Chloe Mae (photo submitted)

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There aren’t any lost causes

Published 11:04am Friday, June 1, 2012

Last year I told the tale of little Jersey, the sweet Chihuahua, that was rescued from a puppy mill by my good friend, Danielle.  I was called in to assist and today Jersey resides in a loving home.  In that tale I explained that the Chihuahua is one of the most inbred dogs from irresponsible breeders because they are easy keepers and highly desirable.  I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what happens to the deformities that often occur due to this wicked practice.
Chloe Mae, a product of inbreeding was rescued at 8 weeks of age and brought home to be loved.  No expense was spared for her care and an unbreakable bond was forged between her and her rescuers.  Now at one year of age, Chloe Mae was due to be spayed and her owner was strapped for money. I deemed it a privilege to help this man who I knew put his heart before his pocketbook.
Chloe Mae was born missing her two front legs and when I brought this beautiful, magnificent little creature into Landrum vet, everyone’s heart stopped. She is a tiny love machine with a heart bigger than her body.  She has learned how to hop like a kangaroo on her tiny but powerful rear legs and will lay her body down to rest and gather herself between hops.  Holding her in my arms I felt every ounce of love I could muster pour out of me.
Chloe Mae has been spayed and I literally wept as she licked my hand and rolled over for a tummy rub when I went to visit.  My dear friend, Dr. Raines may have a heart attack if she hangs around me too long.  “Lennie,” Donna asked, “couldn’t we get her a cart?”
“I’ll ask the owner,” I said, “if he agrees, I’m all for it.”  The owner was excited and all for it, but warned that they are very expensive.  I learned that front leg carts are more intricate and expensive than back leg because it is easier for a dog to learn to pull than to push. Donna has found a company in Massachusetts that may be able to help.  Either way I won’t give up trying because there’s no way on earth that I’d consider Chloe Mae a lost cause.
Thanks for listening.

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