WESTMONT – For 10 years, Patrick Skach and Mighty Mouse spent their days walking the paths of Ty Warner Park.
“In March of 2011, she seemed to be a little bit weird one morning,” Skach said of the then 10-year-old pug. “I took her out and she just sat, wouldn’t walk around and laid out in the grass.”
Mighty Mouse was diagnosed with diabetes, which had claimed her vision as well.
The daily walks in Westmont were in jeopardy until one day he was reading Doctors Foster and Smith pet magazine and came across a coupon for a doggie stroller.
“I figured this was perfect,” Skach said.
Now 12, Mighty Mouse and her best friend are back to their strolls in Ty Warner Park.
“She loved it,” he said of the Pet Gear, Inc. stroller, which he bought for $90. “She’s no longer walking but at least she’s riding. We just have to adapt and that’s the purpose of the stroller. Just because she went blind, why deprive her of what she knew for 10 years.”
Skach said in their own little way, he and Mighty Mouse have made other friends during their walks.
“It’s the same people we run into and they know the routine and her condition,” Skach said, adding that the duo heads out to Ty Warner Park around sunset.
When the two run into new faces, the reaction isn’t as subtle but everyone thinks it’s cute, according to Skach.
“They have to think I’m walking a little child, and then they’re shocked,” Skach said. “They’re in disbelief that I went to this extent.”
Skach said it’s obvious he loves his dog.
“All the 12 years of happiness she’s given me, I want to return the favor so to speak,” Skach said. “Just because she lost her vision doesn’t mean I’m going to leave her in the house. She’s no longer walking but at least she’s riding.”
He has even padded his car so Mighty Mouse won’t bump into anything on the rides to the park.
“The back seat has sheets in there, and she has a pillow and blankets so she won’t bump anything,” Skach said. “Basically her comfort is first and foremost. Whatever I have to do to make sure she’s happy and comfortable I’m going to do it.”