My name is Jim Colla, and I first came into contact with wheelchairs for dogs over ten years ago when my two German Shepherds, Prince and Sabre, came down with a disease called CDRM (known as DM in the US). This terrible disease is similar to MS in humans, and causes a gradual, creeping paralysis of the dogs rear legs.
I wrote an article for Dogs Today magazine, published in April 2000, that can be read by clicking on the thumbnails to the right.
Since the late 90s I have a gained a wealth of experience and ownership of all the various makes of wheelchairs for dogs, Dogmobile, Doggon Wheels, K9 and Eddies Wheels. I have travelled to Amsterdam, Spain, Portugal, Jersey to see to dogs and have remotely matched paralysed dogs to dogswheels in Israel, India, Australia, South Africa the USA and even a remote Indonesian Island. The feeling when the e-mail comes saying the dog is mobile again is beyond description.
For some years I represented Eddies Wheels in Europe, and matched hundreds of dogs to carts, with 98% plus success rates.
More recently, the cost of buying, shipping and importing Eddies Wheels carts to Europe increased to the point where I decided to manufacture the wheelchairs for dogs myself.
Click on the link below to download a 30-page PDF document describing my experiences with different carts, some success stories and some more magazine articles……