Travelling with your Disabled Dog

Life with disabled dogs does have its challenges, which are more than compensated for by the joys of  living with a beloved pet.  Eddie and I have three dogs in carts now – Willa and Webster, sibling chi-weiners born with missing front legs, and Beau, a pitbull with a crushed spine.  For the past few years we’ve been able to rent a small dog-friendly summer cabin on an island for our summer vacation.  Being able to bring the dogs with us makes everyone’s life easier.  They enjoy the vacation as much as we do – yay!! All play and NO work!

Eddie hiking with three dogs in wheelchairs

Eddie leads the way with Webster, Beau and Willa hiking across the field on vacation.

 

Certainly, though, some accommodations had to be made for the dogs.  We brought extra dog beds, washable pee pads (even though they are all continent, just the change  could disrupt their routine, and we wanted to be prepared for accidents),  enough dog food for 2 weeks,  and our doggie first aid kit: nail clippers, bandages and vet wrap in case they cut their feet on the shells,  flea and tick medicine, and Beau’s supplements.   We also brought the cart’s toolkits – allen wrenches and set screws, which came in handy when Willa’s new pink cart fell apart on our first hike.   We’re human – just like our customers – we forgot to re-tighten all the set screws on Willa’s new cart and it fell apart  due to our negligence.  Luckily, we had our toolkits on hand and put everything back to rights, and tightened up all the carts just to be on the safe side.

We took the dogs to the ocean for the first time.  Willa was terrified of the vast expanse and big waves and immediately high-tailed back over the dunes to escape.  Beau, Eddie and Webster walked on the hard packed sand, but this beach was fairly steep and quite challenging.  Carts do fine on broad, hard-packed sand, but due to hurricane damage, the once flat beach where we go was no longer that easy for dogs in carts.

Dogs in carts at the beach

Ed, Beau and Webster contemplate venturing down to the main beach.

We made a  makeshift ramp out of a piece of plywood found in the boathouse so that Willa and Webster could take themselves up and down off the deck of the house.  They loved hanging out on the deck with us, while we did the hard work of watching the sunset over the  pond.

Three dogs begging

Willa, Webster and Beau love that cheese and crackers time.

 

sunset over the Great Pond in West Tisbury

Sunset over the Great Pond, West Tisbury MA

8 Responses to Travelling with your Disabled Dog

  1. Debbie Sellars March 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    What beautiful pictures, and I love everything you do for all disabled animals! I share many of your postings with my friends, and have even referred people to Eddie’s Wheels for Pets. Thank You for all you do! Have a great evening!

  2. Chris Shafer March 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    So wonderful! Your pack is unstoppable!

  3. mary parker March 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    awesome awesome awesome GOD BLESS

    • Mabel Taylor March 21, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      Hi Mary, Our 3 are not disabled, Chloe at one point had a slipped disc in her neck so we have to be careful but thank God with no surgery and medication she is doing great. I would just find it easier to travel with just in case there is a threat of a hurricane here.

      Thanks,
      Mabel

  4. Rohini Char March 19, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    What a pleasure to cry tears of joy! You must be so blessed to have the love of these wonderful babies. Way to go. We (me and my partner of 20+years) take 3 dogs and 5 cats with us to our vacation apartment 3 times a year and they love the change (yes two of the cats cry the whole 4 hour car journey, but once they get there they love it).

  5. Mabel Taylor March 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Where is the dog friendly cabin located? We have 3 dogs and live in Louisiana so bringing our pets with us is better than boarding in the summer. Boarding facilities want you back in town if there is a threat of a hurricane so having our babies with us we would not have to worry.

    • Leslie March 20, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Check out “dog-friendly lodging” on Google and you’ll come up with Fido Friendly. You can also go to websites like http://www.airbnb.com and http://www.vrbo.com and in your search parameters limit it to dog-friendly lodging. We just found another dog-friendly cabin on Campobello Island on the Bay of Fundy where we’ll be spending a week this coming June.

      • Mabel Taylor March 21, 2014 at 9:18 am #

        Thanks for the reply Leslie.

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