Our companion animals have a knack for breaking through barriers on many levels. While they challenge us on a personal level -- reminding us to live in the moment and to offer compassion freely -- they can challenge stereotypes on a broader level as well.
A colleague recently sent me this lovely, compelling video about April Hollingsworth and her canine companion, a pit bull mix named Piggy. It captures all of the above and more. The paralysis of Piggy's back legs has in many ways proved to be anything but limiting.
Let Piggy be an example to us all. I hesitate to call her paralysis a "disability" because it seems to have made her even more "able" to spread the love and acceptance that comes so naturally to her. April, who adopted Piggy from a shelter years before her accident, also sets a powerful example. She didn't allow misinformation or prejudices about shelter dogs, a breed or even a "disability" to influence her choices. And she is sharing these valuable life lessons with the rest of us -- an action for which I am grateful.
I have always believed that compassion breeds compassion. Piggy and April are a true testament to this sentiment.
Dr. Pia Salk