Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wobbly Dogs

Have you ever wondered what it means when a dog or cat is described as "wobbly"? Noodle and Soba are two so-called wobbly dogs. These Collie mix sisters have cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition that occurs when pups (or kittens) are exposed to the distemper virus in utero. As a result, some puppies are born with underdeveloped cerebellums - the area of the brain which controls balance and fine motor skills. They can end up wobbly and uncoordinated, like Noodle and Soba.

Despite their limited mobility, these animals still deserve a chance. Noodle and her sister Soba are lucky enough to live at Rolling Dog Ranch animal sanctuary in Montana, where "they enjoy every minute of their lives," according to caretakers Steve and Alayne. Click here to see a video of Soba - you can't miss the huge grin on her face!

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