K -Zoe it is so nice to you in canine! I flew all the way to California for this interview and boy are my arms tired! Tee hee!
Z -Hi Karli! It's nice to meet you! I love making new pup friends!
K - Zoe, your picture was chosen to represent Dodgerslist in their publication Dodgers Digest. That is so exciting! Your sweet little mermaid picture is adorable and received tons of votes. Your momma sure does love you, how long have you been with your family?
Z - I have been living with my mommy for about 1 1/2 years after she rescued me from the animal shelter. I was dumped by either a backyard breeder or a horrible puppy mill situation when I was about 1 or 1 1/2 years old. I came in the shelter paralyzed and from what the vets say, I had been like that for at least 6-8 months or more. I was soooo full of breastmilk so I guess when the breeders were done using me with breeding the guessed 1-2 liters of my puppies, they turned me into the shelter.
K - How did your momma find you?
Z - Mommy's friend worked at the shelter. She took me out of the scary "medical room" where my fate had been decided because I was disabled. My mommy volunteered to watch me for the weekend to keep me safe from those scary needles until an adopter or foster could be found, but mommy and I both knew on the way home from the shelter that we would be together forever no matter what obstacles came our way! She's my mommy and I'm her best princess daughter!
K - Disabled? That must be a hooman word. Oh..does that have something to do with you not having any legs or a tail? I think that is neato cuz you are a doxie and a mermaid. How did that happen anyway?
Z - I was not born without legs. My paralysis starts about from my rib cage down and last year one of my legs started giving me weird painful tingling feelings. All the medicine the vets gave me, the acupuncture, the alpha stimulation, and therapy did not work. It seemed to make it worse and the only way I knew how to fix it was to start chewing off my own toes and leg! It did not hurt me at all to chew because I do not have deep pain were the nerves were regenerating. I was in danger of infection to my system and bones I was eating.
After that amputation last summer, I was happy and pain free again! That was until about 3 months ago when mommy was petting me and I started twitching. I could feel my mom pet me for the 1st time in my whole life! It was a wonderful and happy moment for all of us! My superficial nerves have slowly regenerated on top of my back so I can feel you pet my fur. This quickly turned into disaster when my other leg developed the same thing it did the year before and this time I developed deep pain sensation and my major nerve in my leg was almost completely healed. I did what I did before and started eating at myself again!
e tried more
medications & therapy & without luck, the decision was made to amputate
my remaining leg and tail as a precaution.
I am happier & healthier than ever before without my legs! I have had no complications, I am healed, and loving life! I am a fighter and I am so blessed my mommy stood by my side to help me fight this difficult battle. The vets say most would have given up on me a long time ago.
K - Wow! That is quite a story Zoe! You are so lucky to have such a great mom! Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Z -I do! I have a 6 year old real sister that loves me just as much as my mommy does. We have a 2 year old hairless dog and also many kitties. We love to foster kitties. When mommy brings home new born kittens that she needs to bottle feed, I try to help her by helping to keep them warm and cuddled & lick them clean just like a real mommy cat would do for them. We foster with All Texas Dachshund Rescue when we are able and I love having other weenies to play with.play
K - Is your life a lot different since you have dis-able-abilities?
Z - Not that much! I have a bedazzled wheelchair my mommy & sister decorated for me in our favorite colors, purple and green :) I usually only use my wheelchair for outside walks. Mommy has drag bags or diapers or just expresses my bladder & then let's me run freely like a normal pup around the house. I love to play with small toys and cat toys. My favorite treats are pig ears and cow hoofs. I love dressing up. My new favorite thing to wear are baby onsies because they fit so much better without having any back limbs and protect my tummy from rug burn. They also hold my pampers in place when I wear them.
K - So now that you are a famous model, what other things do you want to accomplish?
Z - I want to help other doggies with disabilities! When they contact me with questions usually mom and i can answer them or get an answer because we have been through so much. All I know is special needs dogs are very special and they deserve a happy ending when they have the fight and spirit to keep living! We have great support with All Texas Doxie Rescue. Their weenies & our human friends are the best group in the world.
K - Thanks so much Zoe! :)
You are a pawesome friend and
inspiration to everyone!