Wheels for Mex

$3,680 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 110 people in 41 months
Cheryl Spellman Ross  UTICA, OH
Mex is a 5 year old German Shepherd and a retired Contract Working Dog (CWD). He was diagnosed with severe Hip Dysplasia and Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. This is an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord that is similar in many ways to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Mex is no longer able to use is hind legs for standing or walking. We use a Help 'Em Up Harness to get around in the house. To be mobile outdoors, he needs a cart, wheelchair, for his hind legs. With the cost of the cart, physical therapy, laser treatments and medications, the vet bills are mounting up. We were blessed on October 4, 2012 with the adoption of Mex from Military Working Dog Adoptions. As I mentioned, CWD Mex is a retired Contract Working Dog that worked as a Patrol / Narcotic Detection Dog(PNDD) for 2 years in Afghanistan. A CWD is owned by a private contracting company and is contracted with the Department of Defense (DoD) to work alongside Military Working Dogs (MWD's) protecting our service men and women.

On June 11, 2013, CWD Mex received the United States Military Working Dog Service Award. The United States War Dog Association presents this award to Contract Working Dogs who have served in support of a United States Military unit while deployed to a combat zone.
Please help me honor this hero!

**Please note** any funds received over the goal amount will be donated to Military Working Dog Adoptions and The United States War Dog Association.
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Update 23
Posted by Cheryl Ross
37 months ago
CWD MEX 23909
January 1, 2008 - November 1, 2013

At 5:35 pm Friday, November 1, 2013, our precious boy, Mex, crossed over the rainbow bridge. I am so heartbroken. He put up a good fight. He touched everyone who met him.

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and kind words. I can't even begin to tell you how much Mex changed our lives and the people who crossed his path. He was a special boy. Thanks for letting us share his stories, good and bad. He is now running free. Maybe even chasing a couple of cats.... We love and miss you sweet boy!
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Update 22
Posted by Cheryl Ross
39 months ago
Mex is doing well in his cart. We are still in an adjustment period. But, it is amazing to see him go! He tires easily. I suppose, 5 months of inactivity will do that to you. We could never thank everyone for the generous donations, well wishes, thoughts and prayers!! Mex means the world to us and to think, out of the kindness of family, friends and stranger's, has brought such joy to our HERO!!

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/201309131732/NEWS01/309130011
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Update 21
Posted by Cheryl Ross
39 months ago
The day finally arrived! Mex took a little spin in his new wheels. We were all shaky a first. But, after a couple of adjustments, a few treats and a lot of help from Dr. B and Traci.... Mission Accomplished. He will need a few more trial runs to figure it all out, especially, the brakes! I am so proud of my puppy boy! Freedom, is much closer for him! Stay Tuned.....
MISSION ~ POSSIBLE
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Update 20
Posted by Cheryl Ross
39 months ago
So, we have a tentative appointment on September 4th for another fitting and trial run! Hoping Dr. B is feeling better and is up to it! Stay tuned.... Freedom is on the horizon!
My Hero Dog!
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Chrystina Rowe
40 months ago

Cheryl, Thank you for allowing us to come visit and cant wait to see you guys and mex again!!!! Shawn Sr, Shawn Jr, Cameron & I are honored to have met and played with mex. Shawn sr, a hero meets a hero picture is so precious. Im blessed to have met Mex, he has made such a impression on us and we will visit soon . His cart from Eddies Wheels I cnt wait to see him in it next visit. By then we will have a new toy for him as well!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you all!!!

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Susan Gano
40 months ago

So glad to hear that Mex gothis wheelchair free from Handicapped pets.com! He is a war hero and he deserves the best! Now they can get everything they need for him with the money raised! I donated and it was a pleasure to do so for Mex. He is a beautiful boy....God Bless and Best of Luck Mex with your new wheels..I am so sorry this has happened to you. Mom & Dad will make sure you are fine.

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Judy Krubsack
40 months ago

PLEASE SEE THE COMMENTS BELOW. HE CAN HAVE A FREE WHEELCHAIR CART. MY FRIEND Retired MWD Emir Singh on facebook got his from them. Contact them. ASAP...PLEASE

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Handicapped Pets
40 months ago

HandicappedPets.com would like to donate a brand new Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair to CWD Mex. We can ship the wheelchair out to you tomorrow. Please email lisamarie@handicappedpets.com so that we may get Mex set up right away. Thank you for your service.

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Susan Walker
40 months ago

Cheryl my friend posted this on facebook so I'am happy to pass this on! Check with the Licking County Veterans Service Office to see if they'll make a donation

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Ann Logan
40 months ago

What state is he in?

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Melanie Hughston
41 months ago

My husband and I were blessed to transport Mex to his new home. Mex is a gentle and adorable veteran hero that touched our lives in so many ways, even though it was brief. Spending the night in our home he checked it to make sure we were safe. And what a loving pup he was. We were dreading turning over this incredible boy until we met his new family. They were the perfect fit. Turning down the driveway it seemed as though Mex knew he was close to home. He saw his new family and you could tell the bond was automatic and deep. His new mom and dad fell madly in love with him. We too were "adopted" by the family and have been so touched by their love for this sweet boy. They know their hero deserves the best and they are doing everything to see he gets the retirement he deserves. Mex is full of life and has given his time in service for our country and our soldiers and I pray he will find the help he needs. We sent our check before the website was started and I pray others will help this boy and his loving family out. If you can't afford to pay, at least pray for a solution to this pups care. I have watched his humans give so much to him. Thanks Mex for showing me such a beautiful life lesson and thanks to his humans for showing me love and grace in dealing with his difficulties. You keep my faith strong.

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$3,680 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 110 people in 41 months
Created July 13, 2013
Cheryl Spellman Ross  
KW
$10
Kay Wagner
40 months ago
$10
Anonymous
40 months ago
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40 months ago
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Anonymous
40 months ago
RS
$10
Roger Spellman
40 months ago
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Anonymous
40 months ago
BG
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Brian Garofalo
40 months ago
CB
$10
Christine Booher
40 months ago

I posted this on Facebook and was pleased to see it had reached clear across the country. I longed on to donate today only to see my niece Sandy DeMunnik had already donated. Thanks Sandy. Hope this can help Mex to feel better.

ES
$10
Elizabeth Sabo
40 months ago
GC
$10
Gus Calderone
40 months ago
Chrystina Rowe
40 months ago

Cheryl, Thank you for allowing us to come visit and cant wait to see you guys and mex again!!!! Shawn Sr, Shawn Jr, Cameron & I are honored to have met and played with mex. Shawn sr, a hero meets a hero picture is so precious. Im blessed to have met Mex, he has made such a impression on us and we will visit soon . His cart from Eddies Wheels I cnt wait to see him in it next visit. By then we will have a new toy for him as well!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you all!!!

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Susan Gano
40 months ago

So glad to hear that Mex gothis wheelchair free from Handicapped pets.com! He is a war hero and he deserves the best! Now they can get everything they need for him with the money raised! I donated and it was a pleasure to do so for Mex. He is a beautiful boy....God Bless and Best of Luck Mex with your new wheels..I am so sorry this has happened to you. Mom & Dad will make sure you are fine.

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Judy Krubsack
40 months ago

PLEASE SEE THE COMMENTS BELOW. HE CAN HAVE A FREE WHEELCHAIR CART. MY FRIEND Retired MWD Emir Singh on facebook got his from them. Contact them. ASAP...PLEASE

+ Read More
Handicapped Pets
40 months ago

HandicappedPets.com would like to donate a brand new Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair to CWD Mex. We can ship the wheelchair out to you tomorrow. Please email lisamarie@handicappedpets.com so that we may get Mex set up right away. Thank you for your service.

+ Read More
Susan Walker
40 months ago

Cheryl my friend posted this on facebook so I'am happy to pass this on! Check with the Licking County Veterans Service Office to see if they'll make a donation

+ Read More
Ann Logan
40 months ago

What state is he in?

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Melanie Hughston
41 months ago

My husband and I were blessed to transport Mex to his new home. Mex is a gentle and adorable veteran hero that touched our lives in so many ways, even though it was brief. Spending the night in our home he checked it to make sure we were safe. And what a loving pup he was. We were dreading turning over this incredible boy until we met his new family. They were the perfect fit. Turning down the driveway it seemed as though Mex knew he was close to home. He saw his new family and you could tell the bond was automatic and deep. His new mom and dad fell madly in love with him. We too were "adopted" by the family and have been so touched by their love for this sweet boy. They know their hero deserves the best and they are doing everything to see he gets the retirement he deserves. Mex is full of life and has given his time in service for our country and our soldiers and I pray he will find the help he needs. We sent our check before the website was started and I pray others will help this boy and his loving family out. If you can't afford to pay, at least pray for a solution to this pups care. I have watched his humans give so much to him. Thanks Mex for showing me such a beautiful life lesson and thanks to his humans for showing me love and grace in dealing with his difficulties. You keep my faith strong.

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