Or cats. Or rabbits. Or chickens. Not horses, though — Parkes is “not a horse person.”
Parkes first invented and patented a cart that allows disabled animals to walk in the early 1960s, launching a lifelong love affair with the craft. He opened a wheelchair shop, K-9 Cart, around the same time and kept it running as a side business throughout his decades-long career as a veterinary surgeon. After performing more than 3,000 spine surgeries, Parkes retired in 1991 and moved to Oxford, Md., a colonial port-turned-vacation spot with a population of roughly 600, one grocery store and scores of yachts.