Olivia, paraplegic after a serious fall when she was a small puppy, is now able to run and play with her peers thanks to a custom cart offered by her new family.
“I was shocked by the lack of empathy and love from her former family,” Mariana Camargo de Oliveira, owner of Olivia, told Metro. I felt like it was already meant for me. »
The former owners of Olivia, a now 4-year-old female golden retriever, did decide to separate from her after a serious accident that left her paralyzed in all 4 limbs. It was March 2018 and the dog was only 3 months old at the time. She fell and fractured her spine.
Since then, she has lived in Sorocaba in the state of São Paulo (Brazil) with her 36-year-old mistress and husband, Eduardo Palota. After the couple adopted Olivia, she went through 7 long months of care, including physical therapy sessions to strengthen her legs.
«She can run again and feel the wind on her face»
Soon Mariana and Eduardo bought her a personalized pink cart. The dog gradually learned to use it, relying on the device’s 4 wheels to move around.
“When I adopted her, she couldn’t move. She didn’t even have the strength to drag herself. The cart gave Olivia hope and freedom. Today she can run again and feel the wind on her face, ”her owner rejoices.
This way the Golden Retriever is never left behind by other family dogs, Sid, Sun and Jade, during races and games. Although she often has to be carried in her arms and cannot go without diapers, she is happier than ever in this loving family. “ She is always beautiful and elegant! Mariana concludes.