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Roo’s Wheelchair

In July 2001, Roo was abandoned alone. She was probably around three years old at the time, so she is now about eight.

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Roo is a calm, very nice girl, but is very different in one respect from other dogs......She was born with very short front legs. She has nails and pads, but her legs are only about 8 cm long and they are crooked, so she can’t walk or even stand up like ordinary dogs.

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Someone who came to ARK the other day looked at Roo and kindly offered a present – a wheelchair! ARK has ordered and used wheelchairs for dogs with paralyzed hind legs, but we had never heard of wheelchairs to assist front legs. We of course wished to give Roo a chance to lead a life like other normal dogs, but had half given up. How excited we were to hear this news!

We know someone who makes wheelchairs for dogs with hind leg problems and also front leg problems – he’s helped a lot of dogs to run around happily. We accepted his offer this time too and renewed our determination to continue Roo’s rehabilitation.

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Roo's wheelchair was completed and sent to ARK recently. We put Roo on it right away, but she got exhausted after just a short walk. Since she’s never walked on four legs before, moving around this way forces her to use muscles she doesn’t usually use.

For Roo to learn to walk properly and comfortably, a great deal of time and practice will be needed. The ARK staff and Roo will do their best, working together as much as they can.

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I will report more on Roo’s wheelchair rehabilitation in the future.

All the staff at ARK would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Mr. K, who gave Roo this great present, and Mr. C, who built the wheelchair, for giving Roo a wonderful opportunity.



☆☆☆Golden Week Adoption Fair Announcement☆☆☆
Tokyo
Date: 4/29, 4/30, 5/4, 5/5
Location: GEORGE, Komazawa Store
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Kobe
Date: 5/3
Location: Green Dog Square
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And of course, we look forward to seeing potential adopters every day at ARK!

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