Meet Shorty! This Labrador mix doesn’t even realize her back legs don’t work. She acts just like any other happy one-year-old Lab!
The Lab was born with a birth defect that will probably mean a shorter lifespan and premature arthritis and tendonitis.
Now the young Labrador has new wheels to give her better quality of life.
If Shorty landed in another animal shelter, she would probably have been put down. Luckily, no-kill shelter MaxFund took her in and raised enough money to pay for a new wheelchair and physical therapy!
Her legs may be lame but Shorty is one happy and energetic pooch!
“She is this bright joyous dog,” said MaxFund Clinic Director Heidi Hahn.
The Labrador mix will move even better and safer in a customized wheelchair by Ruff Rollin!
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“She has managed. She has done her best. We wanted to see how we could enrich her life,” Hahn said.
This high-spirited dog was born with a severe spinal defect that twisted her back. It’s so severe it makes walking on her hind legs impossible. Getting a wheelchair for Shorty will help straighten her back and relieve pressure on her front legs.
It may sound easy but it takes adjustments.
“When she’s in the wheelchair she has trouble reaching out to get started,” said physical therapist Mickie Phillips, from the Canine Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Group in Broomfield.
Shorty’s back legs are in place–but not her front. She spends quite some time just standing in one place.
“I wonder if she’s getting fatigued using her body differently,” Phillips said.“We may have to do adjustments still on it. We want her to get used to it.”
With a little playful coaxing with toys, Shorty is finally standing tall.
“She certainly is not a throw away. She is a special girl and she deserves a really special home,” Hahn happily said.
This special Labrador mix is now looking for a home that can handle her special needs. Hahn reminds interested adopters that Shorty will need a family with a lot of patience, time, and heart. Shorty is also incontinent.
If you’d like to know more about Shorty and the 70 other dogs at MaxFund, call 303-595-4917.
While MaxFund paid for Shorty’s wheelchair, Disabled Pet Foundation provides financial assistance to families in need to pay for their pets’ adaptive equipment including wheelchairs and prosthetics.