Tracy loves horses and riding. There is a sense of independence and freedom when she rides. The sound of the hooves landing on earth, the feel of the wind on her face, the moment when she accelerates – it all makes for a perfect ride. Riding is something she knows well, it is her passion. And it would also teach her one of life’s greatest lessons.
It was on one of those rides that the unexpected happened. It was a freak accident. At first she was riding and the next thing she felt was that of being hurdled through space. She saw earth, clouds, earth, clouds as she tumbled mid air. And then she hit the ground The fall left Tracy with a shattered pelvis both on the right and left side and broke her sacrum as well. The sacrum is a very strong bone that supports the weight of the upper body as it is spread across the pelvis and into the legs. And with that shattered, Tracy couldn’t move her legs.! It was physically painful and mentally debilitating. She and her husband had so many plans for the future.
It was a complete 360 for the couple especially to Tracy. She was looking forward to their plan to get a house. But with her confined in a wheelchair for months, the plan was put on hold. She just sat there day by day, on her wheelchair, and she thought “Life is short, why wait to get a dog?”. She convinced her husband to go to the local shelter and look at dogs. And there she encountered Jack. Jack had an accident close to the location where she had an accident. And where Tracy had lost feelings to her legs, Jack was left with only three. Tracy didn’t know it at first but when she asked her husband, he confirmed it. And when she also noticed that Jack has only one eye, it was more than she could handle. She was drawn to this special dog. This is her dog, he truly is!.
Jack and Tracy became kindred spirits. They shared the same experience (the accident) and the injuries they had both rendered them scarred not just physically but mentally as well. At least on Tracy’s part. Tracy felt inferior now that she had to learn to walk again. But Jack was a different story – the feisty dog radiated positive vibes. He remained dauntless amidst his predicament, and all of it rubbed off on Tracy eventually. They took walks together. Tracy wasn’t ashamed anymore to go out because Jack was there. And during one of these walks, on Tracy’s birthday at that, a miracle happened. As Tracy took small steps, Jack started running in front of her and she thought, “Why not take a run myself?”. And as soon as she took those first running steps nobody could stop here. She began running as if it’s the normal thing to do. She laughed as she ran, it was a blissful moment for both dog and master.
Tracy has always believed that she is Jack’s keeper and protector. That she is set to help this dog. But on hindsight, this dog actually did more for her than she did for him. This dog literally took her life back. And taught her a valuable lesson – that whatever life throws at you , you just have to believe that everything happens for a reason and that you don’t have to be physically complete to serve your purpose.
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