Buddy the Boston terrier is a feisty little guy, even with some limitations.
About eight months ago, he suddenly lost all movement in the back half of his body. Vets say he slipped a disk in his spine and damaged nerves.
When Buddy got sick, vets told his mother, Karla Meador, most owners of dogs with his condition put the dog down.
“The vet said it was just as much for his quality of life as mine,” Meador said. “I just thought, if he’s happy, I’ll suck it up.”
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Vets suggested his quality of life would never be the same. Meador decided she’d do whatever it takes to make him a “normal” dog again.
For a while, Buddy was hauled around in a specially modified Coleman cooler with wheels. Then Karla got him a specially made wheelchair. He’s a spunky little dog and took to it pretty quickly. Meador has five wheelchair ramps throughout her home and yard.
Now, Buddy doesn’t know anything is wrong with him. He’s back to trying to wrestle the bigger dogs, and even trying to swim in the lake behind their house. A dog diving into a lake with a wheelchair made of metal quickly proved to be a dangerous problem, so Karla fixed that too.
She took an old floaty noodle and secured it to parts of the chair so it’s now “drown-proof,” as she calls it. You should SEE this dog paddling around the lake in a floating wheelchair. It’s the cutest thing.
It takes a lot of effort, Meador says, to take care of Buddy. He has to wear diapers that must be changed half-a-dozen times a day, he needs special help when his chair gets stuck, and he can’t be left alone.
But considering Buddy is still living a normal life, with a little help, Meador says it’s all worth it.
“People comment all the time when they see him, ‘He’s such an inspiration and he doesn’t seem to know one half of his body doesn’t work,’” Meador said. “It’s taken so much work and expense to get him to this place, but I know I made the right choice.”
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