We 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.
Photo: North Shore Animal League