Prince is a 10-year old German shepherd that lives in Middletown, Delaware with his owner Teri Stone. Having been diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy ("DM"), a progressive disease involving the spinal cord, Prince was suffering from partial rear leg paralysis and had difficulty maintaining enough balance to enjoy daily walks. Teri, who adopted Prince from a German shepherd rescue group several years ago, wanted to assist her dog with his mobility while maintaining his quality of life.
Teri has made a lifelong commitment to supporting both people and pets in their time of need. She is a single mother to her fifteen year-old daughter Vanessa and also has been a foster parent to more than twenty children over the years. However, Teri is currently out of work and has suffered a number of health complications in recent years. During these difficult times, Prince has always been right by her side.
Recently, with Prince struggling to get to his feet, Teri's family had resorted to lifting him by making a sling out of a large bath towel. However, she realized that she could not continue to battle the progressive course of Prince's degenerative myelopathy without finding a more effective solution to his mobility issues.
Teri's daughter Vanessa thought she was only joking a couple of weeks ago when she turned to her dog and said, "Oh Princey, if you keep falling down, we may just have to get you a wheelchair."
Hearing her daughter's comment gave Teri an idea. "Wait a minute, Vanessa. Maybe there is such a thing as a wheelchair for dogs? Let's go on the computer and see if we can find one", Teri exclaimed to her daughter.
A quick Google search of the words "dog wheelchair" brought Teri and Vanessa to the websites of HandicappedPets.com and Handicapped Pets Foundation where they found hope for their loyal companion Prince.
In her request for assistance from the foundation, Teri explained that she wanted to be there for Prince in his time of need since he has always been there for her during the past few years as she has faced a number of health issues and related surgeries.
"When I returned home from the hospital, he stayed right by my side - always watching over me, protecting me and helping me to move about the house," Teri wrote about her faithful companion Prince. It's a privilege to be able to provide the means for Teri and Prince to continue supporting one another," explained Mark C. Robinson, founder of the Handicapped Pets Foundation.
Prince has received enough funds and now has her Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair. Thank you for your support! Please consider donating for other pets in need.