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Special Needs Pet of the Week: Mira Bella

What is your pet's name? Mira Bella How old is your pet? 6 years old Where did you get your pet? I had a friend...

Barbara Techel  |  Jun 13th 2011


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What is your pet’s name?

Mira Bella

How old is your pet?

6 years old

Where did you get your pet?

I had a friend on a Dachshund site that posted that she has made contact with an old high school friend in the New Orleans area, and that person had a piebald dachshund that she was going to have put to sleep because she couldnt walk.

After much thought I decided that I would take the dog and rehab her so she would not have to be destroyed. When I finally saw pictures of her I realized immediately that she was a Double Dapple. Then kind of as an afterthought her old owner mentioned that she was also deaf. At that point it didnt matter anyhow so I flew to New Orleans and brought her home to Montana with me.

I took her to my vet and after X-rays found out she was paralyzed due to blunt trauma or some kind of crushing force to her spine. Since I am a certified canine massage therapist I began a rigorous rehab program with her as she had been down for so long that she was way beyond the point that surgery could help.

She now can walk albeit wobbly. In the cold months she has some mobility issues and so we continue her rehab therapies as she needs them.

What is your pets physical challenge?

Mira is incontinent, deaf, and partially blind on top of her back issues.

What is your pets favorite thing to do?

Mira is a real cuddly snuggler, and she loves to run, romp and play with my other dogs. My favorite thing Mira does is what we call going psycho dog, when I vacuum the house the sound doesnt bother her at all of course but I think she can feel the vibration because she will race around as fast as she can and then grab the closest stuffy toy she can and give it the old doxie death shake.

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What is your pets favorite thing to eat?

Mira is a real cheese hound. If I go anywhere near the fridge she is right there hoping for a slice.

What do you love most about your pet?

I love Miras dedication, and her ability to love in spite of the abuse she suffered before she came to me.

What has your pet most taught you?

You cant keep a good dog down. Her tenacity and determination to walk and be able to chase around and play with my dogs is amazing. I think much like most dogs Mira has no idea she has any handicaps and is just as active and playful as the rest of my gang.

Anything else youd like to share?

Mira has been an inspiration to many in this area, and the funny thing is with the work I did with her I ended up becoming something of a downed doxie referral person with my vet. Thanks to Mira and her story no less than 6 doxies have been spared euthanasia after the dogs parents met her and heard her story.

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