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King Jasper’s chariot ride

Anyone who has read my blog, will probably know I have two rescue dogs. Little Sal (LS) and Jasper (J), both guessed at about eleven years old. You may also have read that Jasper, the big one, suffers with Osteoarthritis in his knees.

On most of our holidays this year, we’ve had to curtail any walking we’ve wanted to do because Jasper can’t cope with much more than about twenty minutes twice a day. In fact on one of the holidays, we did a bit too much and we really thought we’d put his lights out.

About a mile from home is Morton Stanley Park, somewhere that both dogs love to go to, but if we wanted to go there these days it meant a car journey, as J couldn’t cope with walking there, around and back. So recent walks had only been boring around the block, which appeared to be sinking J into a bit of a depressed state.

This prompted me to search for some type of transport for him. I searched the internet, eventually finding a ‘chariot’ that he could hop into when his legs started to hurt.

The short video below is his first ride in it, we pushed him to the park, he then walked around the woods, where not long ago, he’d have been charging round chasing squirrels and rabbits, then he jumped back in for the ride home. He must like it, as the last photo shows him still sat in it, five minutes after we got back home. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had several folk stop and chat to us about it, saying what a good idea it was.

There are several on the market, this one is made by a company called Solvit, and it really is excellent off road, so no holds barred now ๐Ÿ™‚

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15 thoughts on “King Jasper’s chariot ride

  1. Jasper is one cool dude ๐Ÿ™‚ It looked like he liked just having his chariot there in case, and it gave him confidence…he certainly appeared nonplussed to see it go off without him. Very clever of you to find it, a great design as you say.

    • You’re right, it did give him confidence, it certainly brought him to life, I haven’t seen him move so fast in weeks. I guess a change of scenery worked too, as even going in the car we don’t get to that part of the park, as its all uphill from the car park, which again he struggles with.
      It’ll keep me fit too ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Brilliant, so glad he likes it. Or should I say loves it? How come you didn’t capture Tony’s fall on camera? Or was it edited out, most disappointed. (sorry Tony).

        • Its definitely a ‘loves it’ he just stepped in and settled down, hense the king Jasp title ๐Ÿ˜€
          T had walked through a split fence, but as the chariot wouldnt fit through he was walking back to help me lift it over, so I’d just put my camera in my pocket ๐Ÿ˜ฆ would have been good for ‘you’ve been framed’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Isn’t it funny about the similarity with J and Pipps? P also cut down to two twenty minute walks a day, after a too-long walk in summer brought on his arthritis again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He’s much better on two a day, and of course now the weather is cooler he’s better too.

    The chariot is fine is it not? It means an improvement to his quality of life in later years, and by the sound of it resulted in an renewed interest in his surroundings. A good buy.

    I’m going to have to watch it again on YT as it’s done the same as before and cut half the vid off, so I missed the full captions. You may want to fiddle – unless it is me of course.

    • Hope that’s sorted it, not sure why it keeps happening.

      Yes, it was an excellent buy, we took him to the park again today, I can’t believe how much he’s perked up. ๐Ÿ™‚
      We’ve had so many comments too, T was originally ‘I’m not pushing him, too embarrassing’, but now he’s chatting to everyone about it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Glad there’s a bit of improvement with Pippa, it’s so upsetting when it’s obvious they’re in pain, we just try to do our best for them.

  3. Omg!!!! That is crazy! Fair play to you pushing him around and tbf, it does look quite cool!! I cannot believe dad pushed it and let you film him!!! Lol

  4. What a boon that buggy is. It’s so wonderful that you can provide a means for Jasper to get out and enjoy the walks he loved to take in the places and spaces he liked most. Good on you both for your compassionate act of finding a way to insure his quality of life.

    • Thank you, yes it is a excellent piece of equipment, there is an attachment to fasten it to a bike too, but I’m not that good on my bike so we’d probably end up in a heap ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  5. what a brilliant idea! King J really seems to be enjoying it – and how lovely that he can conserve his energy getting to a place and enjoy the walk while there. Funny that he didn’t want to get out. Maybe he was rested again and hoping you would go back for more time in the park ๐Ÿ™‚
     
    Love the autumn colours in that video as well. By the way, there is a Stanley Park in Vancouver as well – named for Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s governor general at the time. The park was opened in 1888, which makes it old by our standards here ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. We’ve been out again with his chariot, he really does love it.
    I agree the autumn colours are lovely, even more so today against total blue skies.

    Your park is a lot older than ours.
    The land ours is on was left to the townsfolk in the 1920’s by William Morton Stanley, a business man who made his money from the manufacture of fish hooks and needles. The council have done an excellent job with the land which includes woodland, kiddies play area, football pitches and a circular tarmac footpath around the perimeter.

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