Saturday, March 21, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Wheels Improve Life for Disabled Dogs

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Sent: March 21, 2020
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Excerpt: "For animals afflicted by conditions such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), suffering from partial or total paralysis due to injury, or born with congenital malformations, a lack of mobility can often equal a death sentence.

Disabled dogs are among the first to be euthanized at shelters, and sometimes owners with pets who have lost the ability to get around on their own can become overwhelmed with caring for these animals, preferring to surrender them to shelters or put them down.

But many of these dogs could live long and happy lives if only they had access to wheelchairs and other equipment to improve mobility and regain independence. A small business run by Ed and Leslie Grinnell in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, offers exactly that.

Eddie’s Wheels for Pets was founded in 1999 by the Grinnells after Ed, a mechanical engineer, had designed and built a cart for his Doberman Pinscher, Buddha, who was paralyzed from IVDD. According to Leslie, Buddha used her wheels for five months before she was able to walk again on her own as a “spinal walker” — a phenomenon seen in formerly paralyzed dogs who use reflexes, and not necessarily nerve connections to the brain, to walk again." ...



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