Read what our customers are saying about our Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchairs and other pet products, and see for yourself in their photos and videos! More customer reviews, without photos, can be found here. Videos of pets using Walkin’ Wheels and other products can be found on our YouTube page!
Meet Dutch, our Featured Pet of the Week!
Dutch has had TWO spinal surgeries and has maintained her positive energy the whole time. She’s truly an inspiration. Our first born, we would do anything for her, and we love that her Walkin’ Wheels allow her to have fun and live her life! We hike, ski, swim . . . We do it all in her wheels!!!
– @dutchyonwheels 4/3/20
Can’t Wait for Warmer Weather
Stitch found a stick today on his first official walk with his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. We had @thecharlieadventures for the support in town, and he moved pretty quick. I can’t wait to see him get more and more comfortable with his wheelchair so I can take him out again. Poor dude hasn’t been able to go on walks as he used to due to recovery and restrictions using the wheelchair – so I can’t wait for warmer weather and seeing him go!
Spreading Love Wherever He Goes
Bebz was a healthy dog until October 15th, 2019, when he became paralyzed from a herniated disc. After many treatments, the pain was gone and he was able to live his best life and run around with his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair! Bebz is an extremely loving dog, he loves to cuddle with everybody, and he’s such a sweet boy. He has shown resilience in the worst of moments, and he always knew he could count on me to take care of him. He amazes me everyday by his humor and the way we understand each other. When we walk outside, he just wants to greet every dog we see, and they instantly become friends. He spreads love everywhere he goes, and he is perfect.
– Cindy @bebzintown 3/27/20
The Look in Her Eyes Makes it Worthwhile.
In April 2018, Bailey was officially diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy after a year of exhibiting symptoms. I had heard about Walkin’ Pets, and decided once she began to knuckle her back paws, that a wheelchair would be a good choice for her. She has regained the confidence and freedom she once had, that DM was beginning to take from her. She’s amazing because she fights so hard every day and is so resilient in overcoming any obstacle thrown her way from her disease. She can no longer fully support her own weight without the help of a harness, and the look in her eyes when she’s in her wheelchair and realizes she can walk unassisted makes it all worthwhile. She’s my inspiration, my best friend, and I’m continually amazed by her.
– Lauren 3/20/20
Meet Jambo, our featured pet of the week!
Jambo passed away last July, at 12 years old. We adopted him from a shelter when he was just 4 months old. When he was 9, he developed degenerative myelopathy, and the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair gave him a second chance at life. He enjoyed them very much, and had so many great times with them. Spike, his close friend, and I miss him a lot. We always will love him. Thank you for this second chance, Walkin’ Pets.
– Noelia 3/13/20
The Wheelchair is Perfect for Him
We are a Polish family living in India. Two months ago, we took in a puppy named Simba to foster. Simba is disabled in his rear legs. Besides that, he is a happy little fellow. As you can easily guess, we had fallen in love with him and decided to keep him and take care of him. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. We had many doubts at first, not only regarding the fact that this dog needs a lot of attention, but also because that India is not our home country. We are sure the wheelchair is perfect for him, much better balanced, and makes the difference.
– Jarek 3/6/20
Loves to Go on Adventures
I know I have said this before, but I thank your wonderful company and its employees for enabling me to keep my beautiful girl. Without her (as we call it “go-cart”) she would have been gone a year ago. I became a widow 5 years ago at age of 43, and Missy has gotten me through the tough times. For me to be able to give her back a wonderful quality of life despite her inability to walk on her own has been a blessing. She is about 14-15 years old (she found us in 2007 with her son, Buddy, who passed away unexpectedly in April) and has a very strict schedule of walking that she insists upon. She loves to go on adventures and meet new people. Thanks to her Walkin’ Wheels, she can do that. Again, many many thanks.
– Laura 3/10/20
Enjoying His Walks Once More
El viejo (The old) was rescued from a park in San Salvador where he was living at the time. Old and blind in one eye, he had few possibilities to survive a new rainy season. After 1 month of living in his new house with his 2 siblings, he became paralyzed in his back legs, possibly from having been hit by a car previously. After some months, he received a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair from a salvadoran dog shelter called Milagros de Amor (love’s miracle). He has been enjoying walks around his neighborhood with his siblings ever since. The smile on his face, the shine in his eyes, every morning walk, makes us realize how easy it is to enjoy life, no matter the odds against you.
– Raúl 2/28/20
Still Able to Roll Into Adventures!
Don’t feel bad that I use a wheelchair; rejoice that I’m still able to roll into adventures! Disability doesn’t have to be lack of mobility. Nor does it mean euthanasia.
– @the_dotty 2/26/20
He Completes Our Family
Gancho is a French bulldog, born in Brazil, and currently living in the Amazon. He is a very happy dog. He loves to go to the beach, swim in the river, and ride with the windows down. In June of 2019, he herniated two discs. Gancho is a very special dog, because he completes our family, and makes us very happy. His Walkin’ Wheels help him get his daily exercise, and he gets to ride around the city!
– Luiza @ganchobulldog 2/21/20
Eager to Live Her Best Life
Shelby had the unfortunate experience of waking up to a ruptured disc in her back. There was nothing scarier than waking up to your little girl being hind-end paralyzed. After having surgery, Shelby has been doing great with her physical therapy and acupuncture. She also has a private masseuse that comes to our house to make sure she stays nice and loose! Shelby loves when it’s time to go out in her Walkin’ Wheels and run around with her sister, Roxy. Throughout this whole experience, Shelby has never been down, but rather, she has been very positive and eager to live her best life!
– Joe 2/14/20
Allowed to Be Himself Again
Bertie was diagnosed with IVDD a year ago, and had since undergone surgery and hydrotherapy to aid his recovery. His wheelchair has allowed him to be himself again, go out for adventures, and play with other pups. We can’t thank Walkin’ Wheels enough!
– Amy @bimmersandbertie 2/07/20
Meet Ruby, our Featured Pet of the Week!
Ruby was rescued at around 5 weeks of age from a high kill shelter in Riverside, CA. She was the only one of her siblings, including her mom, to have nubs on her back two paws. All of her siblings and mother were adopted except for her. Foster Army Animal rescue stepped in and rescued Ruby, and now she is living with her fosters still looking for her forever home. Even though Ruby has a disability, she never lets that stop her, and continues to play with her foster fur brothers every day. She gets around without her wheelchair, but life on wheels has brought an amazing quality of life to Ruby. She now can go out on walks and hikes, exploring the world like any other pup. Her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair has been amazing with her mobility and giving her the chance to go on many adventures!
– Jessica 1/31/20
His Spirit Was Never Broken
When I adopted Burton, he loved to run and could make circles around most dogs with how fast he was. His paralysis happened overnight when he was around 5 years old, and literally that day, he was “running” around the yard, dragging his backend like nothing was different. His spirit was never broken, not even for a second, and he has truly taught me acceptance and perseverance. If he could move forward so quickly, I was his human and also needed to step up and make it work.
Fast forward about 4 years, and Burton is the talk of the neighborhood as we go wheeling by – some have even nicknamed him “Wheels.” My favorite story, though, is my neighbor down around the corner owns a bird, Alfie, that waits and only talks when he sees him coming! Alfie is brought to the screen door every day to talk to Burton while we pass, and Burton always stops and listens for a moment before continuing on his way.
– Meredith 1/17/20
Thank you so much for making such an amazing product. When my boxer, Hannah, was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, I was beside myself. Then my vet at Warm Animal Hospital recommended the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair for her, if I was willing to put in the work to maintain her quality of life, which of course I was. Today, she made it 1.93 miles in a run/walk and would have done more if we had the time to do so. You have extended my girls life by years. I am forever grateful.
– Rocky 1/10/20
Able to Enjoy Aging Gracefully!
Ruby is a 10-year-old rescue. She broke her spine whilst playing ball with her fur brother Arnie. Ruby is one tough cookie, who has adapted well to her new life, which left her with minimal function of her hind legs. She still loves chasing balls and going for walks. Her condition has not diminished her happiness, thanks to her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, which allow her to get around and enjoy aging gracefully!
– Radka 1/3/20
Can Run and Play with Happy His Family!
Leo Shou Bao is a poodle who was injured in a car accident and abandoned by her owner. Because she did not get immediate care, she became permanently disabled and lived on the street as a stray dog.
Six months later, she was found, befriended, and put up for adoption by a woman living outside Shanghai. Soon, Leo Shou Bao was adopted by her new family in a nearby city and found her home for life. Concerned that Leo Shou Bao couldn’t walk, they bought Leo an inexpensive wheelchair. Unfortunately, it did not fit well, was poorly balanced, and kept falling over. So they learned all they could about dog wheelchairs and chose a different one, more expensive, but higher quality. Now, Leo Shou Bao runs and plays with his happy family every day.
This Registered Therapy Dog Enjoys Visiting Patients
Meet Champ, our Featured Pet of the Week! "Champ came from Egypt, where he was rescued by Cairo Animal Rescue Team, and sent to the USA to Doberman Rescue Unlimited where we then adopted him. Champ is a registered Therapy dog who enjoys visiting special needs children and hospice patients. He loves everyone he meets, despite having only 2 working legs. Without his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, his true potential for comforting others would never have been realized…
– Rebecca 12/27/19
Meet Walter, our Featured Pet of the Week!
I wanted to send a note, because on Wednesday I lost my basset hound, Walter. He got his Walkin’ Wheels over the summer. They gave him the ability to walk and enjoy life. He was a rescue, and my foster failure, and he had such a big heart. I am grateful that I had more time with him because of his wheels and other equipment (the harnesses and booties), that helped him get around more easily inside and outside. He was a beautiful soul, and my heart is broken, but his wheels helped to give him more enjoyment in life over the past several months.
– Sarah 12/20/19
Able to Run Across the Lawn on Her Own Again
Meet Rita, our Featured Pet of the Week!”Rita was a bright and bouncy puppy who loved to go out on long walks. When she turned 4, she started to slow down, showing signs of lameness and stiffness in her hind legs. As the year went on, the symptoms got worse so we went to see a neurologist in Birmingham who recommended spinal surgery to stabilize her spine as she was diagnosed with severe discospondilitis.
Apparently she also had the worst case of DISH he had ever seen. She underwent the surgery in Jan. of 2019, a lengthy operation which involved her having 8 6cm titanium screws, screwed into her spine. Sadly, the spinal operation didn’t work and she lost the use of both of her back legs.
It was then we decided to buy the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, and it was the best decision we ever made. She took to them straight away. It was such an emotional moment seeing our baby run across the lawn on her own to go and pick up a tennis ball that she hadn’t played with for months.
– Penny 12/16/19
So Incredibly Thankful
Alice was diagnosed with Listeria on June 1st of this year. Listeria is an infection in her brain. Alice spent 24 days at the vet. Her entire left side was paralyzed, and she could not move. She had to be propped up between two hay bales, and she had to be tube fed and received physical therapy for weeks. We were able to finally pick Alice up from the vet on June 24th. She still could not walk, however, she was able to eat and drink on her own. We got her a Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair to help with her rehabilitation, and I firmly believe that without the wheelchair, she would still not be walking today. Alice learned to walk again, and although half of her face is still paralyzed, she is doing wonderfully. She can eat, drink, walk, run, and climb by herself. She is a miracle and we are so incredibly thankful for the wheelchair!
– Amanda @herewithus_farmsanctuary 12/6/19
‘Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.’
Having a paraplegic animal is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. I know why people give up, throw in the towel. Day in, and day out— he is our life. Everything from the time we wake up, to the time we go to sleep, revolves around him, & knowing he will never get better, well, that’s the hardest part. Sure, we’ve been told millions of times by strangers, even family and friends on if we’re ‘doing the right thing.’ But no one knows him like we do. Like his vets do. Like his team does. They don’t see his face light up & paws pump when we grab his muffin game. Or the barks of excitement every time we get off the freeway to go swimming. Or the bliss in those squinty eyes every day on bike rides. They don’t see that, & it’s fine. Because we know, we’ve always known. ——
This dude is on a different journey, & a completely untraditional timeline. But it’s because of us. Because we made the time. Because we adjusted our entire lives. Because when he became ‘difficult,’ we didn’t just throw in the towel. Because we hope one day THIS will be the norm for animals. THIS is what people will sign up for when they take home that cute puppy, or scared shelter dog, or a playful companion for their kids. Limitations and all. ——
There is a quote that says: ‘Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.’ Think about that. Think about all the moments your animals have helped you through. Tally ‘em up — I’m sure it more than exceeds a few months of ‘inconvenience.’
Like a Spit Fire on Wheels
She is a spit fire on wheels. She took to the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair as soon as she was placed in it. She goes swimming weekly and is a girl after my own heart because she loves food! She loves every person she meets but prefers to have all the attention to herself!
She is Getting Around Fast!
Maggie is mobile again! Little Maggie has DM. What does that mean? Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a genetically caused, slowly progressive spinal cord disease that usually leads to complete paralysis of the hindquarters. So that Maggie can still go for long laps, we decided to get her a wheelchair, and she is getting around fast!
Doesn’t Even Know He Has a Disability
Domino became paralyzed 3 years ago from a bad disc. Nothing stops him and he Loves his Walkin’ Wheels. Domino is full of life and doesn’t even know he has a disability!
Won’t Let His Disability Stop Him
Gunner is such a special boy. He became paralyzed from jumping over logs and landing wrong. He does not let his disability stop him though! He is also my service dog! He is so special to everyone he meets. He loves his Walkin’ Wheels!!
Getting an Upgrade
Jules got a wheelchair upgrade this weekend. His front end is getting weaker, but luckily Walkin’ Pets makes a front attachment that connects to his rear wheelchair!
– @germanny 11/8/19
“2 fast 4U”
Jake suffered an injury to his left hind-leg and pelvis when he was less than 8 weeks old (both were fractured). He was surrendered to Mac’s Mission in Missouri. Another injury to that same leg occurred, and the search was on for someone able to surgically take his case. He was near being euthanized, when at the last minute, he found himself being driven to Woodhaven Michigan Animal Hospital. His left hind-leg and tail had to be amputated, due to traumatic injury and infection. He spent three months at the hospital, healing and making friends. On September 9, 2018, I made the drive from outside of Chicago to pick him up and bring him back to his forever home, which was with me. Jake has an older fur-brother and fur-sister. Of course he gets around amazingly well in his Walkin’ Wheels! One of his going away presents from a Woodhaven staff member was a license plate for the back of his chair that reads “2 fast 4U,” and has his name on it. He has an amazingly happy spirit and a lot of energy. Because he has so many fans from his days at both Mac’s Mission and Woodhaven Animal Hospital, he has his own Facebook page: Jake K9 MacHaven.
Loves Hiking and Finding Trails
This sweet girl was wandering the neighborhood with her son, Buddy, 12 years ago. She literally left him on our doorstep, while she continued to wander. She would come every 2 weeks to check in on him. After several months, she finally decided to stay herself, and we are so glad she did. She loves to hike and can always find the trail when we go astray. As her back legs began to fail, she took to her “go-cart” quickly and even though she is slowing down these days, she still INSISTS on two walks a day. My husband became ill and passed away. Missy and her son, Buddy, were my support system day in and out. I have many people stop and ask about her and her wheels and I am told what a terrific person I am caring for her. My response is always, she’s done far more for me. Her son, Buddy, passed away in April after an unexpected illness and she has had to power through the loss of her companion. Thank you.
Totally Enjoys the Ability to Walk Again
We adopted Sophia in 2009 after she was kept in a cage for 2 years for breeding. In 2015, she started having trouble using her back legs when walking. Acupuncture helped for 1 year, and then her rear leg mobility totally stopped. Sophia has been using a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair since then, and totally enjoys the ability to walk again!
This Spoiled Dog is Full of Life and Love
At 4 weeks old, Boby was attacked by a group of feral dogs in Puerto Rico. He was left with a broken back and was completely paralyzed. Someone found him and took him to a vet to be helped. Unfortunately, the vet wanted to euthanize him. But thanks to a tech working at the vet clinic, she contacted Paws of Hope Puerto Rico (an amazing rescue) to see if they would take them. She told them she could see in his eyes that he was a fighter and wanted to live. Right before he was put down, Paws of Hope came to his rescue and immediately started assessing his injuries and making a game plan to rehabilitate him. After several months of hard work, Boby was able to walk again (not great though). When he was posted for adoption, the rescue reached out to me to see if I would foster him in Michigan or adopt him, having taken a previous difficult rescue before for them. I told them to call me in a few weeks if no one contacts them about adopting him. 4 weeks went by, and anyone who had inquired about him, didn’t want him as soon as they heard he was special needs. So after a long time of thinking it over, I decided to adopt him. But before he could come, the vet wouldn’t approve his papers until Boby got a surgery to remove the head of his right femur. After recovering from that, he was able to fly to Michigan to be with his new family and start physical therapy at Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation! Boby has made huge strides since his arrival, and he is a happy, spoiled dog who’s full of life and love!
Emma Grobbel 10/11/19
Meet Giacomo, our Featured Pet of the Week!
When Giacomo lost the use of his legs, I thought he would give up living. But as soon as we put him in his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, he took off chasing squirrels & enjoyed long walks like he always did. Dogs are amazing creatures in the way that they adapt to any situation. My wonderful boy was always very active, so when he lost the use of his back legs, I was afraid he would give up on life. But when he got his Walkin’ Wheels, he immediately started running and playing again! Giacomo was such a sweet boy. With the help of his wheelchair, he adapted to his paralysis incredibly well. He passed away exactly 1 year ago, and I still miss him terribly.
He Doesn’t Want to Go Inside
Blizzard figured out his new Walkin’ Wheels right away! This was his first time out, and he took to it really fast. He’s so happy. He didn’t want to come in!
Flash Enjoys New Quality of Life
Flash has a history of back problems, and last year his hind legs gave out. He has feeling in his legs, but can’t walk on them. One of my Rover dog clients told me about a wonderful non-profit called Gunnar’s Wheels (who donates wheelchairs to animals in need). I contacted them, and we received the wheelchair this week! He is so happy to be able to run again with his new wheels, and that he can enjoy a quality life.
Tasha McRaniels 9/27/19
Always Happy and On the Go!
When I got Porschia, she was so withdrawn, no happy face and always sad. After two months, she was totally unable to use her back legs. After getting her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair and working with her, she is just an amazing little dog, always happy and on the go! She is a star in my eyes. She is also a poster child for a Volunteer Agency in our county. Snippet Citrus is all about spay and neuter. Her picture is posted for fundraising for the nonprofit we volunteer for!
Wanda Sentz 9/6/19
This Little Dog is Just Everything!
If your soul ever needs to see something beautiful, this video will be here. This is Martina, our little Spaniel who was going to be euthanized at the shelter because her back legs were paralyzed. She had to drag herself around on her two front legs. Thanks to a lifesaving foster offer, we were able to save her life. And THIS, this is the moment we have all been waiting for. This is the moment when Martina got her Walkin’ Wheels. Watching her on those little wheels race down the sidewalk and seeing that smile light up her face . . . It’s just everything. Everything. Bless her foster @itsnotsonia. If you are interested in adopting this beautiful dog/angel, apply at DWB.pw/adopt-app.
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The Happiest Life She Deserves.
Tika lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Canada’s sub-arctic) and will be 13 years young in January 2020. Tika has been an attentive and loyal companion since Day 1, and has brought great joy, love and comfort to her parents. Tika is full of love and personality.
She loves telling stories and has quite a singer’s voice too! Tika’s favorite outdoor activities include playing with sticks, trying to catch squirrels, going for car rides, walks, and swimming, although her activity level has decreased quite a bit due to Degenerative Myelopathy, which she has had for 1.25 years.
In May 2019, we realized we had to do something to improve Tika’s quality of life. A co-worker introduced me to Walkin’ Wheels (he has two), and Tika got to try one out. She took to the wheels right away, and it was such a heart-warming experience to see my girl walk so happily . . . We ordered one right way! We will do anything for our girl to give her the happiest and most comfortable life that she deserves!
Tawna Brown and Doug Norrad @tcblivingmylife 9/6/19
Slow, But Still Going!
Jack is 15 years old, and has been having some trouble with his back legs for quite a while. He is not in pain, just weak and unsteady. Typically, he will take a very slow, wobbly walk to the street corner that often ends with us carrying him back inside. Today was our first time testing out his new Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair! He hasn’t sprinted yet, but we did slowly and successfully make it around the block on his new wheels. Hoping to keep him happy and healthy as long as possible!
‘Queen Bee’ the Sassy Boxer
This is Bonnie, our Boxer who’s 12 1/2 and has Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), which she’s had for almost 4 years now (it’s very rare for a dog to live that long with this disease). She is sassy as can be and loves people and other dogs. She is such a sweet, funny girl who makes friends wherever she goes. We get stopped all the time and people say what an angel she is. We’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old, and she is my best friend. Her nick name is Queen Bee. She likes to talk and is very vocal about what she wants.
Wheels Allow Him to Do Anything
Check out Charlie’s new set of Walkin’ Wheels!!! I cried tears of joy to see him look so happy. He was the first dog I ever had and one of the best. With old age Charlie has developed bad hips. He is 12-13 years old. But he still has it in him to keep going, so that’s exactly what he’s able to do now. His wheels allow him to do everything without putting too much strain on his hips. He has also run over Louie . . . Payback for Louie being that annoying little brother. Keep up the good work, Charlie, we love you buddy. Thank you dad for keeping him going.
Sylvia Will Persevere!
Sylvia is just a baby – only 5 months old and has already been through so much! She was found on the streets of Puerto Rico, completely unable to walk. A good Samaritan could not just leave her laying there, so they scooped her up and reached out to us for help. Despite being paralyzed, Sylvia has the most amazing, persevering soul. She is the gentlest puppy, and you can feel her intelligence in her kind eyes. She just wants to be with people, and typical of any other puppy – loves to play and meet new friends. Life is a little complicated for Sylvia as she does not have a real home. We are hoping she can find her special someone soon! Sylvia had an MRI, and the results were vastly inconclusive as to exactly why she is paralyzed. Physical therapy could help, but she will likely not walk again. She gets along really well despite this and can drag herself around in the house and on grass. She also is getting used to her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair and will take steps towards you for treats. Hopefully soon she will be zooming around. Sylvia needs to wear a diaper in the house. We have a system down for her that works well. She is one of the best puppies you will ever meet, so calm and loving. Sylvia would love a forever home. Could it be you?
For more information about Sylvia, please contact Homeward Trails at: 703-249-5066.
Best Investment Ever!
Harry says he loves his new Walkin’ Wheels!! I have a dog under my feet again, no matter where I am. He gets to be part of everything we do. Harry is enjoying his walks! Best investment ever!
Already A Pro!
My pug, Rosie, is 13 years old, and her back legs stopped working last week. The vet told us we would have to put her down, but we noticed that she was still eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, and sleeping just fine. My family ordered one of your small Walkin’ Wheels wheelchairs for our Rosie, and it just came in yesterday. The assembly was so easy and the instructions were very helpful. We strapped her up and she’s a pro already . . . I cried tears of joy! I prayed for a miracle, and this wheelchair certainly is a miracle! I just wanted to thank the company for making a huge difference in both my dog’s life, and mine.
Meet Kali, our Featured Pet of the Week!
This was my baby Kali. She was diagnosed with bone cancer and lost one of her rear legs, but that didn’t slow her down. She was the happiest dog and taught me so much about herbeach breed and what loving and amazing dogs they are. She fought hard and eventually lost her battle with cancer. Every day I miss her desperately, and I am thankful for the time she was in our lives. Specially-abled pets are amazing and resilient, and if you have the opportunity to share your life with one, your life will be changed forever. I love you Kali Monkey.
Rest easy, sweet Kali.
Vera’s Freedom with Wheelchair!
This is Vera’s first attempt in her Walkin’ Wheels… Vera was abused by her owners in April which caused hemorrhaging in her spine, and made her paralyzed. All operations she underwent and therapy were not helping. Now she finally has new freedom thanks to her wheelchair!
@Hunderolli – Rollindogs 7/30/19
His Joy for Life is Unstoppable!
Gil is a 2-year-old lab mix who was found on a reservation in rural Arizona, in the summer of 2018. Gil had been shot in the spine, which rendered him completely paralyzed in the hind-end. Gil is urinary and fecal incontinent, but he has a joy for life that is just unstoppable!
We are three friends who came together to rescue Gil last summer, and we raised enough money to get the bullet removed to see if releasing the pressure would enable him to walk, but now we know he will never walk. We also raised enough funds to get him several rounds of physical therapy and supplies. He is on a special diet, and takes some medication for his pain in his back. Gil is now searching for his forever home, we know it is out there we just have to find the right person to step up and be willing to give Gil the attention, love, and devotion that he deserves! He loves everyone. He loves to play with other dogs and has lived with a cat. He loves to go on walks and play with his doggy friends in his Walkin’ Wheels. To learn more about Gil’s story, please visit his website: savinggil.wordpress.com or contact us at: email@example.com.
He Won’t Stop Smiling
I am in tears. After a year of carrying Hunter and lifting his back end, we went out for a walk today. He received so much love and attention. I am beyond thankful and so is he. He’s been smiling all day.
Getting Back His Independence
Thank you for all of your help and support. The Walkin’ Wheels give Wally the independence he loves. This was his second try in the wheels!
– Barbara 7/3/19
I can’t help but smile!
When the human brings out the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, I can’t help but smile… Because with the wheelchair, I am invincible. Nothing can stop me… Not even my hips.
– @murphthemutt 7/26/19
She Needs Goggles to Counteract All The Wind!
Izzy is getting so good at using her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, she needs goggles to counteract all the wind! Izzy is doing so well in her foster-fail-forever home as well! Her moms adore her, as do her fur siblings! While she is mobile in her wheelchair and can get around using all four paws to scoot, unfortunately, Izzy has not regained her strength or mobility. But, she’s living her best life, and is treated like the princess she is! Thank you for all continuing to support ARC and dogs like Izzy. Because of your generosity and support, we are able to help dogs like Izzy get the care and help they need!
– @animal_resource_center 6/21/19
Its About Quality of Living
This right here is what it’s all about – quality living for Addien. Last evening, she returned to her favorite trails with her pack. It was her first time in in the woods in several months, since even before she became wheelchair dependent. Our logging road trails have been her playground her entire life, and I’m so happy she can visit them again. She has degenerative myelopathy (DM), DM does not have her!
– Amy Cole 6/14/19
Indy the Super Dog is not Shy!
Indy is a rescued Pointer mix from Maui, Hawaii. Diagnosed with Neospora Caninum in May, after months of progressive mystery paralysis. Indy is currently training hard to recover his hind leg mobility. He has already received tons of love and support from the community and his friends in Maui, but he needs your continued support to aid his recovery. He’s not shy to wear pink or wear healing crystals. Lets get Indy walking!
– @indythesuperdog 6/7/19
Not Missing Out on Walks Anymore
Peanut had disc surgery last year, and hasn’t been able to walk since. His hind legs are paralyzed, and we don’t know how long it will take or if he’ll ever walk again. He just crawls and can’t walk or stand without our help. Anyone who knows him can imagine how hard it is for him sometimes. We finally got him his own Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair for all the walks that he’s been missing out on. We need a little bit of training, but that’s a piece of cake for this guy!
– @ninjafoxi 5/31/19
Little Dog’s First Time in Wheelchair!
Buddha with his new ride. This is the first time that this little guy has really wagged his tail since he lost mobility in his back legs, 4 weeks ago.
Running so Fast in New Wheels
Got my little man a set of wheels today!!! Will was diagnosed with subarachnoid diverticulum about a year ago. This means his hind legs just don’t function like they used to. There are days when he gets around okay, and others when he just can’t walk well at all. I finally decided to order him a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to help him get around again, and I haven’t seen him run so fast in over a year!!! Thank you God for these new wheels! Love this little man so much!
– @cmbowman2 5/24/19
Getting Back to the Fiesta
Nabby is a rescue dog, who began to hop on one side of her body about 4 years after I got her. The Vet said she had scar tissue damage which would eventually make her unable to walk. When this happened, she became depressed and it was hard for her to get around because she lost the use of her legs. This was when I bought her the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. Now she is back to the fiesta, loving girl I brought home!
– Ismael, Nabby’s owner 5/17/19
Celebrating Another Birthday!
This product is absolutely perfectly suited for my elderly dog’s needs, and though it took some nudging and treats for him to get used to it, he is now getting around just fine with it on his own. It actually serves as a form of physical therapy for him as well, in that it enables him to be able to walk around for a bit without it. With your help, he was able to have just celebrated his 19th birthday! He thanks you all so very much!
– Robert M. Balbi, and, of course, SnowBall 5/15/19
I Get to Play with my Brother Again!
Hi, I’m Duke! I love lakes, tennis balls, and my brother Jake. I am recovering from a spinal cord injury. I am loving my new Walkin’ Wheels, and being able to play with my brother again! Look how happy we are!
– @dollars4duke 5/10/19
This Dog is Cruising.
Micah got a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair today! Thank you to everyone that donated to help this man get the very best chair! Thank you to Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com for helping us get his wheels super fast! Now that his chair has arrived, is fitted, and he’s cruising . . . Micah is officially available to be adopted!
– @Kankakee County Humane Foundation 5/08/19
Wheels Help Gypsy Get Up and Go!
Gypsy received her new Walkin’ Wheels yesterday, and boy was she ready to get up and go! Gypsy was diagnosed with a cervical nerve sheath tumor 3 months ago. She has been enjoying her regular rehab to keep her strong and comfortable. A few days ago, her tumor progressed to the point that it has started to affect the nerve function in her front legs and she was stumbling over, sometimes unable to catch herself.
This girl is so bright and happy, and desperately still wants to go for her walks. Her new wheels ensure that she can still enjoy her walks without risk of hurting herself. You are one special girl, Gypsy, and your mom adores you!
My Vet Gave Me Another Chance!
Hello! My name is Kira. I´m 7 years old, and my life hasn’t always been so easy. The first 6 years of my life I lived with a hunter in Spain, back when my name was Zero. Hunting dogs are not treated very well over in Spain. About 100 thousand of us are abandoned each year, thrown from bridges, and even thrown into trash cans, if we don’t “deliver” well enough during the hunting season.
In 2017, I got hit by a car, which left me more dead than alive. The hunter was contacted about the incident but didn’t want anything to do with me since I was not fit for hunting. My spine was completely broken, which left me paralyzed in my two back legs. Luckily, my veterinarian wanted to give me another chance at life. I´ve now lived with the veterinarian who took me in, for about a year now. She pets me and cuddles me, which I had never experienced before in my life. I’ve been named Shakira, thanks to my wiggling hips, and they call me “Kira” for short.
A year after the accident, I can now run around in the yard, chase baseballs, dig holes in the yard, and have no problem going on a 2-hour long walk! I jump around on my very strong front legs, and when we´re taking a walk, I use my Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to keep my bottom off the concrete.
I moved in with my new Swedish family, and you can follow me on Instagram to see my progress throughout life!
– @kirathewheeler 4/24/19
Ludo at San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade
I wanted to share this photo with you of Ludo at the big San Diego St. Patrick’s Day parade. It is an annual tradition for our family, and we were really blessed that Ludo was able to enjoy it this year. He spent much of the parade in my lap, but his favorite time was when he got to cruise through the crowd in his Walkin’ Wheels! He loved seeing and sniffing all of the Irish setters and wolfhounds. It was such a fun day. Thank you for making it possible for us!
– Megh & Ludo 4/23/19
The Regal Life They Deserve
It’s been a very challenging time as we have watched my heart dog, my everything, my beautiful Sammie, lose her independence. My heart has been breaking every day, and my husband and I have struggled with ensuring that this grand dog has the regal life she deserves. Today was a day where we cried tears of joy, as she gained back some control with the help of her Walkin’ Wheels. I saw the light in her eyes come back. My heart has never been so full. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
– Molly 4/19/19
Enjoying A More Speedy Mobility
Our Wu-Puggy’s Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair arrived today! So far so good. She isn’t hating it, is moving around great in it, and seems to enjoy having more speedy mobility!
– Roxanne @roxannerossbach 4/12/19
Wheels Became a Game Changer
Macy is 5 1/2-year-old mixed breed who loves chasing squirrels! One day this past January, she was very stiff and couldn’t walk well. We brought her to the vet and she was prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine. That night, only a few hours later, she completely lost mobility in her hind legs and was in a lot of pain. We rushed her to the animal hospital and they told us Macy had to have a hemilaminectomy, which is a surgery to fix a ruptured disc in her spine. Since then, she’s had very little mobility in her hind legs, but with physical therapy we are seeing gradual improvements. She was so depressed being confined to an x-pen for 6 weeks, and it was difficult to see her go through this. Once her Walkin’ Wheels arrived, it was a total game changer! She was hesitant at first, but she absolutely loves it now! Her favorite things to do are run on the beach and chase squirrels in the park near our house.
I can’t even explain how happy she was the first time we brought her to the beach after her surgery last weekend. She was literally smiling! It was like she was her old self again. To see her happy again after feeling so hopeless and scared about her quality of life, is incredible.
Thank you to all that had loving, positive and supporting words.
– @rollinwithmacy 4/05/19
Wheels Help This Queen Run Again
Lilo has degenerative myelopathy, and has been showing signs for about 9 months, she just got her Walkin’ Wheels 3 days ago, and on day 3 is already running in them. She is so happy to be able to run free again. Lilo is still wheels-free at home, she is still going to the restroom on her own and can walk around fine. Her wheels give her the opportunity to exhaust herself the way she used to. The wheelchair also helps rebuild her muscle atrophy in her back legs.
Her condition will slowly get worse. I understand that there is a limit, and when that time comes, I will make that hard decision, but not now. I got a dog to give it it’s best life from start to finish, I won’t give up because things get hard. In my 10 years of having Lilo, she has very rarely missed her daily walks. She goes by the name of ‘Miss Queen Lilo’ at home, because she comes first (just as a child would), and that’s what I signed up for when I got Lilo. I spend a large amount of time by her side, caring for and loving her the way she deserves. This is also more work for me, but I love it, and for as long as I am happy doing it, and Lilo is in good spirit, it will remain that way.
Take a minute and think if your legs went funny and someone said ‘I am going to put you down,’ would you just give up and let them? Or would you fight and get yourself some shinny wheels and carry on with life doing the things you love?
Thank you to all that had loving, positive and supporting words.
– @a_pinch_of_peace 3/29/19
Can’t Wait to be Chased Again
Mr. Oden is walking! We are so pleased with his recovery thus far. With his Walkin’ Wheels, he is taking small walks to motivate blood stimulation, but still needs his rest, and time to heal. I look forward to the day he takes off running in his wheels, and for his Momma to chase him!
– @rescuedogsrocknyc 3/25/19
Handsome Dog Loves Making People Smile!
Connor had such a great time at New Year for the Strays Trivia Night last night! He loves nothing more than rolling around creating smiles and meeting new people. This handsome man has been with us since he was a tiny puppy. Look at him now, 3 years later! So strong and such a ham! We are grateful to his foster parents for being so dedicated to him. One day, some day, he will find his forever family.
– @gatewaypets 3/24/19
Goat Finds the Perfect Fit
Thank you to Walkin’ Pets for donating this tiny cart! It is the perfect size for our little Timmy who only weighs around 4lbs! Baby Timmy is learning to walk. His front legs are slightly contracted so we are doing PT to work on them. Good job Timmy!
– @goatsofanarchy 3/22/19
Regaining His Normal Life Again
Igor is a 6-year-old jack russel mix, who had a spinal injury when he was just 6 months old. He regained his ability to walk but needs his Walkin’ Wheels for longer walks and races. Thanks to the wheels, he can live a normal doggie life. His favorite things to do include cheese, long walks with all his doggie friends, and cuddles with his mum. Igor comes to work with me every day, as I am a vet, so he has lots of friends he can play with there!
– @emilieroyaux 3/12/19
This Pup is Unstoppable
Miracle is a 1 and a half year-old chihuahua mix. She came into my life after being purposely thrown out of a moving vehicle in Donna, Texas. This cruel event left her with a severed spine and injuries that caused two abscesses. Soon after her recovery, Miracle showed signs that she could move on from bed rest and try moving around again. She slowly progressed from wagon rides to dragging in the house wearing her Walkin’ Drag Bag.
As soon as the Vet gave the OK, we ordered a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair for Miracle. She had worked so hard to get to this point, and now she is unstoppable! Life is so much easier for her now. She is my Miracle!
– @miraculous_miracle1 3/01/19
Showing Off My New Wheels!
I was in the local newspaper in Ontario again today, getting to show off my new Walkin’ Wheels! Remember, euthanasia isn’t always the right option. I’m very happy to still be here!
– Eddie @eddiessecondchance on Instagram 2/30/19
Missy loves her “go-cart!”
Missy’s back legs began failing a year ago. She is approximately 13-14 years old, and besides becoming a little hard of hearing and a little more determined to do what she wants these days, she is in great shape. couldn’t imagine putting her down because of her back legs. I purchased a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, which we call a “go-cart,” and she is loving her freedom. She loves to hike and we recently got back out on the trail and she walked 2.5 miles! More than I thought she should, but she just wouldn’t stop! I love this girl, and I love this go-cart! Give it a try, you won’t be sorry. She’s got her smile back!
Free-Spirited Terrier Keeps Walking
Paddy is a 12-year-old Wheaten Terrier. He has always been our little free-spirited explorer. Last year, he was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, which is a disease that causes weakening of the back legs. Getting Paddy his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair was the easiest decision to make; it has allowed him to continue his journey, and have fun with his younger brother, Bill! He has always loved to stand and watch the world go by, and now he still can. Thank you to Walkin’ Pets, for allowing us to continue creating memories with our prince!
– Meg @megf123 2/15/19
DJ can’t be stopped.
DJ’s full name is Detective James Carter. He was born on 4/20/18 and was adopted from Tiny Paws Pug Rescue on 9/15/18. DJ was born with a condition called hemivertebrae. Although his hind legs do not work, he doesn’t let that stop him from doing anything. DJ LOVES going on walks and playing with his brother, Chief! His Parents names are Bobby and Anjelica, and DJ has brought so much love and joy into their lives.
– @chiefanddj 2/10/19
Pumpkin Explores the world in his Walkin’ Wheels!
Hi everyone! My name is Pumpkin. You see, I am a special dog. I was found by animal control, roaming the streets of El Paso, TX with my hind legs paralyzed and wounds from dragging myself around. A wonderful rescue called @muttlovin took me in and found a great foster for me. Together, they were able to nurse me back to health until my new family was able to meet me. So now I have a great life full of treats, cuddles, and siblings to play with . . . I’m a lucky pup!
However, not all pups like me get so lucky. I do need a bit more attention and care than your average dog, but I am happy, give so much love, and with my wheels, I can keep up with the others pretty well! I would love to help people see how great dogs with special needs are! My family says we are so special and deserving of love! Follow my journey as I explore the world in my Walkin’ Wheels!
Won’t Give up on this Lovebug
My sweet Belle came to us about 11 years ago, covered in fleas and ticks . . . There she was, just standing in our yard wanting to be loved. It was love at first sight. She is such a lovebug and needs human attention 24/7.
Fast forward 11 wonderful years later, at the ripe old-age of around (our veterinarian’s best guess) 12, she sadly suffered a stroke. For about a week, we were unsure if she was going to survive . . .
The stroke caused her to lose the use of her back legs (amongst other things), but we told ourselves we would never give up on her. So we decided to get her a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair, and I am so thankful that we did. I believe the only reason Belle has the strength to walk today, is due to her being able to gain muscle strength by using her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair.
I hope this can be a lesson to someone about not giving up, on themselves, or on their pets. Also, it’s pink . . . Totally cute! Thank you to Walkin’ Pets for helping my Belle walk again!
– Brandi @bstarj2001 1/25/19
Getting a New Lease on Life!
Born the runt of her litter in 2008, Boots was given a special mission in this lifetime to “be loved,” regardless of what life presents her. Diagnosed with a heart murmur, accidentally pregnant less than a year old, giving birth to 9 boxer pups, and challenged with various anti-inflammatory issues, Boots approached life head-on. She was determined to never give up. Shortly after her life partner and best boxer friend, Prince, passed away, she was diagnosed with a slipped disc in her spine, causing paralysis of her back legs.
When she had her first experience with her Walkin’ Wheels, it was like she got a whole new lease on life! She was excited to play and live life to the fullest again . . . She can play ball, go on long hikes, keep healthy with her aqua-swim sessions, spend social time with her puppy friends, and have regular cuddles with her mom and dad.
-@rheconnects_Xpansion @IamDavidPineo and @warrior.pup on Instagram 1/20/19
Still Able to Do What Other Dogs Do
Lt. Dan came to me in August 2016 as a foster dog. He was rescued from the San Bernardino Shelter by the Barking Lot Rescue, minutes before being euthanized due to his spinal injury. Our guess is that he was injured from being hit by a car. I brought him to a great neurologist when he first came to my home, and she said his paralysis was irreversible, but that did not mean he couldn’t live a happy and full life. She taught me how to express his bladder and bowels, gave me some great advice on caring for him, and recommended a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair. We purchased Lt. Dan a wheelchair shortly after that, and he adapted to it in minutes! The Walkin’ Wheels lets him do what every other dog does. He hikes, he visits the dog park, and strolls around San Diego every weekend. I adopted him officially in January 2017, because I couldn’t imagine him going to live anywhere else!
-Kendra, @Kmoney0628 on Instagram 1/11/19
Ruby Gets Her Wheels
Ruby is a Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi that lives in The U.S. Virgin Islands with her biological nephew, Turq. Shortly after her 13th birthday, she started showing signs of lameness in her back leg. We discovered that she had degenerative myelopathy, and I quickly reached out to Walkin’ Pets to get her a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. I wanted her to get used to it early on while she could still walk on her own, so that she would love it and know how to use it. I am so glad I did because the disease progressed rather quickly, and even though she is still able to take a step or two on her own, it is such a comfort to know that she has complete mobility with her new wheels. I am astounded by the way she is able to maneuver the cart, the places she can get to, and the things that she can do. Her spirits are good, and she is a happy 13 1/2-year-old pup. Thank you for a wonderful product that has changed our lives!
Heather Courtney, Ruby’s owner 12/28/18
Lt. Dan Found his Forever Home
Lt. Dan is a sweet boy who has had a rough past, but has now found his forever home. He loves being with his humans and just hanging out. His Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair has helped him be more mobile, and to be able to go on much longer walks. It also prevents more damage to his front joints and back in general.
Meadow has no Limitations
Meadow was found on the side of the road in a very rural part of South Carolina, in April of 2018. She was taken to a shelter, where they posted photos of her. It broke my heart knowing that she would have to stay in the shelter Saturday, and all-day Sunday, so I contacted the shelter and picked her up Sunday morning. We saw a specialist on Monday, and found out that she had a broken back. We were told no surgery would get her walking again, so a wheelchair was her only option for true mobility.
Ever since the first moment she was placed in her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, she has been GO, GO, GO! She hikes, swims, uses a ramp to go into the house, climbs stairs (with assistance), runs, plays, and is just like any other dog. She doesn’t recognize her being different and is not babied just because she is in a wheelchair. She has a zest for life, and her wheels have made that possible for her. She can do everything and more than your “average” dog.
Meadow has no limitations, all thanks to her wheels. Her future holds many more adventures.
Leaving Siblings in the Dust!
I was so excited/happy during my walk! My fur siblings ate my dust! Anyways, everyone was so proud of me because it was my longest walk to date, and I didn’t get too tired! I definitely feel way stronger than I did a couple of weeks ago!
Rosie Loves Doggy Daycare
Rosie was originally found on the streets of Mexico, and it was presumed that she had been hit by a car. She had clearly been making it by on her own for some time and had bruises and cuts from dragging herself around on the dirt streets.
Rosie was taken into care by a lovely rescue group called Paws R Us, and later transported to Canada. Just 3 weeks later, she met her forever family!
Rosie’s life has changed immensely since her rescue in Mexico, and her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair has played a huge part in that! Rosie lives for her play time and her walks with her wheels. She even wants to run with her new papa! We are amazed by her speed and her energy every day!
While mama and papa are at work every day, Rosie spends her days at doggy daycare, where she is always thrilled to run and play with her friends. It’s so great to see her alongside all the other dogs, just being part of the gang! Despite her paralysis, she is a regular dog!
She has always showed herself to be a truly joyful soul, and she somehow becomes even more so when she puts on her wheels and gets moving. We can’t wait to try her skis, too, now that winter has covered our trails with snow! Thank you, Walkin’ Pets, for being such a huge part of Rosie’s second chance at life!
Barbara @rollinwithrosie 11/30/18
Meet Jump, our featured Pet of the Week!
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.
Jump, and owner Lucie @lucii.e_njoy on Instagram 11/27/18
His attitude and emotional state underwent a dramatic transition after his mobility was restored. Truly amazing! The sock on his back foot protects his nails from dragging on the concrete. Thanks again for your help.
Shane’s Owner 11/25/18
Bobby Can Still Enjoy Daily Walks
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!
Alex @bobbysmartie 11/21/18
Rescue Dog Nova Immediately Takes to Wheelchair
Nova was a rescue. He’d been hit by a car, and taken to the pound in Aurora, Colorado. The veterinarian listed him as a Labrador mix, because Aurora has laws against pit bull breeds (He’s dangerous. He drools on your feet, making them slippery. You could fall and get hurt). My wife was a volunteer for Rocky Mountain Rescue, and we took Nova in to foster him.
Well, that was 2012, and he’s still here. He’s a 65-pound American Staffordshire Terrier, who loves sleeping on my lap, playing with his five canine brothers and sisters, and eating almond butter. I was apprehensive about the whole wheelchair thing, but Nova took to it like a duck in water. He’s mellow, but still hardheaded, yet he let me buckle him in, no problems. When he saw that he could go out on the acreage with no problems, well, that’s all it took.
Curt Dillahay 11/20/18
Celebrating Another Birthday!
This product is absolutely perfectly suited for my elderly dog’s needs, and though it took some nudging and treats for him to get used to it, he is now getting around just fine with it on his own. It actually serves as a form of physical therapy for him as well, in that it enables him to be able to walk around for a bit without it. With your help, he was able to have just celebrated his 19th birthday! He thanks you all so very much!
Robert M. Balbi, and, of course, SnowBall 11/18/18
Rusty’s Rear Leg Substitutes
Adaptability at its finest. Old man Rusty will be 15 years old in January. He used to run and jump off anything into the water, including the cliffs at high rocks. I found his Walkin’ Wheels on Craigslist last spring. Recently, Rusty decided his wheels were his rear-leg substitutes. Now we are back at it, and his life is back to normal. He wants to chase the ladies. Currently, he gets to do that, so I don’t see him leaving this world anytime soon.
Sandrine @sandrine.503 11/15/18
Happy German Shepherd Dog!
Thank you for the prompt parts delivery. Here is a picture of a happy Sara! We got a call from Sara’s vet and he has another German Shepard that lost the use of her hind legs. We encouraged the vet to have the owner call us so we can show her that there is life after legs!
This Stray Became the Perfect Dog
My dog’s name is Ernie. He was found as a stray, picked up by animal control, and brought over to ARF by me in Cincinnati. I volunteer with Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue and was contacted by our coordinator about this old guy. I agreed to take him in as a foster and picked him up from the shelter. That was 3 1/2 years ago . . .
He was the perfect dog right from the beginning. He loved toys (was a toy hoarder), but most of all, he loved playing fetch! Someone must have taught him the proper way to fetch and retrieve, because he would bring the ball right back to me and place it in my hand every time.
About 2 years ago, I noticed him dragging his back paws a little bit and losing his footing here and there. I took him to the vet to get checked out, and that’s when he was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. Typically, once they start showing signs of this disease, it progresses quickly (usually within 6-12 months) but he didn’t start getting worse until about 4 months ago (2 years after his diagnosis.) He can’t walk much anymore, so we just use the Walkin’ Wheels mainly for potty breaks and meal time.
I am not 100% sure how old he is since he was a stray, but I would guess 13-14 years old. I’m not sure how much longer he has with me, since he has declined quite a bit over the last couple months, but he’s still such a good boy and gives me lots of kisses.
Gina @g_schu 11/06/18
Maya Was Born to Move
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.
Lora @lorageneva 11/02/18
Disability Won’t Stop Peanut
Peanut is a happy, smiley dog who has never let her disability stop her from anything before. However, with her new set of Walkin’ Wheels, she can run even faster, and grow stronger in her front legs. She loves to race the other dogs, and is a sweet, kind-hearted girl with an inspiring zest for life.
@petes_mission (animal sanctuary) 10/29/18
Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair was a No-Brainer
Scout is 12 going on 3. Up until about a year ago, she was always the fastest dog at the park. I know this because she was always out-running all the other dogs while simultaneously herding them. Then about a year ago, we started to notice her gait was a little off. Eventually she got to the point where she couldn’t walk without her back end betraying her. It has always somewhat had a mind of its own, as most corgi owners can attest, but this time we knew something was off and had to admit to ourselves that something more was wrong. We did not know what Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) was when we got the diagnosis from the vet and didn’t quite grasp the seriousness of DM until we did hours of research. It seemed like the blink of an eye that she went from flying around the house, to visibly frustrated to the point that she wouldn’t even try to walk without some sort of provocation. It was heartbreaking to see the frustration in her lack of mobility. By the time we went from debating our options to acquiring her cart, she had gone from steadfast shadow to ambivalent observer. You could tell she wanted to be right there, but didn’t trust herself to get there. At that point, the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair was a no-brainer.
We were a bit nervous at first. We had read about some dogs being terrified of such a foreign contraption but were soon thrilled about her new lease on life that we were witnessing. In all the 30 seconds that it had taken to throw the harness on and clip it to the wheelchair, she was flying around as if she had never missed a day. We had our shadow back, and Scout had her mobility and confidence back once again. We immediately started going for walks and to the park again. She was back to challenging dogs ten times her size. It took a few days for her to learn to navigate corners and curbs, but she was a pro in no-time. We honestly couldn’t be happier or more grateful to have her back because ‘with her, life is routine, without her, life is unbearable.
Ryan Robertson and Rachel Haveman @rrrrrrayray_scout 10/26/18
Excellent Customer Service
I think your company is great! The customer service is excellent, and I feel you go above and beyond. Our German shepherd dog Mace suffers from degenerative myelopathy – “DM”, and I didn’t realize how sad and depressed he was until we got the wheels.
The very first day we received the wheels, he went to the back gate and wanted to go for a walk. Mace has his tracking dog title, and he is also a canine good citizen. And, most importantly, he plays ball again.
He was given a second chance and I cannot thank you enough!
Jodi and Tim 10/2318
DM can’t keep Ronin down.
Ronin is 11 years old, and has had Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) for about 6 months now. We bought his Walkin’ Wheels back in July, and has been so happy in them ever since. He has always been a forever puppy. He loves to jump, run, and hike at all times, so having DM has been really hard on him. We can finally see him run again in his wheels!
Ronin’s owner @ronin_on_wheels 10/19/18
Determined Boxer Refuses to Slow Down
“Some pretty incredible people we are lucky enough to call friends & neighbors, purchased this Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair for our sweet Triumph. I have no doubt this will improve his quality of life as we battle Degenerative Myelopathy. He is already cruising around like a pro. We went on our very first walk and it left me speechless. He’s one determined pup and he even ran! We took a wagon in case he got tired, but he refused to slow down. We don’t deserve dogs.”
Triumph’s hospice foster parents @boxergirladdi 10/17/18
This Dachshund is thrilled to be outdoors again!
We tried out our wheels today! Duck is a BIG fan! He took to them quickly after some pepperoni motivation! He was absolutely thrilled to be outside too. I was so happy to see my baby happy again! Thanks, Walkin’ Pets!
Erin @ermor 10/15/18
New Lease on Life for Olde English Bulldogge
This wheelchair has given my 9.5-year-old Olde English Bulldogge a new lease on life. She normally could drag her legs about 100 yards, and now she goes on full walks and runs. The wheelchair can go through dirt piles with ease and rocky gopher mound fields!
Karen Heisick 10/10/18
Globe Trotting Dog in Walkin’ Wheels
Riley was born in Kentucky but loves to travel! He has lived in Panama, Peru, and now is residing in Bogota, Colombia.
Unfortunately, Riley had a herniated disc last year that left him paralyzed, but his Walkin’ Wheels have kept him mobile! He enjoys picnics in the park, eating at outdoor cafes, and barking at people zooming by on roller blades!
Joey, @joeybonura IG 10/05/18
“Old Self” Again with Walkin’ Wheels
Badger is a 12-year-old German Shepherd Mix who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia as a puppy. I have kept him healthy and happy on a raw natural dog diet for 12 years without issues until this past June. It was like a light switch, and he started going downhill FAST. After a couple of months, it was as though he had no idea where his legs were, no stability, and became sad over not being able to do the things he used to do. I tried working with the vet with pain medication, but nothing worked. That is when our local animal hospital told me about your company and the products you sell.
After a couple of hours thinking it over, I decided it was worth the try for Badger, because other than his back legs, he is strong and healthy. As soon as Badger’s wheels hit the ground he was just like his old self. These wheels literally took years off, and after getting home, he flopped down on his dog bed and still has a happy look on his face because he had the best time with his new wheels. He looks satisfied! I can’t tell you how amazing your product, process, and people are.
Julie Garley 9/30/18
No Limitations for This Survivor!
Hops is a survivor. At the age of one, he survived being hit by a car which resulted in back-end paralysis. He was saved from being euthanized at his owner’s request at the shelter they brought him to, but he was not adopted at the shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized yet again. Farfel’s Farm and Rescue in Boulder, Colorado, received the urgent plea for his rescue and brought him to Colorado from Texas, where we were fortunate enough to become his new family.
He is the most resilient, happy, sweet dog you will ever meet. Being paralyzed has not stopped him from being incredibly active – he does not realize he has any limitations. His Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair allows him to hike and run and go on walks with his fur siblings. He is so fast in his wheels that he easily outruns me when he wants to. He also uses his Walkin’ Pets Drag Bag when he is outside hanging out. Hops will be two in November and there is no stopping him from enjoying life to its fullest, and we are lucky to be beside him as he does just that.
Rebecca Wooldridge, @gogo_hops 9/25/18
Dachshund Loves Going for Walks Again
Sammy is our six-year-old male. About a year and a half ago he lost use of his back legs. We followed doctors’ instructions and kept him in a crate, limiting his movement and giving him steroids, pain killers, etc. – with no luck. He’s still a happy boy, and fortunately our house is mostly tile, so he can scoot himself around pretty well, just allowing his back end to slide around behind him.
About 6 months ago, we got a set of your wheels for him, and within 5 minutes of being in the wheels, he was running up and down the hallway in the house (chasing the liver treats I was throwing for him!). He loves going out for a walk now, and walks proud, not even seeming to notice (or care) that he’s got these wheels instead of functioning legs.
Your product is great – very well built, great instructions, and a good value for the quality. You don’t just sell wheels – you sell freedom for our pups who are limited. Thanks for providing such a great product to help dogs like Sammy stay mobile!
Sammy’s Family 9/20/18
Golden Shepherd Gets Moving Again
Meet Marcus! He’s a Golden Shepherd mix and is 10 years old this month. This July, he slipped a disc that left him paralyzed, completely unable to use his back legs. While we all started to adapt to this new normal, @joeys_paw was kind enough to send him a wheelchair to get him moving again!
Marcus is much happier when he’s able to walk around, and we are so grateful for their donation and support through this.
Retired Police Dog Has Quality of Life Again
Shadow is my retired Police K9 that I worked with on the street for approximately 8 years. Shadow retired due to age and because he was beginning to have issues with his back half. He now stays at home with our other four dogs. Approximately 6-8 months after his retiring, he got to the point where he could not stand on his rear legs. This condition was being caused by the sheath around his spine deteriorating and causing nerve issues. He still has the same personality and wants to go to work with me. My wife and I hated that he could not get outside and move around with the other dogs, so we bought the Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair from your company. My only regret is that we did not do it sooner.
The wheelchair allows Shadow to get out and move around the yard with our other dogs, and he gets to barking up a storm! Shadow, with all his years of working and wearing a harness to track, took to the wheelchair with no problem. He enjoys getting out in the yard, but I have to keep an eye on him because he actually starts chasing our other dogs around. He can move quite quickly in the chair. Shadow’s quality of life is greatly improved due to the chair and his ability to move around outside again. Thanks!
Officer Rob C. 9/10/18
Dog Hits the Trails Again Despite Mobility Challenges
His name is Indiana Bones, and he’s 14-years-old. We adopted him when he was 11-years-old, and we were surprised by how energetic he was when we’d take him out on the trail. It became our favorite thing together: hiking and camping.
Just a few weeks ago, his back legs started to rapidly give out – the result of a degenerative condition. It limits his mobility to mostly dragging his hind legs, making it a challenge for him to go very far. We decided to get him wheels so he could still get his energy out and hit the trails – and he loves it!
Katy, @katydaily 9/05/18
Happy as Ever with New Walkin’ Wheels
Shea is enjoying her newfound independence with these new wheels. It’s been a rough week, but she’s never stopped smiling and is as happy as ever. But gosh, I miss those tail thumps.
Starting Monday, she had stiffness in her back legs, and by mid-day Tuesday her back legs and tail were paralyzed. This all came completely out of nowhere. Most likely this was a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), essentially a stroke in her spinal cord.
We are incredibly grateful for the team at PetPT who are helping us to get her back up and moving. And until then, she’s got some spiffy new wheels!
Sarah, @salt_jar 8/30/18
Airedale with DM Gets Mobility Back
Oliver was a rescue. We got him when he was a year old, and he will be eight-years-old in March. He is the largest Airedale I have ever seen — not fat, just large! Tips the scales at 104 lbs.
Six months ago, while walking him, we noticed he was dragging his right rear foot, so we took him to the vet and the another and another. We had numerous blood tests done looking for TBDs, as well as X-rays, an MRI, and finally a test for Degenerative Myelopathy, which he tested positive for. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease.
We were devastated when we found out his diagnosis, so I vowed to make the rest of his days with us as pleasant as possible. That’s when I found Handicapped Pets and the carts that you provide to help us to make our boy’s remaining days more enjoyable by having his mobility.
It took a few weeks to get Oliver used to the cart. Now he goes . . . goes . . . goes in it! The problem we have is that when we turn him around to head home, he puts the brakes on because he doesn’t want to go back home.
Happy Owner 8/25/18
German Shepherd with DM Keeps Mobile!
My name is Kaiser. I am a well-loved German Shepherd mix who was adopted 9/17/2009 from Clover Run Rescue (a no-kill shelter) in Jefferson, GA. I was ~9 mos old at the time and had been surrendered months earlier by a student who could not care for a high-energy puppy. When I was 8, I started lightly dragging my right rear toes after a day of lots of walking. My mom kept watch. When it didn’t get better, she took me to the vet. My x-rays were clear so I was trialed on Rimadyl and Neurontin.
My condition did not improve so the vet recommended acupuncture. As my condition continued a slow decline, the vet decided it could be degenerative myelopathy. Mom’s boyfriend removed the back steps and built a ramp just for me. Mom had already been looking into wheelchairs (and reading up about DM) and Walkin’ Pets was recommended by a friend, so after much deliberation on which wheels and extras to purchase, mom bought me this awesome set of blue wheels.
She also has this front and rear combo harness that helps her lift my 70 pounds in and out of the car since I can’t climb in on my own anymore. The wheels were awkward at first (mostly for mom) because we tried it out in the back yard. When she took me into town and I had pavement, I took off!! I’m still full of life and energy, I never stop smiling, and I love giving kisses. My mom says I’m the goodest good boy.
– Leslie Trivett, @lrtrivett on Instagram 8/17/18
Getting Rear-Leg Function Back
Milo, our nine-year-old Boxer mix, was felled just one month ago by a FCE with instantaneous total rear leg paralysis. Luckily, he kept bowel and bladder control along with his tail wagging ability. We received our Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair just a few days after his spinal stroke. This dog was completely paralyzed in the back legs, and now he is getting function back, and we are amazed with his progress.
I know that this progress is in large part due to keeping him active, happy, and exercised in the Walkin’ Wheels. It’s the perfect rehabilitation tool, allowing him to exercise in comfort, preventing muscle atrophy, joint stiffening, and depression. Most importantly, it provides stimulation of the nerves lost to the emboli, providing physical therapy just as we would in humans with a functional deficit or injury. We worked with the wheels daily, gradually improving his technique and stamina.
Now, only 3 weeks later, we are taking long walks in it, and he is almost back up to his normal trotting pace of before the stroke. At about week 2, we noticed his back legs suddenly were starting to move while he was ‘wheelin’ one day, and now he is getting some function back. It seems he gets more back every day, and the wheelchair has been a huge part of that.
Dawn Meicher, RN, MSN, ARNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Washington State 8/10/18
Boxer is full of life and spunk!
Melody is a 9-month-old Boxer, who is full of life and spunk! She was born with spina bifida. Three months ago, she had to have a bilateral rear leg amputation. Before her amputation surgery, her legs were pulling on her spine, causing pain while she was in her wheelchair. Since the surgery, she loves her wheelchair and is able to be part of the pack! She is able to go everywhere in her wheelchair, and loves it. Melody even pulls on her leash, wanting to run. Her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair has given her life as a dog back to her. She’s no longer a disabled dog, she is part of the family and can do everything that the other dogs do! She is currently training to be a therapy dog to visit hospitals to serve as an inspiration to others. She loves new people and going places.
~Debra Thompson and David Allen 8/03/18
Amputee Dog Regains Independence
Thank you for giving Little Bit her independence again. Little Bit came into my life when a former student brought her to me when she was one week old. He thought a rat had chewed her foot off because he pulled her and her siblings from under a storage building. She would later need to have her leg amputated above the knee due to the lower bones growing outward.
Little Bit recently tore her ACL and collateral ligaments and will later need surgery. She has been using Walkin’ Wheels for one month and uses the Walkin’ Wheels optional harness because of her amputation. The harness is great because I can transfer her in and out of Walkin’ Wheels.
Little Bit goes everywhere now, has complete confidence, and has gained her independence through using the cart. She has her mobility back thanks to Walkin’ Wheels. Thank you again for making Little Bit’s life better. Your product has made both of our lives happier. Walkin’ Wheels is very easy to assemble, adjust, and lightweight to transport.
Anna Parker 7/26/18
Wheelchair Is Best Dog-Lover Tool
Lucy has a trailing left hind leg which is becoming progressively worse, most probably due to degenerative neuropathy. She is not in pain but lacks strength and balance and falls many times. Besides that, her trailing paw is prone to many abrasions and cuts. I tried helping her with traction boots which at least protect from the abrasions, but it didn’t help the balance issue much.
That’s only one of Lucy’s problems; she was found by my girlfriend, Therese, three years ago in the street with a severe chest infection for which she now requires daily inhalers and bronchodilator pills. She has to eat moist food, as she has mildly impaired swallowing reflex, cataracts, and breast lumps. Nevertheless, she is always so happy and full of life, and it kills me denying her the ability to walk properly.
That’s where the wheelchair came in. She immediately got used to it with food reinforcement, as she is very greedy! She is now able to walk long distances. It’s great because it doesn’t occupy a lot of space, very user friendly to set up, practical as you can adjust the height, and she can do her needs without any difficulty at all. God forbid, if both of her hind legs eventually become out of use, there’s always the suspending hind leg loops which I can use. It’s really the best tool any dog lover could ever have. So thanks again, and keep doing a good job for all pets out there.
Mark from Malta 7/19/18
Tail Wags Non-Stop!
Lula loves her new Walkin’ Wheels! Lula is a permanent foster of the Chesapeake Retriever Rescue of WI (CRROW). She came to the rescue from Duluth, MN, with severe hip dysplasia and two ruptured ACLs. She is about 10-years-old and 115 pounds; she is often accused of being overweight, but she has very large bones and a very fluffy coat.
Lula LOVES to go for walks. She likes to walk at least 3-4 times a day. At the beginning of February, Lula’s right hip started to give out on her and she would fall. We had not considered wheels until we saw Walkin’ Wheels at a pet show.
Thanks to donations from many of Lula’s generous Facebook friends and her blog followers, we were able to purchase the Walkin’ Wheels. Lula is once again enjoying her walks multiple times a day. Her tail wags non-stop as she rolls around the neighborhood!
Quick Study on Wheels!
We got Winston set up in his wheelchair, and he is learning very quickly! Within five minutes he was already walking around, smiling, and enjoying himself. Look at that smile! Thanks again for helping us with this wheelchair. You really are the best.
Boxer with DM Loves Independence
Here’s our boy Kiefer. He’ll be 11 in June. He has DM, which has been progressing since about May last year. He can still get around on his own on all four legs, (some days are better than others). Previously we had been using the slings, harnesses, and rear leashes to take him for walks. Although they work pretty well, it limits their independence. Kiefer loves the independence he gets on wheels. Each day we get to spend with him is a gift.
Beth and Steve Yeatman 6/20/18