Pitbull In Wheel Chair Inspires Disabled Kids

Posted: Mar 27 2010

Pit Bull In Wheel Chair Inspires Disabled Kids
Photo credit: Jim Urquhart,
The Salt Lake Tribune

Piggy, a pitbull-boxer mix, works as a therapy dog at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City. Hit by a car 2½ years ago, Piggy’s back legs are paralyzed so she uses her front legs and a doggy wheelchair to drag them behind her. In her therapy work, Piggy connects with disabled children providing comfort, encouragement and lots of doggy kisses.

Piggy is one of four therapy dogs that visit the hospital. Despite the reputation pitbulls have, Piggy is friendly and calm. Piggy routinely visits 20 rooms, where children convalesce recovering from surgery or waiting to be fitted for new wheelchairs or casts.

April Hollingsworth, Piggy’s owner knows Piggy has a tremendous gift. “The kids love the dogs,” she says. “I’ve witnessed moments where a child hasn’t talked to anyone else but the second that the dog comes in the room, they will just sit down and tell a dog how they’re feeling and what scares them.”

Read more about Piggy and her therapy work here.

Comments

  • Posted by Meeloajenuere on June 07, 2010

    Great tips! I will try it definitely
    thanks for sharing this!

  • Posted by Vicki Sutkowski on April 20, 2010

    Congratulations to Piggy! What a great story. It is truly a win win here. Dogs have natural positive energy and when it is fed with loving children that positive energy will shine. April, you have done a wonderful thing and it promotes the health and well being of both dog and child. Keep rolling on Piggy!

  • Posted by www.theobesedog.com on March 29, 2010

    It’s great to see pit bulls getting some positive press for a change. Thanks for publicising this.

  • Posted by Leanne on March 27, 2010

    This is amazing. Keep up the good job Piggy! I truley believe you have a gift of love!

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