We are all trying to save a buck or two when we can in this tough economy. But when it comes to dog wheelchairs, I think you have to be careful. We just had a very nice couple and their dog come by for some help with a newly purchased dog wheelchair from one of the more popular online auction sites. Even though it wasn’t a Ruff Rollin’ dog wheelchair, we were happy to offer any assistance we could. They got a great deal it seemed at first, but after making the necessary adjustments, it was clear this chair was not a good fit for this dog. And chances for a refund or even an exchange were slim. A good fitting wheelchair for your dog during this time of crisis is crucial. A reputable and honest manufacturer should provide good follow up service and ultimately provide your dog with the proper fitting dog wheelchair. If you do decide to go for the “great deal”, make sure someone from the company you are purchasing from will be able to help you with the proper follow up. Also, look at the return policy carefully. I’ve seen some pretty shady policies out there so look over the fine print. Finally, stay away from buying from private individuals. I’ve seen a lot of folks get burned on those purchases as well. In short, going the cheaper route can cost you not only your hard earned money, but also a lot of time for you and your dog. Your dog’s comfort and health is what’s at stake, so be careful of those “great deals”, and keep them doggies rollin’!!!
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When asked “WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?” I say “I GET TO ADD THE SPARKLE BACK!” “If I could have taken a picture of the sparkle in my dog (GSDX) Mindy’s eyes when she realized that those wheels where giving her the freedom to move, run and play ball again, it would have said it all! She had become depressed because of her Degenerative Myelopathy and was not able to chase squirrels or play ball anymore and Ruff Rollin’ changed all that for her. She was sick for 1.5years with DM and she used her wheels [... more]
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