My Dog Rescue Story-Meet Fancy!
It was just about 1 year ago now that a…
My Sheltie will be 11 years old this month. He has always been a super energetic AKA borderline crazy dog. However, in the last couple of years he’s been slowing down and sleeping a lot more–in the last year he began not being able to get up on his own. He has one leg in the back that is a little wonky and in his older age it seems to be the problem. It broke my heart–I felt as if I couldn’t leave the house because I needed to be there in case he couldn’t get up on his own. I took him to the vet and they ensured me he didn’t have arthritis but that pain medication might help with him getting himself up. I opted for Rimadyl. He began the treatment but needed a blood test in a few weeks to see if it was affecting his liver–the blood test came back positive for altering his liver. That is when I discovered Tramadol. A pain medication minus the side effects–it has worked wonders for him! He gets stuck every once in a while but now I can go back to leaving him at home and not worry too much–all this to say, I used to be the person that would walk by the people with the “dog strollers” thinking that was a bit much but since my dog hadn’t been able to go on a walk in the neighborhood for years, I got the bright idea that he just might need one himself!
I ordered one from Chewy.com (amazing customer service) and it arrived 2 days later. Although I don’t see the exact one there on their website anymore they do have other size options. Click here to see. I did find the exact one I have on Amazon $105.66. The Dimensions are 26″L x 12″W x 19.5″H and can hold up to 45 lbs. I popped it up put my pooch in and took him for his first “stroll”–and guess what?? He loved it!! He sat up the whole way and was trying to smell everything in sight, of course this made me feel horrible for the all the years that were lost where he could have been enjoying strolls in the neighborhood but let’s not look back.
I’ve been taking him on his “walks” everyday–he gets so excited when he see’s his stroller. The fun part is seeing the neighbors reactions to a dog in the stroller–it’s not quite what they expect! Haha–but once they find out he has bad back legs and can’t go on walks, they love it. I have had people come up to me and say that they wish they had a stroller when their dog could no longer go on walks–I highly recommend getting your dog a stroller if he is disabled or older. It makes a world of a difference in their happiness! I know that my dog is getting up there in dog years–especially Sheltie dog years and I want him to be as comfortable as possible. Plus the great bonus for me is jogging up the hills with the extra weight–it’s a great work out!! And you can’t beat the cup holders and extra storage in the bottom. Love that it has a covering to pull up when it’s sunny out or a little misty out! Sure I might look like the crazy lady pushing my dog down the street but I don’t care because my little guy is happy!
Do you have a dog stroller? Let me know in the comments!