Meet the 2023 Calendar Contest Winners


Yearly the Walkin’ Pets calendar contest helps elevate consciousness for particular wants animals and raises cash to assist pet’s in want. This yr’s contest featured nearly 300 particular wants animals from all around the globe.

Cowl Canine Bo from Hong Kong

Our cowl canine Bo is a Degenerative Myelopathy warrior from Hong Kong. He has been combating DM for over 2.5 years! He could also be paralyzed from the chest down, however he nonetheless enjoys life with the assistance of his four-wheel wheelchair!

Bo the disabled dog in his full support wheelchair

Filou from France

Filou is an 8-year-old “massive big” Yorkie that grew to become paralyzed on the age of 1 following an accident. His former proprietor then took him to a shelter, the place he was adopted in 2016.

In the present day, Filou could be very glad and loopy about life and lives along with his mother and his three canine sisters, Skully, Pepper, and Jade.

Paralyzed yorkie is happy in his Walkin' Wheels wheelchair

Holly from Illinois

Holly was present in somebody’s entrance yard, unable to stroll, at solely two months outdated. She was later recognized with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, aka Wobbly Cat Syndrome. The clinic tried for 4 months to discover a rescue that might take her or an adopter for her. Lastly, a clinic employees member shared Holly Hun’s story in a Fb group the place her new mother fell in love! Holly can’t stand or stroll, however that doesn’t cease her from residing life to the fullest.

Holly acquired her wheels a few yr in the past. Her full assist cart has modified her life by giving her the power to rise up off the ground and revel in cruising round like her feline siblings. Holly will get excited once we get her cart out for her. Her Walkin’ Wheels cart has introduced a brand new degree of enjoyment to her life; for that, her household shall be eternally grateful!

Bay Lee from Texas

Bay Lee has all the time been an extremely lively canine. She started to have bother strolling and was recognized with IVDD. As soon as she acquired her Walkin’ Wheels canine wheelchair, she was unstoppable from the primary second! She had again surgical procedure in February. Following surgical procedure, Bay Lee had retained motor perform in each of her hind limbs, however required assist.  Two weeks publish op, Bay might stroll…with assist… and little or no knuckling. 

Now eight months post-op.  Bay Lee has come a good distance, and her prognosis continues to be optimistic. She has unhealthy days and he or she has nice days. On the unhealthy days, she is stiff and has points strolling. She sits down, and her again proper leg flies up.  When she is pottying, the leg thumps the bottom uncontrollably. A few of that is the arthritis… and a few of it’s the IVDD as she nonetheless has a number of disc protrusions in her backbone. On the good days, she is ready to stroll fairly usually with the assistance of her Walkin’ Wheels and is her energetic self.

BayLee the wheelchair dog

Greatest Buddies Rio and Alfie from England

Rio and Alfie had been each recognized with stage 5 IVDD in 2021, which left them each paralyzed. Not realizing one another earlier than, Rio and Alfie bonded via sharing ideas, tips, and many assist via the toughest instances. Virtually a yr later, these IVDD Warriors live their greatest lives, visiting their favourite place, the seaside, and making numerous wheelie good mates alongside the way in which!

Antonia from Germany

Antonia was an agile and athletic German Shepherd who beloved swimming within the sea or lake. Earlier than a sequence of well being issues, Antonia was going to be educated as a rescue canine for the German Pink Cross.

As she acquired older, she developed hip issues and two vestibular syndromes that left her unable to stroll on her personal. Her wheelchair allowed Antonia to be in the course of all the pieces, spend time along with her household, and revel in lengthy walks. Along with her wheelchair’s assist, she was in a position to reside a cheerful and lively life.

Antonia a German Shepherd with DM

Donnie from Arizona

Donnie, a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd combine, was recognized with DM at 8 yr outdated. His household was devastated when Degenerative Myelopathy took away using his again legs. His Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair made all of the distinction. “The wheels helped Donnie to stroll higher and it made it simpler to look after him. Donnie beloved to play fetch along with his tennis ball and the wheels helped Donnie to try this once more! For an extra 8 months Donnie was in a position to reside life nearer to how he used to earlier than DM. Utilizing the Walkin’ Wheels, Donnie acquired an opportunity to hike with us and play within the snow for the primary time too! And better of all he was in a position to get snug once more whereas utilizing the toilet outdoors. His wheels have given him a lot extra time, independence, and happiness.”

After battling DM for shut to 2 years, Donnie crossed the rainbow bridge in September 2022.

Mily from Florida

Mily was born in 2005 on the road in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She has had quite a few well being scares over time, together with epileptic seizures, most cancers, and mobility loss as she acquired older. Her adopted mother advised Mily that she would by no means be alone once more and promised they might all the time be collectively. Mily’s mother promised to be trustworthy in good instances and unhealthy, in illness and well being, and thus love and respect her day by day of Mily’s life.

disabled poodle with her friend

Duke from Lincoln, UK

Duke grew to become paralyzed very instantly in January 2022 on account of IVDD. As quickly as Duke was put in his wheels he took to them immediately. He ran in them the primary time he wore them. It was at this second his household knew we had made the fitting resolution for him.  He loves his Walkin’ Wheels canine wheelchair and has an indoor scooter too!

Duke’s household says, “The wheels have completely remodeled his high quality of life he loves getting out and about in them, he makes everybody smile when he’s out and will get loads of consideration from individuals who wish to cease, give him fuss and ask about his wheels. It’s shocking to listen to numerous households who’ve animals who would profit from wheels for all completely different causes.”

Duke the Frenchie in his wheelchair

Eli from Alabama

Eli is a Boykin Spaniel who overcame swimmer’s syndrome as a child. Seven years later Eli suffered from a spinal stroke in a single day and misplaced using his again legs. After three weeks of hospitalization, Eli acquired his first Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair and by no means appeared again!

Now, nearly 11, Eli is right here to assist, encourage and provides hope to folks and animals in every single place. When you can’t do issues a method, do it one other. Eli desires the world to know that completely different is simply the following journey. By no means hand over! He wakes up with a smile and is able to go on some nice journey day by day.  He lives his life to the fullest and does ALL the issues his 4 siblings do. 

Rita from Plymouth, UK

Rescued from Romania, Rita had been hit by a automotive and suffered spinal accidents. Later, Rita returned to veterinary care after additional accidents brought on by dragging herself round. Sirius Animal Rescue and Miracle’s Mission each performed their half in Rita’s new glad life. She is now settled in her eternally dwelling and loves whizzing round in her wheelchair.

Rita helps promote consciousness for disabled pets as an envoy for Peppa’s Place, which is a UK-based charitable group that mortgage out wheelchairs to different disabled canines, Rita has helped elevate cash and we now have over 60 wheelchairs serving to others.

Kardi from Texas

This marks Kardi’s sixth time being featured within the Walkin’ Pets Calendar! Kardi was a tremendous little lady whose smile brightened the world. Kardi grew to become paralyzed from IVDD in January 2015 and acquired her Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair the next month. She beloved to run round and play with all her toys and was the happiest little canine regardless of her incapacity. Kardi was a remedy canine for a number of years and introduced happiness to all who met her. Heartbreakingly, Kardi ran throughout the rainbow bridge on 2/20/2022 and is extremely missed by so many.

Ferg from New Zealand

At 10.5 months, Ferg started having unexplained mobility points. By 14 months, he had misplaced the power to face or stroll. Now, along with his wheelchair, he can play outdoors independently and will get into all types of mischief. Ferg resides proof that having a incapacity mustn’t maintain you again, and he has confirmed the vets that prompt the best choice for him was to be euthanized incorrect.

Ferg lives life at prime pace! He likes to go quick in his cart and even drifts round corners! His dad and mom say, “the acquisition of his Walkin Wheels wheelchair was the most effective resolution we ever made. With out his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair Ferg would now not be right here.”

Pumpkin the 2023 Walkin’ Pets Hero

Pumpkin wasn’t born paralyzed; her backbone was damaged, leaving her paralyzed from the shoulders again. Adopted at 8 weeks outdated, her new household fell in love along with her.

Impressed by Pumpkin’s spirit, her household created Pumpkin and Buddies Charity, whose mission is to lift consciousness for particular wants pets, advocate, fundraise, and donate wheelchairs to households in want. Pumpkin has already helped over 30 disabled canines in only a few brief months! Pumpkin’s household works 24/7, advocating for these lovely animals, exhibiting the world simply how wonderful particular wants animals are!

The 2023 Rescue of the 12 months: SFT Animal Sanctuary

Positioned in Tangier, Morocco, SFT is at present dwelling to over 450 canines, together with 25 wheelchair canines. Amongst their wheelie canines is their mascot, Fortunate Pet. Fortunate Pet loves life and is the quickest canine on wheels on the sanctuary! She is an instance for all of us to comply with. Pure pleasure, naughtiness, playful, and cheekiness. The sanctuary works tirelessly to avoid wasting lives, change attitudes, train love, and compassion and assist their group. Since its begin in 2012, the sanctuary has helped deal with, vaccinate, and neuter 3,200 strays in Tangier.

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