is a Non-Profit Organization bringing wheelchairs to pets in need. We are fundraising for an Eddie's Wheels custom quad cart for Hank.
Hank is a Great Dane who has been struggling with Addison’s disease, Wobblers (IVDD) and had a disc decompression surgery in June of 2017 to remove a herniated disc that paralyzed him. Despite attempts with physical therapy and originally a good prognosis, Hank’s condition has gotten to the point even though he’s generally stable, he’s not able to walk without significant assistance by Jaina or her family.
Hank is 6 years old and has a multitude of health problems, all of which have brought us to where we are now. He is Addisonian, and due to resistance in diagnosis from his vet at the time, yo-yo'd with weight until he was finally medicated appropriately. He was diagnosed with IVDD at his new vet, and had surgery a little over a year ago to remove a herniated disc that paralyzed him, he was diagnosed with Wobblers at that time. He was given a good prognosis when I brought him home from that ordeal, however, what we didn't foresee, likely thanks to genetics and his earlier struggles, was severe degenerative arthritis. His vet has found it throughout his body via x-rays, but it is particularly bad in his front legs, which prevents him from straightening or bending them without considerable effort or discomfort. This has led to him not being able to lift himself up to sit sternally and therefore muscle wasting has affected all four of his limbs.
He is not quadriplegic in the sense that he has damage to his spinal cord and cannot feel anything or has no ability to move, he's just does very little moving, because of his arthritis and the resulting wasting. The chair he has is helpful in getting him up off his bed and to his appointments for treatments, however because of his large size, it's very rare I can get him into it alone and even two people aren't able to lift him high enough to put him in through the top of the chair. Because he can't support his weight at all, the other suggestions people have made in getting him into the quad-chair by putting him in one end at a time from the floor, are either not feasible or cause him pain. We have also managed to break his chair recently, because the only way we have found to get him into it relatively safely and efficiently, is to put him on a higher surface, tip his chair under him to position his legs into the slings and then slide and lift him into it, while righting the chair under him. This is obviously not ideal for the light materials the chair is made of and as the front wheels are add-ons to a rear support cart, the repeated pressure of the chair and some of Hank's weight being leaned on it has caused the screws to bend and sheer off. The chair is also very wide with the front wheels so they have to be pushed inward to keep from catching on every doorway he goes through, so normal wear and tear, in addition to the work we put it through just to get him into it has caused us trouble. I believe this will continue to be a problem even though I intend to repair what he has so he isn't without anything and I don't see that as a good use of the chair being fiscally responsible.
Because it is so difficult to get him into his chair and now with the added fear of breaking it because of how we have to go about doing so, I feel like I am unintentionally preventing Hank from living his best life. When it started becoming obvious he was not going to be able to walk on his own anymore, I feared for this exact situation, where he wouldn't be able to participate in things anymore. I used to take he and his sister everywhere with me for car rides or visiting my parents and now because he's 125lbs and all legs; legs that can't help me move him, getting him to the car without assistance is next to impossible without it being an emergency. I didn't want his every day to be staring at the same four walls-- I do my best to keep him entertained and I move him daily to different beds around the house and try to get him outside when I can, but it's not always possible as I'm working two jobs to take care of his medical care. -Jaina
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DONATIONS: Your money brings wheelchairs to dogs in need when you donate. How? Volunteers and private donors cover our operating costs so 100% of your donation will help dogs in need.Our Inspiration & Muse: Pugly
In winter of 2016, Pugly
, was diagnosed with a neurological condition. His hind legs were starting to wobble. I tried vet recommendations of pain medications and steroids to no avail. I got him a WalkinPets
rear-end wheelchair in June 2016, after more tests, to eliminate all other possibilities other than Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). By then, he wasn't able to carry his weight for walks and he didn't like scooting. The rear-end wheelchair was a blessing!
I was deeply shocked to find out that families put their pets to sleep once they're unable to walk, even though they're still healthy. I founded Wheeling Superheroes to give every disabled dog a chance to live a happy life. Wheeling Superheroes is a non-profit organization bringing brand new wheelchairs to pets worldwide. And, 100% of your money brings wheelchairs to dogs in need when you donate.
Since inception (January of 2018) we donated 41 wheelchairs
to dogs in need. All thanks to YOU! XOXO—Christina Ring, pug mom to Pugly 2004-2018
Here are a few of our wheelchair recipients enjoying life ~