If people understood what a daily joy it is to share your life and home with a disabled dog, it would be easy to find homes for pets such as Marco.
Marco was hit by a car and brought to an animal hospital in Burlington, VT a couple of months ago. The vet tech who has assumed responsibility for his care contacted us immediately to get him some wheels and we provided a loaner cart while we built him a custom cart as his permanent mobility cart. When we first met him, fresh from the trauma of his accident, paralyzed in both rear legs and homeless, we were enchanted by his friendliness, gentleness and good nature. When he came back a few weeks later, we were amazed at his progress. He’d regained his confidence, and took off in his custom cart like he was born to drive.
Marco is a typical pitbull puppy, slightly goofy, wanting only to play and please his humans. He likes other dogs, and even when my dogs put him in his place for being an obnoxious youngster, his response was neither defensive or aggressive. He just wants to play.
His caregiver, Jen feels that Marco has a higher mission in life and would make a great therapy dog, a wonderful ambassador for both his breed and the plight of disabled dogs everywhere. He loves children and plays constantly with her 3 year old child. He’s great with other dogs. And he’s getting better – there is a good chance he may rehab out of his cart over time.
Having adopted Sweet Pea, an adult pitbull who was rescued by the ASPCA, five years ago when no one else would come forward to give her a home, I can only say that she’s one of the most wonderful dogs I have ever been blessed to share my life with. She loves her job at Eddie’s Wheels, teaching new dogs how to use their wheelchairs, and she loves the attention she gets when she’s out in public strolling in her cart. We feel confident that Marco will enrich the life of anyone who takes him into their heart.