JOSIE THE DACHSHUND
Every day we are delighted to welcome cute, cuddly, precious pets and their owners at our Petlounge in the major airports. Every animal family member is special and cherished and we encounter many unforgettable characters.
It was love at first sight for our Cape Town International Airport PetLounge staff when Josie the Dachshund rolled through the doors for her journey to Johannesburg. Josie has mobility issues and was fitted with a small wheelchair for assistance with her movement. So it was essential for this to be accommodated in her specially-designed travel crate.
Josie and her sister Milly were very active doggies who would normally run around the house having an absolute ball. One day Josie suddenly became paralysed. She had an operation to try and restore mobility, followed by water therapy but sadly neither course of action was successful.
Although Josie has not walked again, it hasn’t stopped her enjoying life and achieving fame. Wherever she goes, she works her way into people’s hearts and everyone wants to spoil her. She is one of the friendliest dogs and her owner says she loves the attention.
Josie’s therapist mentioned the case to Animal Talk Magazine for using her in one of the articles and she was referred to Frontline for a TV advertisement in Germany. Naturally, this little winner Josie got the part!
“I know a lot of people feel sorry for her but trust me she’s living life to the fullest,” says Tammy, Josie’s mom.
It was a privilege for The Petlounge to make Josie’s journey comfortable, speedy and safe, wheelchair and all. We wish her a well-deserved long and happy life.