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Ezee
Pekingese
Male

Ezee is a purebred Pekingese who spent the first 18 months of his life living outside Phoenix, Arizona. He was too big to be a show dog, so his breeder generously gave him to me, knowing he would have a loving home for the rest of his life. Ezee has a most appropriate name, as his temperament is very easy-going. He only gets mad at Mom, Dad or Grandma if we leave him behind for too long. I have heard many comments from people that they would love to get a dog with Ezee's personality. He remains a happy and contented dog, despite having serious health issues since 2005. In 2001, he had his first spinal cord surgery to correct a herniated disk. Ezee recovered quickly and was able to walk again shortly after his operation. Unfortunately, that was not the end of his back problems. In the late summer/fall of 2004, we noticed similar symptoms. After taking him to a canine neurologist, the Cornell Veterninary Hospital and having an MRI done, we found out that he had two other herniated disk. The first one was corrected in March 2005. He briefly walked during recovery, but then regressed to not being able to stand on his back legs. In May 2005, a second surgery was done to correct the other herniated disk. Despite lots of TLC (I was unemployed at the time) and almost a year worth of water therapy at the Canine Rehabilitation Center, he has never regained use of his back legs. However, that has hardly slowed him down. He has compensated by bulking up the muscles in his front legs--he can drag himself around pretty quickly on smooth floors! He also has both a red wagon for long walks and a small saucer sled for deep snowfalls. Most of the time, he walks around the block with his brother and sister with the help of a "walk-about" harness for his back legs and boots on both back feet to protect them as they are dragged. Ezee is also an SPCA volunteer through the Paws for Love pet therapy visitation program. We visit an assisted living center where the residents (most who have walkers) can truly relate to Ezee's mobility problems, particularly when he has his "wheels" on.