A dog who needs a wheelchair to get around is loving life after being returned three times to a shelter by people who couldn’t cope.Moby, aged two, hasn’t had the easiest start in life after being diagnosed with a rare brain condition that makes him fall over.
He had to get used to walking with the aid of a wheelchair on his back legs, and sadly some owners couldn’t deal with his medical needs.The black and white Border Collie and Great Pyrenees cross has cerebellar hypoplasia, meaning part of his brain is smaller than usual.
Now, though, he has a loving family who think he is the ‘happiest dog ever’.
We’re inclined to agree after watching this video, which shows him frolicking around in the snow with the help of his chair, looking like he’s grinning at the camera.
He’s become an Instagram star, with 7,000 people following his outdoor influencer lifestyle:
He even had a feature on the We Rate Dogs Twitter account, where he naturally scored 14/10.
This is Moby. He has Cerebellar Hypoplasia, which just means he wobbles. His wheels help him get where he wants to go and nothing will stop him from enjoying his first snow day. 14/10 pic.twitter.com/mhDOEe4vbZ
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates)
Alex van Veldhuizen, 20, saw a picture of Moby on Facebook when he was looking for a home a year and a half ago, and couldn’t resist. The next day she went to pick him up, and took him home to Airdrie in Alberta, Canada.
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She said: ‘Moby has an awesome life. Despite his condition, he loves the dog park and going on walks.
‘When people see him for the first time, they are usually laughing.
‘We love this because we also think he looks silly and Moby loves being silly.
‘He is often described as the happiest dog anyone’s ever seen, and we agree.’
His wheelchair cost £700, and supports his back legs while his front legs can wobble along.He can’t walk unless he’s using either this or a harness which which allows Alex to hold him up without having to carry him.
Alex added: ‘Moby is friendly to any dog he meets and will play with any dog that plays with him.
‘We do find that a lot of dogs are timid around him initially due to his strange movements and his wheelchair, but after that he is usually the most popular dog in the park, with a whole troop of his friends following him around.’
Alex also thinks Moby’s following has helped people become more aware about disability in animals.
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She said: ‘We don’t think that Moby realises he is different from other dogs as this has been his reality for his entire life.
‘The biggest thing we stress is that his condition doesn’t affect his quality of life.
‘We think Moby is an awesome dog to show special needs pups have so much love to give and can be amazing animals.’