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UPDATE 08/24/16 Buddy is a SURVIVOR. He has been through a lot! When he was pulled from the city shelter in March, 2015, he had no use of his back legs. Original assessment by the vet was that it was such an old injury, there would likely be no improvement, or it would be very slow in coming. Well, Buddy showed us all the strong stuff he is made of: after a few weeks of crate rest and steroids he was up and at 'em. He progressed from a wobbly walk to a cute trot in just a few weeks. The next year was uneventful, but as is often the case with our beloved doxies, he had a second episode of IVDD in the spring of 2016. Unfortunately, conservative treatment did not help this time. Fully down, he had emergency surgery May 19, 2016 at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. The procedure was a success but recovery was slow. In fact, surgeons gave him a 0 - 10% chance of walking again.
Well, that surgeon just did not know our Buddy. Again, he showed us the strong stuff he is made of. He was very lucky to be taken in by a Dallas foster with experience rehabilitating IVDD dogs, who also lived near North Texas Animal Rehabilitation, where he could have physical therapy treatments. So----against all odds, Buddy is UP AND WALKING again. Did we mention dachshunds are stubborn and driven? Well, his drive served him well during his recovery.
He is again wobbly, and not able to walk long distances yet, but he is getting stronger and better every day. His spunk is still there. And, he still has the adorable "high-five" wave and that hilarious "right-turn-here" ear that just refuses to lie down.
Buddy is so lucky to have been taken in by ATDR, a rescue that always stands to help medically complicated dogs. He has had a long journey and ATDR volunteers have been with him every step of the way. If he could speak, he would say, "Thanks for never giving up on me." He already says it every day with his lovely, expressive, almond-shaped eyes. He is a special boy who deserves every good thing ATDR has done for him.
UPDATE 01/05/16 Buddy has been in his foster home 10 months. He is fully ambulatory now. He is able to walk, trot, and run with no issues and with no pain. He is a world-class snuggler. He has the well-known trait a lot of doxies have, that of plastering himself lengthwise against the person or other dog he is lounging next to. He gets along very well with the other dachshunds in the home. He seems to be a bit leery of the St. Bernard, leading the foster mom to think his injury could have resulted from an unfavorable encounter with a big dog. So, he would probably be happiest in a home with other small dogs.
He has a few adorable quirks. He eats in his crate, and when he sees the food bowl headed his way, he leans back on hind legs and one front paw, and waves with the other front paw. It seems to be his silent signal for "Thanks," or "This way, please," or maybe even "It's about time!" He has a snuggle snack, and when it is bed time he burrows down in it with his back to everyone else in the room. When he is done for the day, he is done! But when he is awake, he is all ears, literally. He has terrier-esque ears that perk up to hear or to express interest. And it seems that one of them is always perked up--he seems to have that raider ear up and alert most of the time.
Buddy is a lovable, active, adorable guy that is a pint-sized bundle of fun. He is patiently awaiting his forever home. He has a lot of love to share, and just needs to find that special family worthy of his affection.
Buddy is a feisty, spunky dachshund mix, about 5 years old. He was picked up as a stray by animal control, and on that day he had no function at all in his hind legs. A plea went out to ATDR, asking for help for this sweet guy. The kind shelter manager wanted to give him a chance, knowing he was not adoptable and his future was dim in the pound.
Initially we believed his was an old injury and recovery would be slow, if at all. But--after a couple of weeks on steroids and on crate rest, Buddy popped up and he has been going strong ever since. He was ataxic at first but is pretty steady on his feet now. He is still a little wobbly when he is tired, but he is gaining strength daily. He will need a special, knowledgeable adopter who fully understands post-spinal cord injury care. But, don't let that discourage you! He is a happy, active boy who will just need the routine back care protocol all dachshunds require. He is adept at using his ramp to access the big bed and the sofa. He is crate-trained.
Buddy has the most beautiful, expressive almond-shaped eyes that have that doxie-hypnotic-stare when he wants something. He is a snuggler, and loves nothing more than lap-sitting. He has rather terrier-esque ears. One ear is constantly at attention. This radar ear is just adorable! His busy little trot is adorable, as well.
This little guy is neutered, fully vetted, HW -, and ready to go. At 12 pounds, he is perfectly lap-sized.