Meet Roosevelt, The Bi-Pedal, Off-Roading Border Collie

As any Border Collie owner (*raises hand*) can tell you, to describe them as "high energy" is modest at best. Bred as herding dogs, they require near constant activity and attention, because if they aren't "working", they aren't happy.

But how is a Border Collie supposed to "work" when his front legs won't, well, work? Roosevelt the Border Collie was born with malformed legs, making the act of running quite impossible. Three years ago, however, he was adopted from New England Border Collie Rescue. Her new owner, Stephanie Fox, adapted a wheelchair designed to support a dog's hind legs to support the front of Roosevelt's body

"The only difference between Roosevelt and other dogs is that instead of a collar I snap on his wheels to take him out," Fox told the Bangor Daily News. "People think he should have been put down because they think he's suffering, but he wakes up happy every day. If you had a child with a disability you'd try to enrich them, give them opportunities. So why not do the same with a dog?" [Bangor Daily News via Death and Taxes]

Roosevelt taking a walk.

Roosevelt in his harness.

Roosevelt sans his harness.

Images: Robert F. Bukaty/BDN


Comments

    Looks like he's hungry, he's chewing on his nub in one of those pics. Cool shit though!

    That is awesome!

    He is clearly well looked after, loved and very happy.

    Im sure in his own way, he is very greatful that his new owner has gone to the lengths they have to make his life better.

    I wish him all the best.

    quokkadog

    Oh god, this reminds me of the part in Missing Missy http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html

    that is a damn happy dog. Great work on the harness, the perfect kinds of wheels - obviously give him no trouble going over bumpy surfaces.

    I have a beagle that lost its rear left leg at christmas time due to a boating accident, 4 weeks ago got hit by a car and broke her front right leg required a plate and 8 screws. I thought she was doing well on 3 legs but within 1 day of the surgery she is back to running again only this time only 2 legs. The surgery will heal on the broken legs but she does not seem to want to use at as she is able to get around faster on the 2 legs than on the 3. Talk about being stubborn beagle and expensive one not to say the least.

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