Meet Roosevelt, a Border Collie whose two front legs are deformed. But Roosevelt’s disability isn’t stopping him from enjoying life! His owner, Stephanie Fox, had a special wheelchair created just for Roosevelt, and now this special dog can run and herd as he was meant to do.
“The only difference between Roosevelt and other dogs is that instead of a collar I snap on his wheels to take him out. … People think he should have been put down because they think he’s suffering,” she said. “But he wakes up happy every day. If you had a child with a disability you’d try to enrich them, give them opportunities. So why not do the same with a dog?”
Now, not only do I have to compete with amazing humans, who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth neurological disorder) yet are capable of running marathons, biking across the country, climbing mountains,etc., but now I also have to live up to the accomplishments of this amazing dog.
Isn’t there anyone else with this peripheral neuropathy who doesn’t perform amazing feats? Some of us struggle to get through the day just doing routine chores. We are constantly bombarded with reports of inspiring disabled people (and now dogs), who don’t let their disease stop them from doing whatever they strive to do. I feel like such slacker.