|Who could resist that face???|
A lot of people have fallen in love with Mackie, but when I tell them why she walks so odd - they generally walk quickly away. I am confident that there's a dachshund lover out there who will be prepared to take a dachshund in who may or may not have back issues later in her life. Unfortunately, the breed can easily have back issues even if they appear totally healthy. That's why dachshund lovers are encouraged to not let them jump onto or off of things or even take stairs. Its another reason why dachshunds need to keep extra weight off - they need to keep extra pressure off their backs.
|Fearless and Resourceful Mackie|
|Is that a wink?? ;)|
Mackie came from a puppy mill - a puppy mill so bad that the Humane Society of Missouri raided them and seized all the dogs. Apparently it was a mill filled with dachshunds and doberman pinschers. Considering her size and the horror of her surrounding conditions, Mackie had to rise to the occasion to keep herself and her babies safe - I'm sure of it. I don't even want to think about what her life was like for her to have been part of a puppy mill raid. Luckily the employees at the Humane Society fell in love with her and worked very hard to find a rescue for her. See, Mackie had this nasty little growth on her head and the Humane Society will not adopt out any dog that has anything wrong with them. This growth on her head made her unadoptable and if a rescue couldn't be found, she would be put to sleep.
The email about Mackie was one of the many emails our group gets and I took a couple of days to decide if I would foster her. I called the HSMO and the woman was so excited - she was just about to enter into their system that a rescue couldn't be found so she would be euthanized. Luckily, I called in just the nick of time.
When I picked Mackie up that night, she was in rough shape. She had a surgery to remove the growth on her head, she had a dental removing a number of infected teeth and she had her spay surgery. Apparently, her had dropped dangerously low during the operation and we had to make sure she stayed warm that night. In the next couple of days a number of people saw her including my sister in law and nephew and everyone was really worried about her because she had a very difficult recovery. When I see her behavior today it's really hard for me to remember that tiny little girl I brought home that had to be bundled up and kept warm to keep her temperature stable.
|Mackie is a beauty|
Please help me find a home for Mackie - someone who will be willing to face anything that needs to be faced for her, but will also have a positive attitude that she will live out her as healthy and full of life as she is now.