Chispi, a Chihuahua born without front legs, can now run and play thanks to a custom-made “vest on wheels”. It was designed by a team of veterinarians at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Before her life-changing transformation, Chispi had to be carried around and could only manage a few steps before falling over. With her new wheels, she can now live a normal life, walk around the apartment, go outside for walks. And he can meet other dogs.
The transformation of Chispi
Chispi, whose name means “spark” in Spanish, had a difficult life before the transformation. She spent most of her time being carried around, and when she did walk, she could only manage a few steps before falling over. However, a team of experts at the ASPCA visited her Bronx, New York home to design a custom-made “wheelie vest.” The vest was built by making a fiberglass mold of her body and adding wheels to give her mobility.
Dr. Lori Bierbrier, a veterinarian at ASPCA, said that they knew they needed to go the extra mile to find a solution for Chispi because they wanted her to have a full quality of life. When they put Chispi in the vest, she started walking, and it was like she was waiting for it; she just took right off. Having the vest significantly improved her quality of life. It allowed her to get around the apartment, go outside for walks, meet other dogs, and smell the outdoors.
Chispi’s new life
Chispi’s owner, Giselle Pescador, said that when she first saw Chispi, she was shocked and wondered how the dog would ever live a normal life. Chispi’s mobility was compromised, so she couldn’t be independent. She could only hop a few steps and sometimes fall, which put extra pressure on her back and hind legs. However, with the new vest, Chispi took to her new wheels immediately. When Chispi took her first steps, it was fascinating, and the whole family was there watching. It was life-changing for the whole family, not just Chispi.
Chispi, the Chihuahua born without front legs, can now live an average dog’s life thanks to a custom-made “vest on wheels” designed by a team of veterinarians at ASPCA. Her mobility is no longer compromised, and she can now be independent. With the vest, she can walk around the apartment, go outside for walks, meet other dogs, and smell the outdoors. It is life-changing for the whole family, not just Chispi.