Nicknames: Baby, mama's boy, brat boy, peanut and pee pee boy.
Birthday: September 10th 2004
Likes: He loves to hang off Bubba's(his brother) face and go for a free ride.
Pet-Peeves: Not going to work with mama. And the vets.
Favorite Toy: Anything that Bubba doesn't take off with.
Favorite Food: Hollywood stars liver treats.
Favorite Walk: anywhere at anytime even in the rain as long as I have my rain coat on.
Best Tricks: trying to stand.
Arrival Story: I had always wanted a Yorkie, but could not find one that I liked until I walked into a petshop one day and fell in love. I called my hubby and told him I was in love and bringing home a new baby. Baby has been with me ever since. He got the name Baby Bear, because his brother and sister's name all start with a (B) so I had to stay with the B names and when I got Baby he was only 1 pound 3 oz. He is spoiled rotten like the other two.
Bio: MY VERSION OF AAI
Now this is how I broke my neck. I jumped off my mom's lap and that is where my story begins on trying to help other pupster's from getting badly hurt. If you mom or dad finds out that you have AAI tell them to treat you like you were a fine piece of china. Because you can break at any time. I have a friend that broke his neck just by shaking his head yes. So mom's says it don't take much. Just be very gentle.
I fought it would be a good if I wrote to a my pupster's to let them know what AAI is Atlantoaxial Instability : So here goes. AAI- us pups that are born wif AAI are born wifout ligament support in our Atlanotoaxial joint(Atlas is the first vertebra in your neck and the axis is the second vertebra(almost wike Atlas the Greek god that holds the world up) (and your world spins on it's axis)) well that is how it was explained to me mom. And some of us may be born wifout dens(dens: is wike wittle hills on the axis that go into a hole in the atlas.) Mom says it wike taken one of the bobble head doggies you see sometimes and the head falling off but the part broke inside so it broke the doggie neck. Cause there is a wittle hook that holds the doggie's neck on and that would be a den. Some of us pups are born wifout that wittle hook thingys(dens). If we hurt our necks we can cause a rip in the ligaments or break those wittle dens meaning we have AAI.
AAI can make us have spinal cord injuries( this helps us do a lot of things. our furparents know what it is),the symptoms can be: neck pain(I had this), acting like a drunk, staggering when you walk, or we just won't feel any of our legs(you would be paralyzed) or you could die.( I stopped breathing and mom said I was dead so I had this too)
Best way to fix AAI mom says is an operation. Some dogtor would rather tell your parents to put you in a kennel for 8 weeks ( so no playing, jumping,running or playing fetch) and place a collar on you so you neck will get some scar tissue in there to stabilize your neck again. But this is a fix that won't last long because you can always re-hurt your neck and it could be worst the next time and you will not be able to walk like me or die like I did. I was lucky mom and dad were there or I wouldn't be here. The way you vet will find out if you have AAI is to ask mom and dad a bunch of questions and do a x-ray(please ask for a digital x-ray) or an MRI( you have to go to sleep for this one and it cost more money). If you do have AAI most mom has seen in many cases that the dogtor will give you a pill( steroids) to take the swelling off your spinal cord. This is wif or wifout surgery. That swelling has to come down.
Now if the dogtors decide to do an operation they will put either pins or wire in your neck to keep it where it belongs. And sometime's they will use something called bone cement. You can see my x-rays on this page on the left. You will see my dogtor used wires and he used bone cement. And you will get a lot of medicine and you will not be able to play for 8 weeks. So you have to go in a pen( mom used a baby playpen) or a crate. I prefer the play pen thank you. You can be taken out to go potty, eat and to be loved on gently, but NO playing or jumping for a while. Now I fink I have explained AAI as for you pupsters to read. Hope it helps you understand what AAI is. Oh and I did want to mention that you can also get AAI by a bad accident or trauma to your body. Like being hit by a car. Mine was a congenital form trauma form is acquired(mom is trying to teach me big words.)
I wanted to add that early detection of this defect is the key. you can prevent us pups from getting hurt and breaking our necks. There is not many dogtors that will pick up on this. Be an advocate for your pet. They can not speak for themselves please speak for us. If you do not wike the answers you get go someplace else. Mom got a second opinion for me. If she would have just thought I had something else wrong and was going to die then she just might have gone through with the putting me to sleep for ever. She got a second opinion because she said she would have gotten one if it was on of my skinbofers or my skinsista. So why not wif me. I am here to tell you my story because my mom cared. So please if you feel that your pup might have AAI push the dogtors to do more tests. If they say no go someplace else.
And if you have any questions please drop me a pawmail. And my mom and I will get back to you. Thank very much Babybear
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First day home using my Angel wheels:
Second day first session:
Second day #2 session getting better:
Okay guys I am trying my best to go go go.
Okay I have to keep telling my brain right, right, right.
This is day 17. I fink we are gonna need some boots here soon. I am trying to see if Santa Paws will let me help him so I am practicing. Still practicing for Santa Paw's sleigh please someone tell him.
Hello all my Special Friends,
I have had request to get my yorkie butt in here and leave a update..BOL.. I have been so busy playing outside and walking and running I have not had time for much. And momma has opened a Doggie clothing online store. So she has been pretty busy too when she is not chasing me she is hard at work.
Well I know you are all panting wanting to know how I have been doing. Well I have been getting better and stronger every day. I go out every morning for 20 minutes I have to check everything out you know to make sure nothing is out of place and if it is I have to find out why..BOL I have found I don't only have squirrels living in my yard but we think a cat has moved in under our shed because he comes out and chats with me here and that. I like him but Bubba doesn't.. That cat can run..BOL.. I have also been watching this chipmunk running all over the place I think he lives in the ground. Boy does he have a big mouth he chirps when I am trying to sleep and I just want to walk over to the door and tell him to put a nut in it..BOL
I love to run in the grass and run to my dad. Video link included here. Running for my Dad . I am doing super great as my mom would say.
We are doing a lot to help other pups with the same congenital defect as I have. Mom has always kept these pups close to her heart.
If any of my friends would like to come and see our New store please check me out at www.WBBPawsomeTreasures.com momma loves seeing the other babies in such neat things. Oh and if you go to our bed page you will be able to click on a link to win a bed. So please come and check it out.
I want to send many hugs and high paws to all my friends that have been here for me and are always looking for updates. I am doing great just so darn busy around here now that I am not stuck on a couch all the time. Oh and I can dance and play without a wheelchair that is super great also. I do not walk like a normal pup but I am walking and that is all that counts momma said..
Will come on back and try to up date sooner next time.. Sorry for sucha delay.
A quick note from Wheelie Boy Babybear's mom.
Hi all you cute pawsome babies.. We have some good news we want to share with you about BB. This letter here is what we sent out to all our friends and family and wanted to share it with all of you..
Do you believe in Miracles?????
I sure do after what I just saw.
I am trying to contain myself and stop from crying.
I just came in from outside with Babybear. I must start by telling you all that he has been going outside to do his business for a week now. Seeing the weather has been warmer and the snow is going away I have been able to get him out 4 to 5 times a day. Well it has helped him a great deal. This is great considering he has been wearing a diaper for almost three years. And last year when he had to have that pin removed from his neck from his AAI(Atlanoaxial Instability) surgery the surgeon said it has been over 2 years so do not plan on him walking again. Well you all know me I can not give up at all not when it comes to my little guy. And it paid off today when I took him out to do his thing. I let go of his sling and he took off. Well of course it was early morning and I had to get ready for work so I didn't have my camera with me so when I got home from work I took him out and he did it again. Again I did not have my camera. So after supper I took him out again but this time I took my camera with me. Sorry everyone I am still crying and everytime I watch these videos I cry some more.
So get your tissues out everyone before you hit play. You watch the miracle yourselfs and see NEVER GIVE UP!!
I am a 3 year old yorkie and I am disabled. I broke my neck last year on July 29,2006 by jumping off my mom's lap. I had a congenital defect in my neck that mom nor my vets knew about. I had, had problems with my neck and the doctors kepted telling mom it was a pinched nerve in my neck and would send her home with some meds that made me feel really good. This was until that bad day I jumped off mom's lap. Mom says I jumped and let out a heck of a scream. It was so weird it scared her. She looked down on the floor and I was having a seizure then all of a sudden I was stiff as a board and my tongue was all blue. So dad started giving me mouth to mouth. Mom and dad ran to the truck and rushed me to the hospital. When we got there mom took me from dad who was still breathing in my mouth and ran into the dogtors with me crying to save me. They said one more minute and I would have never of been able to survive. The dogtors did all kinds of tests to see what was wrong with me xrays, and bloodwork. Mom had to wait outside and the dogtor came and asked her if she wanted everything done to save me. She said of course. So they kept me alive. Mom had to leave because dad was full of pee and poo. I did this to him yuck. She took dad home and then came back. The dogtors said mom could come back and see me. They showed mom I could not stand but thought this might be do to me having that bad seizure. He showed mom the xrays and said there are no breaks in the neck and everything else looked fine they did not know what had happened, but they were still waiting for the blood results to come back. He told mom to go home and come back in a couple hours so they could monitor me for a while. So mom left me again. I had vet tech Denise wif me the whole time. She never left me side. Oh did I mention this was a Saturday and there were a lot of people at the office that day. But i was getting all the attention. Mom and dad came back at 1 when the office closed so the dogtor could talk to mom and dad without any interuptions. He said the blood worked showed that I had liver shunts, because my liver levels had changed since May. What ever that is. And that they were really bad but he did not know if I was going to make it the weekend so mom and dad should take me to an ER for the weekend so if anything happened they would know what to do. Well, it sounded like the end for me and mom and dad were crying. They said they would take me home wif them and care for me there. And if I happen to pass over the weekend they wanted it to be wif the family I love not some strangers. So mom took me home.
She sat with me all weekend long she didn't sleep one wink. The dogtor said before we left if I was the same way come Monday mom and dad had to decide what they were going to do wif me. I think he was talking to give me a shot and make me sleep forever. Mom and dad talked all weekend on what they were going to do. I still could not move mom was feeding me water and stuff out of a straw. I would eat a little but not much. Mom held me and held me all weekend long. Well, I made it through the weekend with no change.
Monday morning I heard mom on the phone with my doctors office she was crying when talking to them making an appointment to get that shot for me. Daddy was really upset and he kept going outside and looking at me and telling me he loved me. Mom was so heart broken she didn't know what to do wif her self. My brother's and sister came to the house and pet me and told me they were going to miss me and they loved me alot. Then I heard mom on the phone with the dogtors office again. She said he was canceling the appointment. She was going to find another dogtor to look at me. So she took me a long ways away. To a new hospital ER it was really nice and all the people were nice. Mom talked to the new dogtor and he told mom that he didnt' think I had liver shunts. I was a 22 month old pup and I was 15 pounds liver dogs are small and have a hard time putting on weight. He told mom he thought I had Atlantoaxial Instability (AAI for short) mom asked what that was. He said it is a congenital defect in the neck. It is a condition where the first two cervical vertebrae are not firmly attached. And he thinks that I had broken my neck and asked if he could take more pictures of my neck. Mom said okay. About 5 minutes later the dogtor came back and said he was right that I had a very bad broken neck. He said I was internally decapiated he didn't know how mom kept me alive all weekend. She told him with a lot of TLC. He told mom he could do surgery on my neck and make me better and he said that there was a 85 to 90 percent chance I would walk again. Of course there are not guarentees with that. Mom told the doctor she didn't know if she could afford the surgery and what were my chances without it. He said there were no guarentees because he was shocked I was still alive as it was. Mom said she had to go home and talk to dad. She then asked if it was alright to take me with her. He said yes but keep doing what you have been doing all weekend. Mom said of course she would. We went home and mom and dad talked. They found a way to come up with the money and called the vets ER the next day to tell them it was a go. So mom got me already the next morning to go to the hospital for my surgery. She was going to drive down and put me in the back seat. She hadn't slept since Saturday I was worried. So when she put me back there. I tried to turn my head to see where she was and everything went black. Mom said I stopped breathing again and she had to give me mouth to mouth again to bring me back. She rushed me to the ER. When we got there they said the dogtor was called away on a emergancy and he would not be back until tomorrow and bring me back then. Mom said listen I just had to breath for him again please keep him here. And that she hadn't slept in 3 days and she was scared next time she would not be fast enough with me. And at this time I had really bad poop problems. When the nurse picked me up I sprayed poop all her and the walls. YUCKY.
I had my surgery the next day. The dogtor called mom and said he put wires and bone cement in my neck to keep it stable. She could come tomorrow and see me. She did and was crying again. She got to come and get me on Friday. They taught mom to give me physical therapy and gave me a bunch of pills to take. I was so weak mom had to feed me with a syringe. She took really good care of me. I slept with her in her bed. Dad wasn't crying anymore just hoping I would get all better. I went for my 8 week check up and the dogtor said I was doing great and asked if I was walking yet. Mom said nope. He said it looked good because I was standing on my back legs so I had strong muscle back there but I was losing them in the front. And mom should start water therapy wif me. So we went home and mom filled the tub and I was put in the water. Mom called someone that owns a doggie swim spa and asked a bunch of questions. So this lady must have told mom what to do. I didn't want to move my legs but the water felt good. nice and warm. Mom continued to do this three times a week and still gave me physical therapy. She still does it.
Mom was talking to a lady on line about a wheelchair for me. And her furbaby went to the rainbow bridge a few weeks later and she had a wheelchair and sent it to me so I could walk. We got the wheelchair and it didn't fit. So we sent it to the place that made it, but in the meantime mom made me a wheelchair. Because I still needed help holding my neck mom had to make a brace for my neck it was still weak. We got the new cart and it didn't fit right but I tried it I took a few steps but didn't like it at all. So I had a dogtors appointment wif my vet for some shots. Mom brought my cart wif me. They tried everything and gave mom some ideas on what to do to try and make this work for me. Then him and mom started to talk about acupuncture. My doctors said funny you should mention that he was just starting to learn and become certified. He needed a study subject and chose me. So I have been having acupuncture since March. I still get it every other week, we had to change it because I am at a stand still with it right now. I am not doing anything different, but since I started I have been able to stand on my own. I even try getting up all by my self. I do it sometimes. Mom cries when I do it I do not understand, but she says it is because she is happy. I only cry when I am hurt or sad. What is wif these humons. Well, the cart I have is not working for me. And mom was hoping to try and make a front wheeled cart. Then she came acrossed Gizmo's dogster page. Mom contacted Gizmo the Great's mom and asked a few questions. Mom was reading Gizmo the Great;s page and saw he got his wheels from Eddie's wheels. Mom sat down and wrote them a letter and now I have to go in a week and get some measurements taken to get a new set of wheels. I am so excited. I might be able to be mom's shadow again. I can't wait. My back legs work good. My front legs do not. When mom tries to walk me I cross my front legs I do not know why I tell them to go the right way and they don't. Mom does special massages to my legs and special exercises to my front legs to get them to go right and they won't. So we are hoping that wif these new set of wheels things will go easier for me.
Sorry my story was so long. But it is hard to tell and understand unless you know everything. Now mom and I try to get the word out about this thing AAI so other pups and furparents do not have to go through what I have gone through. My dogtor tells me all the time I am a very lucky boy. Most furmom's and furdads' would have given up and made me go to sleep forever. But I am lucky to have my mom and dad because they want to let me live a long long time. My mom has told me everyday since i hurt myself that she got me to be with me for a very long time and that is how she plans on keeping it.
Thank you for reading my story.