'Miracle' chihuahuas seek paw-fect home
When two tiny chihuahuas were found dumped by the side of a busy road - one blind and one missing a foot - their future didn’t look bright.
But after four months of care and treatment by the RSPCA, the mother and daughter (pictured) are now looking for a new home.
Three-year-old bitch, Peggy, and her six-week-old puppy, Pip, were found dumped beside the A127 in Basildon, Essex, on 31 August.
The dog warden was called to the collect the dogs and local RSPCA Inspector Marie Hammerton (pictured below) was alerted before our Essex South, Southend & District branch took the pair in.
Peggy’s back left foot was missing and little Pip - now aged around five months - had major health issues, leaving her blind.
Abandoned at just a few weeks old
Kathy Butler, dog coordinator at the Essex branch, said: “Pip was only a few weeks old when she was dumped with her mother and she was in a really poor condition.
“After initial investigations by vets she was referred to the Animal Health Trust and, following MRIs, ultrasounds and consultations with neurology and ophthalmology, we discovered part of her brain is missing, she’s blind, and has no functioning eyelids.
“She’s had a course of steroids and has eyedrops five times a day, a treatment she’ll need for the rest of her life. Funds raised to help with her treatment will go towards her future veterinary care.
"We don’t know what the future holds for Pip as the specialists had never seen a dog with her condition before, but it’s a miracle that she’s become such a wonderful, playful and feisty pup, and I have no doubt that she’ll live her life to the full.”
Both Pip and Peggy have been in foster care for several months where they both get on well with other dogs, cats and children.
Pip can be a bit vocal at first (her way of finding out where you are or calling for you) but manages well without any sight.
Peggy is very content and absolutely loves affection and attention. Vets advised not to amputate her rear leg and she is doing well using it. Kathy added:
We would like to find this pair a patient and understanding owner who has a calm home environment with no children.
It’s really important that they go to a new home with time to dedicate to them, who can slowly introduce them to the world and continue their training. Any doggy residents will have to be friendly and tolerant of Pip as she adjusts.
Please only apply for these special dogs if you are ready to commit to two special needs dogs, and have the time and energy to give them the lives they deserve. Despite their disabilities, Peggy and Pip are both active, loving dogs who do not let their issues slow them down!
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