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Wheel good: this Pretoria animal lover has changed the lives of disabled animals 

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Taking Vesper and his disability on was a big challenge, Judy says. But thanks to him, she’s now able to help other dog owners who find themselves in the same position. (PHOTO: Papi Morake)
Taking Vesper and his disability on was a big challenge, Judy says. But thanks to him, she’s now able to help other dog owners who find themselves in the same position. (PHOTO: Papi Morake)

Zooming across the stone tiles of the garden restaurant, Vesper the little dachshund is like any other dog – alert, protective and active, sniffing everything her nose comes across and tearing after leaves floating down from the trees above.

The only differences are the nappy around her hindquarters and the wheels attached to her back legs. Vesper has intervertebral disc disease, her owner, Judy Jooste, explains.

“It’s very much like osteoarthritis – it’s degenerative and progressive and usually occurs in a dog under the age of four,” she says. “It’s genetically driven and often prevalent in long-backed dogs.”

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