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From Underdog to Winning Wiener, Formerly Paralyzed Rescue Dachshund Competes in 22nd Wiener Nationals Race

November 7, 2017

For 22 years now, the Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California has been the site of the Wiener National Races, where talented dachshunds make an annual mad dash for the finish line. The event draws over 90 competing canines from the area and has over 10,000 fans.

This year, one very special contestant named Lady Bug (you can find her here on Twitter) had tongues and tails wagging. Lady Bug — a.k.a. “The Bug” — O’Neil is an underdog in the truest sense of the word. On New Years Eve 2014, Lady Bug was dumped at a shelter in Riverside, California. The poor pup was given up on because she was unable to walk, and she was scheduled to be put down. However, the compassionate staff at Los Angeles Dachshund Rescue gave her a second shot at life.

Lady Bug was taken to see a neurologist who, unfortunately, deemed her a poor candidate for surgery since she couldn’t feel her legs. Still, the rescue didn’t give up on the lovable doxie. Instead, she was placed in a foster home for four months, and eventually brought to California Animal Rehabilitation for a consult. As fate would have it, Lady Bug’s exam indicated that she would be able to walk again! She remained at the CARE facility for a few months completing a rigorous rehab schedule that consisted of physical therapy, acupuncture and an underwater treadmill.

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