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Dr. Lincoln Parkes dedicated more than six decades of his life to building paralyzed animals’ custom-made cards. Now, at 92 years old, the retired veterinarian spends his days doing what he loves the most – making wheelchairs for dogs.
Dr. Parkes may have retired from his profession, but that does not mean he will stop working. In fact, he is now focusing his entire attention on his lifelong passion. Since his retirement, Dr. Parkes opened a workshop, which is two blocks away from his home, and there he started churning out wheelchairs.
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According to reports, Dr. Parkes’ mission started when he came across a man with a dog who had been hit by a car. The back legs of the poor pup were no longer functional. However, after Dr. Parkes built a K-9 cart, his new furry friend had a new lease on life.
Since that moment, Dr. Parkes decided to take things a step further. He opened a wheelchair shop back in the 1960’s, and that was where he built carts for dogs with disabilities. The shop was Dr. Parkes’s side venture throughout his career as a veterinary surgeon. However, eventually, it became his lifelong love affair.
Now, Dr. Parkes spends his days building custom-made carts for animals in need. For the former vet, nothing is more fulfilling than seeing a dog light up with happiness after trying on a new wheelchair. Dr. Parkes said that he likes giving animals a better life. Once they got their independence, they are like kids. Their spirit just goes.
According to Dr. Parkes, he finishes work around midnight, and that is the only retirement that he gets. But, he is having fun in doing something useful. Unfortunately, Dr. Parkes was forced to downsize his business after many years because of competition in the market. Despite that, he does not let this discourage him. At 92, Dr. Parkes is determined to saving animals’ lives.