Back in the summer of 2010, Daisy was abandoned on the streets of Bellflower, California when she was just two months old. Thankfully, she was rescued by an animal control office and taken to a shelter. But, after two months, Daisy was scheduled to be euthanized and it seemed like her young life had met its end.
Luckily, a loving volunteer from A Home 4 Ever Rescue, based in Orange County, saved Daisy’s life.
What makes Daisy’s story even more remarkable is this – Daisy was born with both front legs paralyzed at the elbows and twisted wrists. The condition causes her no pain and she learned to get around by hopping like a bunny.
Wanting Daisy to lead the fullest life possible, the dedicated volunteers at A Home 4 Ever worked tirelessly to raise funds in order to purchase a wheel cart so Daisy could go on longer walks and hang with the other pups more easily. The rescue reached its goal and Daisy got her cart.
In the meantime, Daisy encountered another life-changing event. Daisy’s future mom, Sheena, was browsing Petfinder. Sheena was actually looking for a special needs dog because she knew the immense challenges they faced in finding their forever home.
Sheena said she knew Daisy was coming home with her after watching a video of a very happy Daisy in her wheel cart.
Daisy also got another new family member, a chihuahua mix named Mickey. Sheena says Mickey acts like Daisy’s older brother. She loves to follow him around and imitate his every move. She sniffs the grass after Mickey sniffs it, scoops up the toy when he finishes playing with it and even attempts to keep digging a hole that Mickey has started.
Mickey is protective of his little sister. Sheena says Mickey tends to be a bit of a grump, so Daisy’s joyful nature is further proof that opposites do attract!
When Daisy was first introduced to her wheel cart, she didn’t seem to like it. Sheena consulted a vet and learned that Daisy’s hopping put an immense amount of pressure and stress on her spine that could lead to complications in the future. With a little trial and error, they learned that Daisy didn’t like the cart because it didn’t fit her correctly. The proper adjustments were made and voila!
Sheena noticed an immediate change in Daisy’s self-confidence around other dogs. She is also able to go on much longer walks and her energy seems endless. The walks are made even longer because Daisy insists on saying “hi” to every single person she meets.
As evidenced above, Daisy’s wheel cart is anything but ordinary. Sheena explained,”We painted Daisy’s wheel cart pink not only because it suits her personality, but I figured that people’s first impression of a dog in a wheel cart would be a positive one.”
Sheena continued, “I don’t want people to feel sad when they see Daisy, so I added a ridiculous amount of glitter and a bright pink pom pom. We get quite a few compliments! It makes me happy and proud as I watch Daisy walk happily in her cart everyday.”
Although Sheena was initially wary of the idea of opening an Instagram account to share photos of Daisy, her sister eventually convinced her. Since introducing Daisy, Sheena has been astonished by the support, acceptance and strong sense of community embodied by Daisy’s online fans.
The account also provides a platform for raising positive awareness for special needs dogs. Sheena’s photos speak eloquently to the notion that disabilities are not a single defining factor for any living thing. Daisy’s life – as so poignantly displayed though these photos – is happy and full. Sheena describes Daisy as a bundle of joy, with her tail constantly wagging – even in her sleep!
Be sure to check out Daisy’s Instagram, for even more beautiful and inspiring photos.