Little Roo gets his ‘wheels’ for Christmas

Roo the chihuahua, who was born without front legs, has a set of wheels for Christmas at the Pendle Dogs in Need hub in Colne

Roo the chihuahua, who was born without front legs, has a set of wheels for Christmas at the Pendle Dogs in Need hub in Colne

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Christmas came early for Pendle’s most famous dog after he was fitted with special wheels to help him get around.

Plucky chihuahua pup Roo, from Pendle Dogs in Need, was born without front legs, meaning that he found it difficult to get around, and was unable to go outside too often.

Pendle Dogs In Need volunteer Angela Cooper with Roo the chihuahua

Pendle Dogs In Need volunteer Angela Cooper with Roo the chihuahua

But now the world is his oyster after he was fitted with specially adapted wheels just in time for Christmas.

Paula Knowles, manager at Pendle Dogs in Need, said: “It’s been such a long journey to get to this.

“It was an emotional time, there were a few tears shed when he was finally fitted with his wheels, just to see him happily running around after all this hard work was really rewarding.

“He absolutely loves them, he can actually reach things that interest him now, it’s just the little things like that he can do which he wasn’t able to do before.”

There’s going to be no stopping him soon

Paula Knowles

Roo, who lives with Paula’s colleague Angela Cooper and his best pal Sebastian the Staffordshire bull terrier, got the wheels from Eddie’s Wheels, an American company that specialises in wheels for disabled dogs.

However despite the good news, Angela was keen to stress that Roo’s hard work is not over.

“Just for Roo to even get to this point he’s had to go through a lot.

“He’s been going to physio sessions at Oakmount Vets in Burnley, doing specific exercises to try and build his strength and he’s also being given supplements.

“He’s still got a long way to go. After 10 minutes or so in the wheels he’s too tired to carry on and needs to come out of them, so we need to build his strength up some more.

“He is getting better though, thanks to the vets, they’ve been brilliant and really helped us.

“There’s going to be no stopping him soon.”