A partially paralyzed dog that was abandoned in Sylvan Lake, not only has a new home, but a YouTube and Facebook page.
In a recent video on Facebook, Angel, who was malnourished when abandoned in December, is seen running around in a wheelchair.
At her new home, with Lisa and Jeff Dakus of the Redwater area of Alberta, Angel has also put on four pounds, but she still has a long way to go.
The dog was found and brought to the Central Alberta Humane Society by a Sylvan Lake bylaw officer after someone found her among matresses and debris outside an apartment building.
“(When the wheelchair arrived) she just took off, just like that. And a lot of dogs don’t. Some of them shut down when you put them in the chair, but not her, she took right off – gone,” said Lisa.
“Like ‘now I’m gone, I’m going to do what dogs do,’” the owner said with a chuckle.
Angel has spunk, is active, loves to cuddle and loves to be near people, the pooch owner explained, adding Angel’s best friend currently is Spirit – one of three cats in the house.
The pet parents have given the dog a social media presence so all those people who were part of the two-year-old lab-cross’s journey, and who donated about $9,000 to help the Central Alberta Humane Society for the pup’s medical expenses and the doggie wheelchair, can follow along.
“There were so many people in this tough economy who donated for her, who were eager to hear any update about her, so I thought I would create a Facebook page for people who were so kind,” she said.
The couple, who have had a 10-year-old paralyzed dog named Pooter for several years, also wanted to spread awareness about having a special needs dog.
“To show people just how wonderful paralyzed, or special needs pets can be, if they’re just given the chance,” said Lisa, 48. “Just to show people, ‘hey, don’t overlook these dogs,’ they need homes too.”
The pet owner said both Pooter, and now Angel, teach her every day about living life, not just existing.
“When Pooter was first paralyzed (several years ago), there were people who wondered out loud to us, why we didn’t put him down? But when you see them running in their chairs, or swimming in the lake, then there’s no question as to why,” she said, adding there is more care and patience required with special needs pets, but the reward is worth it.