Tartaglione is a policeman in Briarcliff Manor, New York. When he read in his local paper about a 70-year-old woman who could not afford a cart for her disabled 15 year old dog, Chopper, he telephoned the company and put the charge for the $395 cart on his own credit card.
He and his family have always been involved in animal rescue. His mother runs an animal rescue group.
Chopper, a German Shepherd-Beagle mix, had lost the use of his hind legs because of nerve damage and arthritis. Tartagione was one of more than 70 people who called the paper to offer support.
Chopper’s owner, Patty Sanderson. had been holding the dog by the tail when walking him and sharing her own arthritis medicine with him. Now she will be able to buy medicine formulated for dogs from the veterinarian and to hire people to walk him. What he really needs, she said, is to get out more and to get some exercise.
The cart was purchased from Eddies Wheels for Carts, a family-owned business in Shelburne Falls, MA., that makes the two-wheeled carts, which strap onto the backs of disabled dogs and other animals.
They began making dogcarts when they built one for their own dog, Buddha, who had lost mobility from a disease. The cart allowed her to explore the woods and play with the other dogs. After several months, she miraculously regained her ability to walk on her own.
Since then they have built hundreds of carts for dogs and learned that even disabled dogs can enjoy life on wheels. Each cart is custom designed to the dog’s measurements and specific needs. Carts can be ordered for dogs with front or rear leg disabilities and for amputees.
Further information is on their website.