Even Ruff Rollin’ gets the occasional “phooey on you” during a fitting. Cutest dog ever!
Buddy is a 2 1/2 year old Terrier Mix that was attacked by dogs when he was less then a year old. He has been in a wheelchair since shortly after the accident, and has been receiving physical therapy at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton. There is one this Buddy has learned, and that is to not let your disability make you feel that you’re any less than that anyone, and with hope, anything is possible.
Buddy has been in his wheels for a year and a half, advocating for those without a voice. He originally started out in a Full Support Wheelchair, but has rehabilitated so well, that he now only uses the chair for Front Support. His owner was able to simply remove the rear support sling.
Brook’s dog, Fio, was diagnosed with a tumor inside of the spinal cord on April 26, 2011, after months of mysteriously weakening rear quarters. He was given three months – at most – to live.
After realizing that Fio was paralyzed, but his spirit was not broken, Brooke fundraised for a wheelchair amongst friends, family, and strangers. She bought a Ruff Rollin’ wheelchair, specially made with large tires for this active boy.
Fio was back and better than ever. He lived longer than three months – seven months and eleven days, to be exact. He passed away on December 6, 2011.
On January 11, 2012, Natalie contacted Ruff Rollin’ regarding a used wheelchair for her dog, Shilo. The folks are Ruff Rollin’ realized that Fio and Shilo, while aesthetically very different, had virtually identical measurements! Brooke happily agreed to give her wheelchair to Natalie free of charge – a good friend even paid the interstate shipping! The chair arrived on January 18, 2011.
Natalie’s canine friend, Shilo, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on December 20, 2011 and given two months to live. Natalie was determined that her spirited pup also “live it up” during his last few months. Shilo had a great time all over town (check out his FB page to see his adventures).
Shilo passed away on May 3, 2012, more than four months after his osteosarcoma diagnosis.
Both of these boys far exceeded the limits imposed on them – they were canine warriors! These warriors were able to conquer the world via their Ruff Rollin’ wheelchairs. They went for walks downtown, hikes in the woods, swimming in rivers, and romps in the dog park. Fio turned heads accompanying Brooke on daily jogs and Shilo brought smiles to unsuspecting shoppers faces.
We miss our boys and are so glad to have had the privilege to know them. – Brook and Natalie
This wheelchair was built for a 3.5 pound Chihuahua. Yes, I said 3.5 pound Chihuahua!
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