Today we meet Pearl and her family from Miami, Florida. Pearl is a super tiny teacup Chihuahua who was born without her two front legs. She is also missing most of the nails on her hind paws, and her tail has a bend at the end. These deformities are likely to have been the result of Pearls mom, who was also a very small teacup Chihuahua, carrying a litter of three puppies. This was likely to have been too many for her to carry without complications.
Pearls mom, Carrie tells us how Pearl came into their life and the daily challenges of caring for a dog with limb deformities.
Today's interview is with Benn from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Benn has provided a wealth of great information about life with his two dogs Jasper and Daisy. Jasper suffered a herniated disc which has left him paralyzed in the hind legs.
Benn has shared details of their daily routine, and provided some great bathroom tips and helpful product recommendations that will benefit others managing paralyzed dogs. Thanks Benn!
Today we talk to Alicia from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania about life with Quinn and Gray, two Great Danes born with genetic deformities. She shares their story as well as some advice on caring for disabled dogs.
Could you tell me about Quinn and Gray's disability?
Quinn and Gray have full body genetic orthopedic deformities including kyphosis, lordosis, angular limb deformities, and stunted growth. Both were normally developing until about 6 weeks of age. We had already chosen Quinn out of his litter. When he was unable to walk and began showing issues we didn’t faulter. He deserved our home and our family.
We took him home with a 4 month life expectancy. When he reached his “expiration date” he was doing better than ever expected. He went front being unable to bare any weight on all four limbs to sling walking and standing on his own when propped up. We decided to adopt his brother Gray at that point. Gray had just begun walking on his own. We brought Gray home to motivate Quinn, but we ended up falling in love with him. Quinn and Gray are very much best friends and brothers. They make each others lives complete.
What's a regular day like caring for two, big dogs with disabilities?