Paralyzed Dog in a Wheelchair Reaches Summit of Mount Washington

Lucy Climbs Mount Washington Auto Road in Walkin’ Wheels for Handicapped Pets Pinkham Notch and Nashua, New Hampshire August 18, 2010 was thrilled to witness the first ever paralyzed dog in a wheelchair reach the summit of Mount Washington this morning, August 18, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Lucy is a very high energy, active dog that has been using her Walkin’ Wheels for nearly two years. She and her owner Courtney Dunning of Peterborough, New Hampshire prepared for their climb up the Mount Washington Auto Road with several weeks of training which included increases in both mileage and altitude as well as a test trek up the first two miles of the auto road in mid-July.

Today’s six-hour journey to the summit of Mount Washington included several breaks for food and water as well as one diaper change. Accompanying Lucy on the climb to provide supplies and to document the adventure were a total of five people and one dog – Lucy’s canine companion Topper, a Chihuahua mix that was also rescued from Puerto Rico.

Upon reaching the summit earlier today, Courtney Dunning expressed how proud she was of Lucy and acknowledged the Mount Washington Auto Road and its employees for their support of the effort which included providing advice for the two-mile test trek in July, opening the gates at 5:00 a.m. today, and offering an extremely comfortable and enjoyable stage ride back to the base of the auto road.

“I think many people underestimate handicapped pets and do not realize just how much they can do given proper care and training,” Dunning explained. Mark C. Robinson, President of and inventor of the Walkin’ Wheels, was equally amazed and proud of Lucy. “Lucy demonstrates how handicapped pets can continue to lead happy, healthy, active lives. The Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair allows dogs to do more than simply survive injuries that were once considered life ending. With appropriate veterinary care and physical training, dogs in wheelchairs can thrive and even reach levels of athletic achievement,” commented Robinson.

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