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|Size:||Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less||Sex:||Female||ID#:||Courtesy|
This is a courtesy posting. GDR has not met or evaluated this dog. Please see contact information at the end of this posting.
World meet Zooey (although this brave little puppy prefers to go by her off-road vehicle driver nickname: the ZOOM ZOOM Z-Bear)!
Zooey is looking for a furever home. She is a sweet 15lb one year old small black cocker spaniel (very muppet-like with an extraordinarily silky soft coat and the gentlest of personalities). Little Zooeybear was born with a medical condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. What this pretty much means is that her cerebellum did not form correctly during embryonic development. The cerebellum controls coordination and balance, so instead of walking/standing normally Zooey uses her new custom cadillac of quad wheelchairs to zoom around in. Z-Bear is still getting used to her caddy so sometimes she goes BOINK! smack head-on into a wall. While she cannot stand on her own, its not for lack of trying (perhaps one day), she loves to stand at attention for 2-3 seconds at a time before going FLOP! over onto her side and the this courageous little girl is right back at it again with the spirit of a champion. When she isn't busy zooming or flopping, she enjoys playing with her chew toys or watching "Dancing with the Stars".
A little more about Zooeybear's kind: pups & dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia do not get worse and are not in any pain. Zooey is just as "smart" as other dogs as her cerebrum (controls intelligence) is fine. Her neurological condition is not contagious, although she complains about bad breath if you forget to brush her teeth with the peanut butter toothpaste she laps up! She feeds and drinks by herself lying down and will devour a bowl of dry kibble in about 10 minutes (twice daily). Zooey has three methods of going potty (2-3 times daily): she can be left alone in her cart for 15-20 minutes to pee in a contained indoor area covered in washable puppy/disposable wee-wee pads; she can go in her cart while zooming around outside which involves a tiny amount of splatter (onto the cart, not Zooey) that can be easily baby wiped away; or if her parent is in a pinch she will go cleanly on command into the toilet when being held upright and sung her special potty song (yes, this is for real and takes only about 2-3 minutes).
Zooey doesn't bark, although she quietly whines when she is hungry, has to potty or simply wants a snuggle. Her lion tail hasn't been cocker clipped and wags wildly at all the pleasures she finds. The Z-bear is supersweet with children and adults alike, and enjoys the company of all dogs great or small. However, when lying in a grassy park she does need a guardian to watch over her so she doesn't get stepped on by a rogue playful dog. Zooey also enjoys swimming supervised in the bathtub with a few splish n splashes!
Zooey is a gentle special needs dog who will continue to blossom and flourish in a household with a retiree or work-at-home scenario as she does require extra care. Since she needs to be picked up/carried frequently, her new parent should be able to carry 15-20 pounds effortlessly and have a sturdy pair of biceps! Zooeybear dreams of a home with few/no stairs, non-slippery carpeted floors and a backyard with easy access. She is spayed, up to date on all her vaccines and currently enrolled in a wonderful physical therapy program which has helped greatly with her coordination.
Will you welcome this little girl into a loving home and let the Zooeybear capture your heart furever? Zooey is in San Francisco, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and please watch her videos on facebook page and youtube channel.