Struggling pooch enjoys life with two legs and two wheels

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Have wheels will travel - and boy has Murphy the collie cross covered some miles since he got his new “legs”.

The lame pooch has been struggling to enjoy his “walkies” for the past year.

Walkies on wheels ... Pam Pickering's pet Murphy has had a special "carriage" made so he can get about because of problems with his rear legs

Walkies on wheels ... Pam Pickering's pet Murphy has had a special "carriage" made so he can get about because of problems with his rear legs

His knee caps are coming away from his legs and although a vet has tried to re-attach it on one leg twice it came away and now his legs are too weak to try again.

As a result the only way he can get around is by hopping and dragging his back and the other leg is bad.

His owner, pensioner Pam Pickering, 71, was told the only option was a doggy wheelchair, with the cost running into hundreds of pounds.

Pam, who lives in Ashton said: “He loves his walks and the leg he drags was getting sore.”

He loves his walks and the leg he drags was getting sore.

Pam Pickering

Kind-hearted dog groomer Mandy Edge was so moved by the three year old’s plight she organised a fund raiser to help pay for a special “doggy wheelchair”, which looks like a chariot but attaches to a harness and acts as his back legs.

Pam said: “I was overwhelmed by the support it was wonderful. Then a couple offered a donation, mean’t they had enough to cover the cost. It’s fabulous.

“It has taken a while but am over the moon with it - it really has given him a new lease of life.

“He is such a lovely dog and just loves his walks. “My friend’s daughter and her boyfriend call round and take him out every night and both Mandy and a close neighbour have been wonderful helping me with him. He had a rotten start in life but this has given him a new lease of life - and that is what I wanted for him.

“He deserves it and it doesn’t bother him at all. He just plods along. He is such a lovely dog.”

Pam said she had been overwhelmed by the support from well wishers and held a little “ reunion tea party recently to thank some of them.