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Wheelchair dogs take a Lisboa-hike

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Pathetic, you do not do that to your dog. "I would give him an injection". These are all too often the response when a photograph appears of a partially cripple dog in a wheelchair. "Quality of life" is obviously something that is different for dogs as for humans, because for the handicapped fellow human being  everything is arranged. But is it really so terrible for dogs?


Though you see relatively little wheelchair dogs in the Netherlands, and yes, there are certainly a lot here, we saw a strikingly beautiful initiative in Portugal, where the "dono" of a handicapped, crippled French Bull decided to organize a special walk for wheelchairs dogs. Henrique Magalhaes has a French bullterrier bitch which suffers from hernias. The dog got all kinds of treatments, surgeries, physical therapy, but never recovered and was paralyzed in the hind legs. So Amalia, as the dog is named, now has  a wheelchair.

 

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As disabled dogs requires quite a lot from the owner, Henrique wanted to meet with other dogs in wheelchairs and their owners, so he decided to organize a special walk for disabled dogs last month in Lisbon. He approached hospitals, institutions for disabled dogs, but also dog-companies. The walk was also meant to raise support for organizations committed to these kind of dogs. And with success, over 110 kilograms of food and all sorts of other things were collected, and also the supplier of the dog wheelchair for Amalia, "Dog Locomotion" helped and promised further support.

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Eventually there were 16 wheelchair dogs from all over Portugal, from Caldas da Rainha to Porto to Lisbon to walk with eachother, along with twenty healthy dogs. A very nice success for the first time, and now the first plans already are made for a second walk. Amalia and her disabled and healthy friends had a great time, despite the high temperatures up to 40 degrees in the second warmest July ever recorded in Portugal. While a few kilometers apart the  Lisboa Winner was held with more than 2,000 purebred dogs, also a great success, this small new initiative offers hope for many disabled dogs and their owners to feel proud.

Yes, even handicapped dogs have an  excellent quality of life and can have a very nice and long life with their boss, without pity and without pitying glances. If there are people in the Netherlands who also love their dog wheelchair would participate in such a walk, please let us know via info@dogzine.nl and then see if we also can organize something similar. Who wants to know more about Amalia can follow her through www.facebook.com/1rifa1vespa

The pictures were taken by the participants of the walk, thanks that we could use them.

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Wheelchair dogs take a Lisboa-hike

Pathetic, you do not do that to your dog. "I would give him an injection". These are all too often the response when a photograph appears of a partially cripple dog in a wheelchair.