Winston’s Wheel founder on late pet’s legacy to help dogs in need

A Suffolk dog lover who started a specialist wheelchair charity as a legacy to her beloved pet Winston has shared how his legacy has helped some 400 dogs.

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In 2017, at the age of nine, Winston began showing signs of a more pronounced swagger, which led to the diagnosis of a tumour and the loss of use in his hind legs.

Determined to give him a fighting chance and through the kindness of a stranger, Ms Wettner was given a specialist wheelchair that Winston could use to go to his favourite places around Sudbury.

It inspired her to set up a charity providing wheelchairs for dogs with mobility or illness to continue being dogs.

The 46-year-old Great Cornard resident said: “He had three years in his wheelchair. Everybody that knew him knew he was so happy and he did everything he did before just in a wheelchair.

He was still the same dog but his legs did not work.”

Initially, Winston’s Wheels began as a fundraiser on Facebook to fund wheelchairs, which cost anything between £230 to £800 depending on the dog’s size.

The reach Miss Wettner has means hundreds of wheelchairs are now currently out across England and Northern Ireland, after being sent from her home in Great Cornard, near Sudbury.

The charity now sees vets recommending owners to come to Winston’s Wheels which has allowed her to help in excess of 300 to 400 dogs.

The wheelchair that Winston was given has itself helped four dogs.

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