Adorable pooch who vets said was ‘finished’ survives – thanks to specially adapted wheelchair
A pooch who vets wanted to put to sleep after he lost the use of legs has defied the odds by getting around in his very own WHEELCHAIR – proving there’s life in the old dog yet.
It’s a dog’s life for Zook, the 15-year-old Staffie who is doted on by his devoted owner Sean Farrell, from Birmingham, West Mids.
Zook sadly lost the use of his legs around two years ago after they became weak due to spondylosis, which affected his vertebral bones and pinched his spinal cord.
Sean, 43, said: “I noticed he was getting more and more robotic when he was walking.
“The vet said he was basically finished, but I didn’t want to accept that.
“He was so happy, such a playful and active dog. He was so fed up and looked pitiful, like he’d given up. We were both totally devastated, I really didn’t know what to do.”
When Sean started researching the condition he found other dogs were using wheelchairs to help them get around, so he spent £400 on a bespoke wheelchair for Zook.
Sean also bought a buggy to wheel Zook around in, to give the pampered old aged pooch a well-earned rest.
Sean, a freelance writer, said: “The difference in his life was amazing.
“He’s never going to walk again but he’s got such a full life, he gets to see the world.
“When he sees me preparing his buggy he gets as excited as he used to when I picked up his collar and lead.
“He’s an absolute babe magnet – I try to take advantage but all the attention is on him.
“It’s crazy, groups of girls always want to take their picture with him, he’s incredibly popular and brings smiles to everyone.
“He just loves people and he loves going out in his buggy, he adores the fuss.
“Since getting the buggy so many people have done similar things with their dogs and they have all told me the incredible difference it makes to their life when they are out in the fresh air.
“It’s a total new lease of life for them and I would urge any elderly or disabled dog owner to do the same.”
Even after beating the odds, two years down the line vets still think Zook should be put to sleep – but you can’t keep a good dog down, and Zook keeps fighting back.
Sean said: “I’ve had to give up my life, but it’s worth it for him.
“I’m with him 24 hours a day, I haven’t slept in my own bed for six months as I sleep next to him on the sofa.
“We’ve got a connection, I know what all his moans and groans mean – it’s like a sixth sense.
“I’ve broken down before because of the stress, but it’s worth it – the rewards speak for themselves.
“Most older dogs will just sit in a basket all day long, but Zook’s out and about.
“I want to give him as much fun as possible, it’s all about positivity and having something to live for.
“If you don’t give up on your dog, they won’t give up on you.”
Sean shared Zook’s story on a Staffie group on Facebook, and within hours and had been shared thousands of times.
Brave Zook has even been made the ambassador of a Stourbridge charity, Room for One More Staffie, who rescue elderly and unwanted pooches from neglect and abuse.
Sean said: “It’s been the toughest two years of both our lives and it’s really nice Zook’s courage has been recognised.
“I’m aware Zook is nearing the end of his life but after having such a wonderful companion and my best friend it’s the least I can do to keep him comfortable and happy in his twilight months.”