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 navigate terrain that most dogs can handle without thinking.
Rocky terrain, dense undergrowth, 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 unfortunate because most dogs enjoy going to the beach.
You know that unexplainable feeling 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 as every other dog could.
In Tangiers, Morocco, Salima established SFT Animal Sanctuary. Many of the dogs she rescues have lifelong disabilities 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 demonstrated the power of rehabilitation by taking some of her dogs on a day trip.
Despite having only their front legs working, the dogs raced alongside Salima from one end of the beach to the other.
Imagine lying down by the beach and hearing a commotion, only to look up to see 18 dogs in wheelchairs racing along the sand!
The video makes for an adorable watch.
On the beach, there are dogs of all sizes, from a tiny corgi to a large german shepherd. It’s amazing how much of a life-saving invention the doggy wheelchair has been.
It makes no difference that these dogs cannot use their back legs because, with their wheels in place, they can run as fast as their non-disabled counterparts.
There’s even room for a little levity!
A corgi steals Salima’s shoe and shakes it around in her mouth before returning it to its rightful owner.
Another video of the dogs racing down the beach shows one cheeky dog putting the wheel of his friend’s wheelchair in his mouth – but they’re still going full speed!
This certainly appears to be a fun-loving group, 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 disabilities, 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 nearly 1500,000 views.
Speaking to Story Trender about her rescue mission, Salima said:
“We have nearly 600 animals in total at the Sanctuary, including dogs, cats, donkeys, and monkeys.”
She must have a lot on her plate! But what a fulfilling job that must be.
Click below to watch the adorable video of a bunch of disabled dogs loving life on the beach.
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