Meet Lilly - our special needs girl
She is such a sweetheart. She is such a happy girl and doesn't even care that she sometimes falls over while sitting, trips over nothing, and is as cute as ever when she cocks her head so her eyes can adjust. She is now a special needs, special girl. She runs and plays with my big dogs, smells the grass with them and even sleeps next to them if they will let her. She loves to lay in her bed while I am on my computer. Although she is not fully potty trained, she doesn’t have accidents in her kennel or play pen and sleeps until I am ready to get up. Ahhh!
Lilly has something called Caudal Occipital Malformation (a moderate case) which means her occiput bone is pressing on her cerebellum (brain). It is not life threatening nor heart breaking. It simply causes her to be a little clumsy and she doesn’t learn as quickly as she would without it.
The vet suggested that she avoid stairs just so she doesn’t fall and hit her head. So we don’t want stairs that are steep (7 inch risers are too high) and she wouldn’t need to go up and down to get to her bedroom or where you and the family spend much of your time.
In six months, after she has finished growing, she will need an MRI ($2000) to make sure the pressure on her cerebellum isn’t increasing. Since she already is showing signs of improvement, it is possible that this will be the extent of her syndrome. If it happens to increase and cause issues in 6 months after she has stopped growing, she will need an expensive ($6-7000) operation to put a stint in her brain that drains liquid when necessary. That is the worst possibility of her scenario.
Lilly loves other dogs and loves food. She is a beagle mix after all. She is cuddly and sleeps when going somewhere in the car. I think she is pretty smart when it comes to getting into a routine. She has ours down.
She is a love and everyone who sees her tells me how adorable she is. They can’t help but kiss her.
So, if you think Lilly would be a great match for you and you are committed to the MRI and the possibility of $6-7k more on her in 6 months than please fill out an application.
She would love to be in a permanent home where she can be loved, run and play. She loves her toys and other dogs. She is well behaved with children but not enthusiastic.
For more info about Lilly, go to the top toolbar, click Adopt, click Dog Application, fill it out and send it in. A volunteer from Summit Dog Rescue will get back to you as soon as they can.