN to CA , she would go in to the bathroom at the Motel 6s we stayed and and go into the walk in showers and go peepee, i was amazed and worried that she was to young to make the trip. She was such a good traveler except for the fact that she just wouldnt pee anywhere between TN and CA except in the motel shower.
    She was so good the whole trip. When we reached Ca. one of my other sisters wanted me to stop and stay with her for a while before i headed to Eureka. As it turned out I ended up renting a place in Hidden Valley Lake , CA. where two of my sisters also live.
    So Molly went from having about an acre of green grass to having about a half acre of dirt and leaves, she has adapted beautifully and has been keeping me very busy with making me walk her, (and many times I do not want to walk, but her persistence has kept me on my feet and probably has kept me healthier then i would have ever been without her). In my previous life i had been a P. E. teacher for a short time but as ms is ms i went into early childhood ed. and at that time i had a basset hound named Oliver,
    when i stopped skiing and biking and the sports part of my life, Molly has kept me on my feet and tired, she loves to play ball, walk, run and just keep busy, which means i am kept busy. At one point in my life i gave her away thinking she would have a better life and she might have but she has made my life so very worth while and has been my best friend for the last 4 years going on 5. So I owe Molly gratitude for putting up with my bad moods and grumpy days. But i try to balance those not so great days with beach days and camping days and ice cream days and just sit in the back yard and sit together days. Molly is my heroine she is the best. I love her and I would love for her to have a gift box because she is the best friend a person could have.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Just like ElleLLe said – I’m glad that you kept Molly as well!! She has brought you such joy in your life. We appreciate you sharing and being a part of our community!!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • ElleLLe
    2 years ago

    I’m glad that you kept Molly. Sometimes it really is the things we think we don’t need that we end up needing the most. I’m glad you found each other. I hope you 2 have many years of companionship, strength, love, and lots of fun! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ElleLLe
    2 years ago

    I have an awesome 1 year old dog named Max. He is a Doberman/German Shepard mix. For being that sort of mix, he is the most loving dog ever, Always wants to cuddle, & has to be touching me somehow. Whether it’s a paw on my foot or hand. Just has to know I’m there…or maybe it’s to let me know he’s there?? When I’m sick he does not leave my side, if he does he comes right back. If I cry he comes & puts his nose in my face & quietly whines, he then runs off to grab me a toy that he either leaves at my feet, on my lap, or tries to hand it to me. He’s a sweetheart in so many ways. He gets so excited when I come home, he often throws one of his toys at me when I come in the door. Haha! Truth is no matter how bad my day or mood, he always makes me smile. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi ElleLLe,

    Max sounds like a sweetheart and a great caregiver!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Best,

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, ElleLLe!
    He sounds like such a sweet pup! We’re so glad that you have such a loving fur baby to help you through the days, no matter how you’re feeling! We appreciate you being a part of our community!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Kristina
    2 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I have written about my wonderful dog for 4 and a half hours!! I must have somehow hit a wrong key, but both attempts seemed to have disappeared. My friend is telling me his dinner is late and he is hungry. I will go take care of him and come back to this hopefully. Basically the point of my missing essays is that my dog is the light in my life. He has been an excellent service dog, and even “retired” he still runs my schedule and home. He is my best friend, has been there with me thru 2 moves, a divorce, dating, breakups, deaths, and illness. One of my favorite sounds is him snoring. I could not have asked for a better friends and companion. He really is the best of me. He is the best of my life. He deserves so much more than I can give him. I try to give and do the best for him, but for everything he has done for me, and the love he shows me, I could never do or give enough to him. I hope you got the other essays, or I am up to writing you more, about this special dogs that has learned human hugging and demands to give me a kiss on the bottom lip when he says thank you. I can’t really describe how much I need him and love him. I at least can get him his part raw organic dinner with beef and goats milk, pain meds and cbd drops. Please consider selecting him to receive a Pet Gift box so that he can share his leftovers with his annoying Jack Russel/Beagle little brother we received as a gift to be a playmate for him, after the puppy was given up on by 3 families. At 10 months old, was still not potty trained, and brought to the vet with a laceration and instructions to just put him down. Walker never became playmates with this little dog, but he did end up potty training him when my methods failed after many weeks of trying. I think Walker could not stand any more poo in the house either! They both so love to bark at the delivery guy! It is almost a treat in itself!! By the way, in case the other essays were deleted, or I don’t take time to rewrite, I want to tell you a little about his name. I was told by my doctor that it was time I start using a walker. My honest reply was “No, I am far to young and vain”. My very next appointment, I was delighted to introduce my doctor to my new canine “Walker”. For years he was just that, he helped me walk till my body got the hang of it again. Then he just went places with me because everyone loved him, and he loved the public. Walker has been more than an aid, a friend, family, protector. He has been my reason to keep trying and as he ages, that desire to keep trying, for him, has continued in spades. I so want to give him the world, just like he has always done for me. Please select him for a gift box. He deserves it, and so much more. An now off to make his dinner…thank you for considering my wonderful Walker! I never thought anything so good could come from both my illness and vanity!

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Kristina!
    Thank you for sharing your story of Walker! Your “Walker”. So precious! We appreciate you sharing with us and our community! We are so sorry that there was a problem with you posting the other times.

    Warmly, Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • rmdanielsom
    2 years ago

    Why am I bringing Stormy to your attention?

    Ever since we found each other roughly 18 years ago, she has shared cheek rubs, body rubs, Stormy kisses and overall affection not only with my husband and I, but with other people as well; after all, the world is full of Stormy friends, she just hasn’t met them all yet.

    Then, when I started having the problems that led to my PPMS diagnosis, she glued herself to me; sharing her warmth, her presence and most importantly her purring in a very real attempt to help me heal (the frequency of a cats’ purr is scientifically proven to help bone and tendons heal).

    If that wasn’t enough responsibility for one cat, she has taken on the tasks of comforting my husband and healing him of his cancer. She leaves his side only for food, an occasional litter box trip and short sunbaths to recharge her batteries.

    Stormy is a cat with a huge heart and a desire to heal the humans that make up her household.

    All she asks in return is a couple of meals a day, a clean litter box and some cuddle time with her humans.

    She is a pink nosed blessing on four pink feet.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing how special Stormy is, rmdanielsom! She sounds pretty awesome! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • shsanford
    2 years ago

    I found our dog when she was just a puppy. She was running back and forth across a busy street. I quickly parked my car in a church lot and started running (not exactly running) after her. Five or so people stopped to help me. A woman driving by gave me 1/2 a hamburger to give her, and she got under an SUV because she was so frightened. Something made me pull her out by a leg. One of the men who had stopped reached in his car and gave me a vet leash. Then I asked, “Who wants her?” Everyone thought she was my dog; they all said, “No.” I guess she was my dog. I walked into the house with her on the leash. My husband said, “Hi, Earl.” Nothing else. I told him she was a girl, so he said, “Hi, Earlene. That was ten years ago. Neither of us can imagine our lives without her.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    So sweet, shsanford!
    So glad that you were able to save her from that dangerous street that day! Our furry friends know how to get in your heart, don’t they! Thank you for sharing with us and our community!

    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • engin
    2 years ago

    Lilly my greyhound was my companion and stuck by my side when I was home 2 months on heavy steroids.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    I have a greyhound too! I cannot say enough good things about them. So glad you had Lilly to be by your side! Thanks for sharing!
    Best,
    Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Greyhounds are such wonderful dogs, aren’t they? I am so glad you had Lilly to keep you company while you were on steroids! Thank you for sharing with us! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • 2 years ago

    My pup is always by my side. If she thinks I need to sit down, she starts leaning against me until I get the hint. She will when my fiancee is home spend time with him but has to keep checking on me and the minute she hears me move she is right next to me to be sure I don’t need anything. I have had her since she was 7 weeks (momma stopped feeding the puppies) she helps groom her sisters (the cats) and helps keep me on schedule.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Awww, your pup sounds like a sweetheart! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • JanG6036
    2 years ago

    MY baby girl Samantha Lynn a 5 year old who I have had from 7 weeks old ( double German boxer ) is the best helper with my Stress levels and she hears my alarms go off for my pain medication and makes sure I wake up to take it. She has had no training she just does this on her own to help her mommy. She knows when mommy hurts and jumps into bed with me and cuddles with me til either I fall asleep or the pain goes away. She goes to Dr. appointments, DMV, Shopping for food, and some other places I need to go. She Rides free in the car and when I let her out in the AM she keeps an eye on my father as well knowing he has walking and medical issues of his own. So I think She should win this gift box for being such a good girl in helping me like she does and watching my father all on her own

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Samantha sounds like a pretty special pet and friend, JanG1360! That’s pretty remarkable that she is so helpful with no special training! Wow. I am so glad she is such a source of companionship and support for you and your father! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • trmuth
    2 years ago

    My Maltese babies are my whole heart and when they look at me I know I’m their whole heart as well. If not for my babies there would be days that I wouldn’t get out of bed. Without their love there would be days that I wouldn’t smile. Gracie and Bruzer keep me moving and loving life.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so glad you have Gracie and Bruzer to keep you motivated on those not-so-good days, trmuth! Pets just seem to provide an unconditional love that can’t be beat! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • GayGutierrez-Rix
    2 years ago

    When i had my relapse in june 2013, i lost control of my left side and instead of going for physical therapy, my dog, Harley (great dane) helped me during my recovery and regained my strength back by walking him everyday. He was my rock and is still is.. To this date, we still have our dailey mid morning walk for 2 miles even when im having a bad day. He pushes and motivates me to get up and walk.
    i strongly beleive that without his help that i wouldn’t have accomplished regaining my physical strength back. I told my doctor, family and friends that Hatley is my theraphy dog. He deserves to win even as a consolation prize. He has helped me during my toughest time!

  • ElleLLe
    2 years ago

    That is amazing! 2 miles! You go girl!!!! You should be so proud of that accomplishment! Harley sounds like a wonderful PT aide! haha! I love Great Danes, beautiful dogs! Ya know if you ever get tired in those 2 miles, you could probably hop on and get a ride! Just kidding!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Harley sounds like a pretty remarkable dog, GayGutierrez-Rix! I am so glad he was able to help you recover! And I am impressed that you guys take 2 mile walks everyday — that’s fantastic! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Lorena
    2 years ago

    #CoopertheBeagle deserves a gift box because he keeps me moving and offers never ending love. He calms me down when I’m stressed, tired or frustrated. Cooper improves my quality of life on a daily basis and I feel lucky to be his mom. <3

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I love beagles, Lorena! They are such happy, spirited dogs, aren’t they? I am so glad you have Cooper to keep you relaxed and smiling! Thank you for sharing. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Sherry
    2 years ago

    Unconditional love is why my dog deserves to win. She doesn’t care if I have to cancel plans or have to use my wheelchair. She loves to ride in my lap. She is always by my side when I’m down and doesn’t mind if I’m in my pj’s all day or I don’t put any make up on. Dogs are such best friends, I wish everyone’s dog could win.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for your kind words, Sherry! It would be great if every awesome pet in our community could win. I do love that dogs don’t seem to care how you look — to them there is no one better in the world! I am glad you have your own little fan in your dog. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Miriam S
    2 years ago

    I got my little four legged friend, a Miniture Cocker Spaniel, from my daughter when she was just 10 months old. She got me out of the house right after I had to give up my job of working with children because she had to be trained. She was trained to do everything with me in my wheelchair. Now 7 years later she is still the reason I get up and out of bed daily. Even on Mondays when I have to sleep in really late she is so accommodating. So knows if I am having a bad day and does her best to take care of me. She might be a four legged friend but she is great at giving huggs when anyone is down. Back in Nov. she lost her best four legged friend and has herself been down. We moved her bed in to our room because she was crying at night without him. That’s the real reason I think she deserves to win the pet gift box. It would be something special for her to make her not feel so down.

  • ElleLLe
    2 years ago

    And they say animals don’t have feelings. I say that’s baloney!!! Your pup is a prime example that they do feel and have emotions and feelings. I’m sorry to read about your pup’s sadness over losing her best friend. I hope she feels better soon!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am sorry you dog lost her own buddy, Miriam S. I am so sorry she is still mourning that loss. I am glad she has you to be there for her when she is sad, like she is there for you on the not-so-good days! It sounds like she is a pretty great friend for you. Thank you for sharing part of her story with us! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • 2an19a9
    2 years ago

    I adopted our puppy, Charlie, this past September. He is full of happiness and energy. He loves snuggling against me (like he’s doing right now.) He is a huge motivator for me to get going and be active. He loves his toys, and goes through a lot of them. I would love for him to have more toys and the best of everything.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Aw, I am so glad you have your sweet little Charlie to keep you company, 2an19a9! Puppies have a way of making us smile and keeping us active, don’t they? Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • karenpettic
    2 years ago

    I have a Boston Terrier named Weezy and a Frenchie named Waldo. They are my 4 legged nurses. On a bad day which they know they don’t get out of my site. Waldo is deaf and I’m teaching him sign language. Both are great therapy dogs. We take short walks when weather is good. They deserve the treat box because they are my rock. They keep me going and they are my best friends.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I love your dogs’ names, karenpettic! I had a deaf dog and we taught her a fair amount of sign language, so I know it can be done. I am so glad your dogs provide support and therapy for you! They sound pretty special. Thank you for sharing. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.Team Member.

  • Christa
    2 years ago

    I have two active Field Bred Golden Retrievers…why did I get the field bred rather than more the show type? I wanted large active dogs that would require exercise and keep me moving! There are days I don’t want to get out of bed, but I know my babies need exercise and I truly believe they keep me motivated, strong and loved!

  • ElleLLe
    2 years ago

    I admire you for making the decision to get pets that would require you to move and keep active. That was a very selfless decision. I say that bc you could have easily said, no. However you made the conscious decision to push yourself further not just for your health but bc you knew the dogs would rely on you for their wellbeing. Kudos to you girl, for your strength and ability to not let ms hold you down! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so glad you have two such persistant “personal trainers”, Christa! Dogs have a way of making us get and go even when we don’t want to! I am glad they keep you moving and motivated. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Fishel
    2 years ago

    My dog Marley is my best friend, travel buddie, and helper. I am a BBKA with progressive MS. Marley gets me up and walking at least 3 times a day.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so glad Marley keeps you moving, Fishel! That is great! Marley sounds pretty special. Thank you for sharing with us. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Dianna lyn
    2 years ago

    Why should my Cocoa win a petgiftbox? Hmmm?? Well, I have wrote about Cocoa before on my social pages and this forum, because I couldn’t live without her, it’s that simple. She is with me every single day and she lets me sleep in when I need to, most of the time

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so glad your Cocoa is such a great friend to you Dianna lyn (and she lets you sleep in when you need it!). Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Sioux
    2 years ago

    Miss Annie the Cat is such a sweet girl. She is gentle and kind and the softest cat you will ever pet. She has little tufts of fur on the tips of her ears. She even has her own Facebook page. (Miss Annie the Cat) She would love getting a little something special each month.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    As a cat lover myself, I can just imagine how soft your sweet Annie is! I am glad you have a furry friend in your life! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • PJBaker
    2 years ago

    I have two dogs, a 2 year old Morkie female (Yorkie and Maltese mix) named Layla and a 6 month old Yorkiepoo (Yorkie and Poodle mix) that we just adopted named Marley. I enjoy and totally love their company. They help me get exercise by our daily walks and I have taught Layla several tricks and helps me keep busy. She is such a smart and good dog with such a personality she really deserves the dog box for being such a good friend and companion. I I know with my help she will share what ever she gets with our new addition to the family Marley. Thank you for reading and considering Layla.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing with us and our community, PJBaker!

    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Chickadee
    2 years ago

    Both my 13 year old dogs passed within 7 weeks of each other this past summer. I was devasted because they gave so much to me–companionship, unconditional love and a reason to get up and fight this disease every day. A friend’s dog had puppies soon after and I considered taking one, but was afraid if the MS became worse, I couldn’t care for one. My best friend called and listened to my concerns. Finally, she firmly said, ”Jennie, you can’t afford to have a dog for many reasons. But you can’t afford to not have one for even more reasons. Don’t let your fears stop you.” Two weeks later I brought home my tiny puppy and named her Rosebud. She’s now almost 8 months old, huge, a holy terror, a constant source of entertainment, and her needs keep me going–both in and out of our house. Rosebud loves ‘retrieving’ the mail and would be thrilled to retrieve a monthly box of treats just for her!

  • ElleLLe
    2 years ago

    I love her name, Rosebud. So cute! I wish you and Rosebud many happy days together, effective training days, and most of all many days of strength, support, courage and love. Oh and of course….every single day I hope she makes you laugh!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry you lost both of your dogs this summer, Chickadee. That must have been so hard. I am glad your friend convinced you to get a new furry friend. Rosebud sounds like a good, rascally companion! I hope she continues to make you smile and helps heal your heart from the loss of your longtime furry companions. Thank you for sharing. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • April
    2 years ago

    “Atticus” is my handsome dog that came to me by way of a shelter. He;s a little but of an older “gentleman” but he’s just my speed, especially on those days when walking is a bit cumbersome; he’s got the perfect amount of energy and is packed with gentle sweetness. He is my reason to get out of bed in the morning (or should I say “LATE morning?}. Atticus literally KEEPS ME MOVING, both physically and mentally–he really is a superb conversationist! When he takes me out for walks, people stop me to ask what kind of dog he is (breed); my answer is always “GOOD”. I don’t think I rescued this shelter dog–he rescues mr…every day.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    April, I am so glad you have such a gentleman dog in Atticus (love the name!). Dogs are great for getting us moving and not taking “no” for an answer, aren’t they? And what a great thing that you gave a shelter dog a chance to prove how special he is! Thank you for sharing. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Sarawithms
    2 years ago

    Hey there! I have two beautiful Havana Brown mixed kitties, Jimmy Conway Kittty and Tommy Devito Kitty. My gangster cats make me laugh everyday, they truly make my life do able. They can tell when I don’t feel so good and Jimmy will come to me and touch my face with his paw, like he’s telling me, it’s gonna be ok, we will get through this. Thomas is my sweet crazy baby who sleeps with me every night – no matter what. Without my crazy cats I don’t think I would still be here. My kitties make my life better in such a HUGE way, I feel like there is no way to repay them for what they give to me so freely. All the companion pets deserve treats!! I wish I could give the prize to every MS’ers companion animal out there! I have been having a real hard time lately and without these cats I would not be here. – Sara

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I LOVE the names of your two gangster kitties, Sarawithms! How great! And there is nothing like having a purring bed buddy to make you relax, is there? Isn’t amazing how they can sense when we’re not feeling so great? I love cats and I am glad you have some pretty awesome cats to love as well! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • bprogers
    2 years ago

    My chihuahua Nico, is a sweet little boy. He brightens my day and gives me something to look forward to at the end of a work day. He cuddles with me and calms me. He is supposed to be my husband’s dog but I believe Nico realizes when I don’t feel well and pays attention to me. He will lay down with me and stay with me when I need comforting. He is only 2 years old and has a lot of energy so keeps me active trying to stay up with him. He loves his treats and toys and waits until I’m with him to play. My family tells me the toys sit around the house when I’m not home but he gets perky and wants to play when I get home.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am glad you have Nico to keep you company, bprogers! He sounds pretty special and pretty well behaved for a two-year-old! I am impressed! I think it’s sweet that he saves his toys for his best friend to play with him! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Nanny to 4
    2 years ago

    I obtained my cat from a rescue and her name is Beautiful but I call her Baby Girl. It is obvious she had been abused @ one time since she is so leary of everyone and loud noises. She was only 9 lbs and tiny for a 7 yr old. Had her since last June (8 months) and she still is not getting on my lap – only 1 time. That’s OK, I just want her happy and I will wait till that days comes. She has brought so much love into my life. As animals do, she follows me everywhere I go in the house. She may have been a rescue but the truth be known, she rescued me! This little girl is my pride and joy. Please, If you don’t have a pet, get one, MS is so much easier to live with, thinking about your bundle of joy.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I think it is so wonderful that you gave a rescue kitty a new leased on life, Nanny to 4! And that you are so patient and understanding of her shyness. I am so glad she gives you comfort and companionship. She sounds like a very sweet girl! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • kellso
    2 years ago

    I prefer the company do dogs, currently have a companion beagle who knows better than I how I am feeling. She is a sweet old gal who prefers the company of people…I learned this at the local dog park in Houston, TX. She will sit under my chair or beside me when we go! She prefers the smells of the Buffalo Bayou, the long gone stinks we cannot even smell. I desperately want a service dog, a BIG Balance Dog than I can lean against, who will help keep me upright when I take my nature walks. Last time I went with Bella I fell, it was such a bummer. I am happy with my sweet Bella, I am lucky she picked me. Does anyone know about or have a dog that helps them with thier balance? Would love to learn more about training, etc. My Bella baby deserves the box because I can always count on her to understand my moods, to give me a wiggle of her butt when I pick up her leash. We may not walk the Bayou anymore but we walk the hood, love my Bella!!

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, Kellso! Your dog sounds like a sweet one! Thank you for sharing with us and our community!
    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • 247qwxx
    2 years ago

    I have a 7 year old Australia shepherd her name is Cassie. I adopted her when she was 15 mths old. She came from the south as a last minute rescue. I fell in love the moment I saw her. I believe we rescued each other. She knows when I’m having bad spasms and comes over and just likes my hand. She has even helped me up from a fall without being trained She had been threw a lot before I got her. But yet she is a loving and gentle girl. This is why I think she deserves the treats.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Your Cassie sounds like a pretty great dog, 247qwxx! I am so glad you rescued her so she could show the world just what an amazing dog she is! I think that’s pretty remarkable that she is able to ‘read’ you so well and that she helped you up after a fall! She sounds pretty special. Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Mel
    2 years ago

    I have a 10yr old chihuahua named Ginger and a 1yr old Mini Australian Shepherd named Scout. Both of my dogs seem to know when I’m not feeling well and need a hug or snuggle time. They will hang around and won’t leave my side. They help me with my anxiety and keep me active because they love to go for walks. One of our favorite things to do together is go camping. They love toys and treats and are definitely deserving of a pet gift box. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I have loved reading all the comments about dogs that just sense when their owners aren’t feeling well. It sounds like Ginger and Shepherd fit into that smart doggy category, Mel! I am glad they keep you company and keep you active! That’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Sunnimark
    2 years ago

    I have two dogs that are my bright spots in my days! Duke is a Yorkie, Poodle/Havanese mix. He is full grown now. His birthday is March 22 and he will be 2. He is my “medical dog”! lol He will stand by me when I’m doing dishes and when I lean on the sink to rest he barks and lets me know it’s time for me to sit down. I will ask him if I need to sit down and when he cocks his head to the left that is his yes! So, I go sit and then he will sit on my lap so I stay sitting down for a while. I also have Cherokee. She is a bigger dog. A red healer, lab mix. She is the one that gets me moving! When I take them outside to potty she makes me keep moving! That helps a lot for me. So, both of my fur babies deserve the treats that would come to them! I never that I would be able to have two dogs that needed me to take them out to walk them, but it helps me so much and wouldn’t trade them for anything! We also have an ornery cat that likes to hide behind the tree and get the dogs to chase him. But all I have to do is say “NO!” Love my babies!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    It sounds like Duke and Cherokee make a pretty good team and provide you with a lot of love and support, Sunnimark! Thank you for sharing them with our community! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • potter
    2 years ago

    My friend Oskie is 8 years old, we got him 2 months after I was diagnosed and 1 month after we had to have our 21 year old King Charles Spaniel put down. He likes to lay around and watch TV, never liked to take walks and would only chase a ball three times and then quit. He is my constant companion, he doesn’t need a gift box, I already buy him too many treats. But the dog “Dutch” I think deserves the gift box. Potter

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Your Oskie sounds pretty awesome, potter. I like a dog that knows his mind. He kind of sounds like Garfield, if Garfield was a dog! And I think it’s so sweet that you are ‘nominating’ another dog! That’s a pretty nice thing to do! Thank you for sharing your Oskie with us. And I am so impressed that you had a dog live for 21 years! That’s remarkable! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • SherD92
    2 years ago

    Duke is my beautiful chocolate Lab, and his brother (adopted) Ares work together as a team when things get bad for me. On top of the crazy multiple sclerosis issues, I also have PTS from my time in the service, and it makes for a pretty messy time that sometimes lasts for days, or weeks. I adopted/rescued 2 more dogs, (Callie and Penny) and they learned from watching what Duke and Ares do when things get bad, and now I have 4 therapy/emotional support dogs! I was diagnosed in 1998, and I have had dogs all my life. My four furkids also have become therapy dogs for my 83 year old neighbor, who will call me and ask if I could let them out for her to love on! They’re an amazing groups, and I adore them all.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Wow, SherD92! It sounds like you have formed a pretty great team of four-legged friends to support and love you! I think it’s amazing how much pets can help us when we are having tough days; whether it’s physical or emotional struggles we are dealing with. Thank you for sharing Penny, Duke, Callie, and Ares with us! They sound pretty great! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Theresa
    2 years ago

    My furry babies are often.what keep me sane on this whirlwind MS train. Their nuzzles take away the pain, their kisses make my heart smile, and our mutual friendship is the one tenable thing that holds me together when I think I might fall apart. I love their souls beyond all of time and space and that will still never be enough to thank them for all that they give to me on a daily basis. I just look into their soulful doggy eyes and my world is immediately a lighter and brighter place.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so glad your furry friends provide you with an anchor on those not-so-good days, Theresa! I know pets can see us at our lowest and worst and still love us and that’s a pretty special relationship to have in this world! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • Pete
    2 years ago

    Hope my new puppy Kodiak wins the “Pet Gift Box”. He is a Cockapoo, only five pounds, but his heart is huge. I have MS and he makes me feel better!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Kodiak sounds like a cutie, Pete! I think Cockapoos are very sweet, smart dogs! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  • chocalm
    2 years ago

    I have a 12 year old standard poodle since she was 4 months old. Needless to say my family and I are very attached to her. She has brought us so much joy and so many laughs! She has helped me get through tough times- my daughters breakdown, my divorce after 25 years and now most recently, my MS diagnosis. We used to hike together and go to dog parks. I am no longer able to do that and she understands! Now when I take her out for a walk just down the block, she turns around after a short while as if she has had enough. I think she knows I cannot go much further myself! We both still make a great team!!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi chocalm –

    What a great team you and your poodle make! How neat how she just “knows” you so well ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel the same about my dog, a greyhound. He’s been loyal and compassionate through all the ups and downs.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    Best,
    Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team

  • Michelle Barton
    2 years ago

    My one year old lab, Buddy is my heart. He is training to be my service dog, but he does so much more! On the days I don’t feel like doing anything, he is right there beside me, pushing me along to play with him, walk him and just love him. He always knows when I feel bad and tries his best to make me happy. I love my pup to death and I’m so thankful for him.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, Michelle! We are glad to hear that he is always there beside you!

    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • LaurieLiptrot
    2 years ago

    My sweat Emily is a Yorkie/Maltese mix she is 2 and the sweatiest love. She waits sitting in the front window for me to come home from work, as I drag my body threw the front door she comes over and greats me letting me no I can keep pushing on no matter how painful and hard my life has become with MS.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Such a good feeling to know you can always count on your sweet Emily, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing, 13mbian!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Miss Bell
    2 years ago

    Cormac. I was 4 years into my MS diagnosis and was 2 years into living in California, a place I definitely felt like I didn’t belong. A good friend convinced me it was time to get a pet again. I really wanted some scrappy looking little alley cat, but he convinced me to give this big silvery-blue tabby a shot. He was the only cat that was in his own room. Our first year together was rough, no doubt. Luckily I’ve had a lot of experience with animals and what happens when they’ve been abused and neglected, so I slowly but steadily worked out what his triggers were, what made him anxious, and what put him at ease. He is a beautiful beast and I joke that it’s a god thing he’s cute, otherwise I would not have put up with his outbursts. Really though, I couldn’t imagine being without him now. He has an unerring sense of when when someone is having a bad day and will persistently creep up until he is sitting on a lap or chest and purrs at you to make things better. Yes, if you come at him from the wrong angle, he bites, but we all have triggers and damage. If he can love me for mine, I can love him for his.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, Miss Bell! So glad that you were able to rehab your sweet cat after he went through such a rough time. We appreciate you sharing with us and our community!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Jenna
    2 years ago

    Almond my 1 year old rescued Shepard mix has been my running buddy for the last few months now. She keeps me motivated and helps with my anxiety.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Awesome, Jenna! Thank you for sharing!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • NadineWise
    2 years ago

    I have had MS since 1975 and have been fortunate to have had many animals in that time. The two black labs that we have now, Cody and Lilly, have been such blessings for me. Our children are gone from home now and these two dogs give me so much inspiration to get up and out of the house. One likes the game of ball chasing, and can go for hours on end, and the other is content to just sit patiently outside while the other chases. If I get tired, Cody is very patient with me and helps me get back on my feet occasionally, when I stumble and lets me hold to him for balance. Lilly is just content to be a companion and snuggler. They both know lots of tricks that I have taught them and obey commands.
    They are also great for my husband , who likes to hunt, so they have the best of both worlds! They love treats and I think they would be very deserving of a treat box!

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, NadineWise! Your puppies sound like the perfect combination of calm and hyper. Thank you for being a part of our community!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • marigoldg
    2 years ago

    My long-haired Chihuahua Max is my bestie! He snuggles up to me when he senses I am in pain and cuddles with me when muscle spasms are close to intolerable. Max keeps me smiling with his silly antics, even when I’m struggling with continued progression. He does his doggie version of yoga when I’m also stretching. He especially loves downward dog! He reminds me to rest when he takes his own nap time. And he reminds me when I need to stay on schedule. Max is definitely my ground-dog, keeps me going dog and helps me find joy in the little things.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Sweet Max! Thank you for sharing with us and our community, Marigoldg! Glad to hear that he keeps you on schedule.

    Best – Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Jdubr54
    2 years ago

    Keep moving, that is my mantra. That mantra became difficult when after 16 years of living with MS without any exacerbations or new lesions I found it difficult to move and then an MRI showed new lesions on my spine. I was not motivated to move until we decided to adopt a puppy. Mocha, now 7 months old, is my motivation for getting out of bed and walking. We are working with a trainer to make his a service dog for me but in the mean time I am able to live up to my mantra of “keep moving” with my puppy companion by my side.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Jdubr54. So glad that Mocha helps you with your mantra daily! Thank you for sharing with us and our community!

    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • judid292
    2 years ago

    I firmly believe without my furkids I wouldn’t be moving as much. I was diagnosed in 1999, (RRMS) couldn’t work after that. Our George (rescue Beagle mix) is my rock. At 14 yrs old he’s just been right there when need emotionally. Our Daisey (rescue Lurcher) is the one who brings me joy… Always jumping and running around. And finally Patches (our purebred Dalmatian) knows when my back is spastic, she’ll lay against my back in bed to relieve pain.
    My girls have grown up, moved out, have their own families. I lost my father in 2010- he was my best friend. I just recently lost my mother…. She always talked about the magic of pets(although she was allergic). They would visit her. My husband works ALOT and still gets P.O. at MS and what it does to me.
    All together on my “bad days” they encourage me to at least go downstairs once a day. They are my emotional strengths, best confidants and I firmly believe I would not still be up and about without them. They are not pets they are family.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    judid292 – I totally agree with you! My fur babies are my family too – in fact, I just had family pictures done and they’re in them! So great that you have 3 loving puppies that keep you going. Thank you so much for sharing with us and our community! Please know that you’re in our thoughts – we are so sorry to hear of your mother.

    Thinking of you –
    Meagan, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Nancy
    2 years ago

    Each of our three cats bring special loving to me that help me remember to be kind to myself and kind to others. A head bump to my hand from LC each morning as I drink my tea and try to read reminds me to pay attention to others. A steady purr from Bud as he arches into a neck rub reminds be to stretch and do my yoga. And a meowed greeting from Rocky as he waits for me to open the door to the upstairs and let him come up for a night time wrestle and snuggle reminds me to keep up with my rest. Besides taking cues from them, they delight us as we watch them play with each other and as they peacefully sleep. For all they offer, I feel they deserve a treat box!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Nancy,
    I love to hear how LC, Bud, and Rocky each gently remind you to stay well and be kind! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Diane1952
    2 years ago

    We adopted our kitty Menew when she was a year old. Her elderly owner fell, broke her hip and had to go to a nursing home so she couldn’t keep her. She’s our baby. If one of us doesn’t feel well and lies on the bed, she comes to check on us and snuggles with us. We love her as if she was one of our children.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Menew sure sounds like a loving companion! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Diane1952!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • SarahJ
    2 years ago

    We have two orange kitties. Both rescue. One appeared skinny and crying on our door step almost 10 years ago. The second was pulled from the under carriage of a truck at my job. Fia – the 10 year old – is the best lap warmer when I am in need of some down time. She never ever looks past an opportunity for a nap! Magnus, the 2 year old – is a rough and tuble kitty still. But he is happiest when his family (Fia, my husband, my son and myself) are all up stairs in our beds. He likes to keep his eye on us all! Our little guard kitty! They deserve a treat box to share for being such wonderful critters! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    I’m so glad you have Fia and Magnus in your life for love and protection! Thank you for sharing with us, SarahJ!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Christy
    2 years ago

    My fur.babies are my sunshine! My PPMS has limited my mobility so we can no longer go on walks. Instead my maltese, 1 yr old male named Nike sits in my lap on our outdoor porch swing while my 2yr old yorkie named Peaches plays fetch. We love to throw the ball into a big leaf pile in the backyard and she slides into the pile just like she was Babe Ruth sliding into home base! I’m glad my pups are small so they don’t require too much activity. Some days especially after I have a particularly bad fall, I just kind of have to “recover”by staying in bed the rest of the day. They stay beside me and my family always. Some days I think they take better care of us than we do of them! Sometimes we run out of treats or lose all our toys so we have to wait until I’m strong enough to venture out. Peaches loves to ride in the car, she jumps in her car seat even when she’s not invited!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    What great companions Nike and Peaches sound to be! Thank you for sharing with us, Christy!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Andrea
    2 years ago

    Our puppy, Minnie, was born right before we went to Disney. She’s been an amazing addition to our family—my kids and I love her more than anything. She deserves a special treat for the amount of love she gives us, and the ability to make me walk even on may worst days.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing, Andrea! What a great puppy Minnie sounds to be for you and your family ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Jammer
    2 years ago

    Our dog Scout, named after a character in my favorite book, was rescued from the streets. Since we have gotten our buddy, Scout has been fighting a case of Mange. Although he might be uncomfortable, Scout is always very loving to me. He knows when I don’t feel well and still gives loving kisses and will lay his head in my lap. Scout would definitely deserve a treat box.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Jammer,
    Was Scout possibly named after the character in “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Great book! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • judid292
    2 years ago

    It’s a odd thing to do but in Ky -we would get some car oil (we always had used on hand), cover the dog, leave on for a few mins then wash off wash off with Dawn. Two times in a week usually helped. Good Luck.

  • OKgal
    2 years ago

    Before I was diagnosed with MS, I adopted what I call our “foster failure” from the Lab Rescue group. Her intelligence inspired me to learn how to train a service dog. Unfortunately, she failed one component of succeeding in being a fully qualified service dog. She has found her success in assisting me with walking post diagnosis. The vertigo strikes can happen at any time and she has kept me from wandering into traffic. I’ve since moved on to using trekking poles, as she’s now developed arthritis and is unable to go on the longer walks with me. So she’s now only doing shorter walks and has moved on to being a companion animal; a highly trained companion animal who is worth every bit of the adoption fee I paid back in 2007.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Sounds like she really is no failure at all with how much she has assisted you and been your companion! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • fosheek
    2 years ago

    I rescued my dog Haku (named for a character in the movie “Spirited Away”) back in September of 2015. Then in August of 2016 he rescued me when I was diagnosed with MS. He knows when I’m not feeling well and will come and sit by me on the couch or will lie down at my feet. We go for walks at least a few times a day, which is my motivation for going out and getting exercise and sunshine. I also recently acquired two cats, Sabrina and Salem (named after characters in the tv show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch), who are the most loving cats I have ever encountered. Amazingly, since they did not grow up together with Haku, they all get along like family. These furbabies, along with my human children and boyfriend, have been my comfort and support.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi fosheek,
    Sounds like you have a wonderful support system with all of your fur babies, children, and boyfriend! And it’s great that they all get along so well.
    I have a rescue dog as well, and I love the saying “Who rescued who?” ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • sta3xl
    2 years ago

    I’ve had MS for almost 18 years now. It just recently went from RRMS to secondary progressive ms. What depression that caused. My husband got me a huge blessing/gift last December (2015) in the strange form of a totally Hairless little dog I named Bella. She is an American Hairless Terrier, and for her young active age she is the best friend I could ever have for hours…days cuddling in bed. Or snuggling under blankets on the couch. She loves skin to skin touch… hugs snuggles, and sleeps side by side under the covers with me. She is 12 pounds of pure love and therapy anyone could ever ask for. I am privileged to call her my canine companion. More than that, she is my best friend, and always literally right there touching me in my times of need. I love her truly.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi sta3xl,
    Bella sounds like a true snuggler! I’m so glad you have her in your life to be your canine companion and best friend. Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • MG59
    2 years ago

    I had the opportunity to visit my partner and my 2 dogs (Great Danes) over the weekend. I love them all and felt so much better when I returned to my residence -so much so- that I was able to walk at an indoor flat site without my cane! I have relapsing MS which generally affects my balance and movements. Being able to walk anywhere without a cane is like magic to how I feel! I am so happy and know how much my dogs and my partner can help me. WONDERFUL!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    I’m so glad to hear that, mitchmg! Isn’t it cool how dogs can have such an effect? Thank you for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team

  • Kate Crackernuts
    2 years ago

    My dog Arte has been with me for ten years, long before I was diagnosed with MS. He has been such a brave boy, handling all these changes in our life. I started Copaxone a month ago. Arte knows to stay on his bed, not in my lap, when I’m doing my injection; but he runs over to me as soon as I’m done, to give me snuggles and kisses. I don’t know how I would have handled such a big change in my life without him.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Kate Crackernuts, so intuitive Arte is! I’m glad you have him in your life. Thank you for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • FoothillJoey
    2 years ago

    Our parents dog, Roxey, a pure bred roxey, went on walks with us daily with our westi, Scotty. Roxey went blind, but wanted last walk, even though hitting curbs. She was Dads dog, who was bedridden with RA. Slept with him. Dad recently died, and roxey misses him dearly. Now with mom.
    When Scottie walked Wednesday, and was burried Friday due to a tumor, We adopted Max, a 8 yr old neglected poodle. He is now 13, and recently a westie, named Dixie who is 9 months old now became part of our family. They love their walks, getting me out with my cane and my partner to walk almost daily.
    They are a big part of our lives. Part of the Family. Get treats after walks, and knows enough to tell us its 2pm for another treat.
    People know us of walking in our small town. They would love a gift box or mail!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    What wonderful dogs, FoothillJoey! My dog is certainly considered part of the family too. Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • AnnieB
    2 years ago

    I have MS. I have two rescue cats. Although they are brothers, same litter, they look very different. Bugs is a svelte black cat. Bear is a BIG grey tabby cat. Bear likes to sit on my lap whether it is at my desk or watching TV. The two of them love to play, love to remind me that it is feeding time! They both love me, love to snuggle with me and remind me that I am needed and loved despite how I feel or how I struggle.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, AnnieB! I’m so glad you have Bugs and Bear in your life ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • ptdihj
    2 years ago

    My rescue dog, Terri Mae, is the sweetest and most loving pet I have ever owned. She is a registered Emotional Support Dog because she is my comfort pal, due to my Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. She is almost 6 years old, and a couple months ago while she and I were walking, we were attacked by a Great Dane. Terri protected me, but unfortunately was bitten which required staples to close the wound. She never whined or complained. She is truly deserving of this pet gift box, because she is a loyal and trusted member of my family.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Oh no, ptdihj, I’m so sorry to hear Terri Mae was hurt! She does sound quite deserving. I have a rescue dog too–they’re the best, aren’t they? I’m so glad you have Terri Mae in your life. Thank you for sharing with us!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • 2 years ago

    I live with MS as well as with 6 beautiful rescue cats. They are all named after Chicago sports personalities. There is Walter (Payton), Julius (Peppers, even tho he got traded to the Packers), Gale (Sayres), Rose (Derrick, now on the Knicks), Mike (Ditka) and Patrick (Kane). My cats are all spayed/neutered and they love to go outside. They are super friendly, too. People stop and pet my cats all the time. One of the ways I relax is to have a glass of wine in my back yard with my kitties all around me. I’m looking forward to spring for that reason. For now, I can enjoy my wine indoors with my cats by my side. They bring me such peace.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, lbw26! I love that all of their names relate, and I LOVE your relaxation strategy with them ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • cheyennejourney
    2 years ago

    My Ragdoll cat Declan, has brought me back to the land of the living. Before we got him I was sinking into a deep depression due to my level of disability. Now taking care of Declan’s needs, with the help of my wife, has given me a much needed sense of purpose. Plus he makes me laugh, which before we brought him home, hadn’t been heard from me in quite some time. Declan deserves to be treated like the little Prince that he is โ˜บ

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Prince Declan! So wonderful to hear how he has given you such a sense of purpose. Pets are such special friends/family! Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • suebleau
    2 years ago

    My dog Cam is the best when he walks with me. Sometimes I have a hard time and stumble or my feet will drag. He always slows down and turns around to make sure I am ok. He is the best to walk with when I feel up to walking. Otherwise, he always lays with me and makes me feel wonderful!

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Aw, Cam sounds like he really looks out for you! I love how dogs can be so intuitive like that. Thank you for sharing, suebleau!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Masala
    2 years ago

    My two cats are my babies. Salem and Jyoti…one black and one orange which is fitting since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. They greet me at the door everyday when I return home from work and they come to collect me every night when it’s time to go to bed. Jyoti sleeps at the bottom of the bed and Salem needs to be under the covers with me. They are such a joy to have around and I don’t know what I’d do without them.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, Masala! Sounds like Salem and Jyoti are wonderful to have around…especially on Halloween!
    -Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Steph K
    2 years ago

    My pup, Milo and Cooper, help ease my anxiety when getting my injections. They comfort me when the fatigue and pain seem more than I can bear and they get me up and moving when I don’t feel like I can I honestly do not know where I would be without the love of my fur babies.

  • Christina Hegarty PT, DPT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Steph K,
    Thank you so much for sharing! Milo and Cooper sound like wonderful companions for you with never ending love to share ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best,
    Christina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • webdaemon
    2 years ago

    My cat makes me get up in the morning to feed her. She also likes pets which help in relaxation and well being.

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Webdaemon,

    I have a cat as well! They definitely help with relaxation and well-being in their own cute way!

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • cindy49
    2 years ago

    I was diagnosed with MS in May, 2015 , 7 back surgeries later and this was discovered in an MRI which I had due to my inability to walk without a cane! And wow what a life changing experience it has been since the diagnosis. My husband passed away 5 yrs ago unexpectedly and our 2 sons were serving our country in the Army, so it was me and my best friend “Dutch”” (4 yr old English Bulldog). He has noticed changes in me, seeing me fall, crawl up stairs, cry and become less active due to fatigue. He will not leave my side making sure I’m ok and not sit or lay down til I get to where I’m going! “Dutch” is a great listener when I’m frustrated and discouraged, calming when I get stressed. He’s here for me and me for him 24/7 and I would love for him to get a surprise gift box for all he does, he would be excited and deserving!

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Cindy,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your husband! Sounds like Dutch is a great companion and source of support!

    Best,

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • angie78
    2 years ago

    My lil Miss Madi has been one of my biggest supporters. She fought pano when she was a puppy. It was nights and days of laying on the floor comforting her thru the painful episodes and pain meds. I wasnt going to give up on her. Now 5 years later she gets me up and out the door for walks. When I’m having a bad MS day she’s always there to cheer me up. She is a constant source of peace for me with my anxiety and she knows when I need to be comforted. This lil girl and I say lil but she’s a 65 pounds bulldog, she sits with me every night while I get my shot and lays her head in my lap for support. I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without her. She’s not a dog she’s my baby girl and any chance I have to spoil her for taking care of me I’m going to do just that.

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Angie,

    Thanks for commenting about Lil Miss Madi! Pets are family and can be some of the best caregivers!

    Best,

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • Brandi
    2 years ago

    My dogs Riley and Bailey deserve to be spoiled. What little energy I have goes to my 2 small children so all I can give them is lots of love and butt scratches. Bailey is always bringing me her toy to throw to her but it’s hard to throw it in the house without breaking something ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Brandi,

    Riley and Bailey sound adorable! Thanks for commenting and being a part of our community!

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • michele lemaster
    2 years ago

    My Dory has been with me for eleven years, she is an eight pound Pompeian and when she was little we walked everywhere and would run at the park. In 2007 I was diagnosed with MS and she is there to sit on my lap and if I walk with my walker she has me in the front and always walks behind me, I think she wants to make sure if I fall she is there to help me. Dory is such a loyal dog I don’t know how some days I get through the day without her being there for me.

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Michele,

    Thanks for commenting! Dogs can be some of the most loyal companions!

    Best,

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • GingerMae
    2 years ago

    My dog Amber deserves to get a box of treats because she is just awesome at loving me when I need her and helping me with day to day stuff. She even gives me hugs and kisses when we go on walks!

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi GingerMae,

    Thanks for commenting about Amber. She does sound awesome!!!

    Best,

    Kelly, Community Manager

  • Diego
    2 years ago

    I think all our cats and dogs should be pampered because they give us purpose every day. My two boston terriers, Tiana and Wall-e, give my life meaning every day. They keep me on my feet and make me get up and move! Since they rely on me for so many things I’m able to take the focus away from all the MS BS i have to tackle day in and day out. And they accept me regardless if I’m having a good day or bad. Im so grateful to have them in my life!

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Diego,

    Thanks for sharing with the community! Pets can be some the most accepting friends and family!

    Best,

    Kelly, Community Manager

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