Wheelchair-bound dog asking for prosthetic legs for Christmas, Phoenix shelter says

PHOENIX - Meet Lulu. 

The Spaniel-Dachshund mix was originally rescued from the San Diego Humane Society earlier this year by a Phoenix-based shelter — but now she’s looking for her forever home.

The owners of The Pet Knot explained that their rescue leadership team was on vacation in San Diego in September when they came across Lulu. The 25-pound bundle of joy had been sitting at the humane society for just over two months when she was found.

Christie Milot, the president of The Pet Knot, explained, "I knew that she really needed another shot at life and we could give it to her; we could find her a great home."

However, Lulu has special needs. At some point, her back paws were surgically removed, the Pet Knot explained. 

Alyssa Beauchamp, the director of The Pet Knot, said, "I immediately was like, 'We're taking her home Christie. She's not going to stay here a second longer."

Nowadays she scoots herself around either by dragging her hind legs or rolling in a wheelchair; but without a wheelchair, she faces a lot of challenges.

It was recently discovered that Lulu is an excellent candidate to receive her very own set of prosthetic legs. According to the Pet Knot, the only thing on her Christmas list is to receive prosthetic legs so she can become more independent. 

The Pet Knot explained Lulu doesn’t always realize her disability. She tries to “hop in the car when the door is open and doesn’t realize her current wheels won’t go with her,” the Pet Knot said. 

Some facts about Lulu:

Lulu is OK with other dogs but has not yet been put into a situation with cats. It’s recommended that she goes to a home with older or gentle children.

Additionally, she’s not yet potty-trained. However, the shelter is working on getting her into a routine. She also already does well in a crate.

Lulu loves to cuddle people and go on walks in her wheelchair. She’s spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Her new family must be willing to take on her special needs.

"They will have to go with her to physical therapy appointments as well as the vet," Milot said. "She will wear diapers until she can get out."

The Pet Knot is always looking for volunteers at the PetSmart at the Promenade in Scottsdale every Saturday.

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