Boxer in wheelchair seeks home

Posted December 20, 2009

An animal rescue group is trying to find a home for a 2-year-old boxer forced to walk in a doggy wheelchair due to a neurological disorder.

Violet was left at a veterinarian's office after she was struck by a vehicle in May 2008. Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue took over Violet's care.

Violet underwent surgery and beat back a rare form of cancer. Then, she was diagnosed a rare neurological disorder that impairs her ability to walk on her own. The vet gave her a 50-50 chance of moving on her own again.

But Violet survived surgery again and flourished in physical therapy. A car dealership donated a special set of wheels to make into a wheelchair for her rear legs.

"She gets along great with the wheels, and she's absolutely adorable," her foster mother, Kristin Lee, wrote in an email to WRAL.

At her foster home, Violet runs, chases and plays with three other dogs in the back yard.

"I know your probably thinking, 'Oh how sad,'" reads Violet's adoption profile. "Well, to that I say, 'Don’t even think it,' 'cause I LOVE my wheel chair. It helps me be an independent girl."

Violet has finished her medical treatment and become comfortable enough using her wheelchair that she is now ready to be adopted.

Lee said the boxer doesn't need any regular medication, just a home where she can get around. She's good with both cats and dogs.

"I know that the perfect family is out there somewhere," Lee said.

Anyone interested in adopting Violet can contact Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue by emailing


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  • ladyblue Dec 21, 2009

    I too wish I could take this dog. I live in an upstairs apt and it would be impossible for her to get outside and enjoy herself as I don't' have a yard for it either. I'd grab this precious dog in a heartbeat if I had a place for it. It has been through enough heartache to last it a lifetime and I hope it will find a good home.

  • foxyladync Dec 21, 2009

    I wish we could give her a home but I do not think she would do well with all of our stairs. I am sure that this story coverage will elicit a lot of interest and the perfect person or family will bring her home. : )

  • rogue_woman Dec 21, 2009

    Absolutely a boxer, nothing pitt-like about her, nose, chest, head shape--nothing. Hope she finds an appropriate home.

  • cbarnett Dec 21, 2009

    What a sweet, precious girl!!

  • Hevans1012 Dec 21, 2009

    She's definitly a boxer. Pit's have longer, skinnier noses.

  • mjjunk Dec 21, 2009

    I agree with both ScottW76 and kittiboo's comments. Initially I thought "Oh a story about a person who used to box as a sport" and then I saw the picture and said... "that doesn't look like a boxer... maybe a boxer/pit bull mix..."

  • ScottW76 Dec 21, 2009

    Looks more like an American Bulldog to me, but interesting story.

  • kittiboo Dec 21, 2009

    When I read this headline I was thinking it was a human! A former boxer who was homeless. Not so much, huh?
    What a cool doggie- I hope he finds a good home. He wouldn't be able to get around in my house.