Paralyzed Rescue Dog Pays It Forward

Photo: Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Photo: Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Everything about this story is sure to leave you feeling just a little bit better about the world. 7-year-old dachshund Willie was found paralyzed and abandoned at a dumpster in Tampa. An employee at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay discovered Willie in a box by the trash bin, and took him back to the shelter.

It wasn't long before Sandy Lewers paid a visit to the Tampa shelter and immediately melted when she heard Willie's bark. A lifelong Dachshund owner, it was love at first bark--literally! When the shelter workers told her that Willie would need a "special home", she knew it was meant to be. As a mother of two autistic children, and the owner of another dog that uses a special wheelchair to get around, Sandy knew she could provide Willie with the perfect environment to live a happy, healthy life.

Willie is paying it forward by helping Sandy's children overcome sensory issues and thrive in their home. He gets along incredibly well in his wheelchair and is a true testament to dog's ability to overcome even the most terrible and trying adversities.


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1 Comment

  1. Barbara Techel

    January 17th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing Willie's story! I just love it and shared as well. It has been a passionate mission of mine for the past six years to bring positive awareness to these special needs dogs with IVDD and dogs in wheelchairs. My Frankie was diagnosed with IVDD in 2006 and had to also use a wheelchair.
    She touched thousands of lives while in her wheels also visiting many schools and libraries, as well as was a therapy dog.
    These dogs have such an amazing impact on others and it warms my heart to know Willie has a great life now and is paying it forward too.
    Willie's story was also shared via National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day on our Facebook page where we honor all dogs in wheelchairs.
    Thanks again for sharing his beautiful story!!

    Barbara Techel
    Founder of National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day
    Author and Advocate for dogs with IVDD and dogs in wheelchairs

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