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Paralyzed puppy can finally go for a walk after charity donates wheelchair

Go Westie! Paralyzed puppy named Pumpkin can finally go for a walk after charity donates a wheelchair and strangers raise more than £6,000 for specialist veterinary care

  • Pumpkin the puppy couldn’t walk after she was born paralyzed on her two hind legs
  • 11-week-old West Highland Terrier could only move by dragging the body forward
  • Tammie Fox, 41, started a fundraiser for the pup to receive specialist treatment
  • Finally able to walk after wheels were donated by Winstons Wheels Charity


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A paralyzed puppy finally got her first real walk after a charity donated a wheelchair.

West Highland Terrier Pumpkin was born paralyzed on her two hind legs and could only move by dragging her body forward with her front legs.

Earlier this month, the pup’s foster mother, Tammie Fox, 41, of Lincoln, started a fundraiser for specialist veterinary treatment and has raised more than £6,000 in less than two weeks.

Nail technician Tammie also received a set of wheels from Winston’s Wheels, a charity for dogs with disabilities, and is excited that 11-week-old Pumpkin can finally run around the park.

West Highland Terrier Pumpkin has been given a set of wheels by Winston's Wheels, a charity for dogs with disabilities, and is finally able to take her first real walk

West Highland Terrier Pumpkin has been given a set of wheels by Winston’s Wheels, a charity for dogs with disabilities, and is finally able to take her first real walk

Tammie Fox, 41, of Lincoln, nurtured 11-week-old puppy Pumpkin after being donated by a breeder to the charity Breeds in Need

Tammie Fox, 41, of Lincoln, nurtured 11-week-old puppy Pumpkin after being donated by a breeder to the charity Breeds in Need

Tammie Fox, 41, of Lincoln, nurtured 11-week-old puppy Pumpkin after being donated by a breeder to the charity Breeds in Need

“I’m totally blown away,” Tammie said. “It still doesn’t seem real. I only thought that people who knew me would donate.

“I’m completely blown away by the generosity of people.”

Winston’s Wheels is a Suffolk charity that aims to raise money for dogs with disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from walking.

It was founded by Rachel Wettner, whose nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier lost the ability to walk without a wheelchair after being diagnosed with a tumor in 2017.

Pumpkin's foster mother has started a fundraiser for specialist veterinary treatment and has raised more than £6,000 in less than two weeks

Pumpkin's foster mother has started a fundraiser for specialist veterinary treatment and has raised more than £6,000 in less than two weeks

Pumpkin’s foster mother has started a fundraiser for specialist veterinary treatment and has raised more than £6,000 in less than two weeks

The puppy, pictured sleeping at home, was given away at 10 weeks old and Tammie has fallen in love with Pumpkin since taking her in and plans to formally adopt her

The puppy, pictured sleeping at home, was given away at 10 weeks old and Tammie has fallen in love with Pumpkin since taking her in and plans to formally adopt her

The puppy, pictured sleeping at home, was given away at 10 weeks old and Tammie has fallen in love with Pumpkin since taking her in and plans to formally adopt her

Pumpkin was donated by a breeder to charity Breeds in Need at the age of 10 weeks and Tammie has fallen in love with Pumpkin since taking her in and plans to formally adopt her.

“When I first met Pumpkin nine days ago, I was an absolute emotional wreck,” Tammie said.

“It broke my heart to see her with this disability and unable to walk.

“I fell in love with her instantly, as did my husband Richard and our children, Maddison-Belle, ten, and Ziggy, four. Even Smiggle the dog loved her.

Pumpkin was born paralyzed in her two hind legs (pictured) and could only move by dragging her body forward with her front legs

Pumpkin was born paralyzed in her two hind legs (pictured) and could only move by dragging her body forward with her front legs

Pumpkin was born paralyzed in her two hind legs (pictured) and could only move by dragging her body forward with her front legs

Pumpkin was born paralyzed in her two hind legs (pictured) and could only move by dragging her body forward with her front legs

Pumpkin was born paralyzed in her two hind legs (pictured) and could only move by dragging her body forward with her front legs

Pumpkin is going to a specialist vet in Surrey next week for an appointment and MRI scan, who can tell nail technician Tammie more about her disability and future treatment needs

Pumpkin is going to a specialist vet in Surrey next week for an appointment and MRI scan, who can tell nail technician Tammie more about her disability and future treatment needs

Pumpkin is going to a specialist vet in Surrey next week for an appointment and MRI scan, who can tell nail technician Tammie more about her disability and future treatment needs

‘Pumpkin is a real character, full of personality and she just loves to cuddle.

“We both decided we wanted to adopt her permanently the day we got her, it was love at first sight.

“We know we can give her the love and care she needs – I’ll sell my car if needed.”

Pumpkin is going to a specialist vet in Surrey next week for an appointment and MRI scan, who can tell Tammie more about her disability and future treatment needs.

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