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Allie the puppy with cerebellar hypoplasia

A 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!


 
New Arrivals
Timmy the paralyzed dog
Joey the blind dog
Hannah the blind horse
Luke the blind dog
Claire the wobbly cat
Bailey the dog with a spinal problem
Callie the blind dog
Buzz the dog with a neurological condition
Babe the blind dog
Spinner the blind and deaf dog
Allie the blind dog
Evelyn the blind dog
Allie the puppy with cerebellar hypoplasia
Penny the blind dog
Cedar the blind dog
Peabody the old, blind dog 
Travis the dog with a fused jaw
Bud the blind dog
Birdie the dog with muscular dystrophy 
Helen the blind dog 
Patti the blind dog 
Kenai the blind dog
Pepper the blind dog
Tyler the deaf Pointer
Pappy the old German Shepherd
Widget the blind dog 
Dusty the blind sled dog
Oscar the Miniature Dachshund

 


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