Dogs are among the most pure animals on the earth. The tiniest daily occurrences, such as going for a walk or watching mom or dad arrive home from work, are always a source of immense excitement for our canine friends.
Most dogs would agree that nothing beats exploring nature – but for some, it’s more difficult than for others.
Disabled dogs find it difficult to cross terrain that most dogs can do without thinking.
Rough terrain, deep vegetation, and bodies of water are all no-nos for canine wheelchairs.
Beaches, with their miles of sand and sea, may also be out of the question, which is sad because most dogs like going to the beach.
You know that indescribable sensation of happiness you get at the beach? Dogs, on the other hand, experience it ten times more intensely.
So Salima Kadaoui was determined that her 18 disabled dogs would get to enjoy the beach like every other dog could.
In Tangiers, Morocco, Salima built SFT Animal Sanctuary. Several of the dogs she rescues have lifelong injuries as a result of being hit by cars and abandoned.
Thankfully, Salima rarely gives up on her dogs, knowing that they can still live life to the fullest if they can adapt to a new way of life.
On July 4, she exhibited the potential of rehabilitation by bringing some of her dogs on a day trip.
Despite having only their front legs working, the dogs raced beside Salima from one end of the beach to the other.
Imagine sleeping down on the beach and hearing a ruckus, only to glance up to find 18 dogs in wheelchairs racing along the sand!
On the beach, there are dogs of various sizes, from a tiny corgi to a giant german shepherd. It’s astonishing how much of a life-saving device the doggy wheelchair has been.
It makes little difference that these dogs cannot use their back legs since, with their wheels in place, they can run as quickly as their non-disabled counterparts.
There’s even room for a little levity! A corgi steals Salima’s shoe and shakes it about in her mouth before returning it to its proper owner.
Another video of the dogs racing down the beach shows one naughty dog placing the wheel of his friend’s wheelchair in his mouth – yet they’re still going full speed!
This certainly appears to be a fun-loving pack, and it’s wonderful that Salima has been able to provide these pups with the life they deserve.
One thing is certain: these dogs aren’t down on themselves.
They can teach us humans a few things about life. How many of us, even those without impairments, compare ourselves to others and find ourselves wishing for things we don’t have?
We should be more like these dogs, loving what we have without thinking about what we don’t.
The video of Salima and her pups has approximately 1500,000 views.
Speaking to Story Trender about her rescue mission, Salima said “We have approximately 600 animals in all at the Sanctuary, including dogs, cats, donkeys, and monkeys.”
She must have a lot on her plate! But what a satisfying career that must be.
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