AMHERST, NH (February 13, 2019) Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com congratulates rescue dog Effie Brown who walked in the 2019 New York Pet Fashion Show. Effie represented all handicapped pets as the first ever wheelchair dog and first Pit Bull to walk at the fashion show. Brought in from Apollo Support and Rescue (ASR), Effie showed off her bravery and her Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair on the runway. Winning a trophy for Honorable Mention.
Effie and her foster mom, Monica Brown, the Special Needs Coordinator for ASR, walked in the February 7th fashion show as a part of the “Royal Pup-tial Wedding”. Effie walked alongside other adorable rescue dogs including Princess Meghan Barkle and Harry Prince of Tails. Effie was featured as a bridesmaid in her custom-made gown.
Walkin’ Pets was proud to help sponsor Effie and Monica’s trip from Texas to New York, as they brought six other rescue dogs to their new forever homes along the way! Walkin’ Pets Staff were thrilled to meet Effie in New York City and help her prepare for her runway debut.
"We are all amazed by Effie’s progress and she certainly wouldn’t have walked in a huge fashion show without the help of her wheels. Having Walkin’ Pets there with us was the best,” says Monica Brown of ASR.
Effie’s story is a true rag to riches story. Found living in a plastic bin inside a Fort Worth, Texas garage, Effie endured urine burns and excruciating pain, unable to move the lower half of her body. When her ASR Special Needs Coordinators recognized that to achieve mobility, Effie would need extra support, they turned to the Gunnar’s Wheels Foundation for Effie’s new wheelchair. Jason Parker of Gunnar’s Wheels works closely with Walkin’ Pets in an effort to donate wheelchairs to dogs in need. Offering his guidance and expertise, Jason recommended a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, encouraging Monica to get Effie back on her feet as soon as possible. Jason and Gunnar’s Wheels donated Effie a wheelchair for life, giving Effie the hard-earned second chance she deserved.
Watch the video below to see Effie’s journey from Rescue Pup to Runway Star!
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