Mabel's Info... I am purebred and a special needs pet.
Mabel was surrendered to Homeward Bound Rescue when she was 14 weeks old. Shortly after being purchased from a Durham region pet store (where puppies are obtained from puppy mills) her owner noticed that she was having difficulty walking in her hind end. Unable to afford diagnostics to determine the reason for her ataxia and the pet store refusing to take accountability, she contacted HBR.HBR sent Mabel to a neurologist, who confirmed by MRI that the vertebrae in a large area of her spine was badly malformed and was causing intense pressure and damage to her spinal cord. A neurosurgeon determined that she is not a surgical candidate due to the extensive damage and risk in the procedure.We do not know what the future holds for Mabel, however dogs with this congenital condition generally become more affected as they grow larger and the pressure on the spinal cord increases. Right now Mabel is able to get around very well unassisted with her wobbly gait, but she may be facing increasing weakness in the back end leading to paralysis and incontinence leading to inability to urinate/defecate on her own. It is unlikely that she will ever improve, but there is a small chance that she will remain the same as she is now. At this point she is not incontinent and does not require diapers, but she has a hard time holding a full bladder. For this reason she has been pee pad trained and will use it as long as it is close by. She does have accidents although they are becoming less common.Mabel has no idea that she is any different than any other dog. She is happy, playful, snuggly, friendly and loves people, dogs, cats and kids. She has been well socialized in her foster home and does not have any fears. She has never shown any display of negative behavior such as resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc. She is enrolled in puppy training classes and is a star student. She is quiet and well behaved in the house, sleeps through the night in her crate, is not destructive and happiest when she is by your side or laying at your feet.Mabel needs a very special owner that can adapt and accommodate to any challenges Mabel may face in the future. We do not have a time line of what to expect and when, nor can we tell you how much money she is going to cost. She may end up needing a cart with wheels and diapers, she may stay the same or her new owner may need to face a quality of life decision if her symptoms progress to that point.Will you be Mabel’s new angel?
I've Been Adopted!
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Last edited by bullmama; 01-27-2015 at 05:42 PM.
I'm a good girl, I promise