In May 2017, Winston’s life was turned upside down when a tumour on his spine resulted in the loss of use of his hind legs and toileting habits. But it wasn’t going to hold the Staffordshire Bull Terrier back.
Winston’s owner, Rachel Wettner, looked into wheelchairs for dogs to help them walk again and was lent Winston’s first set of wheels by a likeminded Staffie owner.
Since getting Winston’s own pair of wheels, Rachel has set up Winston’s Wheel fundraiser to help other dogs stay mobile or be able to socialise in strollers.
Says Rachel, “I started the fundraiser cause as Winston has an inoperable tumour on his spine. We had to buy a wheelchair but couldn’t afford one as it was £484. We found a another owner on Facebook that loaned them out. It was such a help to us and we wanted to do our bit. We currently have 54 wheelchairs out with dogs and also strollers too. We are very busy.”
As soon as funding is reached, a set of wheels is purchased and loaned to a dog for as long as they require it. To date, they have purchased and loaned out 15 strollers and 54 sets of wheels.
As well as weekly raffles on their Facebook page, Rachel will also be running a tombola stall at Sesaw Open Day & Fun Dog Show on 28th July, 12-4pm at Stoke Road, Leavenheath CO6 4PP. Entry is £1 per adult and children go free.