Special dog ready for adoption in Rancho Santa Fe

By City News Service

A year-old Chihuahua is recovered from a nearly 10-month ordeal of spinal and knee surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation and ready for adoption, the Helen Woodward Animal Center announced.

The dog was around 4 months old when transferred last May from a Los Angeles-area rescue facility. She was called Wiggles’’ for the way she walked, but Helen Woodward employees noticed that her unusual gait stemmed from crippling in her back legs.

A full medical exam revealed a serious spinal deformity that was causing numbness and lameness to the canine’s back legs, hips and knees, and threatened her ability to walk at all in the future, according to the center.

Wiggles underwent x-rays, an MRI, an operation to realign and fuse her back, and reconstructive knee surgery to remedy a condition where the knee cap slips out of the groove. She then underwent extensive therapy.

We have all fallen in love with her,’’ said animal care supervisor Amy Barnes.Every now and then you meet a dog that has qualities you wished you possessed yourself. That’s Wiggles. She’s beyond human, beyond dog. She lives life with such gusto. She’s our little RoboDog with the heart and bravery of a superhero.’’

Adoption information for Wiggles or other animals is available online at, by calling the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at (858) 756-4117, ext. 1, or visiting the center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.