A dog with bad legs is feeling wheely-fine after being given a new leash of life with his own – WHEELCHAIR.
Murphy the collie cross, three, struggled to walk after his kneecaps detached from his legs, forcing him to drag himself along in a heartbreaking fashion.
But he’s been given some new “legs” in the form of a doggy wheelchair, which allows him to scoot around to his hearts content.
Owner Pam Pickering, 71, said: “He loves his walks and the leg he drags was getting sore.
“It’s fabulous. It has taken a while but am over the moon with it. He is such a lovely dog and just loves his walks.
He had a rotten start in life but this has given him a new lease of life — and that is what I wanted for him. “He deserves it and it doesn’t bother him at all. He just plods along.”
Despite initially being told Murphy’s new set of wheels would stretch into the hundreds, kind-hearted dog groomer Mandy Edge was so moved by his plight she organised a fund-raiser to help pay for the much-needed mobile.
The wheelchair, which cost around £300 looks like a chariot but attaches to a harness and acts as a pair of back legs, due to a special set of wheels which attach to the back of Murphy.
Mandy, who has known Murphy since she started clipping him as a pup said: “It all started a year ago. His knee caps are coming away from his legs.
“The vet tried to re-attach on one leg but it came away. He tried again and it came away again and his legs were too weak to try again.
“The result was he dragged one leg around and the other leg was bad. The vet has tried his best but the only option was doggy wheelchair.
Pam, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancs., said: “I was overwhelmed by the support it was wonderful.
“Then a couple offered a donation, which meant they had enough to cover the cost.
“My friend’s daughter and her boyfriend call round and take him out every night and both Mandy and a close neighbour have been wonderful helping me with him. ”
Pam said she had been overwhelmed by the support from well-wishers and held a reunion tea party recently to thank some of them.