Welcome to Ruis' new blog! Here he continues (photo-)writing about his Dutch cat- and dog family, online adventures with his friends and other things that come to mind. ~ the staff.

Wheely Saturday with Taylor…

and Myrna, Asta and Buzzer.

My doggy sister Taylor has a wheelchair!
Due to her age my sister suffers from osteoarthritis, it started with stiffness and soreness in her hind legs, but after her stroke in February it got worse and the medicines she gets are not helping enough.

I talked about it with my husband Karl and he told me about Zed, the dog of the maid’s best friend. Zed got paralyzed when he was 14 years old, but he enjoyed life so much that he happily walked his last 2 years in a wheelchair.
Taylor became 14 years last month and she also loves life. Only the pain… To make her enjoy and live her life again the staff ordered a special doggy wheelchair for her. Last Sunday, on the way for Mother’s day they picked it up in Rotterdam.

The next day was Taylor’s first day on wheels,
but she did not one step…

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

…she was just standing still and calling for Myrna.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

Immediately I emailed my friend Asta in NYC and asked if she and Myrna would like to help Taylor.
Myrna is Asta’s wheely sister and an absolute expert on wheels! And Asta can cheer up every dog and cat in world!

They said YES!!

Because Taylor still felt uncomfortable and stood still, Asta and Myrna tried to break the ice.

Taylor's wheelchair

photo by Asta

The cheering helped, Taylor laughed and started to walk, but still very difficult.
After a few meters walking they saw the problem and Myrna asked Taylor to stop so she and Asta could do some adjustments on the chair.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

After 10 stressful and hot minutes they had the chair and wheels in balance. Taylor started walking again. And she ran —  until she stopped again, they found something…

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

A few moments later Taylor, Myrna, Asta and Buzzer were again running.

And now Taylor did not stop! She was running and rolling, and rolling and running…

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

When they finally were home they went to sleep right away.
An hour later, before dinner, the staff took them out for a walk and swim. And while Asta and Buzzer were soon busy with a piece of a tree they found, Myrna was still in her coaching role to help Taylor, but scaring of water she also was a little afraid.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

But swimming is for Taylor a piece of cake. Without wheels, of course.
And after learned so much from Myrna about walking with wheels she felt good to do something back and gave Myrna a swimming lesson.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

Taylor is so much more comfortable with her wheelchair thanks to Myrna, she’s walking better each new day.

I really enjoyed my friends visit for personal reasons, too. I see Asta often at work (CCSI) and parties, and the first time I met Myrna for real was at her wedding with Gilbert. I am so thankful that they came to the Netherlands and wanted to help my sister. This was their first visit to Limburg, and hopefully not the last…

39 Responses to “Wheely Saturday with Taylor…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Festus, Zed’s long time companion, says the wheels work great. But remember as time goes on, sometimes the the legs drag, so to add protection get some baby socks for the paws when the time comes. The dog shoes that Zed used occationally caused sores to develope.


  2. Scottie the 'cutie' says:

    Glad to hear that the wheelchair is helping to make Taylor comfortable! I read about Taylor through Asta…glad to hear that everyone had a great time!


  3. MoMo says:

    That’s super!!!!!!! Great to have friends. Looking like efurryone is having a good time. You go, Taylor!!

  4. Honey the Great Dane says:

    Hi Taylor,

    I saw your story on Asta’s blog and thought I’d come over to say hi and give you some encouraging slobbers! I think you are a very brave dog and a great inspiration! – Ss Danes also get osteoarthritis really easily as we get older so I can really sympathise. I’ve only just entered middle age now so although I’m slowing down a bit, I hopefully won’t get arthritis for a while yet!

    Anyway, wheel over by my blog to say hello sometime!

    Honey the Great Dane

  5. Sunny's Mommy says:

    That’s wonderful! This will make a great improvement in Taylor’s quality of life 😀

  6. Sassy Kat says:

    You go Taylor, way to go!!!! I am so happy that you will be able to be out and about. It sure was nice of the NYC gang to come over to help you with things.
    We all will be wathing for updates to see how you are getting along.

  7. Amber-Mae says:

    Hi there Taylor! Asta & Myrna told us about you so I thought I'd just drop by. You have a fancy wheelie there! I hope you find it so much easier to walk again. We hope that the medications are helping too. You are bewootiful for an old lady. We hope you get to enjoy life a little longer with your family.

    Solid Gold Dancer + Puppies

  8. Agatha and Archie says:

    Asta and Myrna sent us right over and we are tickled pink that this is working for you!! And we agree with Eric,you still have free access to all the goose poop( and others0 Keep up the FABULOUS work! Love A+A

  9. Abby says:

    Hi, Taylor…

    I just came over from Asta’s Blog…

    You are doing great…That’s a great set of wheels…

    Abby xxxooo

  10. Maggie and Mitch says:

    We read about you over at Asta’s bloggie, Taylor! That’s a fine set of wheels you have there!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. Mack says:

    Well hello pretty Taylor!

    We are sniffing on over from Asta’s blog to say hi. I think your new set of wheels look so stylish.

    P(ee)S: Happy belated birthday!!


  12. Poppy Q says:

    That was a great story about Taylor and the new wheels. We were really impressed at how quickly you started using it. Awesome!!

  13. Karen Jo says:

    Taylor, I am so glad that you have wheels now and such good experts to teach you how to use them. I hope you really enjoy your wheels.

  14. Asta says:

    I just saw what you wote me about Taylow.
    I’m ovewjoyed. To think of hew being able to enjoy ew walks and not be in pain..That is the best news evew!!!!!I’m so happy we wewe able to be pawt of this little miwacle youw Mommies cweated fow hew.
    thank you so vewy much..Mommi has a Big smile, and I’m doing my happy dance
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA and Mommi

  15. Alasandra says:

    Taylor, it's great you have wheels. It looks like you are doing a splendid job getting around rabbit poop and a swim how nice for you. Asta and Myrna are the greatest. ~Socks, Scylla, Charybdis & Fenris (who is afraid of the water).

  16. The OP Pack says:

    Look at you go, girl, Taylor. That is awesome that you have those extra wheels to help you get around. We bet you can do great zoomies now.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  17. Joe Stains says:

    We came right over from Astas to wish you luck with your new wheels. We sure think you look cool and I sure hope they help you!

  18. Clive says:

    We just popped over from Asta’ blog to say hello. We are really impressed with your story and we wish you all the best!

    lots of woofs

  19. TwoSpecialWires says:

    Allo, Taylor and your felines! Asta and Myrna sent us over and we’re glad they did! Next time they come to visit you WE want to come, too. (Can we roll anywhere near Keukenhof? That’s one of Mom’s favorite places in the whole wide world. There and the fields of Van Gogh.)

    We are VERY proud of your speedy progress with your new wheels! You are an inspiration!

    Don’t be a stranger, OK?

    Miss Fergi and Jake

  20. Aniemother says:

    I’m sure getting a wheel chair isn’t all fun, but you’ve got some great friends and helpers there! Well done! You’ll be an expert in no time.


  21. Molly and Taffy says:

    Taylor, we think it is wonderful you have a set of wheels to help you move around.

    Take care.

    Molly and Taffy

  22. Cezar and Léia says:

    wonderful story!
    Take care okay!
    Everything will be fine soon!
    Purrs from Brazil
    Luna ( and mommy Léia )

  23. Hansel says:

    Hi taylor, we stopped by to say we hope you feel better soon. We are praying for you!

  24. Jan's Funny Farm says:

    What a neat story! We’re so glad Taylor has wheels to get around now. We hope she will enjoy getting around this way. So much better than trying to walk in pain.

  25. Zoolatry says:

    Our human is laughing and crying at the same time. This is a great, great story (and pictures).
    Makes the heart feel good.

  26. Lacy says:

    w00fs Taylor, soon u will b all over wiff ur new wheels..it will prolly take a little getting use too..but u will b in me thoughts and prayers..

    b safe,

  27. Penny, Poppy & Patches says:

    Way to go, Taylor! We hope you learn to love your wheels. Eventually, you will even forget they are there. We're soooo happy you can enjoy your life again!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  28. Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place says:

    Taylor…YOU ROCK!!!!!

    You’ve got those wheels down pawfectly!!!!

    We applaud ur tenaciousness…

    and we terriers are all about that ya know!!!

    Keep up the great work!

    Love and kisses…Laciegirlie…

    Asta’s BFF!!

  29. Martha Basset says:

    We popped over from Asta's blog to see how you were doing. We have to hand it to you Taylor you are looking way cool!
    Just you keep right on rolling along there.
    By the way do you a brake for downhills?
    Seriously we wish you well and loved reading your story.
    You take good care
    Martha & Bailey xx

  30. meemsnyc says:

    oh wow, what an amazing story!

  31. Two Schnauzers from New England says:

    What a nice story. Asta knows how to make her friends feel better when they are sick.

    My older sister Bosco could not walk the last six weeks in her life so Mama would massage her legs and hold her up so she could walk. Maybe your Mom could massage Taylor’s legs when she is not using the wheelchair. Mama used the Tellington T-touch.

    Love –

    Hershey and Kaci

  32. The Cat Realm says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – that was the greatest story EVER!!!! Asta and Myrna are such wonderful sweet and caring friends – we are so glad Myrna taught Taylor, and it seems you all had a great time together!!!!
    Can’t wait to see you soon you know where, Ruis!!!

  33. Cheysuli and gemini says:

    Hey Taylor! You go! What a smart dog you are to wait for help!

  34. Eric says:

    Hello Taylor! Asta and Myrna yapped about you. Way to got Taylor, what a brave girl , great to see you walking without too much pain. Wonderful those wheels will work for you. Can’t miss out on the rabbit poop and maybe some geese or duck too? Yummm. My pawsonal favourite is deer. Tried that?

    Wiry wags Taylor, Keep free wheeling.

    Wiry wags Eric xx

  35. Daisy says:

    Way to go, Taylor! I’m glad you learned how to walk real good in your special wheelie-chair, thanks to Myrna.

  36. Gus says:

    Hi Taylor and the Catses…Asta sent us with wirey wishes that Taylor becomes a wheelie daredevil and learns to love her wheels.

    gussie d

    ps…is that where the yummy cheese comes from. mmmmmmmmm????


    Wowzer Taylor!
    You are the fanciest wheelie around! Great job and you make a fantastic fish! It always help to have friends.


  38. Asta says:


    Looking at the pictoowes, We’we aweady “homesick “fow Limbouwg. Thank you again fow youw Hospitality deew fwiends!
    ” Keep on wollin Taylow!”
    smoochie kisses
    ASTa and Mywna

  39. joop says:

    Rolling Rolling Roliing,
    keep them doggies rolling,