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Heidi and Julia - Our Story leading to wheels4dogs

See Heidi Videos. We first noticed a problem with our German Shepherd Dog (GSD), Heidi, in 2008 when we realised that one of her back feet seems to be catching as she walked.

During a routine trip to the vets for vaccinations we mentioned this and, after tests, we were given the diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy (DM) or chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy (CDRM) to give its full name. Our vet told us that there was no treatment and that she would get steadily worse until she lost all use in her back legs.

Once we had absorbed the diagnosis, we decided that we were not going to give in and just wait. Over the next 12 months her condition gradually worsened. Internet research showed us that there were wheels available and we were lucky to find a secondhand set for a GSD locally. Sadly we found it very difficult to get her into these, they were very heavy and she just stood trembling.

We discussed this with our Vet, who had been doing her own research and that was when we found Walkin Wheels® in the USA. After an initial period of learning for both Heidi and us, we caused lots of amusement in the village when Julia was seen running down the road trying to keep up with a GSD determined to get down to the village green and beach a.s.a.p. Walks were never the same again as people used to talk to us and give Heidi lots of fuss. Over time her fitness and strength developed until she could go for 2 and 3 mile walks and even canter along the beach. She got her freedom and independence back and we had two more years until a cancer finally took her from us.

The wheelchairs are light but rugged and stable enough for a dog keen to explore ‘off road’ and revisit all her favourite places.

See Heidi in our Videos of Walkin Wheels®

When we were given the chance to start our own business importing these amazing products to the UK, we didn’t hesitate.

Contact Julia by Email or Phone 0800 072 3697

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