Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Heath's Haven and Walkin' Wheels Rescue Dogs

The homeless dogs residing temporarily at Heath's Haven Rescue in Athol, Idaho are powerful proof that, "Life doesn't have to be a drag for a handicapped pet." Watch as this pack of handicapped dogs, with levels of paralysis ranging from partial to complete immobility of the rear legs, run and chase one another in the hopes of capturing a highly prized dog toy.


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Heath’s Haven Rescue & Sanctuary is a special needs rescue for dogs with neurological issues, spinal injuries, paralysis, and mobility issues. They rescue dogs from euthanasia in shelters, have them evaluated by a neurological specialist, that provides necessary diagnostics (MRI, Spinal Taps, X-Rays, etc.), start them on a rehabilitation schedule of hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy, then provide them with wheelchairs. Based on the severity of the dogs' impairment, they then adopt them out.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Handicapped Dog Enters Hall of Fame

Melissa Stevens, a veterinary technician, rescued Selina when
she was just days away from being euthanized at a shelter
In another first for a pet using a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair, we are thrilled to report the recent induction of Selina into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame. 

Selina, a Chihuahua mix, was left with a partially paralyzed hind end after being hit by a car. Selina’s handicap doesn’t hold her back. Equipped with a wheelchair and positive attitude, she is the official greeter at Maywood Veterinary Clinic. Selina was nominated by Melissa Stevens and Dr. Jay Buchholz of Maywood Veterinary Clinic in Maywood, New Jersey.


Melissa Stevens and Dr. Buchholz with Selina at the NJVMA
Animal Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Dr. Jay Buchholz reports that he nominated Selina for the Animal Hall of Fame because in spite of all that she has endured, Selina remains a very happy, go lucky dog!  Melissa is extremely grateful for the honor that has been bestowed upon Selina by the NJVMA.  Melissa credits the caring support from all of the doctors and staff members at Maywood Veterinary Clinic in helping to provide Selina with a meaningful quality of life. 

To see Selina in action performing her duties as the official greeter at the veterinary clinic and enjoying down time with her feline sibling Pepper, be sure to watch her inductee video below. We look forward to following Selina's career for many years to come.


2015 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame ~ Selina from NJVMA on Vimeo.
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Growing Dogs Using Adjustable Wheelchairs

Dex became a double rear leg amputee as a puppy.
The idea of a dog in a wheelchair has traditionally conjured up images of mostly old dogs whose injuries or advanced diseases have rendered them paralyzed without any hope of regaining their mobility. Older, permanently paralyzed pets used to dominate the market for dog wheelchairs for many years. However, with the advent of the fully adjustable Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair in 2008, a shift began to take place.

Now, dogs that are paralyzed at a young age have a dog wheelchair that can adjust as they gain weight and grow in height, length and width. Prior to Walkin' Wheels, a puppy such as Dex that lost his rear legs at only a few weeks of age, would have had to resort to the use of several custom built dog wheelchairs to accommodate his growth into an adult dog.


Dex full grown in his adjustable Walkin' Wheels
Instead, Dex grew with his Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair and his owner only had to purchase larger, interchangeable wheels and struts for the fully adjustable frame. The Walkin' Wheels option was significantly more affordable and convenient.

Dex is also a duck hunting retriever, so he had his Walkin' Wheels custom painted in his favorite camouflage pattern. Dex received his Hunting Retriever Club "Started" title back in 2011. He and his family at Lindsay's Labs continue to inspire people worldwide. You can watch his Title Ceremony below, and read his full story as recently featured in the book, "Miracle Dogs - Adventures on Wheels" by Sandy Johnson.  The book is available for only $10.00, and 10% of the sale proceeds will be contributed to Retrieving Freedom, Inc. when you purchase your copy here.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paralyzed Dogs and Universal Understanding

Klein is an 11 year old miniature Schnauzer
paralyzed as a result of a lesion on the spine.
Normally language differences can be a barrier to communicating effectively with one another, and an interpreter is required.  In the caring for and devotion to one's dog that has become paralyzed, however, there is a seemingly universal understanding that transcends language differences as our friend Andre Kano in Brazil demonstrates in the following video.  The video is one of several produced by Pablo Vallejos in a project titled, "Falar sem parar", which translates in English to "Can't stop talking about."  Watch for just three minutes to see why Andre can't stop talking about his dog Klein that uses a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.

UPDATE:  Shortly after adding this post to our blog, we were contacted by the film's producer who graciously added English subtitles that you can access by viewing below and clicking the CC button. Our thanks to Pablo Vallejos.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Join Scooter's Pack and Support Reading Programs for Children

Scooter signs a copy of "Miracle Dogs -
Adventures on Wheels" by Sandy Johnson
Our friends TJ Jordi and Scooter contacted us recently with their plans to hit the road in 2015 visiting libraries throughout Tennessee as part of the "Every Hero Has a Story" reading program. 

Scooter and TJ are fundraising in the hopes of purchasing a reliable vehicle capable of transporting them on their mission.

We have signed on to support this inspirational duo and hope that you will join us in contributing to their fundraising effort here

Scooter is a 4-year old paralyzed Border Collie
that uses a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair
 
Scooter has received an award from the Greater Nashville Regional Council for "Community Inspiration" (the first dog to receive any award in their 47 year history). Scooter's pawtograph has been affixed to a government resolution (the first in Tennessee history). He has been featured in multiple news broadcasts, served as the Grand Marshall of the local Special Olympics parade, appeared in Everydog Magazine (Fall 2014 edition), and has his own chapter in the book "Miracle Dogs - Adventures on Wheels" (2014). 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Retired Medical Service Dog is Rolling with Walkin' Wheels

Chihuahua DJ in his Walkin' Wheels
DJ may weigh only 6 pounds, but that does not stop this wonder dog from getting back on his feet and continuing to lead a happy and healthy life.  Until recently, DJ was a medical service dog to his owner Christine.  After so many years of dutiful service to Christine, DJ was forced into an early retirement when he could no longer walk on his own. 

Knowing that DJ was depressed and wanted so much to enjoy the freedom of being able to run again, Christine turned to the Handicapped Pets Foundation for assistance in getting a wheelchair.  The Handicapped Pets Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides grants of mobility equipment to families with a demonstrated financial need. 

We were thrilled to receive this video of DJ using his Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair for the very first time.  Christine was so happy to see DJ immediately running with the other dogs and enjoying life!  Watch below or click here.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Listen to the Story of Bleu the French Bulldog

Bleu and her Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair
HandicappedPets.com was honored to be a part of the Pet Radio Show on BlogTalk radio this past Saturday, November 1, 2014.  Walkin' Wheels inventor Mark C. Robinson spoke about the impact an adjustable dog wheelchair has made in the lives of so many people who are caring for paralyzed pets. 

That impact was most evident in hearing Katie Bower tell the story of her dog Bleu - a French bulldog that became paralyzed when she was only 1 and 1/2 years old.  We would like to thank Katie for sharing her story that will help so many other caretakers realize that there are options for elderly, disabled and injured pets.

Click here or on the image below to listen to the broadcast!

Check Out Pets Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Pet Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Run Forrest Run for the Rescues

"Run, Forrest, Run!"  Who can forget those famous words made popular by the character Jenny in the movie Forrest Gump?  Well, the team at HandicappedPets.com couldn't help but smile when were contacted recently with a request to help another "Forrest Run" in the Race for the Rescues. 

This Forrest is a 12 1/2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer who is also a rescue dog himself.  After spending nearly 11 years with a wonderful adoptive family, Forrest was recently diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy.  Now, Forrest and his Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair will be participating in this special fundraising event.

California German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue is one of several animal welfare organizations that will benefit from this event.  We hope that you will join us in supporting Forrest in his efforts to raise awareness of the importance of giving homeless animals a second chance through adoptions.

Please join us in supporting Forrest in the Race for the Rescues!  There are options available for pets that are experiencing mobility problems, and we feel so privileged to be a part of helping Forrest continue to lead a happy, healthy and active life!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Real Customers Showcase Walkin' Wheels Dog Wheelchairs

We are pleased to share with you our latest compilation video featuring real customers of HandicappedPets.com showcasing their Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs and other products for elderly, disabled and injured pets.  From dog wheelchairs and lifting harnesses to splints and pet diapers and everything in between, we have all the products you need to help you care for a pet with special needs. 
If you have a video or photo to share with us for inclusion in an upcoming video, please share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube using hastag #droptheg.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Waiting for Surgery and Walkin' Wheels Dog Wheelchair

Bradley is a 6-month old Bernese Mountain dog
awaiting surgery for bilateral hind leg bone
deformities.  He stays mobile with
Walkin' Wheels
Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs are frequently used to help dogs recovering from surgeries such as ACL repairs or back surgeries.  The use of a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair allows the dogs to remain mobile enough to enjoy daily walks and opportunities for bathroom breaks outside, but it limits them from over activity that could jeopardize the potential success of an operation.

Another surgical related use of the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair is for cases where the dog is not yet ready for a procedure due to age, health or financial reasons.  In Bradley the Bernese Mountain dog's case, he is not yet old enough to undergo surgery.  Brad's owners are also facing an enormous challenge of affording the $12,000 price tag required to correct his severe bilateral, hind leg bone deformities.  At 6 months of age, he is not able to walk, jump and run like other puppies. Earlier this week, he got into his Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair for the first time.

Brad takes a break from his first walk in
months thanks to his Walkin' Wheels!
His owner Katie wrote to us at HandicappedPets.com, "Seeing Brad walk today with his Walkin' Wheels brought tears to my eyes. He was so incredibly happy, and I was actually able to take him on a 1/2 mile walk which is something we haven't been able to do due to his paws rubbing and bleeding on the pavement."

If you would like to contribute towards Brad's surgery, a fundraiser has been established at the following Give Forward page here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Canine Rehab and Walkin' Wheels Dog Wheelchairs

Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair in underwater treadmill.
Click on photo to watch video.
Recently, we have had several reminders of just how important the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair can be when used in conjunction with canine rehabilitative therapy. The Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair is obviously helpful for providing pet owners the opportunity to keep their dogs mobile while pursuing rehabilitative treatments that will hopefully enable their dogs to walk on their own again.

This is especially important for owners of larger dogs who are simply too heavy to lift, carry or walk with a sling in between rehab appointments.  These pet owners need to keep their companions mobile and able to safely get exercise and go outside for bathroom breaks.  The Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair is the ideal product for this purpose.

In addition to assisting pet owners, the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair can also be used as a rehabilitative tool.  Several canine rehabilitative practitioners are even using the Walkin' Wheels as a supportive device in the underwater treadmill.  The Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair is also fully adjustable in height, length and width and does not require complex measurements or waiting for the wheelchair to be custom built.

For these reasons, many rehab practitioners opt for purchasing the Walkin' Wheels for Professional Use. This professional package includes the Walkin' Wheels Mini as well as our Medium and Large frames and a set of interchangeable wheel kits.  Rehab professionals are able to select and adjust the correct size Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair for their clients in a matter of minutes.  The Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair can then be rented for temporary use or sold to clients who require it for longer term or permanent use.

Yesterday, we received this wonderful video from our customer Jason Parker whose dog Gunnar has been using the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair during the last several months of canine rehab.  Jason wrote to us, "If it wasn't for his chair, I believe he would have just given up - thank you for a great product!"

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Alf is on Television with Walkin Wheels Dog Wheelchair

Alf at Interzoo 2014 with his new
 Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair
Okay, this is a different Alf, but his adorable face is rather reminiscent of that Alien Life Form from the 1980s sitcom.  When we met our Alf at the Interzoo 2014 Trade Fair in Nuremberg last month, he was desperately in need of a new dog wheelchair.  The second hand, custom made for another dog wheelchair he was using could not accommodate Alf's weight or mobility needs because it did not fit and could not adjust.  Alf also could not move freely without a person providing lifting support for the front of the cart. 

It was our privilege to be able to donate one of our Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs so that Alf could enjoy the freedom of walking on his own again.  Recently, we learned that Alf is not only walking again, he really is back on television!  A news station in Nuremberg captured Alf in a local park where he was running, swimming and even playing fetch.  Watch the report below or click here.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Drop the G and Go with Walkin' Wheels Dog Wheelchairs

Denali goes swimmin' in her Walkin' Wheels #droptheg
As we head into summer and the number of outdoor activities increases for pets and their people, we want to know where your dog will go when you drop the g and head out with the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.

We want to add to our collection of photos and stories of dogs living life to the fullest with Walkin' Wheels.  So, tell us with an email or post a photo to one of our social networks using the hashtag #droptheg.  Just copy, paste and fill in the blanks (Your dog's name) goes (drop the g activity) in his/her Walkin' Wheels #droptheg.

Nellie goes fetchin' in her Walkin' Wheels #droptheg
To get started, we are sharing a couple of our favorites.  We look forward to seein' how your dog will drop the g and go with Walkin' Wheels this summer and all year long!  Don't forget to drop the g when you post about your dog hikin', boatin', runnin', playin', etc.

You can find us online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Of course, if you are on YouTube, we would love to see your video tagged with #droptheg

To learn more about Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs and other products for handicapped pets, click here.






Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Send Pup Packs to Shelters and Rescues this Spring

Walkin' Pup Packs provide hot/cold therapy.
Purchase and save 15% with coupon code
PUP15 at HandicappedPets.com
It is Springtime, and that means the start of puppy and kitten season for shelters and rescue groups across the country.  These kittens and puppies need to stay warm while awaiting their forever homes.

HandicappedPets.com has the perfect product for supporters to send to their local shelters and rescues - Walkin' Hot/Cold Pup Packs

We were reminded recently of the need for hot and cold therapy packs when we saw this story about Angel who was recently assisted by the Animal Care Services shelter of San Antonio, Texas.  Angel was able to get back on her feet thanks to a donated Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.   We also learned that items such as hot/cold packs are also needed and wanted to support the effort by offering a 15% savings on Pup Packs.  We hope that this discount will encourage others to purchase a set as a puppy/kitten season gift to their local animal care organizations.  Use coupon code PUP15 and shop now at HandicappedPets.com.

See Angel's story below or click here to watch.

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We have even further good news to share about Angel.  She has since been adopted into a new home.  Watch the video provided below or click here.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Helpful Hints for Handicapped Pets

We have begun sharing Helpful Hints from HandicappedPets.com - a series of photos with tips on products and practices that can best serve pets that are paralyzed, elderly or suffering from an injury. Whether your dog, cat or other pet is experiencing mobility problems, suffering from incontinence or in need of a supportive device while undergoing rehabilitative therapy, our helpful hints are here for you.

We welcome your suggestions for future Helpful Hints from HandicappedPets.com. Please share your tips in the comments below.

Walkin' Drag Bag to protect rear limbs

Walkin' Pet Boots

Mr. Peepers Male wraps for urinary incontinence
on sale through March 31, 2014




 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Three Little Pigs, Two Wheels, One Birthday


Three Little Pigs in Dog Wheelchairs
 Chris P. Bacon, JoJo and Noah
It has been an exciting week for handicapped pigs in Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs.   Over the weekend, we learned that Noah, a handicapped pig who lives in Australia, was recently rescued from a factory farm and given a second chance at life.  
Noah, a resident of Gunyah Animal Healing
Sanctuary, hamming it up and making headlines

Noah now happily resides at the Gunyah Animal Healing Sanctuary and enjoys being back on his feet thanks to many supporters who rallied to purchase him a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.

We have also been marveling at the progress that JoJo the pig has been making on her two wheels as she continues to recover from a groundbreaking surgery to repair ruptured discs that was performed last fall at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center.  With all that movement in her back legs, it appears as though JoJo may not be on a roll for much longer.  We wish JoJo continued success as she recovers from surgery with her Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair!


And, of course, in case you missed it, Chris P. Bacon celebrated his first birthday on January 13, 2014 with many friends, several grapes and much laughter.  The world's most famous pig in a wheelchair entertained us all with his cake eating antics and celebration with his animal friends on the farm.


These three little pigs do not have to fear the big, bad wolf - he will not be able to catch them as they keep on rolling in their Walkin' Wheels!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Paralyzed Kitten in Syria Takes First Steps

The following story is being shared from our HandicappedPets.com Help and Advice Forum.  The story of Mimi - a stray kitten from the streets of Damascus, Syria demonstrates how pet caretakers all around the world are  both informed about and inspired by the products, services and support available at HandicappedPets.com.

Mimi before getting back on her feet
Hello to all sweet people and their pets here.  I just registered to the HandicappedPets.com help and advice forum just now, to tell you my story with Mimi, the stray kitten I found two months back in the street in Damascus in Syria.  I want to tell this story to give hope and help to all pet owners who have a paralyzed cat or dog, because our story is success, and I got a lot of information which helped me from this site

This kitten I named Mimi was hit by a car or something.  I don't know, but I found her paralyzed under a car.  She couldn't move her back legs and she was very dirty (she made poo on herself,  I don't know since when, but her hair was full of dirt).  And she was not friendly at all because she was scared, and she was not cooperating at all.  We managed to put her in a carton very gently, because we thought her back is broken, because it looked so.  We took her to the vet and he told us it's a hopeless case and she won't walk again, and at the same time he refused to put her to sleep.  We asked him, is there any 1% chance she could walk?  He said try with her, she might have a chance because she is young, about four months old.  So here we started the journey with her, and I will tell you what we did exactly, that now she is walking.

First thing, my sister said we will call her 'Amal', which means HOPE in Arabic, and the nickname is 'Mimi'.  We took her home and we gave her a good bath and cleaned her from all dirt.  And we fed her chicken meat and bones (bones helped her a lot).  We gave her the head of the chicken so the bones were small and she could chew them easily.  So this was her main meal daily, chicken heads and the thick chicken soup, and also we boiled fish for her and fed her, and these foods were very good for her.  And we went to the pharmacy and bought a vitamin B supplement for infants and started giving her one tablet of this vitamin daily.  And I gave her betamethasone injections for five days (to reduce any swelling on her spinal cord, if there is any).  So these were her medicine and food.

Now the most important part of all is the physical therapy and massage we did for her.  I will explain it so you could understand how it helped.   (By the way, till this moment, I don't know if her back is broken or her hip, because I couldn't do an x-ray for her or take her to the vet again, due to the bad situation in Syria.)  Anyway...we started massaging her both legs daily, and rubbing them, and making bicycle movements to both of them.  And a few days after the accident Mimi started moving her legs slightly, and it looked like reflex, not intended movement, but we kept the hope and continued what we were doing.  And in two weeks' time, she started moving her legs more, and she could respond to pain when I pinched her, but the right leg was stronger.  And then I started water therapy (humble one).  I just filled warm water in a big container and put Mimi in it, and she would move her legs in the water by herself. 

Mimi standing tall with pride
We did all these things with no fail for two months, and today Mimi walked three steps on her own as she was chasing a bee, who was trying to share her chicken in the balcony where Mimi sits in the sun.  The sun was very good for her legs too, by the way... When I saw her walking three steps, I got excited and happy and wanted to register here to thank this forum, which gave me a lot of useful info, and to give hope to others.

 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wheelchair Dog Excluded from Today Show Catwalk

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When we learned that our friend Oscar Madison NYC was excluded from an upcoming pet fashion show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show because of fears that his dog wheelchair might detract from the clothing to be modeled, we wanted to show our support for handicapped pet fashion on a virtual catwalk.  Oscar is a rescue dog and a seasoned modeling professional who has successfully strutted his fashions in costume contests and appeared on televised events. 

While we would like to see the producers for The Today Show television program reconsider their decision, in the meantime, we wanted to share Oscar Madison NYC here on our blog.  We invite other owners of fashion forward Walkin' Wheels dogs to post their photos to the HandicappedPets.com Facebook page to show their support for disabled dogs to roll onto the runways.  When Oscar is not strutting his stuff on the catwalk, he can be found strolling along in his Walkin' Wheels at the local dog park and enjoying life just like any other dog.  Check out his video below or by clicking here.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Military Dog Rolls into Retirement with Walkin Wheels

SSgt Julie Gibbs and MWD Kanto
HandicappedPets.com learned that MWD Kanto L212 was in need of a dog wheelchair so that he could enjoy his retirement.  Degenerative myelopathy was limiting Kanto's mobility, but it had not diminished his spirit or his desire to run and play just like any other dog. 

Our limited edition camouflage Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair arrived for him on Veterans Day 2013.  Thank you for your service, Kanto!  Best wishes on your retirement.  We look forward to following your progress.

Below are videos of MWD Kanto L212 during his career as a military working dog and recently as he regained his mobility with a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.



Friday, October 25, 2013

Dog Wheelchairs in a Changing World

Pet rescuer Xiaoli pictured in China along with
Walkin' Wheels rescue dog WangWang
and Mark C. Robinson, President of
HandicappedPets.com
As I write this, I am flying on Air India from Osaka, Japan to Hong Kong. They just served lunch. The smell of curry is in the air, the woman beside me brought her own chopsticks, a flight attendant is wearing a hijab, and the Japanese businessman across the aisle just handed me his business card with two hands as he bowed in his seat. It's as if someone put the world's cultures into a dice cup, shook them up, and rolled them down my airplane's aisle.

My name is Mark C. Robinson. I'm the inventor of the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair. My mission for this trip is to support my friends in Asia who are trying to help elderly, disabled, and handicapped dogs live happy, healthy lives.

My trip, starting in China, has been filled with wide-eyed amazement as I handed people my business card with the picture of a dog in a wheelchair. Usually, the conversation begins with me trying to tell them what I do in Chinese. "Go Luan Ee" with the proper singsong tones means Dog wheelchair but it sounds like nonsense to them so they assume, rightfully, that it's my fledgling Chinese and I'm trying to say something completely different. As we talk further and I show them my business card they get the idea. It doesn't take long for them to realize that it is an idea with possibilities.

My meeting in Beijing with the "Together for Animals in China" - a group that advocates "Dogs are Friends, not Food" was the most productive. One of the members cares for a dog in a wheelchair, Wang Wang, who elicits stares, laughs, compassion, and curiosity whenever she scoots around in her wheels. This group, with strong connections throughout the animal shelter and hospital community in China is getting the word out with pamphlets, brochures, and websites.

"There are a few people in China who make dog wheelchairs, but they are poorly made. Because they are not flexible and adjustable. They only fit one dog and cannot be reused again and again like the Walkin' Wheels. The Chinese people care about this kind of efficiency and utility. They are excited to have a source for quality products."

As China's wealth is increasing, people with more disposable income are able to afford to own and care for a dog. When their dog can no longer walk due to age, illness, or injury their families are faced with the decision to end the dog's life or use a wheelchair. They make the same decision that you or I would make -- if they know that a dog wheelchair exists. China's middle class, a strong and growing element of Chinese society, is taking notice.

Another stop along the way was in Hong Kong, where GTO Limited - an international trading company has begun successfully distributing the product in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is already filled with dog lovers. Demand is increasing here as people learn about the product. GTO works through veterinarians, trade shows, articles in the news, advertisements, and their popular website. It won't be long before seeing a dog in a wheelchair on the street or in the park will be a common occurrence in Kowloon.

A darker note came during a Skype call with my distributor in Iran. Many years ago, before the embargo, we sold a few dog wheelchairs there. Unfortunately, the religious leaders have passed a law that if a dog is seen on the street, it should be shot and the owner arrested. This is in part, from what I understand, because owning dogs is a "western affectation" that they don't want spreading in their country. Also, a dog is considered dirty or "taboo" in their religion. It is possible that we may begin selling again if the embargo lifts. This underground connection between the dog lovers in Iran and the rest of the world is a connection we need to foster.

My stop in Japan was a wonderful treat. People in Japan know a lot about dog wheelchairs and the distributor there, handicapped-dogs.jp is highly successful. They love their dogs and are quick to provide the care and equipment they need. The owner of the company, Marty, and I toured Kyoto handing out business cards and speaking about the products. People's faces lit up in delight as they saw the photos.

I was not able to visit them all. Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Israel, and Australia will have to wait until the next trip. But as more and more people around the world are introduced to the possibility that they can support their best friends when they can no longer walk, the magic of Walkin' Wheels spreads. It is easy to see the love and kindness this idea inspires.

Another quick stop in Hong Kong and it's back home to Amherst, New Hampshire where the great people at HandicappedPets.com have been helping people around the world get the products, services, and support they need to help dogs live long, happy, healthy lives.

HandicappedPets.com products are available online and we ship around the world.  We also have a full listing our international distributors available here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Next 72 Hours Critical for Walkin Wheels to Get on the Shelf

The moment has arrived.  Voting for the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair as a finalist in the Get on the Shelf contest at Walmart.com.  Please support our efforts - vote once per day at this link from now until September 27, 2013.  Thank you for helping more handicapped pets live better!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

So You Think You Can Dance?

This Walkin' Wheels dog likes to show off his moves on the dance floor!  Of course, that dance floor better be equipped with treats. 



I also like to hit the beach for a stroll now and again. 



You can learn more about me on my Facebook page here at Traveling Tails.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Top Five Reasons to Vote for Walkin' Wheels to Get on the Shelf

We have created our own Top Five list to help Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs get on the shelf at Walmart.com.

Number Five - You just said to yourself, "There are wheelchairs for dogs?"

 
Number Four - Dogs in wheelchairs can live happy, healthy, active lives.
 
 
Number Three - Walkin' Wheels come in blue and pink, too!
 
 
Number Two - Wheelchair dogs play just like any other dogs.
 
 
And the Number One reason to vote for Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs to get on the shelf...
 
Life doesn't have to be a drag for a handicapped pet.
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, August 26, 2013

Children Creating Awareness for Dogs in Wheelchairs

Luca's birthday celebration
Madison, an 8-year old German shepherd that suffers from degenerative myelopathy, recently started using a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  Madison loves her Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair because it allows her to remain an active part of her family.  She enjoys playing Frisbee and spending time with her human sibling Luca.  Madison's pink Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair has truly improved the quality of her life since being diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy.


Luca recently celebrated a birthday.  He wanted to share his message of hope for his own dog Madison and for other dogs in wheelchairs. 


Party favors with dog wheelchair wind up toys
As part of his birthday celebration, he provided Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair wind up toys as party favors for the guests who attended.  The children loved the party favors and sent us these photos to share on our blog. 


The message on the party favors read, "One of my favorite things in the world is my dog Madison, and we are spreading the word that dogs can live a normal life despite being handicapped.  Love, Luca and Madison xoxo"

Friday, August 09, 2013

Why Help Walkin Wheels Get on the Shelf at Walmart

Scooter, a disabled rescue dog turned therapy
dog, peruses the pet aisle in his local Walmart.
Earlier this week, HandicappedPets.com was thrilled to learn that our product, the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair, was selected to compete in the Walmart Get on the Shelf contest.  As the pet industry's only fully adjustable dog wheelchair that is both storage friendly and easily transportable, the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair would be the ideal product addition for Walmart or any other online or in store retailer to carry.

Of course, from our perspective at HandicappedPets.com, we want every person who faces the challenges of a handicapped pet to be able to access a dog wheelchair quickly and easily.  Unfortunately, not all pet owners are aware that Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs are available and how to purchase them, and we know that by competing in the Get on the Shelf contest, we will save the lives of countless dogs.  Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs are currently available directly from HandicappedPets.com and at dealer locations throughout the world.  We also have a veterinary referral program so that customers can locate a local veterinarian who is both familiar with our products and can further assess their dog's mobility needs.

Bear, a 90 pound black Labrador, has a second
 chance and new mobility with Walkin' Wheels
Our customers often say it best when it comes to emphasizing the importance of educating pet owners and veterinarians about our products.  So, we would like to share the following testimonial that we received recently from Marlene Carter about her 90-pound Labrador named Bear.  Marlene admits to being a reluctant Walmart shopper, and she learned about Walkin' Wheels from her veterinarian Nels David Bernander, DVD at Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.

"Millions of people shop at Walmart everyday, and it would give much needed exposure to the product.  A lady stopped my husband in the grocery store the other day and inquired about our dog's condition after seeing him lug our 90-pound Labrador outside several times each day to take care of business.  They ended up standing in the store bawling as they swapped stories.  She and her husband had a dog almost identical to ours that they put to sleep a year ago, and they had no idea that such a solution existed.  They now time their daily walk so that they can come and sit in the front yard and love on our dog for 30 minutes or so.  Our veterinarian has mentioned that many people have no idea that there are products our there for disabled dogs.  If only one dog's life is saved or it improves the quality of one dog's life, it is a good thing.  We intend to donate our Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair to our veterinarian when Bear is done with it, so that he can pass it on to someone else.  Any exposure, no matter where it comes from, is good."

Please help us save more dogs lives by voting every day from now until September 2nd for the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  Thank you for your support!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Chance to Win $1,000 and Help Favorite Animal Charity

You and your favorite animal charity will have a chance to share a $1,000 prize by participating in our dog measurement survey online.  Help us design the future of handicapped pet products for elderly, disabled and injured pets by completing the dog measurement survey here.  All dogs of any size, age, breed or physical ability are invited to complete the survey and have a chance to win the $1,000 prize.   It only takes 10 minutes to complete and enter the measurements into our form.  Rescue groups and animal shelters are encouraged to share with their supporters.  One entry per dog.  Individuals or organizations with more than one dog can submit multiple entries.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Walkin' Pet Stroller for Dogs Cats Goats Pigs Now Available

Chris P. Bacon in the Walkin' Pet Stroller
By popular demand, HandicappedPets.com is now offering the all NEW Walkin' Pet Stroller for the animal companions in your life who need, or maybe just want, to have a stroll once in a while.  Whether your dog, cat, goat or pig is handicapped or easily walks on all four limbs, he or she will enjoy the comfort and convenience of the Walkin' Pet Stroller from HandicappedPets.com.

This pet stroller features a compartment with ventilated mesh to keep your companion cool and protected from sunlight and insects.  Ideal for transporting all small dogs and cats or for use as a mobility aid with elderly, disabled or injured pets.

Chris P. Bacon, the fastest pig on two wheels, occasionally wants to save up his energy for sprinting along in his Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  So, he uses the Walkin' Pet Stroller to arrive at his destination in comfort and style!


Friday, June 21, 2013

A Dog Wheelchair from Rainbow Bridge

Our model spokesdog for the program is Mojo
- an Alaskan rescue dog who now runs free at
Rainbow Bridge 
It is one of the few comforting thoughts when a Walkin' Wheels dog crosses over to Rainbow Bridge - at least he is now running free again and no longer needs the dog wheelchair that kept him mobile during his injury or illness.  It is also comforting to know that your dog's Walkin' Wheels can mean so much to a rescue dog in need.


When Apollo crossed over to Rainbow Bridge,
his family wanted to honor his memory by
helping a rescue dog in need.  They donated
his wheels to rescue dog Bailey (see below).
There is now a way to honor your dog's memory while providing both mobility and an opportunity to find an adoptive home for a rescue dog in need.  We have created a unique pilot program to assist former customers of HandicappedPets.com with donating used Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs.  Walkin' Wheels from Rainbow Bridge to a Rescue Dog is seeking to match up former customers who have a Walkin' Wheels to donate with rescue groups and animal shelters who are assisting a homeless dog in need of a wheelchair. 

Rescue dog Bailey, who is currently in foster care
with GRREAT, Inc., recently received his second
hand Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair when Apollo,
pictured above, crossed Rainbow Bridge.  Apollo's
family donated Bailey's wheelchair, and GRREAT, Inc.
received a 25% one-time discount code towards a
future purchase.
For a limited time, we are issuing 25% discount codes that can be applied towards the purchase of any Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair accessory item.  To request a discount code, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in receipt of a donated/second hand Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  If you are a former customer of HandicappedPets.com with a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair to donate, you may contact us to request to be put in touch with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is currently in need of a second hand Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  We will provide you with a list of organizations in need as we are made aware of their requests for assistance.  All inquires regarding this program should be emailed to the attention of rainbow@handicappedpets.com.  HandicappedPets.com does not accept equipment directly, but we will put you in touch with an organization in need of your used Walkin' Wheels or you may donate your equipment directly to a 501(c)(3) in need.  Email us at rainbow@handicappedpets.com to let us know which organization has received your donation and to request that we send them a one-time 25% discount code for future use.

The one-time use discount code can be applied towards any Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair accessory items, such as a different size wheel and/or a replacement harness.  It is also good towards the purchase of any item that is manufactured by HandicappedPets.com, such as our Walkin' Wheels pet boots, splints, harnesses, stretchers, drag bags, male wraps, seat belts, slings, hock holders and wrist wraps.

Our program is inspired by the many rescue dogs who have benefited from a donated Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  Our model spokesdog for the
program is Mojo - an Alaskan rescue dog whose story of receiving a second chance from a second hand dog wheelchair is told in the book -
Mojo's Magical Ride: A True Story of Courage, Transformation and Love; An Alaskan Dog Rescue Story 

Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs are fully adjustable in height, length and width to accommodate different sizes of dogs and various levels of mobility from partial to complete paralysis of the rear legs.  Ideal for rehabilitative and/or long term use, Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs feature a patented revolutionary design that makes them the perfect choice for animal shelters and rescue groups that assist elderly, disabled and injured pets.  Learn more about products, services and support at HandicappedPets.com.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nineteen Years and Counting on a Dog Wheelchair

Nineteen years and counting on a
dog wheelchair.  Can you help Micki
with a donation?
UPDATE - Micki has received enough donations, combined with a rescue discount from HandicappedPets.com, to fully pay for her Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair!  Also, her friend Bailey has received a donated Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair from the family of a dog named Apollo who crossed over to Rainbow Bridge earlier this week.  Stay tuned for more updates on their progress.   Thank you for your support!

Nineteen year old Micki will not be adopted into a new home.  This lovely Golden retriever will spend her days in the care of a permanent foster home made possible by GRREAT, Inc. - a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to the rescue, foster care and placement of Golden retrievers in Maryland, northern Virginia, D.C., Delaware, south central Pennsylvania and eastern West Virginia. 

Micki is comfortable and enjoying her permanent foster home, but after nineteen long years, her legs are in need of some all around support.  Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training - GRREAT contacted us for a rescue discount towards purchasing a Walkin' Wheels with front wheel attachment for Micki to enjoy some mobility in her golden years.  GRREAT has been rescuing and rehoming Golden retrievers since 1983, and they frequently assist with special needs cases, including a number of dogs who are having trouble walking on their own.

In addition to Micki, they have a younger gentleman by the name of Bailey who is also in need of a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair.  Bailey is ten years old and is receiving rehabilitative therapy in the hopes of recovering his mobility.  However, there is no guarantee that Bailey will fully recover, and a wheelchair can provide him with immediate mobility while he continues treatment.

Since custom made dog wheelchairs cannot be adjusted to fit different sizes of dogs, HandicappedPets.com suggested that the rescue accept our significant discount towards the purchase of Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs for both Micki and Bailey.  In future years, as the need arises, these Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchairs can be resized in height, length and width to fit other Golden retriever rescue dogs.  We hope that you will join us in supporting the GRREAT efforts to help these dogs by making a contribution to their Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair fund by clicking here - select check box other on the form and indicate that your donation is for "Walkin' Wheels Fund".

On behalf of HandicappedPets.com and GRREAT, Inc., thank you for your support of rescue dogs in need of Walkin' Wheels!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Surprise! We got your dog a wheelchair

Click here to see how Guinness got a surprise
dog wheelchair!
We learned of this heartwarming story out of Canada which was featured on CTV News earlier this month.

Guinness, a disabled cocker spaniel, recently spent some time at Paw and Order boarding kennel while his family was away on vacation.

When his family returned to pick Guinness up, he had a surprise for them - a brand new Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair from our Canadian dealer, Dog Wheelchairs Rentals and Sales, located in Calgary. 

We would like to congratulate Stephanie Shipley and the staff of Paw and Order kennel on their Maritimer of the Week award and for making such a positive difference in the life of a handicapped pet!