Shade Out DM - Bubba Wheelchair Boxer Degenerative Myelopathy Hard Enamel Pin


This hard enamel pin is dedicated to Bubba. Bubba courageously fought DM and has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but he is helping spread awareness not only with this pin, but with his pawrents' organization, Bubba's Buddies, who strive to help fund studies to find a cure for DM. For more info on Bubba and Bubba's Buddies, please see below.

Bubba is 2 inches high and one of our largest enamel pins, along with Cherry Cola, our GSD Shade Out DM enamel pin. He comes with silver plating and two purple rubber heart backings.

What is DM? DM stands for Degenerative Myelopathy, which would be the canine version of ALS/LouGehrig's Disease. It affects over 100 dog breeds and is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Many people are unaware of this non-curable disease, so we want to spread awareness, as it CAN be prevented by genetic testing prior to breeding & making well educated decisions.

Quantity: 1
Size: 2"
Finish: Silver Plating
Screen Printing
Two Purple Rubber Heart Pin Backings

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Illustrations and original designs © Jessica Withee/Momo Patch

Who is Bubba?

Written by Doug Cook, Vice Chair of Bubba's Buddies 

(Shortened for this listing)

In 2020, just 6 months before Bub's 10th birthday, he was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. As we learned, this disease attacks and kills the nerves of many breeds of dogs. From the onset of symptoms they say dogs have 6-9 months typically before they lose function of their rear legs completely and it begins shutting down important organs and other functions needed for day to day. 

It was clear from day one of this disease that he just simply was going to keep going and not let this disease run his life. Everyday he works and keeps his eyes on the prize of moving forward and living with the disease so that he can keep up with his sister Teddie and brother Meatloaf. We spend much of our free time putting Bub through water therapy, chiropractic, and just care around the house. Everytime we think he is going downhill he works harder and does what it takes to get through and get back on the horse. Which is what inspired us to Bubba's Buddies.

Bubba's caring, nurturing, and never quit attitude made us think, if we take the same approach towards finding a cure for DM and helping other families we can overcome this and work through it. In many ways we think Bubba was put on this planet to inspire us and to help others, his story will live on, and with enough luck and determination we can conquer this mountain in his honor.

On November 2, 2022, Bubba left us and crossed the rainbow bridge. He spent two years fighting a disease that is not curable to spend more time with his family and also to inspire us.

Bubba's Buddies is here to help, to find a cure, and to win this fight to carry on in his legacy!

For more info on Bubba's Buddies, click below

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