Bunny (cerebellar hypoplasia)

Bunny was going to be put to sleep at a local dog pound, they had been keeping him tied to a table leg in the veterinary clinic there trying to find him a home. We took him in 2007 and 4 years on, are still trying to find somebody who is willing to give him a chance. Bunny has cerebellar hypoplasia, which means basically that he lacks balance and coordination, in his case, especially balance. He can walk doing "bunny hops" with his front legs which tend to remain extended (see video). But he does fall quite frequently, especially if he comes up against anything in his path. He is slightly slow and needs to be viewed as though he has a slight mental disability. He is not house-trained. He is fine with other animals, a little afraid or tending not to take much notice of them, but some of them feel threatened by his movements and their movements can throw him off-balance. He is an outdoor dog here in Spain, as he needs to be on flattish, soft ground. That is where he moves best, he is not good on smooth floors. He can walk on concrete etc. but tends to hurt himself if he falls. On a couple of occasions a fall with a blow to the head on a hard floor has caused him to suffer a seizure, but he has not had one for a long time now because he has been exclusively on soft ground since 2008. He can walk on a lead but tends to go in slightly different directions. His main problem is fear, for example, if someone tries to pick him up, he may snap or bite if he loses his balance, but he is not an aggressive dog, it's an instinctive reaction when his world starts spinning. He has never bitten his carer, who can pick him up in a certain way, for example to put him in the car (needs to travel in a transport box. He needs a stable home environment, probably best with no children, just in case. He needs someone he can trust. He is a dog who needs a pat on the head to reassure him but not big hugs which may upset his balance. A flattish garden with little paving or concrete would be ideal for him. We feel that Bunny could do very well with some extra attention and care, which we are too stretched to be able to provide for him. He is smaller than he looks in the photos and video, probably weighs about 14 kg. He does not bark often but when he does (usually when a stranger appears) he has a very high-pitched and loud voice. However, he very rarely barks for any length of time. He is neutered. Kat's Club for Disabled and Chronically Ill Pets works mainly with special needs animals. Many of these animals have great difficulty finding homes with Spanish families. Please help us to help them. www.elclubdekat.org / contact: clubdekat@gmail.com





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