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Happy Tails For Poppy!!!

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

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May we all celebrate and congratulate Poppy! She was adopted! The Kyek Family journeyed all the way from Tennessee to get this special girl! It is a match made in heaven!

Poppy teaches us all to have perseverance in the face of an obstacle! In February 2022, an urgent plea was sent out from the shelter when a puppy came in that was not able to walk properly.

Once Dallas Dog secured a foster and saved her, we discovered she had Cerebellar Hypoplasia. This condition didn't stop Poppy from living her best life!

What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

Cerebellar Hypoplasia, or CH, is a condition where part of the brain doesn't fully develop. This part of the brain, the cerebellum, normally helps our pups with coordination and balance. When the cerebellum is underdeveloped it is difficult to be fully in control of movements. This disorder is almost never degenerative-- meaning that it should not get worse as Poppy gets older. There is no cure, but with lots of love and support, she can live a long and happy life!

In just 10 days in our care, Poppy was strong enough to try walking in a harness and she was so excited.

Poppy most definitely has a quality of life, even flipping and flopping. She showed immense progress in her physical therapy sessions and she does very well walking in her supported harness. However, with her weight gain and progress, it was time for a serious upgrade to improve her daily walk

Gunnar's Wheels donated Poppy's cart and shoes and will continue to replace them as she grows. They have a huge waitlist but once they saw Poppy’s video and story they moved her to the top of the list. We are so grateful for this generous donation.

Poppy Gets Her Wheels

For the first time in her 4 month life, this puppy walked on her own! Poppy was ready for her wheelchair like she was born to wear it.

In rescue, decisions can be very difficult. Who can we save? How can we guarantee a quality of life for a disabled pup who seems lifeless? The heart of rescue is the people who come together out of love and compassion to save pets' lives and improve them. It truly takes a village. From her incredible foster parents who have seen her through her trials and struggles, to the medical team at Dallas Dog who ensure she attends her medical and physical therapy appointments. Poppy was worth it.

Poppy's life didn't change overnight. It took 3 months to get where we are today, with Poppy happily running in her wheelchair.

Poppy has this passion for life that we all admire. She doesn't know she's different. She is a happy go lucky, loving pup who inspires us every day with her perseverance. Poppy has an undeniable pursuit to be happy and we are so proud of this transformation. Every dog can have a second chance.

We are so thrilled that a loving family stepped up to adopt this sweet girl. She will be loved by all and even has siblings who will love to play with her! This adoption couldn't be more perfect.

A special note from Poppy's foster Mom and Dad:

"Sweet poppy cakes went off to her forever family today. She will be a new Tennessee resident and has the most wonderful new parents and excited gang waiting for her. We were so blessed to be a part of Poppy’s journey she moved mountains. We can’t wait to see all she continues to do and all the fun she has being a new proud member of the Kyek Clan."

Poppy's story is one of thousands of examples we can give why fostering makes a difference! Her story inspires us all to keep going, keep saving, and keep working to Rescue, Rehab, and Reform. Happy Tails, Poppy!

Thank you for HELPING US, HELP ANIMALS, overcome their yesterdays and rewrite their tomorrow.


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Who is Dallas Dog?

Our rehabilitation efforts address the physical and emotional needs of rescued animals and prepare them for the second chance they deserve. You can make a difference by fostering, adopting, or making a donation toward these worthy animals.

Thank you for supporting Dallas Dog. Our mission is to create a safer place for animals by rescuing and rehabilitating those who are neglected, unwanted and abused across Texas or displaced by natural disasters nearby and finding them a permanent home. You can visit our website at to follow our amazing journey.

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