Need for speed

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Yesterday at a clinic I got to help fit a dog for a wheelchair. I’ve tried to get people to consider these carts for dogs before but no one listens to me. There used to be a dog that made the rounds in the trail ride association I judge who was in a cart. She’d go out on the trails with us sometimes. We had her test sections of trail that we weren’t sure of. If she could do it (and she always could) then we knew the horses could do it.

The dog yesterday has a degenerative spinal disease. His owner got the cart about a week ago but needed help getting it all adjusted to fit him. He hadn’t walked in quite a while but when we got him in the cart he took off. He wasn’t a terribly good driver. He had no concerns for obstacles in his path such as tools or feet. He’d run them right over. He’d bounce the wheels off the walls and chair legs.

We took him out into the parking lot and then we had to station people around the perimeter to catch him and make him go back the other way. His owner was getting a work out. He’d suddenly gone from a dog that needed to be carried and that stayed where you left him to a dog that you couldn’t turn your back on or he’d be gone!

We cut his play time short because he was going to be so tired and sore the next day.