We first saw this tiny puppy when she was only 3 weeks old. Her mother had bit her and fractured her jaw. With her being so tiny and her jaw non-displaced, we taped her jaw so she could only open it far enough to nurse. A few weeks later she returned, this time with a very swollen front leg. She had quit eating, was very dehydrated and lethargic. She was quickly hospitalized, an iv catheter placed to get her rehydrated. Because she was so frail our lead technician took her home and continued caring for her throughout the night. Within a couple of days, she was eating and drinking again. Her leg was bandaged as it was very infected. Stephanie offered to keep the tiny puppy if her health didn’t continue to improve. 2 days later the tiny pup had quit eating again. Phoenix, named after the mythical bird, was brought to her forever home. Despite all efforts from Dr. Nydam the infection in her leg eroded all the bones in her foot from her ankle down. It withered up and became completely useless and had to be amputated. Stephanie tried to find a suitable prosthetic but was unsuccessful.
Phoenix is now 3 years old and lives a happy lazy life. She gets around very well and doesn’t let her disability slow her down. She loves spending time on the ranch with her best buddy Wiley and going to work everyday with mom. Phoenix is often an enthusiastic door greeter here and LOVES attention from anyone.