There’s nothing quite like a heartwarming dog story to brighten up your day, so without further ado, let me tell you about Roo.
The Collie-Whippet cross didn’t have the best start to life; her owners believe she was born with three legs in Romania, and was reduced to two after being savagely attacked by another dog.
But things started to improve for her when she was five-months-old and aforementioned owners, Nikki and Ian Dick, from Nothumberland, UK, came to her rescue and adopted her. Roo had learned to get by with just the two legs, a bit like a kangaroo, but she couldn’t live like a normal dog.
Roo learned to walk on two legs. Credit: SWNS
However, Roo’s second stroke of good fortune really turned her life around. Hillheads Dog Training Centre, in Whitley Bay, came to hear of her story and set about organising a series of fundraisers to raise money to buy Roo a set of wheels.
Thanks to generous donations, £800 was raised and a set of custom wheels were ordered from Eddie’s Wheels in Massachusetts, USA.
Since then, Roo hasn’t looked back.
Roo is able to get around much more quickly with her new wheels. Credit: SWNS
Nikki said: “Roo never knew any differently before so she would just use her back legs but she can move around so much faster using the wheels.
“They have been custom built so the wheels are wider. This means Roo can run around faster on the sand or any surfaces really. The wheels enable her to do everything the rest of the dogs can.
“I think a few years ago Roo’s story might have played out differently and she might not have been so lucky but with the advances in technology we have seen she has been able to be treated just like any of the other dogs.
“The world has to adjust because these dogs need love, all dogs need love.”
Roo is now able to play with other dogs like Wendy. Credit: SWNS
Nikki and Ian adopt other dogs that are ‘a little bit different’, from dogs with physical disabilities like Roo to dogs with emotional issues like Labrador Wendy – great name for a Labrador that, by the way.
Nikki said people always react well to seeing Roo playing with the rest of the dogs, describing her as ‘a little fighter’.
She said: “People used to get emotional when they first saw her but now they’re used to seeing her, nobody treats her any differently to the rest of our dogs.
“The reactions from people who have seen Roo using the wheels and asking about them has been brilliant.
“Everybody has been so supportive of Roo. She is showing any dog can be loved exactly the same.
“We adopted her because she is a little fighter, she is very strong and we love her.”
You may now go get a tissue.
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