Humane Society in Ontario, Canada had picked up a small Lab/Retriever
puppy who couldn't walk in a straight line or stand up for
very long. Thinking she had ingested some kind of toxic substance,
they whisked her to a vet clinic.
The vet diagnosed her condition as cerebellar hypoplasia,
which affects the brain's ability to control balance and fine
motor skills. Allie's mother must have had distemper when
she was pregnant, leaving Allie with an underdeveloped cerebellum.
The clinic staff quickly fell in love with this adorable
3-month old girl. They could see that despite her disability,
she loved life and enjoyed every minute of it. They wanted
to make sure she got a chance to live.
We have a delightful and very special young cat, Wobbles,
who has the same condition as Allie. Thus when the clinic
asked if we could take a puppy with cerebellar hypoplasia,
we gladly said yes.
The vet clinic told the local news media about Allie and
said they wanted to raise the money to fly Allie to Montana.
Soon more than $1,500 poured in, plenty to cover her airfare
and then some. Within a week Allie arrived in Great Falls
on a Northwest Airlines flight.
On the lawn outside the airport, we opened the crate door
... and out came a beautiful black puppy, flipping and flopping
her way towards us. We could tell it took her a lot of effort
to get around, but she was such a happy girl.
Back at the ranch, Allie zigged and zagged her way into our
hearts. She is a sweet and loving little thing with an angelic
face. Allie can get anywhere she wants to go, it just takes
her a little longer to get there. And while she does fall
down sometimes, she picks herself up and keeps on going.
Allie's best friend is Birdie, our young black Lab with muscular
dystrophy. These two girls spend hours outside playing together.
Their playtime helps Birdie strengthen her muscles and helps
Allie improve her coordination.
So if you visit the ranch and see a dog who looks like she
failed a sobriety test, well ... that's our Allie!