December 2009 Update: We are happy to report that Carmen, Venus and Pablo are doing well. They did a lot of showing off on Thanksgiving. They had a large Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends and Carmen, Venus and Pablo grabbed all the attention. They are such little show offs, they played all day with the children, kissing and chasing them all over the house. All the commotion from Thanksgiving day had the siblings sleeping all day Friday.
January 2010 Update: We have great news to report – Carmen, Venus and Pablo are very healthy. Carmen the Diva, as she is called by the family, has the fastest tongue around. You get too close to her and she will give you kisses all over your face. They have a new dog in the house, Nacho, and Pablo has made it his chore to take care of him, he will chew the food and then spit it out for Nacho to eat, (Nacho has bad gum disease). Venus is the spoiled little girl, she sits on mom’s lap and is hand fed one piece of food at a time, she is only two pounds, and mom wants to make sure she gets her share of the food. When there is a break in the cold, mom will take them with her for a walk in their stroller around the neighborhood. The kids love seeing them and come running over to play. There are some kids that knock on the door for play dates. Every morning they have two hours of physical therapy in their wheel carts to keep their backs straight. The rest of the day is spent jumping and playing in their room. They jump all over, and so not to get hurt if they should fall, there are heavy blankets all over the floor. If you enter the room you have to watch your step, they love to tunnel and sleep under the blankets.
February 2010 Update: Unfortunately, we donâ€™t have good news to report about our dear Carmen. She has been sick for the past few weeks with pancreatitis, and because of the pancreatitis, she is having problems keeping her food down. Carmenâ€™s adopted mother has to hold her upright when she eats. Itâ€™s like having Megaesophagus, a condition in which the esophagus is abnormally enlarged which makes it difficult to keep food down. Her mother is so concerned for her health that she brings her to work with her here at the Animal League everyday to be sure she is with her when she eats. What a devoted mother! We hope little Carmen will be up and about soon and weâ€™ll be sure to keep you posted.
We are happy to report that Venus and Pablo are doing well. With all the snow we had recently, their adopted mother dressed them in little, yellow rain slickers and booties and let them romp in the snow for a bit. The neighborhood kids came around to play with them. The children had to be very careful where they were throwing their snow balls – the snowballs were bigger than Pablo! Thank goodness they have such a loving and caring mother to get them out in the fresh air and to have play dates with the kids.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Carmen,Â Pablo, Venus and little Scooter (seen here checking himself out in the mirror of a child’s toy!) couldnâ€™t be better taken care of. Their family has gone out of their way to make their disabilities unnoticeable to them. They are able to run, jump and play just like any other dogs thanks to the special areas their family has created for them. Inside their house they have a â€œChihuahua Areaâ€ surrounded by child gates with a â€œfood courtâ€ where they eat, a toy chest where they can pick their own toy and an area for them to play around in and rest. In addition, a fully enclosed outdoor area was made specifically for them when they would like to get some fresh air. The floor is lined with Astroturf to help protect their chests when they run around without their carts and a tented area was made to keep them shaded in the sun. What a life these pupsÂ lead!
Pablo, including his tiny sisters Venus and Carmen, is doing just marvelously. All three of the pups are continually improving in their wheel carts as they coast around both in the front and back yard! Pablo has been walking the most and his ability to walk in the cart has significantly improved. This daily activity usually tuckers Pablo and his sisters out, which means they need to catch up on their sleep. Pabloâ€™s adoptive family often catches all three of these adorable pups napping together under a blanket. When heâ€™s not asleep Pablo can be caught putting up a fuss during bath time, which is his least favorite part of the day.
Venus has been excelling at maneuvering in her wheel-cart and her agility has significantly improved. This is all thanks to her adoptive parents who have developed a specialized titanium wheel cart for Venus, which is lightweight and has smaller wheels. Because Venus is such a little lady she needed the help of a more light-weight wheel cart to allow her to walk around with the same ease as her siblings. Venus is especially happy recently because her adoptive mom is now only working part-time so she can give extra attention to her special little pups at home! You can be sure that Venus tries to steal away any extra time with her foster mom by plopping right in her lap and demanding to be fed separately.
The length of time that Carmen, Venus & Pablo can spend walking in their customized wheel-carts has been steadily increasing.Their daily training has improved their strength, helped their posture and to relieve some stress on their back and hind legs. Now, they are able to prance around in their carts so well, that their adoptive mother lets them run free in the circular driveway in the front of their home.