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Age: 15 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Jolena, Officer Hussels, Trina, Poop-butt, Pooters, "No", Lord of the Dance, Honey Bunches of Oats, Hippie, Joleiner the Weiner

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

opera, sprinklers, water guns, faucets, hoses, shower heads, food, big piles of dirty stinky laundry and or big piles of clean hot laundry, sqeaky toys, her lamby, sleeping, eating things, extreme cheerleading

throwing her mangled toys away, giving the cat attention, almost all other dogs, getting her nails clipped, the mail woman and the pizza delivery man

Favorite Toy:
anything that sqeaks, her shark, lamby, chicken, bascially anything that used to be a stuffed animal and most importantly, monsters

Favorite Food:
peanut butter, carrots, pretty much anything she sees us eating

Favorite Walk:
Foster Beach park, anywhere near a KFC

Best Tricks:
Rolling over, running through spinklers

Arrival Story:
We drove to Tennessee from Chicago in the middle of the night, got pulled over by Officer T. Hussles for speeding, and made it safely to adopt her from a family that couldn't take care of her anymore.

Named after "Jolene" by Dolly Parton to honor her Southern heritage

I've Been On Dogster Since:
August 22nd 2004 More than 12 years!

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Back Surgery

October 17th 2005 8:25 pm
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In July of this year, Jolene became paralyzed after rupturing two discs in the middle of her back. She seemed like she was in pain for a couple days. We had called the vet twice and they advised us to give her a fourth of an asprin. I was up with her all night one night and took her out to go to the bathroom early in the morning. She fell over and started dragging her body. I kwew immediately she was paralyzed and we rushed her to the vet.

They told us to take her immediately to Animal Medical Center in Northbrook, IL to see Dr. Podell, a vetinary neurosurgeon. They told us that she may not be able to walk again or regain her bladder control and that she had no deep pain in her back limbs. Her right side was particularly unresponsive.

She went in for surgery a few hours later and we went to visit her that night after she woke up. She was pitiful but as cute as ever. She had staples all the way down her back. She was very happy to see us.

They monitored her for three days and we were able to visit her at the center. She was the only dog that didn't have a "may bite" sticker on her cage and all the techs became very fond of her.

We brought her home and followed a strict regimen of crate, crate, crate. We were able to leave the lid off during the day and stayed home to hang out and watch TV with her so she could feel like she was "getting to do something" even though she was stuck laying in her crate. After a few days I felt secure enough to hold her. We were walking her with a sling and had vowed no stairs and no jumping EVER. It was so difficult to accept the fact that she may be dragging forver and that she may not be able to do her favorite activity ever again- running around in the yard chasing the sprinkler (or squirrels).

Jolene is a success story because just after two weeks, she could walk. Although wobbily, she could walk. We took her in for a follow up and they were amazed at her recovery.

After three months, she can walk, run, and chase squirrels again. We have her swim in the tub sometimes for muscle stregth and have now started her back on her walks. She plays in the yard a lot and chases the cat. No stairs and no jumping off the couch anymore, but she is back to normal. Sometimes she slides into home base when running or is a little wobbily after a nap or sleeping at night, but other than that you can't tell she had surgery.

If this happens to you, don't give up, they have a strong will to live and will always be happy, in a wheelie or otherwise as long as they have you.

Dr. Podell was amazing and Jolene is doing fabulously.

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