When a woman heard the sound of dogs barking and playing while out walking, she didn't think much of it. But she soon realised this group of happy dogs was rather unique.
By, 26 Dec 2019
The woman from Germany was out walking when she heard the sound of excited barking. At first, she didn’t think much of it. But as she got closer, she soon spotted that these dogs were rather unique.
As she watched the dogs play happily, she felt overcome with emotion.
Beaten the odds
But what is so special about these dogs?
Some of them are using wheelchairs while others are limping around. But against the odds, these dogs are living life to the fullest.
Accompanying the group of dogs on their 'walk' was Gritta Götz, who runs the Gnadenhof Lanzenhainer Rasselbande in Germany. It’s a sanctuary for sick, elderly and disabled dogs, horses and cats.
While these adorable pups have obviously gone through some tough times and their back legs no longer work or they have other disabilities, nothing is going to stop them from enjoying themselves.
Whether they are using wheelchairs or limping around, these shelter dogs aren't bothered at all. They are just very happy and loving life.
A second chance for Balou
One of the liveliest dogs in the group is Balou, a Husky cross who was born in 2014 in Bosnia. As a result of not being properly cared for after a serious accident, Balou’s legs became stiff and he wasn’t able to use them anymore. The poor pup was also deaf and incontinent.
But fortune favours the brave and in 2015, Balou arrived at the sanctuary where he was given a doggy wheelchair. As he couldn’t use his back legs and they got in the way of him being able to use the wheelchair properly, his back legs were removed.
But just like his canine pals, this has not held him back. In fact, it gave him a new lease of life and Balou was finally able to whiz around with his new friends.
A wonderful video posted by Gritta shows the dogs bouncing around in their wheelchairs chasing a stick with not a care in the world.
Gritta has shared several other videos of some of the residents at her sanctuary including one showing the loveable pups enjoying playing in the snow.
Posted by Gritta Götz on Friday, January 22, 2016
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