Wheels of fortune: Lucky gets lucky
This one is out of the Boston area, where a disabled dog’s “wheelchair” was stolen from the front yard of his owner’s home Sunday.
David Feeney, 63, of West Roxbury, said the cart used by his 12-year-old Belgain Malinois, “Lucky,” was taken after Lucky enjoyed some playtime in the front yard.
“Somebody must have grabbed it right away,” he told the Boston Globe. “Who knows why this happened.”
Feeney called police, and searched the neighborhood with them that night, looking for the cart, but with no success.
On Monday, though, HandicappedPets.com, a New Hampshire-based company that aids handicapped and injured pets, offered Feeney a free replacement. The carts can run $500 or more.
“We wanted to do anything we could to right a wrong,” said HandicappedPets.com spokeswoman Lisa-Marie Mulkern, who said the company was notified of the theft Lucky’s chair by a former customer who had read about it.
The story was first reported by WBZ-TV.
Feeney, a Boston native, rescued Lucky several years ago while teaching and doing humanitarian work in Bogotá. The dog had been hit by a car. Feeney took him to a vet. After Lucky became able to get around, Feeney began taking the dog with him on his trips. “He brought a lot of joy and happiness to a lot of sad children in these places,” he said. “He’s been the light of my life.”
Lucky was able to walk and even run for a while after the accident, but eventually required surgery, which left him immobilized without the help of a cart.
“To me that’s OK,” Feeney said. “As long as he’s alive that’s what matters. I love him.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 7th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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