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Chihuahua puppy born with disability is an inspiration

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | August 05, 2012 | Comments (11)

BeeBee inspires others

A Chihuahua named BeeBee was born July 4 with an abnormality to her front legs, making it difficult for her to walk. Born without any shoulder blades, she cannot put any weight on her legs or straighten them out.

She was also vulnerable to being bullied by her siblings. Her guardian, Denise Steininger told USA Today, "She got beat up a lot by her brothers and sister." It got so bad, Denise figured it might be best to bring BeeBee with her to the nursing home where she works. 

BeeBee got a helping handAt the Life at Alpine Living Center in Thornton, Colorado, BeeBee has brought a ray of sunshine to residents there. According to resident Maria Becerra, BeeBee is an inspiration, "If she can get through what she's going through, I know I can."

Denise knew BeeBee would need a means to get around and set about to get her a doggie wheelchair. But after consulting with her veterinarian, the only kind they could find were for rear legs.

That's when a co-worker of Denise's suggested Denise speak with the Bollman Technical Education Center, where her son is a pre-engineering student. After contacting the school, instructors thought it would be a great project for their students. 

Hunter Freed, Justin Erickson, and Kyle Cary took on the student-community project. The three students filmed BeeBee and studied how BeeBee walked. They also took her measurements and then brainstormed together on designs to help the tiny dog in need. 

BeeBeeWhen BeeBee first tried the prototype they had built, she had already grown a bit, so they needed to make some modifications. When that was done, Denise took the wheelchair home for BeeBee to practice on for a week. When she showed her veterinarian the device it won his approval.

It also won the approval of residents at the Alpine Living Center. Denise noticed how the people around the Center watched BeeBee and expressed their appreciation for the puppy who, like many of them, also uses a wheelchair.

With her newfound mobility, BeeBee joyously scoots around the hallways, full of puppy energy. Said Denise, "Bollman students gave my little BeeBee wings!" 

Denise said BeeBee is "a special dog" and plans to get BeeBee approved to become a therapy dog for the facility. And thanks to the Bollman students, BeeBee gets around much more easily during her inspirational visits. Said Denise, "It worked out just perfectly." 

Watch the video below for BeeBee's story and to see her in action!


pre-engineering students build wheelchair for chihuahua
Students at Bollman Technical Education Center built BeeBee a special wheelchair.

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Comments on this Article

What a WONDERFUL story and KUDOS to those guys who came up with Beebee's "wheels". Everybody benefits, Beebee, the people in the nursing home, the three engineers and her Mom! She looks so tiny in the pic with the guys, sooo cool. :)
Wonderful! It was meant to "BeeBee"!!!! nancybragg...I think I read that BeeBee was born July 7 so she's only a month old!
This tiny gal has no clue that she has a ''disability''...she is as happy as a clam in sand! A great big THANK YOU to everyone who got involved in Beebee's life!
Sun Aug 5 '12 this is wonderful!! how old is she?? Vancouver Canada
Such a beautiful, inspirational story - and puppy!! (and owner!!) This little pupster has a purpose and I wonder if she actually knows it :)
A big thank you to Justin, Hunter & Kyle for designing this awesome wheel"chair" device for this cute dog, BeeBee. Hope you guys got an A+++ on it!!!
Great story. She is an adorable little dog. My Ace is handicapped and getting to where he needs wheels for his rear legs. I don't know how I can afford it but I'll find a way.
Aw gorgeous puppy. Good luck to her X
This is a feel good story all the way around. Way to go Denise for giving BeeBee a chance. And thanks to the nursing home and to the 3 young men from Bollman Tech for believing in BeeBee. She is precious. I too have a chihuahua that has leg problems. His back leg do not bend. Because of this someone had thrown him out on the road. He can walk but he cannot jump up or down from anything and he cannot go up and down stairs. But he is my baby and I adore him.
This entire article is so totally AWESUM ! Good for Beebee!, good for the Nursing home, and good for the Bollman Tech students who developed this. Brains like this will take you a long way, Guys. Ooops, and good for Denise Steininger for giving Beebee a chance.
Way to go guys! You have given this little pup a purpose. God Bless you all for your kindness.
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