My name is Vikram Jashapara. I was the proud owner of Quincy, a loveable Newfoundland. It is because of Quincy that I designed a range of harnesses and launched Quincys as a company.
In 2003 Quincy, at the age of two, had to have his right hind leg amputated. I wanted to give Quincy the best possible chance to adapt to life with only three legs – a real challenge for any dog, but more so for such a large dog. I built a dog hydrotherapy swimming pool for Quincy as I knew hydrotherapy would be an excellent way to build his muscles and to improve his balance. It worked wonders and Quincy led an active life up to his death in 2013 aged 12.
Having rehabilitated Quincy I wanted to help other dogs. Since 2004 I have been doing hydrotherapy free of charge for a number of animal charities including the RSPCA and Battersea Dog’s Home.
By 2004 I was swimming a large number of dogs with various conditions including CDRM. CDRM is a truly awful degenerative disease that eventually leads to complete paralysis of the back legs. Unfortunately it is very common in German Shepherds. Several German Shepherds had hydrotherapy with me. It was sad as both the owners and I knew that the hydrotherapy was worthwhile but in reality it could only slow down the progression of the CDRM.
One day in October 2010 I was swimming a friend’s German Shepherd who suffered from CDRM. It was that day that the idea of the Quincys mobility harness came to me. I could design a harness for a dog that would also attach to their owner. The owner could then use their own body to take some weight off their dog enabling the dog to walk for much longer and so rebuild wasted muscles.
Over the next few months I created and tested various prototypes which lead to the final design of the Quincys mobility harness that you see today. Although inspired by a special dog with CDRM the mobility harness is perfect for a wide range of other conditions and injuries in dogs including: cruciate ligament injuries, hip and elbow dysplasia, spinal conditions, arthritis and general old age.