Percy gets a perfect pick-me-up

PUBLISHED: 06:25 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010

Theresa with Percy on the beach.

Theresa with Percy on the beach.

A POORLY pooch can now run up and down Uphill beach again thanks to modern technology. Staffordshire bull terrier Percy has arthritis of the spine and had to have his spleen removed 10 weeks ago. But his owner, Theresa Mannion, who visits Weston every we

A POORLY pooch can now run up and down Uphill beach again thanks to modern technology.Staffordshire bull terrier Percy has arthritis of the spine and had to have his spleen removed 10 weeks ago. But his owner, Theresa Mannion, who visits Weston every weekend with Percy, refused to let him face the prospect of being put down and bought him a doggy wheelchair on the internet.Percy, who celebrated his eighth birthday in May, has one strap around his chest and one around his stomach to hold him into a metal frame. Because his legs don't work properly, the equipment helps to keep his body straight and takes the pressure off his back.Theresa, who lives in Windsor with Percy and her other Staffordshire bull terrier Diva, aged 10, paid more than £250 for the wheelchair but she says it is well worth it.She said: "I see him smiling when he runs in and out of the sea.

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