By MEL MARTIN
JED the 12-year-old boxer may be past his prime, but there was no way becoming paralysed was going to stop him in his tracks as far as owners Liz and John Purdy were concerned.
"The vets think it's a nerve problem in his back legs," Liz said.
"It's gotten progressively worse, to the point where he could only walk a few steps, then he'd fall over. We'd have to help him get around.
"To see him lying around was heartbreaking because he's such a mobile dog."
As Jed is too old for surgery, John and Liz tried everything else, including acupuncture.
But when nothing worked, they, and daughter Lisa Bohringer, found the solution: a doggie wheelchair.
"I searched the internet and found this company, Doggon Wheels, then Andrew Dunn at Pacific Vetcare measured him up and we sent off the measurements, and it was here from the US in 11 weeks," Lisa said.
The cost of $730 did nothing to deter John and Liz to get the best for the pet they have owned since he was a puppy.
"He's in such good health otherwise, we just had to do it," John said.
And it's made all the difference to Jed, who is now happily mobile in his backyard ... despite the occasional collision with various obstacles.
"It took him a few weeks to get used to it, but we didn't rush him, we just had him in it for short periods in the backyard," Liz said.
"We'll soon be able to take him for walks and even to the beach."
For more information on doggie wheelchairs visit www.doggon-au.com or call (07) 4692 6214.