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Yikes, Chihuahua can walk

On 2 front legs
By: Bruce Warren, Journal Staff Writer
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Hey, Chihuahua! Yikes! That dog’s walking on his two front legs. It’s not because he’s showing off. Jeeves, the Chihuahua, does not have full use of his rear legs and must get around by putting weight on his front two legs. Jeeves was turned into a local Auburn veterinarian by a Good Samaritan who found him with two broken legs, according to Lynn Howe, founder and director of A New Hope Animal Foundation in Loomis. “Little Jeeves was found in the streets with two broken femurs and a broken pelvis, but this did not deter his wonderful temperament and friendly demeanor,” Howe said. “Even though Jeeves cannot walk on all four legs, he travels around on his front two legs in handstand position to greet new people and get around.” In order for Jeeves to regain use of his rear legs it will be necessary for him to have a costly surgery. The dog’s age is estimated at 4 years old. “It will cost around $4,000 to repair his rear legs so he has full walking capability,” Howe said. “They explored a cart, but because of his injuries he would do better to have his legs repaired.” Without a partial donation of the services of Dr. J.T. Vida of Davis and a donation from Placer County Animal Services, the operation could cost as much as $6,000, Howe noted. Davis, who does a rotation at Loomis Basin Veterinarian Clinic, discovered Jeeves’ feisty spirit and decided to help out. Volunteers with A New Hope have made homemade stockings with dog and cat goodies inside, which will be on sale starting at 10 a.m. at the Auburn Christmas Festival this Saturday and Sunday at the Gold Country Fair Grounds. A New Hope will have a booth open near the Sierra Building and Jeeves might be there for at least part of the day. The chilly weather lately will keep Jeeves from staying outside all day. A New Hope does not have an animal shelter building, but utilizes 20 shelter homes where dogs are prepared for long-term adoptions. Volunteer Cheryl Best of Grass Valley has been caring for Jeeves since Oct. 30 before he gets his operation and is ready for adoption. “He’s living at my home now like one of my pets,” Best said. “He’s a foster dog right now. He’s very sweet natured. After just one day, he accepted other pets in the household as his foster pet brothers.” Best also owns a 4-year-old mixed herding dog from Baja, Mexico and a cat that was abandoned near Newcastle School. _______________________ Jeeves Donations Mail to: A New Hope Animal Foundation 5700 Val Verde Road Loomis, Calif. 95650 Phone (916) 652-4164