This story began on a rainy Sacramento day two years ago. A woman was talking a walk through the local park with her son. During their walk, they noticed a very sad sight. There were two little puppies who had clearly been abandoned. They had been left on a blanket and they were shivering in the cold. To make matters worse, their little bodies were covered in abrasions.
The puppies were rushed over to the good folks who work with the RSPCA group in Sacramento. This woman and her son were not about to let them continue to suffer like this. Props to them for being willing to do what so many others wouldn’t. One of the puppies did not make it, though. As for little Petey, he was surviving but the prognosis seemed fairly grim.
Petey's foster mom stumbled upon a brilliant idea: an inflatable pool so he could play safely without bonking his head!Everything worked out great until he bit a hole in it about 5 minutes later.????
Posted by Sacramento SPCA on Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Petey is ready for his home!This 2 month old Bully mix has cerebellar hypoplasia. What does that mean? Well, he's not super coordinated and it takes him awhile to get where he needs to go. This condition is permanent, but animals tend to learn to compensate over time. He'll need a home that can keep him safe and secure and willing to go the distance. Interested? Fill out an application here: sspca.org/post/matchmaker-form
Posted by Sacramento SPCA on Monday, January 9, 2017
Petey was a fighter, though. As he continued to receive treatment, he was able to pull through. The shelter veterinarians noticed that he was not like all of the other dogs. There was something different about him. He did not have the ability to eat like the other dogs and he was rather uncoordinated. After running a few tests on the dog, they would soon discover the truth.
Petey was diagnosed with a disorder known as cerebellar hypoplasia. His motor skills were adversely affected. He was not able to walk as quickly as the average dog and struggled to keep his balance. The vets decided that he would go to physical therapy. They also believe that the dog was probably discarded because of this disorder.
After a while, Petey started to become much lighter on his feet. The video below is proof positive. Now that he is able to remain on his feet for longer periods of time, he can play with his toys and run around with all of the other dogs. He was also able to head to a foster home. His new mother gave him a pool to play in, so that he could remain safe.
In time, he found the perfect forever home. A wonderful couple decided to open their residence to Petey. They loved him from the first moment that they laid eyes on him. Can you blame them? If you would like to find out more about Petey’s new life and the journey that he has taken, be sure to check out the video below.
This sweet little puppy was found on the side of the road. He was cold, wet and emaciated.He is showing neurological issues and we are not sure of the cause. He is receiving TLC from an experienced foster home while we try to solve the mystery.
Posted by Sacramento SPCA on Friday, December 9, 2016