Disabled Dog Goes Off-Roading in His Wheelchair

04/26/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT

Disabled Dog Goes Off-Roading in His Wheelchair
Robert F. Bukaty
Don't let those wheels fool you. This border collie is just like any other dog, says his owner Stephanie Fox.

"The only difference between Roosevelt and other dogs is that instead of a collar I snap on his wheels to take him out," Fox tells the Bangor Daily News

Passersby are guaranteed to see the happy dog smiling when he's off-roading in the woods with Fox, who adopted the dog with deformed front legs from the New England Border Collie Rescue three years ago. He's named for the 26th president who was also a wheelchair user.

"People think he should have been put down because they think he's suffering," she says. "But he wakes up happy every day. If you had a child with a disability you'd try to enrich them, give them opportunities. So why not do the same with a dog?"



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