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Wheelchair Using French Bulldog to Compete in The Daily Telegraph’s Bow Wow 100
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Wheelchair Using French Bulldog to Compete in The Daily Telegraph’s Bow Wow 100

While she was most likely to miss out on activities like going for a walk, running, or chasing a ball due to a disease that crippled her, Zelda, a French bulldog has overcome all challenges with the help of her owner Megan Hunt.

The 29-year-old Clovelly resident was bent on giving her pooch a better lifestyle. Keeping in line with that, she came across dog wheelchair makers Aquapaws. Zelda loves her new wheelchair, which has given her a new zest for life.

Undergoing this radical transformation has given Zelda an opportunity to be one of the hundreds of contenders in the Daily Telegraph’s Bow Wow 100, which is a competition held to find exceptional dogs in Sydney.

Zelda was surrendered to a vet by her original family, and Ms. Hunt got her as a puppy from there. Much to the chagrin of Ms. Hunt, Zelda woke up from her nap in terrible pain when she was about one and a half years old.

"We rushed her to the vet who said she had ­intervertebral disc disease,” Ms. Hunt recalls.

While the operation was successful, Zelda was subject to bed rest for a long time. Following the hiatus, she had to undertake the strenuous task of learning to use the wheelchair.

As expected, Zelda took some time to be comfortable with her new wheels. Initially, she looked quite uncomfortable walking with the wheelchair, but eventually, she was able to walk.

Zelda can now effortlessly run around with other dogs, but more importantly, this has extended her life as she is happier and healthier than before. "We are very grateful,” Ms. Hunt says.

Aussie pet rehabilitation center, Aquapaws makes wheelchairs for dogs and a slew of other mobility aids including harnesses, leg braces, boots, etc. Owner Joanne Woolley says there has been a considerable increase in orders in recent years.

Given that they design all shapes and sizes of wheelchairs for dogs, it is hardly surprising that the Aquapaws Facebook page is crammed with comments and videos of pets posted by grateful owners. These wheelchairs cost between $485 and $655, but buyers can get half of the amount back when they return the device.

The Bow Wow 100 is launched with joint efforts of The Daily Telegraph and NewsLocal. The event focuses on finding the most beloved, and powerful dogs in Sydney.

To participate in the Bow Wow 100, all you need to do is to send photos of your pooch along with 75 words or less describing what makes it unique by following this link. The top 10 dogs will be picked based on public votes.

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