Story submitted 2011-06-29
After seeing Jewels' picture on the DDS website I just knew I had to adopt her. I got in contact with Maria McCoy, who then put me in contact with Yolanda McIntyre, Jewels' foster mom (and what a fantastic foster mom!), as Jewels was a DRNA baby. After the application process, which seemed to take forever, Yolanda arranged for transportation through a friend, and Jewels arrived at our home in Las Vegas, Nevada at 8:15 p.m. on October 1, 2003, after traveling for hours all the way from Fredericksburg, Virginia. We already had two female dogs at home: a Poodle/Shitzu mix and a long haired, standard size Dachshund.
We knew Jewels had difficulty walking (she came with a cart) because of back surgery, and also problems with bladder/bowel control. What we were not prepared for was her spunkiness. After a few minutes having Jewels in his arms, my husband placed her on the ground, and she took off! If we had not been quick, she?d have gone at least half a block with us on her tracks. An appointment had already been made with our holistic vet, and Jewels was on her way to acupuncture and chiropractic treatments the following week. She also takes daily supplements to increase the neurologic response on her back legs. Today Jewels walks basically 95% of the time. She obviously knows when to scoot to make my husband feel sorry for her and give her a treat, but even the holistic vet is impressed with the increase in her muscle mass and strength on her back legs. She is the apple of my husband's eyes, and follows him everywhere he goes.
I cannot imagine why anybody would abandon this little baby, who brings so much joy to our lives. It is their loss, our gain.
By the way, her cart was donated to DDS to help other dachsies in need -obviously Jewels does not need it!
contributed January 2005