Daisy the dog isn’t letting her disability get the best of her – thanks to a new pair of legs that make her every inch a blade runner.
Abandoned on the streets of Los Angeles when she was two months old, the spunky chihuahua mix had congenital deformation of her elbows, right shoulder, and back hips, making it difficult for her to walk, and impossible for her to run.
Daisy was set to be euthanized at a local shelter when the rescue group A Home 4 Ever Rescue pulled her out in the nick of time. Several months later, Daisy found her forever home
For two years, Daisy – who also sports an adorably huge underbite – was able to slowly do the basics while using a wheelchair for her hind legs, but a veterinarian told her owner this was putting pressure on her spine, so Daisy’s owners began looking into prosthetic legs.
Then Animal Ortho Care in Chantilly, Virginia, which specializes in making orthopedics for pets, heard about Daisy’s dilemma.
Daisy’s owner writes on the pup’s website that Dr. Derrick Campana flew to Los Angeles to evaluate the dog, take a mold of her legs, and design her prosthetic limbs.
Daisy’s parents posted a video YouTube and Facebook of the persistently perky pup taking her first leaps, twirls, and bounds in her prosthetic feet, and the pooch showed she had no trouble keeping up with her fur buddy, Mickey.
‘Daisy is now RUNNING! Both her ears and spirit are bouncing with joy,’ Daisy’s owners excitedly gushed on Facebook. The video has already been viewed over 300,000 times combined.
- Animal Ortho Care (This is the company that made Daisy’s prosthetic paws)
November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month
Owners of deaf dogs frequently relate that their biggest challenge is getting their dogs’ attention, whether at home or out in the world. Here are some tips for getting a deaf dog’s attention (these tips work well with dogs who hear, too.)
Hand signal for his name
Just as you teach a dog to respond to “Max” or “Spot,” you can teach a deaf dog to respond to a signal that means, “I’m talking to you now.” A simple finger point or a wave will each work and are easy to teach, but any signal will do.
To teach that the finger point or wave means “Max,” start by simply pointing or waving at the dog, then offering a reward such as a great treat.
Throughout your daily life, use his “name signal” much as you would a verbal name. If you are about to feed your dog, point or wave in her direction, then walk to the kitchen and prepare his dinner. Before walks, point or wave to your dog, then get out the leash.
Soon the dog will respond to the hand signal just as a hearing dog would respond to the sound of his name spoken verbally.
Note: Information by Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, and was taken from the Whole Dog Journal.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Animal shelters across the US are full of pets of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages, but sadly, older dogs and cats are typically among the last to find homes.
Many senior shelter pets live years with a family, and then during a time when they most need human care and companionship, they are surrendered to a shelter for any number of reasons, including ill health, incontinence, or another condition of old age. Sometimes the pet’s owner passes away and surviving family members can’t or don’t want to care for the dog or cat left behind.
This is a partial repost from Healthy Pets, and was written by Dr. Becker.
The reasons potential adoptive owners tend to shy away from older pets include:
* They’re not as cute as puppies or kittens
* They may have, or may develop serious, expensive health problems
* They don’t seem as perky or playful as younger animals
* The prospective pet parent has recently lost a dog or cat and can’t bear the thought of losing another companion to old age within a few years
Many older pets live out the remainder of their lives in shelters or are euthanized to make room for more adoptable animals. This is a heartbreaking end to the life of a once cherished pet.
If you’re thinking of adopting a shelter pet, an older dog or cat might be just the pet you need, so I encourage you to keep an open mind.
Click the following link to read the rest of this wonderful article November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month
This is a beautiful story about a rescued dog who is making the most of his second chance.
Beau spent his early years neglected and tied up outside until he was taken by Animal Control. He sat alone in the shelter and was facing euthanasia. Beau’s life was spared and his next chapter as a Pet Partners team with handler Caroline Loevner is remarkable.
Four years ago, when Caroline Loevner brought Beau, her newly acquired Siberian Husky, to the vet, she was told that the dog had an unusually friendly temperament for his breed. The vet asked Loevner if she knew about therapy pets. She didn’t, but she quickly learned.
The vet’s question gave Loevner, a Pittsburgh native who lives in Manhattan and works as a brand manager at Macy’s, a new direction. Every week, Beau, now 5, and Loevner bring a human-and-canine touch to people at several local institutions, including a Ronald McDonald House, a day-care facility for people with HIV, and an inpatient drug rehab center.
Click the following link to read the rest of this wonderful story: Beau: From rescued dog, to therapy dog