Maddieroo is a very special dog (or possibly a woodland creature called a squirfoxaroo) who was adopted by the Nice Lady from the great people at Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. No one knew anything about Maddieroo when she was saved on New Year’s day 2007. They didn’t know for sure how old she was or who she lived with before they found her, but they did know she was very special. Not just because she has a birth defect called cerebellar hypoplasia which makes her wobbly and fall down, but because she was so cute and happy that she makes everyone who sees her smile. Not only is she full of joy and likes to help others, she is also funny and smart. We hope you can help animals in need, just like Maddieroo, through any of the links to animal rescue organizations in our Animals in Need section. As the Nice Lady asks, “Who rescued who?”
Maddieroo was born with a birth defect called cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). This is more common in cats than dogs. An infection, poisoning or injury can cause the babies in the mother’s womb injury to the cerebellum. The cerebellum is part of the brain that controls movement and balance. Some dogs and cats with CH have very mild cases of CH, but some have more severe cases and they can barely walk. Unless it is so severe the animal cannot function at all, CH animals can live a long and happy life with minor adjustments to the household. For example Maddieroo has trouble going up and down stairs, [Hey! I do not I am just a bit wobbly!] so we live in a house with few steps. She is monitored closely when she goes up or down these steps [really, I can do it my self I am intrepid!]. Dogs and cats with CH are not in pain and they make wonderful pets.