Hello my name is “Bambi” and I promise to thump my way into your heart!!!
For being such a young little girl I have a very long story to tell…
I am a 4 month old Pug mix girl (not really sure what the “mix” part includes but I certainly have a curly pug tail and beautiful ears).
One of the most important things to know about me is that I have a medical condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Cerebellar hypoplasia is a condition in which parts of the cerebellum have not completely developed. Symptoms usually include head bobbing, limb tremors, and unsteadiness/clumsiness.
Apparently, because this condition can be a challenge for some families to understand, I was dropped of at a shelter. I was very scared and confused at the shelter. It was so loud with all the other animals and they would bark all day and night. I would just lay curled up in a ball on my blanket and could not stop shivering in fear. People would come up to my cage I was in to say hi. Even though I was so afraid with all the noise, I tried to be strong so I would get up and go say hello. Because of my medical condition it is hard for me to stand still — the shelter floor was slippery for my condition and I was usually off-balanced trying to go over to meet people. But I kept hoping they they would get me out of there or help me. It seems that once they saw my wobbly legs they would walk away. No one wanted me, which made me feel so sad.
Then one day a nice lady came to see just me. She said she saw me online, jumped in her car, and drove as fast as she could to the shelter to meet me. I walked over to her and she didn’t seem to mind my wobbly legs, she actually opened my cage sat down on the floor then reached to pick me up. Could this lady be the one to help me I thought? She picked me up and held me close to her chest. She told me she was a volunteer with Pug Rescue of Florida and she came here to save me. I hid my head in her arms and she hugged my tighter. I felt so safe for the first time since being here. I could feel her love and it felt so good. We left that shelter together that day and she told me “never look back Bambi this is the first day of your new life” and I believed her!!
My foster mom took me to the veterinarian for a full checkup. I didn’t want to go, but she said it was important so we did. My foster mom said I was a special girl and had special needs. I was told by my doctor I have a neurological condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. I am very wobbly on my legs and feel off balance. I also have a lot of twitching and jerking of my body. The doctor recommended some supplements to be added to my food and talked with my foster mom for what felt like forever…..geez….I just wanted to play and have fun and this talking stuff was boring. To help make the wait more fun the vet staff passed me around and filled me up with lots of kisses and hugs. Everyone says I am adorable and I love to kiss their faces and show them how much I love being told how cute I am.
My foster mom told me even though I am diagnosed with a disability she will be sure I have an amazing and happy life where someone is always saying you “can do it”, like she says to me. I am glad she feels that way and I love showing her that I am a healthy silly puppy and I can do what any other puppy my age can do. I was told by my doctor that I can live a normal long happy life too!! I love to play and cuddle, I am learning how to play chase — the ball is sooooo fun!
My doctor recommended some therapy for me and I learned that my foster mom used to be a veterinary nurse for 20 years and is a massage therapist for animals too. Just when I thought she couldn’t get any cooler right! I am glad I am in such good hands with her to help me feel better. Well, we started this thing called Physical Therapy, not sure what it means but it’s a super fun game. My foster mommy gives me daily massages (oh boy they feel good) and we work on strengthening exercises too. My doctor told her this would be very good to help me navigate my condition easier as slight improvements can be seen with dogs with CH and puppies learn to accommodate to its deficits. There is no cure for the neurological disorder I have, but physical therapy can help improve my wiggly legs and balance as I learn to move my body better. Strengthening my muscles will help me walk better too, so I enjoy this game of physical therapy with my foster mom.
Speaking of walks, I just love them! We go on several a day for my therapy and they are so fun. I also love getting the zoomies in the grass and showing my foster mom how fast I am. I got a cool present recently — elevated bowls. My foster mom is thinking of everything to help me. I sure do love her. The bowls allow me to balance easier as I eat and drink.
Everyone at Pug Rescue of Florida is making sure I have everything I need to make my life easier. That is why I do have a list of requirements for my adoption. These rules are truly for my safety and quality of life. I am so glad that my Pug Rescue family is doing all they can to help me find that perfect home. My foster mommy even said she will donate all the items she has bought for me — they will go with me to my new home when I find one. This will make my life easier and allow me to be able to adjust to my new home with you a bit easier. She says she is even going to teach my forever family my physical therapy routine and some basic massage strokes too. I love massages — the best part is when I’m done and she holds me in her arms like a baby and tells me I am so special, beautiful and amazing .She then says she promises to find me a home that will always love me the way she does! I love the sound of that as I never want to feel unloved like I did at that animal shelter.
So that is my story! My life got a whole lot better the day Pug Rescue of Florida saved me, and I’m excited about the next chapter of my life…when my loving forever finds me and helps me settle into my new home.
Because of Bambi’s special need here is a list of requirements for her adoption. These requirements will ensure she gets the ongoing care that she needs and deserves:
- A family who is not away from home for long hours.
- Baby gates will need to be used to limit access to stairs and pools to avoid any accidents.
- Bambi must continue to use elevated bowls to help her balance while eating and drinking. PROoF will provide a list of supplements Bambi will need the rest of her life as recommended by our vets.
- A home with older children is ok as long as they are old enough to understand to be gentle with Bambi.
- There can not be a rowdy, active dog in the home or that visits often for Bambi’s safety. Well-behaved, calm dogs will be fine.
As with all PROoF puppies our regular puppy policies also apply:
- No only dog homes. Another small dog playmate that can put up with a puppy is needed, since they are very playful and energetic.
- No Big dogs please, they could easily hurt a puppy by mistake.
- A fenced in yard and no busy intersections nearby.
- No children under the age of 5.
- The forever family must not be gone long hours (not more than 4 at a time) as a puppy does need to be monitored, nurtured and potty trained.
- If a puppy is adopted before it is old enough to be neutered or spayed, adopter will be required to neuter/spay and provide evidence of neuter/spay to Pug Rescue of Florida.
What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?
- It is a condition where the part of the brain that controls mobility doesn’t completely develop.
What Cause it?
- Usually the condition is hereditary, but it can also be caused by infection of the body and/or brain, poor nutrition or environmental toxins.
What are the symptoms?
- Head bobbing
- Limb tremors that are aggravated by activity but disappear while sleeping
- Clumsiness, unsteadiness on their feet
- Unable to judge distance or disequilibrium (falling over, flipping over)
What is the Treatment?
- There is no treatment unfortunately. Even though the symptoms are permanent they typically don’t get worse as the animals ages. In fact affected animals tend to improve slightly as they get use to their condition and figure out how to adapt and compensate for their defects. We expect animal to live a normal life spam.
What are some special needs that this animal will need?
- Baby gates or other enclosures should be used to limit access to stairs or pools to avoid accidents.
- A home with children is ok as long as kids understand the special needs for of the dog and are gentle
- Housebreaking may be more challenging
What do you expect medical cost to be for this animal throughout her lifespan?
- It is difficult to say, but for the most part medical cost throughout their lifespan will be comparable to any other healthy animal.