North Shore Animal League America's famous Chihuahua trio
For those who follow the progress of North Shore Animal League America's famous Chihuahua trio, Venus, Carmen and Pablo, there's news: these charming dogs, born without their front legs and rescued by the League from a Virginia shelter, now have front-wheel drive, in the form of carts that will assist their mobility.
The three have been practicing getting about and eating using their new, custom-built, aluminum carts with Velcro-held polar fleece padding for comfortable body support and lightweight foam wheels. The carts, used for 10-minute periods at a time, help the dogs maneuver and eliminate some of the stress on their lower spines from walking on their hind legs and from the lack of proper posture.
The Chihuahuas are each missing their front legs as the result of a birth defect believed to be the result of irresponsible over breeding - also known as backyard breeding. Normal in every other way, the pups seem unaware of their disability and have accepted the challenge of their new carts much as they did the challenge to learn to balance themselves on their back legs. There's another heartwarming footnote to their story. The three now live in their "forever" home, adopted together by a North Shore Animal League America Veterinary Technician, with whom they have bonded, and under whose care they have thrived.
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