3/13/2008 – 8/22/2013
On October 13, 2012 I adopted Joie (formerly Mylee) from Oregon Dachshund Rescue. After loving my Dachshund, Frankie (the walk ‘n roll dog) for almost 13 years who had IVDD and in a dog wheelchair for six years, I knew I wanted to open my heart to another special needs Dachshund. You can read about Frankie’s legacy here.
It was love at first sight when I set my eyes on Joie (pronounced Joey). In French the spelling of her name means joy. Little did I know then that she would only be in my life for such a short time. Ten months and nine days to be exact. You can read more about her and why I had to say goodbye so soon in a post I wrote titled Remembering Joie.
For the past seven years it has been a passion of mine to educate others about Intervertebral Disc Disease and that dogs in wheelchairs can live quality lives. I have no doubt it will be my lifetime passion and mission.
Joie leaves behind a legacy just as Frankie did, but in a different way. Her story is featured in Inspiring Stories about Pets with Disabilities (Volume I). Joie is also featured in a movie coming out late 2014 called, “The Surface.” She plays herself in a scene where one of the characters is having a flashback to his family life of his little girl and their dog in a wheelchair (based on a a true story). I am so honored to know Joie will represent all dogs in wheelchairs around the world on the big screen and the quality life they can lead if given a chance. Joie was on the set of the movie on August 12, 2013 and passed away shortly after that on August 22, 2013.
Though I only had Joie for such a short time I wouldn’t trade the joy she brought to my life. She was the happiest, sweetest little girl who went with the flow of life. She made me laugh and giggle on a daily basis. Thank you, Joie for being my Joie de vivre (Joy of living).
Please join us in honoring ALL wheelchair dogs by liking us on Facebook at NATIONAL WALK ‘N ROLL DOG DAY which was founded August 3, 2012. Help us spread the positive message about wheelchair dogs.
The Frankie Wheelchair Fund was also established in 2012 to help dogs in need with mobility challenges who need a wheelchair. To date we have helped over 38 dogs because of the generous contributions from others.