The Arizona pair fostered Josh after seeing a call from a local rescue centre, and say they weren’t fazed by the extra needs he might have.
‘I had tonnes of fostering experience but none with special needs, so I knew Josh would be a new challenge,’ says Kim.
‘I didn’t even care that he had a disability though; I just felt it in my heart that this opportunity was meant for us,’ she continues. ‘But I was scared and overwhelmed as I had no clue how to care for him, but I just went for it anyway and I’m so glad I did.’
Now, the golden retriever/poodle mix happily goes camping, hiking, and on trips with Kim and Andrew to beaches and lakes around the US.
Stay consistent with training, play time and rest time for your pets so they don’t get too overwhelmed. Your calm and consistent demeanor will help your pet to understand that they can trust you. Once you earn their trust, understand the schedule, and feel secure in their safe place, both of your lives will be much easier.
Kim adds, ‘He’s perfectly healthy as his mobility challenges come from the bad wiring in his brain, not his joints – he isn’t in any pain.
‘Josh never shows signs of frustration and he’s pretty much happy all the time. He loves all people, all dogs, cats, kids, birds, he’s very outgoing and confident.
‘The most important thing that Josh has taught me is to be grateful for everything that I have and to celebrate my life despite any challenges that I face. We wouldn’t change him for the world.’