Disabled St. Bernard puppy from Angel's Gate gets her first dog wheelchair

Casey tries on her first wheelchair

Casey, a 6 month old St. Bernard puppy was born with paralyzed legs and lives at Angel’s Gate, an animal hospice and sanctuary in Delhi, NY.   Eddie’s Wheels has been providing carts to Angel’s Gate for many years, and so when Sue Marino contacted us about Casey we were eager to help her.   The problem, of course, is that Casey is only half her potential adult size, so we were lucky to find a used cart on our deck that we could donate to Angel’s Gate now.  When Casey outgrows this one, we hope to be able to find another used cart that she’ll be able to grow into.

Casey was born paralyzed due to sepsis – that means that her spinal column is weak and malformed.  As a result, as soon as Casey is placed in a standing position, her legs go spastic – kicking and flailing uncontrollably.  Without the use of our adjustable therapy stand, it would have been almost impossible to measure her.

Casey stretching out in our adjustable therapy stand

We stood Casey up in the stand for almost an hour, letting her body stretch out and observing what her legs were capable of once she was supported in a healthy normal stance.  It never ceases to amaze us to watch what happens when disabled dogs are supported this way.  Gradually the rear legs reached to the floor and the spastic running motions she makes calmed down.  We were able to see that the wrists of her forelimbs were weak from lack of weight-bearing exercise.  Everyone agreed that it was necessary to get this girl up and walking again.

Sue Marino decided on the basis of seeing this to order an adjustable therapy stand for Casey.  As she grows, the stand can adjusted to her new dimensions.  It can be placed over a land treadmill to give her strength-building exercise.   Therapeutic standing will allow access to all four legs for physical therapy – stretching, massage, acupuncture.

We expect to see Casey again in couple of months when she outgrows her first cart.  Here she is walking out to the car in her first set of wheels.

3 Responses to Disabled St. Bernard puppy from Angel's Gate gets her first dog wheelchair

  1. Marina Barry April 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Better late than never and you and Eddie know how this cart has made all the difference for Casey! Now we have to get her the next one and we will for her birthday May 28th! Thanks Leslie and Eddie!

  2. Gil-Ann Wilder May 3, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Thank you so much for helping my God-dog daughter, and a huge part of my heart, Casey, have a better quality of life. She can get around on her cart so good. Her 1st birthday is on May 28. I was so honored when Marina asked me to be Casey’s Godmother. Again, thank you for helping this very special puppy and all the other animals.

  3. Linda Ebersole June 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I need a wheel chair for my cat.

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