ROLLING ALONG: Girl, 4, sells lemonade to get new wheels for her paralyzed pooch

Emma Wilson is one happy puppy to be able to take her beagle-pug mix for a walk again now that he has a doggy wheelchair.

The four-year-old’s dog Copper became paralyzed in May while trying to jump into the family’s van and the Wilson family couldn’t afford the $8,500 vet bill for surgery.

He hurt his back, paralyzing him from the waist down, and was only able to get around dragging himself by the front paws.

Emma — in a fairy princess dress — started a lemonade stand in front of her home on Centrefield Dr. in Courtice this week and people lined up like it was the only drinking hole for miles in a desert.

Emma, 4, who sold lemonade to raise money for therapy and a wheelchair for her dog Copper after he broke his back, is seen here with her beloved pooch and her mom Shannin on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Children have been cracking open their piggy banks and bringing fists full of change while some adults have been offering bills for the 50 cent glass of lemonade.

On Thursday, an anonymous donor bought the Wilsons an $800 dog wheel chair to hold up the hind legs and be motored by the front paws. By Friday, Copper was a spitfire on two wheels.

The chair won’t only help Copper feel somewhat like a dog again, it will also help heal the wounds on his legs and belly from being dragged to get around.

“My faith in humanity has been restored,” Emma’s mom Shannin Wilson, a child youth worker at the Toronto District School Board, said Friday, adding the wheelchair is a dream come true.

“We didn’t know what kind of life Copper would have. We have had people who have contacted us who have dogs like this and that support means more than anything.”

Although all the coins haven’t been rolled and bills counted, Wilson says they have met their financial goal for Copper to start water therapy on Saturday in the hopes of a partial recovery and perhaps even laser therapy.

“Many things about Copper may be broken but not his heart and Emma is getting her dog back,” Wilson said. “Even though he is in this situation he is still good with the kids and the same dog.”

Emma, 4, who sold lemonade to raise money for therapy and a wheelchair for her dog Copper after he broke his back, is seen here with her beloved pooch and her mom Shannin on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Cooper has become quite a celebrity as the Mayor of Oshawa, Durham Regional Police and an Oshawa motorcycle club stopped by for a glass of lemonade after seeing a post on social media.

“The entrance of the bikes was loud and amazing. These tough guys came up and asked for a glass of lemonade and then took a picture of Emma and Copper on the bikes,” said dad Jeremy Wilson, a heating and cooling steam fitter at the Hospital for Sick Children.

There are still challenges, as Copper has to be created often because he has no bladder control.

“He is part of the family and we have options now,” Jeremy said.

The couple says once the bills are paid they would like to donate anything that is left over.

“If anyone knows anyone in need let us know,” they said.

Copper can be reached at [email protected] and a Facebook page is being set up so people can follow his journey.

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