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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Disabled Norman swaps his walkies for a set of wheelies

A DISABLED dog who gets around via a nifty set of wheels is quickly becoming a local cel-ebrity in his neighbourhood.

Norman, the miniature Schnauzer, lost feeling in his back legs in September and ever since has relied on a set of wheels for his walkies.

The six-year-old pooch was unable to stand one night, leading his owners Michelle, 53, and Alan Taylor, 55, of Risedale Road, Barrow, to fear he had been poisoned.

But vets believe that Norman may have somehow suffered a damaged disc in his back, which prevents him from standing up.

It means whenever Norman goes out for a walk now, he must put on a set of wheels.

However, the disability has not got Norman down. Instead, the only problem for his owners is catching up when he races ahead on walks.

Mrs Taylor, a florist at Flowercraft in Ainslie Street, Barrow, said: “They say dogs adapt better to change than humans and Norman has proved that.

“At the moment he’s happy and he gets about on his wheels. He doesn’t seem to think his life is any different.

“He still loves to play. He loves to go to the park. He’ll do maybe three miles on his wheels a day.”

Norman regularly attends physio to strengthen his muscles and his owners have noticed that some feeling has returned to his legs. Vets now think the problem is mind over matter, with the adorable dog having grown too reliant on his walking aid.

Despite all this, the miniature Schnauzer has become something of a local star and turns heads when out and about.

“Whenever anyone goes past Norman, he gets an ‘aww’. We keep saying that Norman might think that’s his new name! People just think he is so cute,” said Mrs Taylor.

“He is quite a celebrity round and about – all the children come up to him to see him.”

Norman was also nominated for the Evening Mail’s Top Pet Competition by the Taylors’ 32-year-old daughter, Kimberley.

He failed to make the final cut – but in his family’s eyes will always be top dog.

l Don’t miss the Evening Mail next Monday when we will announce the winner of Top Pet 2014.

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