Roosevelt the Border Collie Won't Let Disability Get Him Down!
Meet Roosevelt, the spunky Border Collie who was named after the president because of his inspiring outlook and the way he gets around from place to place - his shiny set of wheels!
These wheels weren’t cheap. His owner, Stephanie Fox, paid $900 for a custom-made wheelchair, but to Stephanie, it was well worth it. Now, despite his disability, Roosevelt is able to run around and play fetch just like any other dog. The only difference is that sometimes he needs a little extra help getting around.
Stephanie adopted Roosevelt about three years ago at the New England Border Collie Rescue. His two front legs were born deformed, but that didn’t matter to her. When she looked into the eyes of the little pup, Stephanie knew it was fate that had brought them together. As a border collie, even a disabled one, she knew Roosevelt would need lots of exercise. But while his deformity would present a set of problems to this aim, Stephanie was determined to give him what he needed and adopted him that day.
Stephanie just sees him as having an extra accessory when going outside, “The only difference between Roosevelt and other dogs is that instead of a collar I snap on his wheels to take him out.”
It seems that whenever an animal has a disability, there are two stances people take. One group feels the animal should be able to live, deformities or no, as long as possible. The other, feels it's cruel to let them live this way, and that the animal should be put out of its misery.
Stephanie ran into people on both sides of the issue, but what struck her the most were the ones who suggested she euthanize Roosevelt. In her mind, Roosevelt was a happy, carefree dog that had a great quality of life. It just didn't make sense to her why people thought just because he had a disability, he shouldn't be alive!
“People think he should have been put down because they think he’s suffering. But he wakes up happy every day. If you had a child with a disability you’d try to enrich them, give them opportunities. So why not do the same with a dog?”
What’s your opinion? Does Roosevelt have a good quality of life? Or should he be put down because of his disability?