The story of a sweet little Pug who raises funds for the High Roller's Club. As told by her Mama, Kandi.
We adopted Jasmine from a pug rescue a few months after our boy pug passed away. She was such a tiny baby.
My Husband, Michael, was not really ready for another pug, but our first Pug was, so he reluctantly agreed. From the moment she waddled over to him, he picked her up and she licked his face, he was her human and she was his baby.
We had several great years with no mobility issues then she started dragging her back foot every now and then. Her back also started to arch and our vet at the time told us she would eventually end up in a wheelchair as her spine and hips were fusing together.
Eventually, she started to lose her balance in her back end and would fall over when walking or standing still. We found High Rollers Club on Instagram through our friend The Dotty and I bought a few items off the fundraising page. I contacted Mama Cynthia to ask where she got the wheels and she offered to get them for Jasmine. We pitched in with a donation and got Jasmine wheels.
Jasmine was not thrilled with the wheelchair when we first put her in it. We started with a quad and she just wouldn't move. Not forward, not backwards, she just froze and would bark. We pulled her along on a leash but she refused any movement on her own. So we decided to try without the front and with lots of treat motivation - we think she actually played us for the extra snackies - she was off and wheeling.
She was back to her old self being happy and mobile. She absolutely loved being in her wheels out and about, there was no stopping her. She had this lil proud smile and her tongue was always out, she was definitely happy. The wheels gave her alot of confidence. Plus, she got so much attention from everyone.
She has these little tennis shoes that protect her back feet from getting scraped up and that was a huge conversation starter. We did get some stares, lots of questions, some pity, some "thank you for not giving up on her" talks but luckily never cruelty.
Funny thing though, she hated her wheels at home. She absolutely refused to use them, she just wanted to scoot herself around or be carried. So we used them whenever we were away from home. We would take her to the pet store, to the park, hockey and soccer games, around the neighborhood she is such a Sassy lil diva and does exactly what she wants.
During her wheeling journey, we have participated in The Wheeling Pug Relay, helped raise awareness that wheelie pugs are handicapable and can lead happy, productive lives. We have won a couple pet contests and donated the money to get wheels for other pups to have the gift of mobility.
In the last year, she slowly started to lose strength in her front legs to pull herself along. So we would use her wheels to prop her up when we went to the park or to have her stand when she was eating or hanging outside. We tried putting the front wheels on again but again she did not respond to them.
With Jasmine being 15 in July, we decided if she wasn't going to use the wheels, we wanted someone else to have them. So we have passed them back to Mama Cynthia to find a recipient. But don't feel bad, Jasmine is still as Sassy as ever. She is super loving, very talkative and knows exactly what she wants, when she wants it. She now has moved to a Dogger stroller when we are out and about. Just a different set of wheels, but still gets alot of attention and is treated like the princess she is.
- Mama Kandi
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The story of a sweet, determined little Pug who overcame his condition - against all odds. As told by his Mama, Linda.
Pahoehoe came to us when he was 10 weeks old. He was sassy, playful, always hungry and had a smile that could melt you heart. He was perfect.
One day, when he was 4 1/2 years old he started walking funny...he had full control of his front legs, but his back legs almost appeared like he was drunk. We got him in for X-rays the very next day only to discover he had been born with a defect in his spine. He was deemed inoperable.
We tried physical therapy, laser therapy, massage treatments, everything we could think of, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was losing his mobility and there was nothing we could do to stop that digression. In just 4 short, tear filled, months he went from wobbling to stumbling to dragging his toes hard enough to cause bleeding.
He was trying so hard and, in his own way, showing us that he still wanted to be an active member of our family. Something had to be done.
We were not active on social media back then, nor did we have any friends who understood what we were going through, it was our vet who suggested we look into getting him wheels to help him get around. I did my research (YouTube videos) and saw several pets wheeling & loving life and it filled me with a new hope. If we had wheels for Pahoehoe he could be one of those happy pets!
I’m not going to lie, he hated them. It was a full 2 weeks before it “clicked” and he realized just how much more he could do and how much easier it was to get around, but once he caught on, he never looked back.
Whether he’s bumbling around the house or wheeling out on the open road, Pahoehoe teaches us every day that with a little extra love and patience, we can not only adapt, but we can have many more happy days together.
Today Pahoehoe is 12 years old. He is sassy, playful, always hungry and has a smile that could melt your heart. He is perfect.