Today when we went to Kepala for a swim, we were joined by Rosie and her human, Jane Coleman. I noticed Rose had difficulty with some movements, and asked Jane whether Rosie had been injured.
It was heart-warming to hear Rosie's story. Jane lived in Alice Springs at the time of Rosie's injury, but was visiting Canberra when she heard her beloved companion seemed to be paralysed.
You can read the story of how Jane abandoned her dream of a national violin tour and raced 5000 kilometres around the country to bring Rosie here to Melbourne for surgery. It seemed Rosie would never walk again, but I can tell you she looked fantastic today at the pool.
After the operation, the next phase of recovery involved ongoing therapy, once more an expensive and stressful time for Jane. You can read about it here.
I felt privileged to spend time with someone who put her life on hold to save her friend.