When Petey the pup was found under a soggy blanket in Sacramento, California, his rescuers thought it was odd that he wasn’t walking.
The two-month-old puppy rolled and crawled on his belly to get around. While his strange behavior was cute, it was a sign that he had a serious brain disorder known as cerebellar hypoplasia.
In the simplest terms, Petey’s cerebellum, the portion of the brain that controls coordination and fine motor skills, was not fully developed at the time of his birth. There is no cure for cerebellar hypoplasia, but with the help of a supportive and loving family, Petey is living a good life.
Petey moves a lot slower than other dogs, but with great determination, he can get where he’s trying to go!
This sweet little puppy was found on the side of the road. He was cold, wet and emaciated.He is showing neurological issues and we are not sure of the cause. He is receiving TLC from an experienced foster home while we try to solve the mystery.
Posted by Sacramento SPCA on Friday, December 9, 2016
Adopting a dog like Petey is a commitment. Sometimes, he has trouble performing normal tasks, such as eating from his food dish. It takes kindness, ingenuity, and patience to find what will work best for him.