The start to little Gracie’s life was not a pleasant one. She was unwanted because of a simple birth defect. Her supposed family abandoned her after they discovered it. She was alone, and afraid.
When rescuers received her, she was not in a good state: the fur below her eyes were missing and she was covered in insects. She was missing patches of fur on her little paws and tail as well.
This puppy was born with a rare genetic defect in which she did not develop two of her legs.
Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue were able to find her a forever home.
Gracie received her second chance at a better life once the Turley family adopted her.
The Turley’s are not just any ordinary family. They are also the owners of Mostly Mutts, dedicating most of their time to assisting animals with special needs.
For Gracie, they were the perfect option.
These days, Gracie is full of life and is always ready to play with her new fur siblings.
The Turleys own two other special needs pups: a little boy whose hind legs are paralyzed and a little girl with only three legs. Together, they still manage to play, and hop, along together.
The Turley’s adored Gracie but were concerned that she was still too young to qualify for wheelchair fitting.
But they were also concerned that Gracie would injure herself or that her spine would become misaligned if she didn’t have a wheelchair.
Gracie needed an innovative solution to help her as she was still growing.
It was a young man named Dylan Shervin, a 12-year-old volunteer at the shelter, that came up with a brilliant idea to improve Gracie’s quality of life. Dylan designed a special wheelchair made out of Legos for Gracie!
Dylan had successfully constructed a Lego wheelchair that is both flexible and adjustable to accommodate Gracie’s growth. At first, Gracie was hesitant about the contraption but soon became comfortable with it – after being coaxed with a hotdog or two!
Gracie adored her new wheelchair so much that she was all over it. She quickly outgrew the first model so Dylan had to design a new one that could lift her up higher. But this model required larger wheels, so the new one had some design alterations.
Gracie finally gets her real wheels.
Once Gracie reached a year old, she was able to get a real custom wheelchair made. Thanks to Joey Paws and Ruff Rollin Chairs, she now has her permanent set of wheels.
The specially designed wheelchair protects her chest and spine from injury. Gracie can move around without risk on her spiffy new wheels.
Dylan is an unsung hero. His creativity and ingenuity led to a happy puppyhood for one very special dog who more than deserved it. He gladly used his skills to make life better for this pup. And Gracie is forever grateful.
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