Meet Roosevelt. He’s a rescued border collie from Maine born with deformed front legs.
When Stephanie Fox decided to rescue Roosie three years ago, she was immediately drawn to him. She tells HLN she already had an older border collie, Coal, who she felt could use some company.
“Coal is black and white and named Coal because his foster mom knew one day he would be someone’s diamond. When I saw Roosevelt, I thought ‘red and white … Roosie—my ever blooming rose!’ What girl wouldn’t want diamonds and roses every day of her life!” Fox told HLN.
She knew Roosevelt would be a handful, not because of his disability, but because border collies are notoriously high-maintenance pets, requiring constant physical activity. The responsible pet owner that she is, Fox got a custom-made doggie wheelchair for Roosie so he could run as much as he needs to.
“The only difference between Roosevelt and other dogs is that instead of a collar I snap on his wheels to take him out,” Fox told the Bangor Daily News.
Without his wheels, Roosevelt hops around on his hind legs. Fox says the only thing he won’t do is “go down stairs because he can’t control his balance.” For the most part though, he gets around fine on just two legs.
But with his wheels on, Roosevelt is a trail blazer—literally. Obstacles like tree roots don’t faze him on hiking trails, and he’s even been on a few mountain biking trips, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Not surprisingly, Roosevelt was named after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was known for his unrelenting optimism despite spending a good portion of his life in a wheel chair.
“People think he should have been put down because they think he’s suffering, but he wakes up happy every day,” Fox said. “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?”