Eddie’s Wheels: Giving Dogs a New Leash on Life

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Six year old Fenway is lucky to be here. The black lab had a stroke last year and was paralyzed, leaving his owner faced with the heart-wrenching decision of whether to euthanize him or seek alternate measures to ensure his comfort.

“I did a lot of hiking, if I fell off the trail and hurt my back, he wouldn’t say, you know mom, you’re really nice, but you’re a lot of work, you have a broken back, so he would do the same for me,” says his owner, Susan Boreri. Boreri turned to one of the few options available for Fenway – she sought out Eddie’s Wheels in western Massachusetts to help her best friend walk again.

The Shelburne Falls mobility cart manufacturer has been helping thousands of animals like Fenway since owners Ed & Leslie Grinnell  made a cart for their own dog Buddha back in 1989. A mechanical engineer by trade, Ed brings a lifetime of experience as mechanical designer, welder and inventor to the task of designing mobility carts that support pets in a bio-mechanically sound way.

Ed and Leslie not only built this company from the ground up, but they have four dogs of their own who use these carts. Leslie said, “I think they’re really inspiring, I think taking care of these dogs is fun and makes everybody’s life a little richer.”

The shop has now grown into the town’s largest company, employing sixteen people. Ed doesn’t make the carts himself anymore, but he still does the fittings for most of his customers. The carts generally cost anywhere from $300 to $600 dollars – a fraction of the cost for most animal surgeries, and more affordable than offerings from competitors.

Ed says, “We’re not getting rich but it’s great to see the smile on the animals’ faces and the people.”

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14 thoughts on “Eddie’s Wheels: Giving Dogs a New Leash on Life”

  1. Aw, we had a little girl pit bull who used her wheelchair for about a year and a half. It really improved her quality of life.

  2. Love ‘Eddie’s Wheels!!!’! I trained a client’s dog to use the front wheeled cart about 3 yrs. ago. Eddie’s was VERY helpful w/measurements, since I live in SC and they are up north. Called a few times w/questions and they were ALWAYS happy to help. The front wheeled cart allowed Buddy to run w/the other dogs and chase a ball as well. He was very reluctant at first, but with alot of patience and encouragement, he quickly learned how to manuever his cart all over the place. Bless you Eddie’s Wheels! 😉


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