This Dog Could Barely Walk — Until He Met His New Dad


After losing his 21-year-old dachshund just days before Christmas in 2014, Tony Hayden had a void that wasn’t going to be easy to fill. But Hayden knew that he wanted to have another dachshund. An exhaustive internet search lead him to a dog that was like no other dog. The puppy, Meatball, was considered defective by the breeder.


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Meatball had a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition. Meatball would need a very special person to care for him.

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Cerebellar hypoplasia, as Hayden soon learned, meant that Meatball’s cerebellum was underdeveloped.

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The cerebellum is the part of the brain that helps control coordination and movement, dogs or cats with this condition often have jerky movements, tremors, or uncoordinated motion.

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Meatball has some trouble walking because his movements are rather awkward. Hayden and Meatball did physical therapy for the next four to six months.

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