Gracie’s owners threw her away like garbage when she was just a puppy. As a result, Gracie was covered in maggots when she was rescued. She also lacked the hair beneath her eyes. Her rescuers also discovered that she had a birth defect that caused her front legs to be missing. No one knew what difficulties Gracie had faced in her young life, but they knew she was in for a fight.
Gracie was eventually adopted by the Turley family, who also happen to run their own animal shelter. With a paralyzed dog and a three-legged Chihuahua, sweet little Gracie seemed like the perfect addition to the family. The Turley family, on the other hand, was concerned about Gracie’s mobility because she was still a puppy and wouldn’t be eligible for a wheelchair fitting.
Dylan, a 12-year-old volunteer, had a brilliant idea at that point. He decided to build Gracie a makeshift wheelchair out of Lego, something that could be easily readjusted with flexibility as Gracie grew. Dylan’s brilliant idea worked perfectly, and Gracie was able to take her first steps using her special wheelchair.
When Gracie reached the appropriate age, she was fitted with a “grown-up” wheelchair. As a result, Gracie is now just like any other dog – happy, healthy, and chasing balls with her siblings.
However, we’re confident she’ll be eternally grateful to Dylan and her first wheelchair, which gave her mobility and freedom as a puppy.