Today we meet the incredible Tanya and her beautiful boy Joey. Joey is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who was found at 6 weeks of age with his rear legs intentionally cut off. Tanya tells us about her experience adopting a special needs pup and shares some great advice for others with an amputee dog.
Tanya has been so inspired by her experience adopting a special needs dog that she has started a non-profit called Joey's P.A.W. (P.A.W. stands for Prosthetic and Wheelchairs). They provide partial or full funds for dogs that are in need of a prosthetic or a wheelchair. More about Joey’s P.A.W and how you can support their cause later.
What is a regular day like with a double amputee dog?
Today's interview comes from Portugal where we talk to the lovely Iris about life with her paralyzed, long haired, Miniature Dachshund called November Sky (or Sky to her friends).
Sky first showed signs that she was struggling to walk in late October 2016. Iris initially suspected that Sky’s problems walking were associated with a cyst that had been found on her kidney earlier that year. Not long after Sky's condition became worse. One morning she was unable to get herself out of her crate herself into a sitting position. "We rushed her to the local vet, who told us it was her intervertebral disc disease, and she needed six weeks crate rest. With luck she might walk again."
Iris shares more of her story, including their daily routine.
What is it like caring for a dog with IVDD?
Today we speak with Kindel about life with Edna. Edna has cerebellar hypoplasia which is a congenital disorder in which the cerebellum (the part of the brain responsible for coordination) does not fully develop. In Edna's case her cerebellum is almost non-existent.
What is a regular day like with Edna?