Vespa Gets Her Wheels

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After losing my previous dog to a heart condition, I decided there was no better way to demonstrate my belief that all animals are worthy of love than to open my heart and home to one with special needs.

I adopted Vespa from Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, an exceptionally well-run organization that makes sure its dogs find loving forever homes. Instead of front legs, Vespa was born with little “chicken wings” that allow her to crawl or hop, but only on soft surfaces such as grass or carpet.

I wanted her world to be bigger than that, so I researched front wheels for dogs. (She was not a candidate for prosthesis). Missing front limbs are a much bigger challenge than missing or injured back limbs, as it turns out.

I tracked down OrthoPets, a group out of Denver that specializes in making animals more mobile. Vespa and I flew to Denver, where the pros there made a mold of her chest and attached her perfectly fitted “vest” to wheels.

Back home, I worked with her to stretch out her legs and help her learn to run. And the door to that bigger world opened for my sweet Vespa.

-Brenda Jones

13 thoughts on “Vespa Gets Her Wheels”

  1. If I was a religious person I would say that you must be an angel Brenda!,
    If you’ re not an angel, you are an absolute amazing human being!!!thank you for existing!

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  2. THIS is completely awesome-she’s such a happy little baby, and now she can really take off! The joy on her little face is amazing-God bless you both!

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  3. Vespa is beautiful! Love…love those big ears!! So happy that she has a furever home with you. Thank you for allowing Vespa into your home and heart.

    Zoom…Zoom…Vespa!!!!

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  4. Brenda you have the heart of an angel! As an owner of several adopted, abused and neglected golden retrievers, I can testify to what love can do for our precious pets. They are our babies and we will do anything for them. Bless you!

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  5. Well Brenda your dog started rejected and missing 2 front legs and with your adoption and great heart he ended up with 5 legs and ready for the para Olympics “Small dog” category dog race. I loved your story, there is a dog for every “Good” human.
    Congrats and bless you
    Joanne

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