Claire needs you to keep her walking! This sweet girl has IVDD but she won't let that get her down.
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About the Campaign

Say Hello Claire

This adorable, 13 year old, Teddy Roosevelt Terrier needs your help! Claire is no stranger to hard times. This little rescue was adopted at the age of two, back in 2006. Since then, Claire has had an amazing but rocky life. Her owner, Ellen and has given her all the pleasures in the word a dog could possibly ever want. Now, Claire and Ellen need your help to continue giving Claire the ability to walk.

What Happened ?

Have you ever heard of a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier? Well, they’re  feisty, fearless, affectionate, and spirited little animals. Because of their small stature, their dwarfism makes them prone to a number of neurological and orthopedic conditions. Unfortunately, Claire’s little body made her prone to Intervertebral Disk Disease. In it’s most basic form, IVDD is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space.-PetMD. Read more about IVDD in dogs HERE. IVDD can cause back pain, rear limb paralysis, and the inability to walk and/or feel the back legs. For Claire, the herniation is what is causing her  a substantial amount of pain when she walks. But, there’s good news! IVDD is treatable!


What’s the Solution?

There is never one solution to a problem. For IVDD, there are two main kinds of treatment (treatment always depends on your specific animal’s needs). Surgery is an option that is more expensive and recommended for severe cases. According to, in this procedure, a portion of the bony vertebrae over the spinal cord is removed by the surgeon in order to take out the herniated material and compress the spinal cord. The other option is a more holistic, conservative form of treatment. It involves 8 weeks of crate rest. During this time, the animal must be immobilized long enough for  scar tissue to form and protect the disc. After crate rest, there’s constant rehabilitation.

When Claire and Ellen came together in ’06, I doubt either of them knew they would be going on this journey. It all started with a bit of pain, some limps, and gradually a little less activity. Ellen was on top of it all! Supplements, tests, you name it. Unfortunately, it took 4 different veterinarians and an actual herniation for Claire to receive an official diagnosis. The herniation led to a veterinary neurologist and Claire was on her way to receiving the care she needed. IVDD surgery can cost upwards of $6k. So, on good recommendation, Claire began her conservative treatment. In 2011, the time of her disc herniation, she was crate confined for 8 weeks, in which that time she was able to develop a good amount of scar tissue and begin working her way back up. This was followed up with therapy.

Claire Estimate:Vet Letter

However, Claire went down again in 2014.  She needs the proper rehabilitation to keep her afloat! Claire receives supplements, hydro therapy, and magnetic laser therapy is doing wonders for her inflammation and pain. The Laser therapy is what has kept her in constant motion and good spirits. In this campaign, we want to raise enough funding to get Claire the laser therapy she needs for an entire year!! Ellen has made it her mission to keep Claire going and with a bit of help, that’s exactly what she’ll be able to do.

What has to happen!

Let’s get Claire a year’s worth of treatment! As you can imagine, the costs add up. At this point in time, Ellen has exhausted her financial resources. It’s getting more difficult to pay for Claire’s treatments but one thing Ellen is certain of, Claire NEEDS them. Ellen has tried to wean Claire off of the Laser therapy but for Claire, this means not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. She doesn’t want to go for walks, or have fun because she’s just too sore. Laser therapy is a necessity for Claire. As of right now, Ellen is going into debt in order to do her best to continue getting Claire the care she needs. Ellen and Claire were destined to be together! Ellen found Claire online and drove cities over in order to meet her and take her home. When Claire became apart of Ellen’s family, she was a perfect companion to their late dog, Chance and she immediately blended right in. She’s sweet to people and even sweet other dogs.


“She’s just my rock, my everything” Ellen says. “If I didn’t have Claire, I wouldn’t have a reason to get up in the morning. She keeps me going, I will do everything that I can as long as I can for her! I’m just so thankful that I have her.” Ellen has been heartbroken by the loss of her other dogs but she will do everything in her power to keep Claire by her side. She’s made her mission to bring awareness, educate, and help other pet owners learn more about IVDD. She has a Facebook page dedicated to Claire and her journey.

Claire love to play, cuddle, visit nursing homes, go on long walks, and so much more. But, Claire’s IVDD prohibited her from doing many of these things. You can help Claire get back to the life she loves! Help Claire keep moving! Please help this sweet girl!

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One comment

  • silvia lomeli


    November 10, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply