Kida – Special Needs
“Milo James Thatch: By the way, we were never properly introduced. My name’s Milo.
Princess Kidagakash “Kida”: My name is Kidagakash.
Milo James Thatch: Ki-ki-kidamaschnaga… Uh, hey, you got a nickname?
Princess Kidagakash “Kida”: Kida
Milo James Thatch: Okay, Kida. I can remember that.” – Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Welcome Kida!! Kida is a VERY special needs 1 year old, 50 pound goofball who snorts like a pig when given watermelon because she so excited. This gal is housebroken and kennel trained, and enjoys hanging out in her kennel to relax and hide some of her favorite toys. When Foster Mom is away or needs to clean, Kida sleeps quietly in her kennel. Kida has also greatly improved her leash walking skills. Go Kida!
Kida lives with multiple dogs, big and small, and gets along well with them! She even lives with a small dog and does well with her – so we think that Kida could be potentially cat-friendly! Kida doesn’t play a lot with her dog-roommates, but happily shares space and mostly respects their boundaries. Occasionally she bumps into them while playing but she just can’t contain her excitement at times! While some dogs get the zoomies, Kida gets bouncy! She is just soooo happy everything she touches instantly makes it the best day ever and she bounces off somewhere else! Once she finds her people in her bouncy zoomies, it’s time to shower them in kisses and get all the pets! When she finishes bouncing around it’s time for a puppy power nap.
Kida is overall a laid back gal that doesn’t need much exercise (outside of her bouncies) and she does a wonderful job at self-entertaining with toys. She goes to the dog park about once a week, where she loves to sit by the people on the benches and soak up all the attention they give her!
So what makes Kida so very special? She has a rare genetic storage disease. This is a metabolic disorder for which there are no cures, treatments, or therapies and is progressively degenerative. Essentially her body on a cellular level lacks the ability to recycle and regenerate cells in her central nervous system (brain and spine). She is currently clumsy, slow to learn new tasks, and at times is easily confused. As she gets older her symptoms will worsen and she may even develop seizures. Dogs who suffer from storage diseases often need their family to make a quality of life decision once their symptoms become too much. Kida currently is doing well, is happy and enthusiastic, and LOVES life. But every pup with a storage disease progresses at a different rate and we don’t know how long, or short, Kida may have. We hope she has years of bouncies ahead of her of course and that’s why we are seeking out a very special family for her. But we (nor the vets) can promise anything more than day by day Kida is happy. Leashes currently confuse Kida and she is struggling to learn to walk on one so her ideal family will have a fenced yard for her to safely potty and play in. Since Kida is prone to being uncoordinated and this will only increase with time she needs a home free of stairs or where stairs can be easily blocked with gates so she is not a danger to herself. A family member should also be capable of lifting and carrying her when she becomes confused or falls.
Ready to bounce through life and this diagnosis together with Kida? Then contact us today!
(Thank you Claire Diane Photography!)
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