Josh Wulf and his rescue dog Keller know how to ride in style. Since adopting the blind, three-legged canine from a shelter in New York, Wulf has created a unique way to give Keller as spin while he rides his bike by converting an old boat and cart into official doggy transit.
It's kind of like a horse and buggy, but in reverse, and it's an ongoing project Wulf intends to maintain for his beloved best gal pal.
"She has the kayak trailer and the wagon," Wulf tells the Good News Blog. "I am constantly updating it. I just created a new hitch design and added pneumatic tires. I will be redesigning the whole thing this spring. I got some new ideas from a friend who works with fiberglass."
Wulf, who lives in Tonawanda, NY, adopted Keller in 2008. He spotted her in the stray section of the shelter where he volunteered, and she immediately stole his heart. After bringing her in to see a doctor, Wulf determined Keller suffered from "dwarfism," meaning she was most likely born blind, and her bones were brittle. Keller broke her leg about a year after being adopted while wrestling with his other dog, Sophie.
Though Wulf has spent about $8,000 on Keller's medical bills these past few years, he's managed to adjust his budget to accommodate, and has also become quite crafty in terms of managing her disabilities. He knew she'd love a good bike ride, for example, thus he put together a way for her to be a part of it. First came the boat. As Wulf used to kayak in the Niagara River, he randomly had one lying around his house and figured he'd put it to use.
"I thought of the idea, bought a cheap welder and drew ups some plans," he recalls. "I put Keller in it just playing around, but she loved it! That's when I decided to make her a wagon of her own… Keller took immediately to it. She LOVES riding around with her nose in the wind."
One look at Wulf's photos demonstrates exactly how much Keller appreciates the car service. Wulf says they may get some strange looks and double takes from passersby on the road, but most people smile and laugh. It's a fitting tribute for a dog who has added much to his life.
"More than anything, Keller has taught me to be patient, and understanding of disabilities," he says. "Overall, she is a pretty normal dog. It just takes her a little longer to get around. She is the sweetest dog you could ever meet. For all she has dealt with you would be shocked how loving she really is!"
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