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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Remy(Happy Feet) our new addition to the family.

We found Remy on Petfinders.com
He is now a part of our family and is doing very well. Seems to have adjusted in a matter of minutes. Slept well like he's lived here his whole life.
Remi doesn't get around as well as other dogs but he manages quite well. He loves to be held and loved and wants to be where ever you are.
Here is the write up from petfinders.com
Remy is a male purebred Miniature Pinscher, about 7yo, black/rust, cropped ears, docked tail, dewclaws removed. Hes short and built like a little tank at about 11 lbs. Remy came to me through unusual circumstances. I was basically tricked. But upon meeting the women and seeing him I couldn't not help him. That was a while ago. I felt that I had finally found an appropriate home for the little man this past March. But it wasnt meant to be. Remy unexpectedly ruptured a disk and his back legs were paralyzed and he had neither bladder nor bowel control. I didnt want to jump into the traditional western medicine solution of a disk fenestration surgery. Despite the expense of the surgery, which is quite hefty, I carried the worry and doubt that lingered as a result of my own personal minpin never waking up alive from that very same procedure a few years prior.

If ever there was a skeptic to something im it as I need to be shown the proof. I had heard and witnessed many great things via the more traditional Chinese medicine path and decided Remy deserved the option to try it rather then jumping into a risky surgery. So I got Remy in asap to be evaluated by Dr. Robin Robinett, DVM of the Veterinary Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic (VCRC). She started him on Chinese herbs and weekly acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments. After a few sessions he regained full control of his bladder and bowels. After a few more sessions we was able to bear more and more weight on his back legs and then started to regain feeling and use of his feet. We did cold laser treatments and utilized the ferno underwater treadmill. He loved going to his appointments and seeing Dr. Robin and Jerri and all the caring staff. After 6 months we decided that he had progressed to a good functioning state and Remy is doing great and is mobile and I feel is ready for a home of his own.

Remy is the most happy go lucky little man I know!!! He loves everyone and everything and always has a smile on his face and a bark hello. He is a healthy boy that is neutered, utd on age appropriate vaccinations, microchipped, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative.

He is totally mobile now. However, he will never be 100% as he was prior to the injury. He can not jump up or off of the bed or any furniture. He can not climb stairs and handle substantial level changes. I pick him up when its time to snuggle on the sofa and if im busy and he wants to nap on the futon then I put him there and hes content until I place him on the floor to go outside to potty. Obviously hes more of a companion snuggle dog then a take to the dog park kind of dog. He loves his person and he wants to be the center of attention. He will bark and make himself known until you pay attention to him. Hes fine with short walks and he loves car rides and going to new places. He doesnt really care about doggie daycare or the dog park though. Hes happy to be with his person. He would be perfectly at home being carried around everywhere in a doggie purse. Hes crate trained and sometimes sleeps there at night and other times he sleeps on the futon or his dog bed on the floor. He is fine left unattended in the house. I typically just crate him in my absence for his own safety since other dogs can sometimes pick on the older or weaker ones and I dont want to risk his getting hurt. Remy would be fine with a doggie brother or sister as long as they dont take away too much of the attention from him. Or even an older more mature child to love and spoil him. Remy has such a happy and vibrant spirit that he would make a wonderful addition to almost any responsible household. He would be most suited to one without very young children or rough children or active larger dogs that might knock him over. Also he would prefer a single story home without slick tile or hardwood floors as they are difficult for him to get traction on.

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