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Meet the 2023 Calendar Contest Winners

Yearly the Walkin’ Pets calendar contest helps increase consciousness for particular wants animals and raises cash to assist pet’s in want. This yr’s contest featured nearly 300 particular wants animals from all world wide.

Cowl Canine Bo from Hong Kong

Our cowl canine Bo is a Degenerative Myelopathy warrior from Hong Kong. He has been preventing DM for over 2.5 years! He could also be paralyzed from the chest down, however he nonetheless enjoys life with the assistance of his four-wheel wheelchair!

Filou from France

Filou is an 8-year-old “massive big” Yorkie that turned paralyzed on the age of 1 following an accident. His former proprietor then took him to a shelter, the place he was adopted in 2016.

At the moment, Filou could be very blissful and loopy about life and lives along with his mother and his three canine sisters, Skully, Pepper, and Jade.

Paralyzed yorkie is happy in his Walkin' Wheels wheelchair

Holly from Illinois

Holly was present in somebody’s entrance yard, unable to stroll, at solely two months outdated. She was later recognized with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, aka Wobbly Cat Syndrome. The clinic tried for 4 months to discover a rescue that will take her or an adopter for her. Lastly, a clinic employees member shared Holly Hun’s story in a Fb group the place her new mother fell in love! Holly can not stand or stroll, however that doesn’t cease her from dwelling life to the fullest.

Holly received her wheels a few yr in the past. Her full help cart has modified her life by giving her the power to stand up off the ground and revel in cruising round like her feline siblings. Holly will get excited after we get her cart out for her. Her Walkin’ Wheels cart has introduced a brand new degree of enjoyment to her life; for that, her household will likely be endlessly grateful!

Bay Lee from Texas

Bay Lee has at all times been an extremely lively canine. She started to have hassle strolling and was recognized with IVDD. As soon as she received her Walkin’ Wheels canine wheelchair, she was unstoppable from the primary second! She had again surgical procedure in February. Following surgical procedure, Bay Lee had retained motor operate in each of her hind limbs, however required help.  Two weeks publish op, Bay might stroll…with assist… and little or no knuckling. 

Now eight months post-op.  Bay Lee has come a great distance, and her prognosis continues to be constructive. She has dangerous days and she or he has nice days. On the dangerous days, she is stiff and has points strolling. She sits down, and her again proper leg flies up.  When she is pottying, the leg thumps the bottom uncontrollably. A few of that is the arthritis… and a few of it’s the IVDD as she nonetheless has a number of disc protrusions in her backbone. On the good days, she is ready to stroll fairly usually with the assistance of her Walkin’ Wheels and is her energetic self.

BayLee the wheelchair dog

Finest Buddies Rio and Alfie from England

Rio and Alfie had been each recognized with stage 5 IVDD in 2021, which left them each paralyzed. Not realizing one another earlier than, Rio and Alfie bonded by way of sharing suggestions, methods, and many help by way of the toughest occasions. Nearly a yr later, these IVDD Warriors live their greatest lives, visiting their favourite place, the seaside, and making a number of wheelie good associates alongside the best way!

Antonia from Germany

Antonia was an agile and athletic German Shepherd who cherished swimming within the sea or lake. Earlier than a collection of well being issues, Antonia was going to be skilled as a rescue canine for the German Pink Cross.

As she received older, she developed hip issues and two vestibular syndromes that left her unable to stroll on her personal. Her wheelchair allowed Antonia to be in the course of every little thing, spend time together with her household, and revel in lengthy walks. Along with her wheelchair’s help, she was in a position to stay a contented and lively life.

Antonia a German Shepherd with DM

Donnie from Arizona

Donnie, a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd combine, was recognized with DM at 8 yr outdated. His household was devastated when Degenerative Myelopathy took away using his again legs. His Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair made all of the distinction. “The wheels helped Donnie to stroll higher and it made it simpler to take care of him. Donnie cherished to play fetch along with his tennis ball and the wheels helped Donnie to try this once more! For an extra 8 months Donnie was in a position to stay life nearer to how he used to earlier than DM. Utilizing the Walkin’ Wheels, Donnie received an opportunity to hike with us and play within the snow for the primary time too! And better of all he was in a position to get comfy once more whereas utilizing the toilet exterior. His wheels have given him a lot extra time, independence, and happiness.”

After battling DM for shut to 2 years, Donnie crossed the rainbow bridge in September 2022.

Mily from Florida

Mily was born in 2005 on the road in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She has had quite a few well being scares through the years, together with epileptic seizures, most cancers, and mobility loss as she received older. Her adopted mother informed Mily that she would by no means be alone once more and promised they’d at all times be collectively. Mily’s mother promised to be devoted in good occasions and dangerous, in illness and well being, and thus love and respect her every single day of Mily’s life.

disabled poodle with her friend

Duke from Lincoln, UK

Duke turned paralyzed very immediately in January 2022 as a result of IVDD. As quickly as Duke was put in his wheels he took to them right away. He ran in them the primary time he wore them. It was at this second his household knew we had made the suitable resolution for him.  He loves his Walkin’ Wheels canine wheelchair and has an indoor scooter too!

Duke’s household says, “The wheels have completely reworked his high quality of life he loves getting out and about in them, he makes everybody smile when he’s out and will get a variety of consideration from individuals who prefer to cease, give him fuss and ask about his wheels. It’s shocking to listen to a number of households who’ve animals who would profit from wheels for all totally different causes.”

Duke the Frenchie in his wheelchair

Eli from Alabama

Eli is a Boykin Spaniel who overcame swimmer’s syndrome as a child. Seven years later Eli suffered from a spinal stroke in a single day and misplaced using his again legs. After three weeks of hospitalization, Eli acquired his first Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair and by no means appeared again!

Now, nearly 11, Eli is right here to assist, encourage and provides hope to individuals and animals all over the place. When you can’t do issues a method, do it one other. Eli desires the world to know that totally different is simply the subsequent journey. By no means hand over! He wakes up with a smile and is able to go on some nice journey every single day.  He lives his life to the fullest and does ALL the issues his 4 siblings do. 

Rita from Plymouth, UK

Rescued from Romania, Rita had been hit by a automotive and suffered spinal accidents. Later, Rita returned to veterinary care after additional accidents brought on by dragging herself round. Sirius Animal Rescue and Miracle’s Mission each performed their half in Rita’s new blissful life. She is now settled in her endlessly residence and loves whizzing round in her wheelchair.

Rita helps promote consciousness for disabled pets as an envoy for Peppa’s Place, which is a UK-based charitable group that mortgage out wheelchairs to different disabled canine, Rita has helped increase cash and we now have over 60 wheelchairs serving to others.

Kardi from Texas

This marks Kardi’s sixth time being featured within the Walkin’ Pets Calendar! Kardi was an incredible little lady whose smile brightened the world. Kardi turned paralyzed from IVDD in January 2015 and acquired her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair the next month. She cherished to run round and play with all her toys and was the happiest little canine regardless of her incapacity. Kardi was a remedy canine for a number of years and introduced happiness to all who met her. Heartbreakingly, Kardi ran throughout the rainbow bridge on 2/20/2022 and is extremely missed by so many.

Ferg from New Zealand

At 10.5 months, Ferg started having unexplained mobility points. By 14 months, he had misplaced the power to face or stroll. Now, along with his wheelchair, he can play exterior independently and will get into all kinds of mischief. Ferg resides proof that having a incapacity mustn’t maintain you again, and he has confirmed the vets that instructed the most suitable choice for him was to be euthanized flawed.

Ferg lives life at prime pace! He likes to go quick in his cart and even drifts round corners! His mother and father say, “the acquisition of his Walkin Wheels wheelchair was the most effective resolution we ever made. With out his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair Ferg would not be right here.”

Pumpkin the 2023 Walkin’ Pets Hero

Pumpkin wasn’t born paralyzed; her backbone was damaged, leaving her paralyzed from the shoulders again. Adopted at 8 weeks outdated, her new household fell in love together with her.

Impressed by Pumpkin’s spirit, her household created Pumpkin and Buddies Charity, whose mission is to lift consciousness for particular wants pets, advocate, fundraise, and donate wheelchairs to households in want. Pumpkin has already helped over 30 disabled canine in just some brief months! Pumpkin’s household works 24/7, advocating for these lovely animals, displaying the world simply how wonderful particular wants animals are!

The 2023 Rescue of the 12 months: SFT Animal Sanctuary

Positioned in Tangier, Morocco, SFT is at present residence to over 450 canine, together with 25 wheelchair canine. Amongst their wheelie canine is their mascot, Fortunate Pet. Fortunate Pet loves life and is the quickest canine on wheels on the sanctuary! She is an instance for all of us to comply with. Pure pleasure, naughtiness, playful, and cheekiness. The sanctuary works tirelessly to avoid wasting lives, change attitudes, train love, and compassion and assist their group. Since its begin in 2012, the sanctuary has helped deal with, vaccinate, and neuter 3,200 strays in Tangier.

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