Many of us are thankful to have our pets in our lives. That especially rings true for one Wilmington family, thankful for a new hope for their sick dog. Bouncer is a nine year-old boxer and has been a member of Jerry Ashley's family for eight years. A couple years ago, the Ashley’s noticed something wasn't quite right with their beloved bouncer. "The first sign is he didn't pick his left leg to move it forward, he would drag it forward," said Jerry. Bouncer was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disorder that affects his nerves, and as a result, he's lost use of his rear legs. Jerry said, "When he saw squirrels, cats and other dogs he would get excited and would want to chase them and go to them and with the disease he lost the ability to do that." So Ashley ordered a specially made cart based on Bouncer's measurements. It takes just a moment to get him strapped in, and with his rear legs suspended, he's off - running around just like the old Bouncer. Veterinarian, Chris Batts said, "It gives them a second wind of life in terms of being able to enjoy life, not only just as a dog but also with the family as well." Batts said this is a great option for owners to consider. “You don't have to worry about them suffering because they aren't in pain; they're just frustrated because they can't get up and move around." Bouncer is quickly adapting to his new set of wheels, and should be completely familiar and comfortable with it in no time. "I'm hoping it'll add years to his life and it'll give us a chance to enjoy him," said Jerry. Jerry Ashley ordered Bouncer's cart from a Massachusetts company. They can cost up to $500 and take about two weeks to build.
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