The International Day of Disability is observed annually on December 3 since 1992 and promoted by the United Nations. The day is observed with a focus to encourage an understanding of disability issues and gather support for the dignity, rights, and welfare of the disabled. Walkin' Pets is a company that provides mobility devices like Walkin' Wheels adjustable carts to disabled, elderly, and injured animals, giving pet owners and rescues an alternative to euthanasia. On Their website, we have found some amazing stories shared by pet owners who didn't give up and provided the most compassionate treatment for their beloved pet.
Hello! I present . . . Me! I am Jump, a 4-year-old male living in France. I am full of life and energy! About 7 weeks ago, I suffered grade 5 fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), and I lost the use of my hind legs. Thank goodness it never caused me any pain and I was able to keep my joy of life despite everything. For my owner, Lucie, who is a young French veterinary student, it was obvious to her that my life could continue happily even though I have this condition. Also, thanks to our family, our friends, and the veterinarians who supported me, we discovered the great Walkin' Wheels wheelchair. Without it, I could not have resumed the walks, games, and adventures that I had before. So now I continue with life, happy and healthy.
Olivia & Diego
Olivia (a goat) arrived at the sanctuary without being able to walk. We always tried to help her feel that she had a friend, but her schedule of being in her wheelchair and having to rest some hours a day made it very complicated. Goats and sheep don't like to be separated from their friends, and our greatest fear was that Olivia felt lonely. There were several attempts, but her routine was so different that Olivia could never form a lasting friendship with any of the resident animals of the sanctuary. However, when Diego (a sheep) started using his wheelchair outside, it all started to change. The two met and immediately understood that both of them were in the same situation. During their wheelchair hours, Diego and Olivia stay together and put their carts next to each other, and during the resting period they stay in their beds in the same room. And when they look at each other, they feel safe and rest for a while. We are very happy that Olivia can finally have a best friend!
This girl. I tell you, we have been through so much together, and I couldn't be more impressed with your resilience. Today marks 4 months since you woke up paralyzed and went in for emergency surgery. Since then, we have managed to put in countless hours of physical therapy, followed by endless amounts of cuddles and kisses. You continue to amaze us with your patience and strength; everyday becoming more fluid in your movements and balanced on your toes. You've made it very clear to us that you were born to move! While you sometimes get thrown off because your left side is lagging a bit, your right leg picks up the slack by making almost complete steps as if riding a scooter! As I type this, I catch you munching on my huckleberry bushes with pure delight (it's a good thing you're cute!) and there's no doubt in my mind that you're living a pain-free, happy life. You see, that right there is enough for me, and I know that whatever becomes of all of this we're going to be A-OK. So, here's to embracing this healing journey, and to the many precious moments of basking in your presence. Maya, you are pure love.
Angel the miniature cow, who was immobile for the first 3 months of her life, got a second chance at life thanks to her wheelchair.
Cherry, a miniature filly who was born prematurely and had been struggling for weeks to stand and walk on her own, has regained her mobility with the use of a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair! The adjustability of the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair proved to be ideal for Cherry's situation according to her owner Terrie: "I had to angle the wheels back. Miss Cherry would get mulish at times and would push herself until she flipped over backwards. Angling the wheels back kept her from doing that anymore. I surely do appreciate your making it so she had this chair. It worked very well once we adjusted it to fit her. Thankfully, she did not need it any more after a few weeks, but what it did for her made all the difference. Cherry was losing her will to want to go on, but having the chair made her want to fight even harder. In the three weeks she used the chair, she went from a baby that could not use any of her legs, to a baby that could almost run without any devices. The chair gave her strength and drive, and today she is 7 weeks old, and while wobbly on her feet, she can finally get up and down and run on her own. Thank you for making that possible."
Meet Joy! Joy was a normal little doeling who, after an accident, lost the ability to use her back legs. With physical therapy, cart therapy, and time, we have hope that she'll make a full recovery. Regardless, she is having a wonderful time in her cart and will have a wonderful, fulfilling life, spreading the news that handicapped pets are deserving pets.
Here's the photo of our dog Kaya and my daughter Ellie trucking down the road at our orchard in Mt Hood, Oregon. Pretty special! You can see that there was no doubt in our mind as to the importance of helping our disabled canine family member to keep on enjoying her life. She puts her wheelchair to the utmost of durability tests on our farm because she goes anywhere and everywhere keeping up with our other dog, who's a large herding dog (Caucasian Sheppard). Thanks for helping to keep Kaya on the road!
Bobby is now 13. Like many old dogs, he doesn't want to move much. However, we believe a daily walk is important to keep him healthy, and slow down his aging problem. We are glad that we bought this cool Walkin' Wheels wheelchair for him in 2012, after Bobby lost a back leg because of bone cancer. Even though his legs are not as strong as before, Bobby continues to enjoy his daily walk in his wheelchair. He is so happy and doesn't want to go home after about an hour of walking!
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