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Elmo with IVDD Rolling Again Courtesy of The Frankie Wheelchair Fund

Elmo with IVDD Rolling Again Courtesy of The Frankie Wheelchair Fund

Another pup up and rolling! Get along little doggie and roll, roll, roll!

I’m excited to share that Elmo is the 62nd dog the Frankie Wheelchair Fund granted a wheelchair to.

Elmo took right to his wheels as it seems most dachshunds do. You just can’t tell a dachshund that they can’t fly, because they are always eager to show you otherwise.

Elmo’s one ear back I’m sure is to help with speed in his new wheels and the other ear out to the side to help in navigating turns. Gotta love those determined and high spirited doxie’s!

And really good news about Elmo who was being fostered through Lovey Loaves Sanctuary is that his foster mom has become his forever mom! That deserves a spin around the floor in his slick wheels a thousand times over.

I know you will all join me in saying congratulations to dear Elmo!

Our Frankie Fund was also recently able to help a little dog named Wiz with a new saddle for his wheelchair. It seems Wiz was having an issue with his male part – and oh dear – even with a name like Wiz.

He had just gotten his new wheelchair, which has already set his caretakers back financially so they didn’t know how they could swing a new saddle so his delicate male part would be more protected.

Eddie’s Wheels contacted me asking if the Frankie Wheelchair Fund could help. And of course, we don’t want to keep a good man doxie down, so it was a pleasure to help.

While I’m on the topic of wheelie dogs today and IVDD, I want to take a moment to once again share two excellent resources regarding this disease.

I talked to a woman yesterday afternoon distraught after her 8 1/2 year old dachshund just had surgery and needed to know there is hope.

It’s a good reminder to share these resources I find so helpful and gave me peace of mind when my dear Frankie went down.

Dodgerslist is an online organization dedicated to educating the public about IVDD and helping pet owners whose pets have been given this diagnosis. I highly recommend signing up for their forum group and purchasing their three dollar DVD on living with, and caring for a dog with IVDD. 

The other relatively new resource is an excellent and very detailed book with a splash of humor written by Kristen Leydig Bryant and Dr. Adam Christman called Honey Have Your Squeezed the Dachshund. Every dachshund owner, whether your dog had IVDD or not, should have this in their library. You can purchase it on Amazon

Elmo’s wheelchair is custom-made by Eddie’s Wheels for Pets,- the company that I prefer and always refer when asked.

If you’d like to help me continue my mission in helping paralyzed dogs with wheelchairs you can donate to the Frankie Wheelchair Fund here.

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Update on Roo & His Special ‘Thank You.’

Update on Roo & His Special 'Thank You.'

A few weeks ago I shared the story of Roo and how the Frankie Wheelchair Fund provided funds to have a custom made wheelchair built for him by Eddie’s Wheels for Pets.

Yesterday I got this photo of him and his special thank you card! Isn’t it so sweet?

It is so rewarding helping this sweet dogs and I love seeing photos of them in their new wheels… and getting a thank you card such as this? Well, that is divine icing on the cake!

And an update on Roo that he is beginning to take to the wheels, understanding they are giving him a freedom he didn’t have before. He wasn’t quite sure about them at first.

Keep on rolling Roo!

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Double Amputee Dog Gets a Second Chance and a Set of Wheels

Double Amputee Dog Gets a Second Chance and a Set of Wheels

Roo was found as a young pup who hadn’t eaten in a long time and also in very bad shape. So bad, it resulted in the need to have his front limbs amputated.

Roo’s journey was just beginning as then he found his way to a very kind woman with a huge heart named Joanne who lives in the UK.

I learned of Roo when Joanne posted a link to Roo’s Facebook page on my page for National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day. She was working hard to raise the funds to help get Roo a wheelchair and sharing his story wherever she could.

Something in Roo’s eyes called out to me. I knew without a second guess that I wanted to use donations from the Frankie Wheelchair Fund to get Roo up and running.

But when I contacted Joanne she advised that Roo first needed therapy and she was also being given advice from the rescue from where she adopted Roo.

But I waited it out and told her that I’d really like to help and pay for Roo’s wheelchair so the money she raised to date could go towards Roo’s continued therapy and care.

And we eventually had a deal!  Joanne has been so gracious and grateful for the help for Roo.

And it’s been a joy to be a part of Roo’s continued healing journey.

His wheelchair just arrived earlier this week and he is slowly learning to use them. Sometimes a dog that has gone most of his life without limbs, such as Roo has since a puppy, they take a bit longer to get used to a wheelchair than a dog who has walked for most of his life and then is in the need of a wheelchair for various reasons.

But I see determination in Roo’s eyes and I feel only love and patience from Joanne — what a team they are and no doubt Roo will be running and playing soon on the beach near his home where he loves to go.

Roo makes the 56th dog the Frankie Wheelchair Fund has helped! You can see all the dogs given the gift of mobility because of continued donations from others here.

To learn more about the Frankie Wheelchair Fund and how you can donate or apply for help, please visit our website.

Roo’s wheelchair custom made by Eddie’s Wheels for Pets.

Keep on Rolling, Roo!!  Much love from all of us here in the USA!

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