Mimosa’s Story, By Edye Melton. Mimosa is currently up for adoption.
Imagine a perfect day. Some might dream of a day of fun in the sun on a tropical island while others would relish the adventure of climbing the most rugged of mountains. For twelve-year-old pug Mimosa, the perfect day is much simpler and far easier to achieve. She simply desires a routine schedule for feeding and potty breaks, while spending all hours in between snuggling with her loved ones. Fortunately for little Mimi, she is experiencing a new life built of these perfect days in her foster home, thanks to Pooja Iyer and Shankar Vaidyanathan.
Mimosa arrived at her PRA foster home with tough challenges to overcome. First, she had to deal with the emotions that resulted from losing the only family she had ever known. As if that weren’t enough, her little body had begun to let her down as well, as she had developed a degenerative disc issue, meaning her back legs weren’t functioning normally. Although she was learning to adapt by scooting herself around to access water and to be near her people, she was losing the ability to stand and walk on all four legs. Even more frustrating for Mimosa, she was becoming increasingly incontinent; unable to voluntarily hold or eliminate her urine.
Thankfully, Pooja and Shankar enthusiastically began to guide Mimosa through a new chapter of her life. They quickly perfected the technique for expressing her bladder. This ensured that she wasn’t constantly leaking or retaining urine which is crucial for avoiding complications like urinary tract infections. They soon discovered that Mimi consistently warned them with little barks (some have said that she sounds like a seal pup) and whimpers when she felt the urge to take a potty break. Even further, it became apparent that if they kept a precise schedule for not only expressing her bladder, but also for providing her with the opportunity to explore the yard and take care of business, they avoided accidents inside their home. This schedule applies to mealtimes as well. Mimosa is an early riser and politely alerts them with her trademark bark when she is prepared to begin her day with breakfast. Once these needs are met, she happily snuggles up to Pooja and Shankar and awaits the next scheduled event. If her humans aren’t available, she is pleased to cuddle with her foster brother, Frisbee. She also finds comfort in her bed that is strategically placed in a spot where she can keep apprised of all that is happening in her home. Once there, she is known to sleep peacefully like a log, often unaware of the comings and goings of her beloved household members.
Now that her foster parents have discovered that her needs are easily met by implementing a simple schedule, life is a dream for Mimosa and her foster family. Dogs want consistency and Mimosa is no different, however, sadly not everyone understands and this has most likely deterred potential adopters for Mimosa. She’s been in the care of the rescue for 400 days! One major misconception is that since she cannot walk normally, she cannot move freely about her home and therefore requires someone to care for her 24/7. Pooja explains, “She finds her way around to everything, everywhere. She drags herself (which she prefers over her wheelchair) to every nook and corner of the house. If the yard door is open, in about 2 minutes she would’ve found her way into the yard, on the grass. And we do take her on walks! We give her some support around her belly, just in front of her hind legs so it doesn’t touch the ground and she walks as fast as she can! She does get tired sooner – but then we just carry her and walk back.” Luckily, Mimi is a svelte and healthy 14 pounds so the return trip home is a piece of cake.
Speaking of cake, Mimi prefers peanut butter flavored, please. Besides PB goodies, Mimi enjoys being treated to snuggle time with her foster family. “Because she is always on her stomach…everyday for a few minutes I hold her on her back and move around her legs to ease any discomfort she might have,” says Pooja. “She has the cutest tiny face, and we love her.”
Seriously folks, isn’t this just the stuff that dreams are made of?