When Boogie Shoes was just eight-weeks-old, his previous owners had grown tired of him and dropped him off at a shelter. The tiny Chihuahua only weighed 11 ounces and was almost helpless. Although he was a tiny, cute, teacup Chihuahua, he always looked like he was dancing. He just couldn’t stop moving. But while most people would find this trait endearing, his last owners hated him for it and left him to die at the shelter.
Fortunately, Alicia opened her heart to Boogie Shoes and invited him into her home. As a foster home, she has shown the dog a lot of love and pitied his previous situation. To think this tiny dog was abandoned for something he couldn’t control. It just broke Alicia’s, heart…
Boogie Shoes can’ stop dancing because he has a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia. This causes his uncontrollable shaking, which is powerful enough to interfere with his ability to walk and stand.
While the woman who dropped Boogie Shoes off at the shelter claimed she found him abandoned at a Walmart parking lot in 110°F desert weather, Alicia doubts she told her the entire truth. Palm Springs, California is known for backyard breeders, who carelessly try to mass-produce dogs to sell for a gross profit.
Thankfully, Boogie was dropped off the no-kill Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Another place might have seen his condition and instantly euthanized him. But that facility has a reputation for working hard to rehabilitate dogs.
“At first, it seemed this cute 8-week-old pup was dancing, but the reality was much worse,” the video description on Rumble reads. “Boogie wasn’t actually dancing at all. He was shaking – his motor skills and coordination were uncontrolled. It was clear to the doctors there that he had an unknown neurological condition. For now, he was on foster watch. Alicia became his foster and eventually his adopter.
“Alicia took Boogie to the neurologist who confirmed their fears. He had cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition in which the cerebellum or part of the brain did not fully develop in-utero. This condition could have been caused by genetics, a virus or malnutrition. The condition reveals itself at about six weeks of age and is permanent. While Boogie is otherwise a healthy pup, he will always have physical limitations. He can’t walk on a leash, play catch or climb stairs.”
When you watch the video, you’ll see how hard life is for this tiny Chihuahua. Because he struggles to walk and stand, and his head is so big, he was very wobbly. But the team cleaned him up and knew that he had a neurological condition.
A few days later, he was diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia, which is a condition where part of the brain failed to develop completely. Many things cause the condition to develop including genetic issues, toxins in the environment, infections, and nutritional deficiencies. It is unclear if Boogie Shoes’ condition could have been prevented with proper care or if it was genetic.
Watch the video below to see this adorable dog and the struggle he has to endure.
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