[singlepic id=36 w=240 h=180 float=left] This is Moe the dog. The first time I saw Moe, I noticed something incredible about him…HIS SMILE! He had the biggest and brightest smile and just looked incredibly happy. As he walked he appeared to have a bit of a limp and upon further inspection I realized that there was something else that was incredible about Moe…Moe only had 3 legs!
Now, I am not a veterinarian or an expert on dogs, but I do have a bit of expertise when it comes to biomechanics and I was intrigued by how fluid his movement was and the compensation patterns that must be occurring to allow a little 3-legged dog to skip down the street so gracefully. I made a point of introducing myself to Moe’s owner to ask about Moe’s condition and he shared his story with me.
When Moe was just a puppy his owners decided they did not want him and literally threw him out into the streets. Being a little puppy, lost in a big city and not trained about the dangers of Toronto traffic, Moe wandered out into traffic and was run over by a car. The vets were able to save his life but had to amputate his leg. Moe was then rescued by a very kind and generous couple that showered him with love. Now Moe is the happiest little guy you would ever want to meet. I have seen this dog dozens of times and never see him without a smile on his face (and as you can see from the pictures, he is quite the athlete and always up for a challenge – including swimming out to drag in a stick about ten times his size!)
As the old saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. I think that most of us spend too much time focusing on what’s wrong with us or what we can’t do while we should instead be a little more thankful for the positives in our life.
A big part of my job is the rehabilitation of injured players…in fact, it might be one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. I love the challenge of attempting to do the “impossible” and I have been involved ins some pretty cool success stories in my time. I strongly believe that where there is a will, there is a way and I have seen first-hand what is possible with a little bit of effort and persistence.
If Gary Roberts can come back from severe foraminal stenosis and subsequent multiple neck and shoulder surgeries to play an additional 12 years and 640 games in the NHL and if Ray Emery can return to lead the Anaheim Ducks on a playoff run one year after being diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis and undergoing a free-vascularized fibular graft …then what’s your excuse? Sore Knee? Bad Back? Low Energy?
Every time I think about skipping a workout or I feel like complaining about my sore legs or back, I think about my little buddy Moe and I smile and just suck it up!
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