De­ter­mi­na­tion on Wheels

A young aban­doned puppy with se­vere health prob­lems learns how to walk and run with help of his own wheel­chair and a whole lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Animal Welfare - BY NASH

Meet Peb­bles, Playa del Car­men’s own celebrity cal­en­dar boy. Peb­bles won a spot in the first an­nual 2016 Dog Wheel­chair cal­en­dar. Peb­bles was aban­doned at only eight weeks old most likely due to be­ing phys­i­cally chal­lenged. Peb­bles had tremors and could hardly con­trol his head and front leg.

When he was found, his back legs were par­a­lyzed, but it is not be­lieved to be part of his dis­ease. He was found at the beach, hence why he was called Peb­bles.

Un­for­tu­nately, the orig­i­nal res­cuer de­cided not to con­tinue help­ing Peb­bles and at that mo­ment he was lucky enough to meet Chris­tine. Chris­tine has op­er­ated a pri­vate non-profit ini­tia­tive called F.R.E.S.A. (Fre­un­deskreis zur Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion und Eingliederung von Strassen­hun­den mit Ziel der Adop­tion) since 2004.

Her goal is to help an­i­mals in need, pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal help, foster care and adop­tion for street dogs and cats. F.R.E.S.A. is run on do­na­tions. Through these do­na­tions, Peb­bles re­ceived treat­ment for a skin fun­gus, ehrlichia (a dis­ease caused by ticks) and a gen­er­ous donor pro­vided him with a wheel­chair when he was ten months old.

Peb­bles has grown stronger and taught him­self how to ma­neu­ver around with his new set of wheels. Once phys­i­cally chal­lenged and drag­ging his back end around, Peb­bles is now mo­bile and free to run with the other dogs at F.R.E.S.A. He is out roam­ing the woods and rac­ing the other dogs on his daily walks.

Peb­bles has lim­ited feel­ing in his back end due to nerve dam­age that, he must have sus­tained in his early life. He is up for adop­tion but re­quires a very re­spon­si­ble hu­man who can pro­vide phys­io­ther­apy and proper vet­eri­nary care. Un­til he finds his for­ever home, he is safe and com­pletely loved at F.R.ES.A.

Visit F.R.E.S.A. on Face­book/F.R.E.S.A or email fresa@marenos­trum.ws. For more

in­for­ma­tion on wheel­chairs for dogs visit: www.hand­i­capped­pets.com/ad­justable-dog-wheel­chairs

Peb­bles and his wheels

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Photo:F.R.E.S.A.

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