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BW alumna's differently abled dog inspires resilience, diversity and joy

As we mark "Specially-Abled Pets Day" on May 3, the heartwarming story of Aslan promotes disability awareness and encourages children to embrace diversity and resilience.

Aslan at the 2022 BW Bark Walk

The big mastiff named Aslan was a familiar site on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, attending Bold & Gold Homecoming weekend and the annual Bark Walk, where he won the Stinger costume contest in 2022.

Aslan, who lost the function of his back legs in the latter years of his life and was unable to walk, persevered with the support of his owner, BW alumna, veterinary university relations partner and animal advocate Chrissy McGregor '07.

"We made it a point to take Aslan everywhere so he felt fulfilled," McGregor explains. "He made friends and brought tons of joy on our various adventures."

Inspiring the best in humans

Page and illustration from "Aslan Lives His Best Life"

Inspired by Aslan's positive attitude, McGregor decided to write a children's book about his life.

"Aslan has taught me so much about strength, courage and unconditional love," said McGregor. "I wanted to share his story with others so that they can learn these same lessons and be inspired by his resilience."

The resulting "Aslan Lives His Best Life" traces the story of Aslan, who lost the use of his hind legs, but never let his disability get in the way of his joy. There's even an illustration of him in his Stinger costume and wagon attending the Bark Walk.

Lasting legacy of love

Aslan joins Chrissy McGregor at a book reading

The book has received glowing reviews from readers, who have praised its uplifting message and beautiful illustrations. Many have commented that the book is a perfect tool for teaching children about empathy, kindness and acceptance.

While Aslan got sick and died this spring, he is forever in McGregor's heart, and the impact of his loss was felt by many.

His indomitable spirit also lives on the pages of McGregor's book.

As she concludes, "He was such a special, gentle dog, and we just loved sharing him with the world."

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