Meet handsome smooth black dappled 'Duke,' who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Duke injured his back jumping down off the bed, and it seemed to heal OK with the use of steroids, but a few months later his hindquarters became paralyzed, and he also lost control of his bowels and bladder. Excerpt from The Morning Sun: "I did think briefly about putting him down," Linville, Duke's owner, said, "but he's not in pain, and he still seemed happy. Then Dr. Micky Painter suggested a wheelchair, and I spent a lot of time researching them."
She settled on Dogon Wheels, which can be customized to the animal.
"It came with instructions on how to help the dog slowly get used to it, but he got accustomed to it very quickly," Linville said.
"I'm hoping that someday Duke won't need the wheels any longer," Linville said. "But if he does, that's all right. I really want people to know that animals don't necessarily need to be put down after an injury like this, and they can possibly continue to have a good quality of life."
Read all about Duke at The Morning Sun.
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