Paralyzed Dog Finds New Home, New Wheels

Daphne the Chihuahua runs, plays in the grass, and even ignores her owner at times to run off in pursuit of objects of interest. Daphne doesn’t seem to notice that she is not like other dogs – she’s just going about her life and finding happiness.  She is a cheery little dog, and for the first time in over a year she is able to wag her tail to show the world how great she feels.

Daphne was paralyzed in an accident in 2009. She was taken to a California animal shelter with a broken back after being struck by part of a falling fence. She was unable to walk or control her bladder.  Brenda Southerland of HOPE Small Animal Rescue took Daphne in to care for her while a permanent home was sought.


Daphne found her new home when Angie Flores, who works at Abby’s Dog and Cat spa in Modesto became a temporary caretaker for the paralyzed pooch. Flores fell in love decided to adopt her. A community fund drive eventually raised enough funds for a custom wheelchair. Now Daphne is on the roll, and to watch her, one would think she was born with that wheelchair permanently attached.

“When people see her I say ‘don’t feel sorry for her, because she’s happy,'” Flores said.

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  1. This is more proof that you just can’t keep a good dog down, even a little one like Daphne. It is also a good lesson to us all that we should never give up on a dog or limit it by our own expectations.

  2. What a little doll – go Daphne!!!

    We are having problems with watching any videos on our MacBook, can’t figure out what is wrong, but they all stop and start over and over – driving us crazy. So we haven’t been able to watch a lot of your videos lately:(

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Animals are so resilient. and loving.

  4. She’s so stinking cute! I’m melting into a puddle of goo! What a great combination of the right dog with the right owner!

  5. Oh the things one can learn from animals if one paid attention.
    Daphne is living proof it is not the problem that is the issue it is how one handles it! Life is too short to waste it having a ‘pity party’!!!
    Madi and Mom

  6. BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! Way to go Daphne! Dogs can and DO live quality lives even with disabilities- Daphne and so many others are such wonderful examples.
    Dogs do not feel sorry for themselves and adjust and go on with life. They teach us what life is all about.
    Barbara & Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog

  7. What a wonderful spirit! You go girl!

  8. Marie says on  10/19/2010 at 6:23 pm

    Go Daphne!!! Congrats on your new home and family!!! Brenda & Angie are an example to sooo many people for looking into the soul of that little girl, and not only her “looks”, it´s great that Daphne got her second chance

  9. What a precious little dog!

    I love that someone took the time to care for her and didn’t just euthanize her because of her injuries.

  10. Such a beautiful little baby. He looks like he runs the show.

  11. We have a young Beagle “Petey” in our rescue that could benefit from a cart like this. We would love to know more on how to get a dog fitted for this or any extra info. that can be provided.


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