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Zoey came into rescue from a family that loved her dearly. However, they did not have the time or space to keep her safe while they worked. They toiled over her needs for more than 2 months. When she started hurting herself, in the kennel, making a huge sore on her forehead, they knew she needed to be with someone that could work with her, and allow her to be kennel-free.


You see, like so many dachshunds, Zoey was stricken with a blow to her spine, from IVDD. She was rushed to the hospital and given the surgery. She regained a lot, but never fully recovered her superficial sensations. She could wabble-walk, but had limited bladder and bowel control, having to be expressed regularly.

The hardest part of Zoey's condition, for Zoey, was that she was completely house-trained, prior to her injury; And, never had to be in a kennel for any length of time.

Zoey began therapy right away with her family, but needed it more regularly than they could afford. We jumped right in and worked with her every day. While her walking improved, she still had limited bladder and bowel control; but, that was improving somewhat, as well.

Zoey enjoys life and all the typical dachshund toys and trouble she could get. Her favorite place to be, after water therapy or just to nap, was in a cushy bed, burrowed in a blanket.

At night she slept with her person, even though it was guaranteed that her person would wake up in a puddle or pile. However, with regular expressions and scheduled meals, this was easily managed. Zoey was worth it!

Within a couple months, Zoey was adopted by a wonderful family that already had a little girl with IVDD that could not walk at all. Zoey was in better physical shape, which gave her a slight edge on the ball tossing game. Ultimately, she learned to share and take turns.

Because she never regained superficial sensation, she still would drag her toes when she walked, causing sores. So, the family got her a custom walking cart. Which was great, as Zoey's favorite thing to do was take walks with her new family and sister.

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