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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
information on wheelchairs for dogs visit: www.handicappedpets.com/adjustable-dog-wheelchairs
Pebbles and his wheels