Just watching Trixie sit you would never know she was a disabled dog. However, when the 7-year-old Chihuahua gets up for a walk you know immediately what a remarkable little dog she is. Trixie walks on her front legs only!
Her background information and medical history are unknown since she arrived at Lee County Domestic Animal Services as a stray on Oct. 3. However, one thing that is known about Trixie is that she is very resourceful.
After examining the dog, LCDAS staff veterinarian, Suzanne Vazzana, determined that her back legs were paralyzed from an old pelvic injury. While the cause of her injury is unknown, she has been able to compensate for the loss of function in her back legs by lifting all of her body weight up onto her front legs in order to walk.
When she was found, Trixie’s nails were extremely long and she was in desperate need of a good dental cleaning. Lee County’s Animal Care Trust Fund covered the cost of having her teeth cleaned, which included 17 extractions.
It is obvious Trixie has not had the best care in life so far but LCDAS hopes to change her luck. Applications for adoption are being accepted from interested individuals who can provide a quiet, adult home for the amazing little dog. She is shy and timid but has been very trusting and friendly with the veterinary and shelter staff.