Editor’s Note: This week, Mason and I have have been walking in Portland after spending a long stretch in Los Angeles. We had a chance to say hello to two neighborhood Corgis, one of whom started using a wheelchair a few months ago due to Degenerative Myelopathy. Before he got wheels, his dad helped him walk as his brother trotted ahead. When we last saw him he was just getting the hang of his new wheels. We’re happy to report that now he’s zooming ahead his family on walks. He did circles around Mason! When I complimented his skills, his dad summed up the benefit of the wheels simply, and I believe perfectly. “He gets to be a dog again.” Meeting them on our walk reminded me of a post from the DDY archives that I’d like to share today. Enjoy!
Eddie’s Wheels for Pets recently posted this awesome short video on Facebook of 18-year-old Bizzy using her new wheels for the first time. Eddie’s refurbished a used cart for Bizzy and modified it for her specific needs—episodes of vestibular disease have caused her to lean to the right and require walking assistance from her dad. (Common in elderly dogs, vestibular disease is caused by inner ear dysfunction and temporarily throws balance out of whack, sometimes leaving dogs with lingering issues.)
Not only do I love the sight of Bizzy cruising on her own and the very encouraging commentary from Eddies Wheels—”She’s a very active, independent 18-year-old amazing dog. Bizzy, go Biz!”—but Bizzy’s dad’s reaction to his sweet senior girl walking on her own is brilliant!