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Vets help a scrappy canine stay mobile after spinal cord injury with dog wheelchair

Published: October 4, 2008

When Stella goes for a walk, she draws attention. Most people aren’t used to seeing a dog in a wheelchair.

But for owner Maggie Forbes, the contraption that she calls Stella’s “wheelie” is more than a way for her 12-year-old border collie mix to get around. She considers it a lifesaver for her pet.

Stella, the oldest of Forbes’ three dogs, suffered spinal cord damage about a year and a half ago. Forbes said the dogs were playing with her in the yard when Stella, who was born deaf, saw something to chase and darted into the street, where she was hit by a car.