Age: 11 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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ROSIE-POSIE, GIMPY LA RUE, POSER, THUNDERPAWS, THE SPECKLED BEAST
|-purebred||-disabled ||-dog rescue|
Running fast, playing with my toys, ESPECIALLY MY SQUEAKIES!, kissing, snacks, cuddling on the big bed
Being told to get "down!", mom and dad leaving for more than 2 minutes, my Halti and my sister Tess.
My stereo squeaky and The Big Bad Kitty..Grrrr!
Do I hafta pick?
Misbehaving and still making mom and dad say "aren't you cute!"
R0sie was born as a result of an irresponsible woman in the San Fernando Valley. Her right front leg was deformed, so the woman put her outside and starved her so she could toss her into the trash and she couldn't make noise. Lisa rescued her and when she could no longer keep her, we agreed to foster her until Dal rescue could take her. When we found out she would have to have her leg removed before they would take her, we decided to grit our teeth and take on the lively beast!
For months we carted her all over the state seeking to get help for her crippled leg. We were dismayed at how many ego-maniacal vets simply wanted to lop it off and found no value in saving it at all. Quite by accident, we found Dr. Robert Olds, Brentwood, CA, who thought that helping to make the leg as useful as possible was a noble endeavor. Humbly he directed us to Dr. Edward Leeds, Torrance, CA who then selflessly offered conference with Dr. Robert Radasch, Dallas, Texas. These men all put in hours of work designing the best plan for Rosie.
Dr. Leeds did surgery that uncurled her foot and allowed her to put her pads down for the first time. Dr. Radasch reccommended letting her grow to adulthood until deciding if more could be done. Unfortunately, "dad" had a huge heart attack the next year and we have been unable to afford the trip to Texas and a visit to Dr. Radasch just yet.
Meanwhile, the initial surgery has given Rosie incredible use of her leg! She now uses it to balance and play with her toys. When she takes the time to slow down she even walks on it. We were lucky to find David Eckhouse, a talented prostheticist, who has fit her with a little boot that makes her special leg the same length as the others for "walks."
Walking on the leg keeps the bone dense and the muscles as strong as they can be. Rosie wears her leg for daily walks and is very comfortable with it! It is amazing how much she uses her "special leg!"
We hope someday we can get her more help, but we are confident that we have already given her a better chance at life with what we have done so far. She will have less trauma to her back and other legs by having some support on the fourth one although we do still have to watch that one for joint disease. She walks down stairs without falling now and in general navigates much better than before.
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|April 30th 2005
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November 28th 2006 4:39 pm
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My brother Willie went to the Rainbow Bridge last night. He was my three-legged bunny brother. He was 12 years old, which is very, very old for a bunny, and my daddy loved him so very much. He died in my daddy's arms which was perfect. Mom was so afraid he would die at night or alone and Dad would feel guilty for not being with him.
Willie was so strong and brave even after his back leg was amputated. He still chased us dogs and was fiesty. We all knew he was getting old and one of his front legs was not working so well any more. It was making it even harder for him to get around. Daddy would give him "spa treatment baths" every week to keep his booty nice and clean and cuddled him every day. Mom and Dad shopped for his salad food every Wednesday; he got a big salad every night! Last night Daddy cried and said "What are we going to do on Wednesday nights, now?" Well, personally I think that is easy...walk or play with ME! But I know Daddy is sad right now and misses Willie, so Mom has a plan:
Tomorrow night Mom and some friends are going to surprise Daddy and take him to "WillieFest". They are going to go to a nice restaurant that has a big salad bar for dinner and have a glass of wine to toast Willie's memory. Mom says that it will be the ultimate bunny-salad dinner and that she will take a picture of Willie and a little pink candle to put on the table. ...and a little sign that says "Welcome to WillieFest". She says they will celebrate how lucky Willie was to have such a good and long life and that the distraction and friends will be good for Daddy.
I am a little upset that I can't go too. Hey, I like salad...as long as it has lots of dressing on it!
October 3rd 2006 3:05 pm
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Tomorrow is the last day for the deaf dog petition. Please check back for a new petition in a few months!
Even if you don't have a deaf dog, "Living with a Deaf Dog" by Susan Becker is a wonderful book: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Deaf-Dog-Experiences-Deafness/d p/0966005805
For those of you who have deaf dogs: there is a survey in the back that will be the very first data ever collected on deaf dogs. Deaf puppies are being killed because of a misconception that agression is a function of deafness. We all know this is ridiculous! You can help to squelch the current beliefs by completing the survey!
August 26th 2006 3:22 pm
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A big THANK YOU to Nina (http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=289115&j=t) for finding a petition to fight the killing of deaf dalmatian puppies! Although Nina is not Dalmatian, but a Weimaraner, Nina took the time to individually contact over 700 Dalmatian owners and send them a link to this petition. At this writing, she says she still has another 400 Dals she plans on writing! It seems she is getting car-pawl tunnel syndrome!
Despite some typos etc it is a very worthwhile petition...see and sign it here:
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