Wheels of Fortune and Fence Follies
Those of you who get the printed Leaf-Chronicle probably saw the story on Sunday about the little dog who was born without front legs. The little girl would scoot on her back legs, pushing her torso across the floor. She'd probably not mind living this way,the people in the article said, but doing so would put a huge strain on her back, causing future problems and injuries.
So, a Chattanooga orthotist with a prosthetics company made a set of wheels, free of charge, for the dog, who's name is Hope. The devise is made with model airplane wheels and spring-loaded arms that hook to a custom-fitted chest plate to allow the dog to lie down or sit up without removing the legs.
They say pets do really well with prothestics, because they don't get depressed about losing a leg or arm as a person might and that they are always ready to play and romp no matter what the disability. This little dog, when born, was pushed away by litter mates and she couldn't get enough to eat, so the Maltese was taken by a Maltese rescue group that found her a good home. The company will make new legs as she grows. The couple who adopted her have five Yorkies and now two Maltese and have arranged their work schedules so someone is always home with Hope. They say she has no concept that she's not a "normal" dog and is sweet, friendly and playful.
What an inspirational story!Hope is a good name for the dog, but I think she should have an aviation-related name since she's on airplane wheels. Maybe Amelia? Flygirl?
And on a local note, Inge Irby of Second Chance sent me a photo and story of a little Boston terrier named Sgt. Robers,also pictured above. Here's his story:
"Sgt. Rogers tried to jump over a fence and had a very bad accident, as you can see by the photos. He was found with a huge open wound on his belly and will need several operations. However, he is doing just fine and the vet says he's not in pain and that the surgery is primarily cosmetic. The accident happened about three weeks ago and he is clear of infection, but his surgery will still cost several hundreds of dollars. If you would like to help little Sgt. Roger get back to full duty as soon as possible, please click on the PayPal button at www.seconchancehappytails.petfinder.org to make a secure credit card donation. You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. Thank you in advance for any help you can give, says Sgt. Rogers!"
And if you love Boston Terriers and are looking for a new canine companion, go to the Second Chance Happy TAils Web site and fill out an adoption application for Sgt. Rogers! He's a cutie! My Mom always loved Bostons, as she had one as a kid. They are adorable!
posted by Sandy at 2/11/2008 03:29:00 PM