I found this story on the Walkin’ Pets blog and couldn’t resist sharing it. The pet wheelchair company showed how a disabled toddler and dog are beating their mobility challenges. The introduction of little Lorelai, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, to a paralyzed dog named Oscar is precious.
Here is the video of Lorelai being introduced to Oscar.
Lorelai was born with a disorder called Muscular Myelopathy. It causes extreme muscle weakness and lack of coordination. Children can only acquire the condition when both the mother and father are carriers of the gene. Then there is a one-in-four chance that a baby will get the condition. Lorelei’s parents, Trisha and Joe Priest, had no idea they were carriers. They have three other children who are healthy.
Lorelai wasn’t breathing when she was born and had to be transferred to a special hospital. It was month before she could come home.
Now at 18-months-old, her condition has improved thanks to extensive physical therapy treatments. Still, Lorelai’s movement is limited and she cannot walk. Her mother heard about a customized wheelchair that a New York couple builds for disabled toddlers. She applied for one. The cart is called Bella’s Bumbas chair and one was donated to Lorelai.
The wheelchair uses the popular baby Bumbas seat that lots of parents use to stabilize young children when they are learning to sit up. Then wheels are applied for mobility. It turns out the wheels are made by Small Tires & Wheels which is a subsidiary of Walkin’ Pets. That’s how the idea came about for Lorelai to meet someone else who uses a tiny wheelchair.
Oscar is a Beagle mix who was given up for adoption at the age of 11. He has problems with mobility after a recent surgery so he uses Walkin’ Wheels to get around. Oscar was adopted by Walkin’ Pets employee, Laura Webber. She and Oscar jumped at the chance to meet Lorelai and her family.
Lorelai and Oscar are beating their mobility challenges
Walkin’ Pets wrote,
“In this world full of so much wrongdoing and tragedy, it was good to see a little girl, a dog, and the people who care for them, rising to the challenges, aided by the love and generosity of both family and strangers.”