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(July 8, 2010 update added
The reason his name is
Duckie is he came into rescue on Easter Day, when I picked him
up his name was Salty however he did not respond to it and since
it was Easter I wanted a name to remind me of his story.
Duckie was totally down when he came to me and had been for
several weeks. He did not have surgery for his injury and was
being treated by a true Homeopathic Vet using natural remedies.
I had Duckie evaluated by my Vet and she determined he was not a
surgical candidate. He was down and was bowel and bladder
incontinent. We did 4 session of acupuncture on him to see if
would help his bowel & bladder control. We really did not
expect him to ever walk again unaided. Boy did it help and WOW
were we wrong.
Today not only can Duckie stand on his own, now he is walking
all the time. His right back leg is weaker than the left and we
are doing weight shifting exercises to increase the strength.
Duckie now walks 90% of the time. Once he gets tired he seems to
drag a little, he is such a smart boy that he knows he is tired
and will go to his crate and rest. His bladder control is almost
perfect, he does not dribble. He can cut the stream off, so I
believe eventually he will have full control. He does not have
full bowel control yet, however you know when he needs to go
because he will raise his tail up. Will he ever be perfect, I do
not know. However, in his mind there is nothing wrong. He will
go where he wants, in or out of his wheels. He loves to play and
squeak his toys. He does wonderful around younger school age
kids, his prior family had two boys and a cat. One of his
favorite activities is swimming.
Duckie is up to date on his vetting and has been neutered. At
this stage he is ready for the perfect home for him to re-become
the doggy he was born to be. Can you tell, I really like this
doxie? You bet I do. So why am I not keeping him? Because I am a
rescuer and if I were to keep him then I can not help another
doxie in need.
Duckie wants to say thanks to Dachshund Rescue of North America
forgiving him a second chance in life. Also, Dr. Debbie Grissom,
of The Caroline Animal Hospital, Milford, VA for taking good
care of him.
My husband reminded me of Dodgerslist today. I hadn't looked at
it since we adopted Duckie from Dachshund Rescue in 2006.
Duckie is a wonderful dog and nothing slows him down. We have
continued acupuncture treatments and friends who don't see him
as often have remarked at how much better he is than when we
first got him.
He has been a therapy dog for four years, going to elementary
schools where young children read to him. He LOVES going to
school, races down the hall in anticipation, says hello to
everyone he meets, and soaks up the admiration and attention the
children lavish on him!
His original family told the vet to put him down because of his
paralysis. We are so fortunate the vet contacted DRNA instead.
Duckie has brought many people--including us--much joy because
Susanna Spencer & Bob Gausman
August 2, 2011
Duckie was our very special guy who came to use from Dachshund
Rescue. I am sad to say that we had to put him down
last year, August 2nd 2011, after he had encountered a poisonous
copperhead snake. His years with us was probably his
happiest. He loved to try to catch squirrels, run on the
beach, ride on the bicycle and meet new people.
He was also an excellent therapy dog for elementary school
children’s ‘Reading to Dogs’ program.