Photo: Chihuahua Born Without Front Legs Will Get to Experience New Life Thanks to New Set of Wheels
Due to a deformity, a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix named Vespa had a very limited experience with the world, but thanks to a Colorado firm, Vespa is now getting a whole new view thanks to a new set of wheels.
Vespa was born without fully formed front legs, a challenge many may not realize is harder to overcome than if it had been her back legs.
After losing her last dog to a heart condition, Brenda Jones decided to take on a dog with special needs, because every dog deserves a chance at a happy life. Brenda adopted Vespa from the Chihuahua Rescue and Transport and immediately recognized her new little friend would need some extra help if she was ever going to move around around on anything other than carpet or grass. Because of her deformity, Vespa’s front legs are like “little ‘chicken wings,’” Brenda described, “that allow her to crawl or hop, but only on soft surfaces.
In a blog on the Life With Dogs website, Brenda wrote, “I wanted her world to be bigger than that, so I researched front wheels for dogs. (She was not a candidate for prosthesis). Missing front limbs are a much bigger challenge than missing or injured back limbs, as it turns out.”
Click here to watch a video of how “Vesy” is now able to see the world.
Vespa is not the only dog to have caught our attention, recently we covered the story of another special needs Chihuahua, Peggy Leg aka the first “bionic dog.”
Peggy was recently fitted for a titanium foot implant, because much like Vespa, she was not born with perfect limbs. Peggy was facing the amputation of one of her legs because the paw attached had never fully formed and the extra weight of the leg was putting strain on her back, as there was no paw to hold the weight of that side.
However, medical researchers at NCSU had been looking for a dog to fit with a titanium foot implant, just as Peggy’s rescuers were looking for a prosthesis to help her.
The researchers had been looking for the right little dog and Peggy Leg fit the bill. If successful, her “bionic leg” will help researchers determine if similar procedures can be done for men and women, particularly those in the military who have been injured.
Both Peggy and Vespa are now beginning their journeys towards new more active lives thanks to medical research and caring owners.