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Have chairs, need canines

Kristofer B. WakefieldJennifer Cull shows two doggie wheelchairs she has available in her Bud's Chair program.
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While the dog that prompted Jennifer Cull’s cause died last summer, the Penn Valley woman is determined to see Bud’s legacy live on.

Bud was a 10-year-old Rottweiler/German shepherd mix that was as much a part of Cull’s family as her own flesh and blood.

So when Bud was diagnosed with The dog had degenerative myelopathy<a spinal cord and bone marrow disease that slowly rendered his hind legs useless – Cull decided to give him a second chance at getting around and enjoying life again.

With the help of AnimalSave, Cull bought a $300 custom-made harness with wheels, a device manufactured by Doggone Wheels in Montana.

Cull calls them Doggie Wheelchairs.

“It’s Bud’s legacy,” she said. “He was just a great dog.”

The Bud’s Chair’s program, Cull said, is all about enhancing and prolonging the lives of dogs that don’t have full use of their legs.

“In his name I have started this program and will do my best to help all dogs in need,” according to fliers distributed by Cull.

“I just have this vision of masses of dogs running amok in my chairs,” Cull joked at her home Wednesday.

Now, the only thing that stands in the way of fulfilling Bud’s legacy is the fact that Cull has three new chairs, but no disabled dogs to go with them.

“I feel bad having these (chairs) here when they should be (helping out) dogs,” Cull said. “I know there’s a lot of dogs out there who have trouble walking.”

Cull said the chairs can be fitted for big or small dogs.

“The bigger the dog, the sadder it seems when they can’t walk,” she said.

But whether it’s a little dachshund or a Great Pyrenees, Cull said the chairs can improve the lives of disabled dogs and give them back their dignity.

After Bud died, the veterinarian asked Cull if she’d like to sell the chair.

“I said ‘no’ but that I would loan it out,” Cull recalled.

Cull said the thought of loaning Bud’s chair to another dog who couldn’t walk made coping with his death a little easier.

So, she bought more chairs and now has a total of five, with three currently available for loan.

While Cull doesn’t charge for use of the chairs, she does loan them out under the agreement that they be returned in working condition so they can be used again.

“I just want dogs for the chairs,” Cull said. If people want to donate to the cause, that’s great because I’ll just buy more chairs.”

For more information, call Cull at 432-1299.

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