Disabled Chihuahuas Get Some Help From Front Wheel Aluminum Carts

Venus,Carmen,PabloWe first reported the story of Venus, Carmen and Pablo last May. They were four-month-old chihuahua siblings that were all adorable and born without front legs. It was believed that Venus, Carmen, and Pablo had birth defects that were a result of backyard breeding.

They were rescued from the breeder and brought into an animal shelter, and now this trio has a new set of wheels to help them get around.

These 11-month-old chihuahuas have been getting used to their new, custom-built, aluminum carts with Velcro-held polar fleece padding for comfortable body support and lightweight foam wheels. The carts, used for 10-minute periods at a time, help the dogs maneuver and eliminate some of the stress on their lower spines from walking on their hind legs and from the lack of proper posture.

Donna Imhof, a veterinary technician who adopted all three of the chihuahuas, said, “The day I first set eyes on them we were instantly bonded. So the dogs looked at me and said, ‘We think we need help,’ and I looked at them and said, ‘I think I can help you,’ so it’s been a team.”

Venus, Pablo, and Carmen are all physically healthy and just needed something to help them get around. Their feet were deformed from hopping and their spines are curved, but these custom-built carts will help them lead the wonderful life they deserve.

Source: WCBSTV

Photo: North Shore Animal League

(Thanks Marie)

11 Responses to “Disabled Chihuahuas Get Some Help From Front Wheel Aluminum Carts”

  1. NH says:

    I heard about these cute little pups. What great courage to do what they’re doing.

  2. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    I have a gun for that backyard breeder and a place in heaven for that vet tech, Donna.

  3. shibadiva says:

    I was thinking that a similar device might work for Faith, who was profiled earlier on Itchmo. Although she can walk upright, it can’t be good for her spine to do it all the time.

  4. The Lioness says:

    That is so sweet! What an angel their adopter is!

    ~The Lioness

  5. sandi says:

    My mini disabled dachsie has regular wheel cart.

    I have never agreed with a policy of allowing dogs into any store, except a sight dog. I see too many children carrying aroudn small breeds or walking them, and I see the other dogs looking at lunch.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Donna is a wonderful, kind spirited person and volunteers & helps us at The Little Shelter! Those dogs are sooo lucky to have her! Can’t say enough kind words about her and all she does for the love of animals :)
    (we love you Donna!!:)

  7. Bridgett says:

    What cuties!!! So glad they found someone with a generous heart.

  8. mittens says:

    everyone should go to the story link and see the video-theyre adorable.

  9. Nancy VB says:

    God Bless you Donna!

  10. stefani says:

    Donna, you rock! I hope those doggies return to you all the joy and love you are giving them.


  11. Nora and Rufus says:

    Yeah, and I wonder what God awful dog food the breeder was feeding for HOW MANY years before these poor little dogs were born with these defects?

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