This 90-year-old retired vet gives ailing dogs — and rabbits and chickens — a spring in their step – The Washington Post

In a small white warehouse in a tiny Chesapeake Bay town shaped like an ear, 90-year-old Lincoln Parkes spends his days making wheelchairs for dogs.

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.

Parkes’s retirement didn’t mean he stopped working — instead, he focused all his attention on his lifelong passion. He set up a workshop two blocks from his home and began churning out wheelchairs.

Source: This 90-year-old retired vet gives ailing dogs — and rabbits and chickens — a spring in their step – The Washington Post

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