A dog born with an unusual neurological condition that makes it wobbly and unsteady on its paws is looking for a special new home.
Barney, a two-year-old malamute, was rescued by RSPCA inspectors from Lancashire in December when his owner could no longer look after him and three other dogs.
The dogs were taken to the Altham Animal Center in Accrington. Barney’s brother Bear and sister Ebony have already moved into a beautiful new home.
Barney is serviced by the RSPCA Keighley Craven & Upper Wharfedale branch, but is currently serviced by the RSPCA Lancashire East Branch.
Jeanette Ainscough, Lancashire East Center Manager, said: “Unfortunately, three of the four dogs they were born with had health problems.
“Bear had progressive retinal atrophy (or PRA), which means he will eventually go blind and Bella suffered from serious neurological problems that resulted in severe fits of sleep that was heartbreaking for all of us.
“Barney also has neurological problems and when he arrived he was struggling to stand and stay upright unaided.
“We spent a lot of time working with him and giving him slow and steady exercises to build strength in his legs.
“Initially, two people had to go outside to help him with his balance, but as he slowly improved we were able to reduce that.
“He’s so much better now, but when you see him running you can see that something is wrong; He’s overstretched with his legs and very shaky, but it doesn’t slow him down!
“He still loves to play in the fields and go for walks.
“Sometimes he has problems with toilet training, but we hope that new owners won’t be put off.”
Barney has regular physical therapy sessions and special exercises to aid proprioception and build muscle. He will need new owners who can continue this work and help manage his condition.
Jeanette added, “Some people might find it funny or strange to see Barney walking around in an unusual way, but we just think it makes him even more lovable and lovable. He’s one of a kind and we absolutely love him for it.
“He is such a lovable boy who will be a wonderful companion for the right home. He needs owners who can help him with his ongoing condition and create a safe and loving home for him. “
Learn more about Barney by contacting the RSPCA Lancashire East team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01254 231118.
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