If you aren’t sure what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day; I have a special needs dog that will melt your heart. Rachel King from Jonah’s Loving Heart in L.A. said the rescue group calls Squeaky the sweetest dog they’ve saved. The Miniature Poodle mix was hit by a car a couple of years ago, but he’s back to walking and running like any other dog.
The only reason Squeaky’s considered a special needs dog is because the accident left him incontinent. Yet he’s had zero hits on Petfinder and at adoption events. Taking care of him will be a ‘piece of cake’ if you’re the pet owner of a paralyzed dog.
Help us find a family or rescue group who will give this little guy the home he was meant to have.
Here’s what Rachel had to say about Squeaky’s accident and recovery
“Squeaky is a very special little angel we rescued. He’ the sweetest, most amazing dog, but he’s incontinent and unable to urinate on his own due to being hit by a car. His pelvis was shattered in the accident, and our rescue immediately gave him the surgery he needed to survive and thrive as a “normal” dog.
The surgery turned out great – Squeaky can run and play and does plenty of both! But the nerves that controlled his bladder function have been permanently destroyed by the accident. So, despite being an otherwise healthy and (very!) happy dog, Squeaky is incontinent. He dribbles and cannot urinate on his own.
Squeaky’s story began when we got a call about a dog that had been hit by a car and left there. We rushed over and took him to the vet who took x-rays and said Squeaky would need surgery to repair his damaged pelvis.
We went ahead with the surgery and Squeaky’s pelvis healed. He runs so fast now that he’s always at the front of the pack.
Unfortunately, the nerves controlling his bladder function were too damaged. Even though he goes through the motions of peeing like other dogs, he cannot empty his bladder sufficiently on his own. Someone has to express his bladder several times a day.
We do this manually or with a urinary catheter. Oddly enough, Squeaky happens to be especially adorable whenever I pass the catheter – he just lies on his back and hardly moves at all the entire time. The vet tells me this is quite unusual, but that’s Squeaky for you!
Squeaky also eats a special diet from Royal Canin to prevent urinary stones.
I will say that out of all the dogs I have rescued, Squeaky is one of the sweetest, most loving and most soulful dogs I have ever met.
He’s so sweet the employees at the vet’s office ask me to send him in ‘just for cuddles and lap time’ whenever another dog needs an exam. They love him so much that he gets to sit on the desk or on the counter at the vet clinic.
When Squeaky meets someone for the first time, he’ll be sitting in their lap in five minutes. He gets along well with other dogs and LOVES to play with toys. He’s affectionate even if it’s just lying down next to you in bed and looking into your eyes.
I’m not kidding or exaggerating here – he literally loves to lie down in bed facing you until he falls asleep.”
The next chapter for Squeaky
Let’s do our best to find a permanent home for this adorable dog. He’s waited more than a year to find a family to care for him.
Here’s how you can help:
- Share Squeaky’s story with pet lovers you know.
- Talk with a special needs rescue that can give Squeaky a second chance.
- Check out how to the adoption process at Jonah’s Loving Heart Rescue in Los Angeles, CA.
Please be sure to leave any recommendations to find Squeaky a home in the comment section below.
Adopting a special needs is a commitment to the animal and to yourself. It’s a rewarding experience, that should only be done after careful consideration about the time and resources available to you. If you’re thinking about this kind of adoption here’s a story that explains everything you should know: 5 Tips For Adopting A Paralyzed Dog Or Cat