Hope on Wheels: Disabled Dogs Inspire Rehab Patients

Hope on Wheels: Disabled Dogs Inspire Rehab Patients

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Photo of Chile, by Richard Allen SchlossbergCruising around with wheels instead legs, Chili and Arlo are the center of attention wherever they go. But for patients at a Rehab hospital in Dallas, these two canine caregivers are also an inspiration.

“Many of the patients are new to wheelchairs,” said Linda Marler, program director at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. “When they see Chili and Arlo, they say, ‘If those dogs can do it, so can I.’ ”

The canines make weekly visits to patients who have suffered traumatic injuries or a stroke.

Chili, a 6-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, knows what that’s like. She was 8 weeks old when she was thrown over a fence onto cement, breaking her back.

(READ the story at MSNBC)

Photo by Richard Allen Schlossberg – Thanks to Julia Frerichs for sending the link!