Paralysed puppy can go for walkies again after £5,000 is raised for wheelchair

Paralysed dog
Pumpkin the West Highland terrier and her foster mum Tammie Fox (SWNS)

A paralysed puppy has taken her first walk in her new wheelchair after £7,000 was raised on GoFundMe to pay for it.

Pumpkin the West Highland terrier was born paralysed in her two hind legs, and could only move by dragging her body forward, using her front paws. Foster mum Tammie Fox, 41, started a fundraiser for treatment which has raised thousands and bought a wheelchair from disabled dog charity Winston’s Wheels. Pumpkin is now happily moving around, finally able to run and go for walkies. Nail technician Tammie, from Lincoln, said: ‘I’m totally overwhelmed.

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‘It still doesn’t seem real. I only ever thought that people who knew me would donate.

‘I’m absolutely blown away by people’s generosity.’

A breeder surrendered pumpkin to charity Breeds in Need and Tammie took in the pooch, aged 10 weeks.

She’s fallen in love with the dog and plans to adopt the pet formally.

West Highland Terrier Pumpkin. See SWNS story SWOCpuppy. Watch as Pumpkin the paralysed puppy happily strolls along on her brand new wheels after kind strangers raised over ?5,000 in five days for the precious pooch. Pumpkin's foster mum Tammie Fox, 41, started a fundraiser for the paralysed puppy in hopes of raising enough money for treatment that the pooch desperately needs. West Highland Terrier Pumpkin was born paralysed in her two hind legs, meaning she can only move about by dragging her body forward using her front legs - a method that is not sustainable for the little dog. Just five days after the fundraiser started, kind strangers had raised over ?5,000 and a set of wheels were donated to the poor pooch from disabled dog charity 'Winston's Wheels'.
Pumpkin is really happy she can finally go on walkies (SWNS)
West Highland Terrier Pumpkin in his rig. See SWNS story SWOCpuppy. Watch as Pumpkin the paralysed puppy happily strolls along on her brand new wheels after kind strangers raised over ?5,000 in five days for the precious pooch. Pumpkin's foster mum Tammie Fox, 41, started a fundraiser for the paralysed puppy in hopes of raising enough money for treatment that the pooch desperately needs. West Highland Terrier Pumpkin was born paralysed in her two hind legs, meaning she can only move about by dragging her body forward using her front legs - a method that is not sustainable for the little dog. Just five days after the fundraiser started, kind strangers had raised over ?5,000 and a set of wheels were donated to the poor pooch from disabled dog charity 'Winston's Wheels'.
West Highland Terrier Pumpkin in his rig (SWNS)
West Highland Terrier Pumpkin with owner Tammie Fox. See SWNS story SWOCpuppy. Watch as Pumpkin the paralysed puppy happily strolls along on her brand new wheels after kind strangers raised over ?5,000 in five days for the precious pooch. Pumpkin's foster mum Tammie Fox, 41, started a fundraiser for the paralysed puppy in hopes of raising enough money for treatment that the pooch desperately needs. West Highland Terrier Pumpkin was born paralysed in her two hind legs, meaning she can only move about by dragging her body forward using her front legs - a method that is not sustainable for the little dog. Just five days after the fundraiser started, kind strangers had raised over ?5,000 and a set of wheels were donated to the poor pooch from disabled dog charity 'Winston's Wheels'.
Tammie plans to adopt the pet formally (SWNS)
Tammie added: ‘When I first met Pumpkin nine days ago, I was an absolute emotional wreck.

‘It broke my heart to see her with these disabilities and unable to walk.

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‘I fell in love with her instantly, and so did my husband Richard and our kids, Maddison-Belle, ten, and Ziggy, four. Even Smiggle the dog loved her.

‘Pumpkin is a proper character, full of personality and she just loves cuddles.

‘We both decided we wanted to adopt her permanently the day we got her, it was love at first sight.

‘We know we can give her the love and care she needs – I’ll sell my car if I need to.’

Pumpkin is set to visit a specialist vet in Surrey for an appointment and MRI scan next week.

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Future treatment is expected to cost up to £3,000 plus travel costs.

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