After Christie encountered two abandoned puppies and their mother on a rental property, she knew she had to help. However, as soon as she saw the pups, now named Trimble and Twitch, she knew that there was something different about them. Texas-based Christie took the dogs to the vet, and there, the puppies were diagnosed as having Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Cerebellar Hypoplasia, or CH, is basically a canine version of cerebral palsy. Knowing that this would make it harder for the puppies to find homes, Christie decided to adopt them herself – a decision she’s never looked back on.
She shared with Metro.co.uk, “We rescued them after a neighbor called about the barking. The mom and pups were full of parasites and had to be treated for these.”
As Christie explained, CH causes motor control and proprioception complications. That means that Trimble and Twitch have a hard time walking and placing their footing. While CH might not make it easy to walk, dogs who have CH experience no pain. Additionally, they can be expected to live full lives.
The way Christie perfectly explained it was, “In short, they are just wobbly normal dogs. The reality is that it is difficult to get these types or any special needs dog adopted.”
She added, “It isn’t that it is hard work to care for them, it is just more work. Because of this, we (our family) adopted them.”
However, she did admit that there was an adjustment period for everyone in the family.
“It was like bringing home two aliens and trying to figure out how to give them the best lives. We had to adapt everything from drinking water and eating to how to walk. Twitch was doing OK in the walking department, but Trimble had much more difficulty,” she said.
Christie continued, “We built him wheelchairs as he grew to begin physical therapy that would strengthen his muscles and give him the maximum coordination. As he grew, he began to have a little more control over his muscles and would take a few steps at a time. Now, Twitch runs— which we never thought was possible and Trimble walks… which is, in short, a miracle.”
Along the way, Christie has found major support through the special needs community of dog owners.
She said, “The reason you see more special needs dogs living their best lives is that people are not euthanizing them anymore. They see that they can live amazing lives with just a little bit of love.”
Good Sunday my peoples! Thought we would drop some MJ moves on you this morning!
We would love to meet Ellen and dance on her stage! Retweet and tag her if ya wanna see us there!!
— Trimble and Twitch (@trimble_twitch) March 29, 2020
She added, “I am their service human. I provide all the accommodations to make their lives absolutely wonderful. In return, they make me a better person.”
Having her two special needs dogs in her life has given Christie a whole new perspective, as well as given her a bunch of important life lessons.
“They never get sad, mad, angry, or spiteful, they are just a joy to have. They have taught me that no matter what you have going on in your life, it is absolutely up to you how deal with it. They spread happiness and smiles where ever they go – it’s infectious,” she said.
Both Trimble and Twitch love to be surrounded people. Given that they’re very happy and friendly dogs, Christie often takes them into the community in order to meet with, and bring joy to, the children with special needs.
As Christie stated, “We want to spread our “be intentional” message. Be Intentional in your life – live with purpose.”
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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