Wesley, after over two years in splints, was recently diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a progressive, fatal neural disease common in German Shepherds, Old English sheepdogs and Labrador retrievers. Wesley and his owners were on a camping trip in Colorado—camping was his favorite pastime – when he became totally paralyzed. He will be missed by his family and a multitude of friends. I am lucky to have met Wesley. He was all that a dog can be. My original story ended with “And that’s a shaggy dog story with a happy ending.” I stand by my original words. Wesley made a lot of people happy.
For more information on canine degenerative myelopathy, check out the following link. Keep in mind that this disease affects not only German Shepherds but other breeds, as well.