Craig Mosher’s dog was his world. They woke up together every morning and saw each other last before going to bed at night.
However, Loois was suffering and needed surgery. The dog was born with an extra vertebrae due to a hereditary condition.
When the devoted owner took his dog into have surgery in 2004, both of their lives were forever changed. Loois was tragically left paralyzed.
Mosher, a retired police officer, adopted Loois in 2000 after he was part of a pit bull fighting operation and was left abandoned. He instantly fell in love with the canine.
While Loois was under the knife during surgery, the bone being worked on broke, and the doctor accidentally touched his spinal cord. This left Loois without the ability use his hind legs, and the only thing left was for Mosher to care for him.
What that commitment looks like could be overwhelming to you or me, yet Mosher charged on. Every day he would take his companion for a quarter-mile walk, holding the dog’s back end up by using a harness around his back legs.
After walks, Loois would head into the garage where Mosher had set up a suspension system that enabled his beloved dog to play ball and complete various exercises. The system is connected to the garage ceiling and hooked onto Loois’ harness.
The exercise was necessary to keep Loois’ muscles from atrophying. This system was something Mosher said would help Loois live until a “ripe old age.”
It was, in fact, thanks to Mosher’s love and devotion that Loois was able to have a long fulfilling life. Sadly, in 2011 Loois had to be put down after his spinal disks degenerated, leaving him in tremendous pain.
It’s truly heartwarming to hear Mosher speak about his dog without an ounce of regret or bitterness. Only love here: “It was an honor and a privilege taking care of him.”
Mosher and Loois were family and in the end took care of each other — providing something they could only get from the other. A story of devotion that is truly inspiring.