Meet Rex

Meet Rex2017-11-29T11:42:34+00:00

Rex is a great example of strength from within. Rescued at only 7 months old in late 2011 by North Shore Animal League America from Tennessee, Rex is safe and in good hands.

No longer a burden to anyone, this gentle, black Mutt-i-gree® (mixed-breed dog) and full of life angel will have a home in the Animal League for as long as he needs to.

Upon careful evaluation from the Animal League’s veterinary staff, it has been determined that Rex has a life-long medical condition. Most importantly, there is no treatment for this condition.

Sweet Rex arrived with an infection with Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). This virus initially causes gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), respiratory infection and neurological signs (twitching and seizures). Rex has a residual neurologic effect called Myoclonus. Myoclonus is an involuntary twitching of the muscles. This twitching is most pronounced in Rex’s hind legs.

Sadly, he is very weak in the hind end which affects his walking. Rex needs to be carried outside to use the bathroom. His legs need to be monitored so that he doesn’t develop sores. The possibility is present that Rex’s involuntary twitching may lead to seizure activity which may develop at any age.

Exercise is an important part of Rex’s life. In order to strengthen Rex’s muscles, Passive Range of Motion is followed. In these exercises, you move Rex’s legs through their normal range of motion (extending and flexing the joints) to encourage the muscle to build. Rex is allowed to move as he can tolerate. The Animal League fashioned a custom made wheel cart for Rex’s hind legs which he is learning to perfect.

What turns all this sadness around is Rex’s attitude. He is a happy spirit, young and aware, and ready for petting and pleasing. He shows a strong desire to be like any other healthy dog and looks to anyone who will give him a chance to prove it.

Because Rex’s condition requires a commitment to his lifetime care, most small shelters would not be able to accommodate his needs. Instead, it is likely that in a small shelter Rex would be put down. The Animal League is dedicated to helping him have the best quality of life possible. Therefore, Rex was a natural choice for enrollment in the Animal League’s life-saving Sponsor Program which caters to dogs, cats, puppies and kittens with special needs. Through a small, but dependable contribution each month, you can support Rex and all the animals in our care.

The Animal League’s programs, like the Sponsor Program, help to ensure that the thousands of dogs and cats that come through our doors each year receive the something they need. We can learn from Rex and you can make a difference in his life. Your strength from within can come from your support of the animals that need you most. Please join us in continuing our mission, founded in 1944, of Rescue, Nurture, Adopt.

December 2017

Rex is still the boy with pep in his step, always ready to play with his canine sibling Daphne. Though on rough days he needs his mom, Jean, to massage his hind legs. Anything at all to keep her loving Rex happy, healthy, and comfortable. And she couldn’t be there for Rex if his Sponsors weren’t there for him. Thank you for all that you do Pet Sponsors!

September 2017

Rex’s mom, Jean, said her handsome man is still doing well despite dealing with the physical effects of his disorder. She’s always there to massage his legs when they tire and help him in any capacity he needs. Although Rex has his good days and bad, he’s full of energy and always up to play with his canine sister Daphne and any other dogs he meets – there’s nothing that can hold this awesome boy down thanks to the support of his Sponsor Pet Parents!

June 2017

When you talk about high energy, Rex should be the first dog who comes to mind. This guy is loving life in his home with his canine sister, Daphne. The two of them are always playing, wrestling, and chasing each other around the house. Rex has injected so much love and life into his new home, and it’s all because of his amazing sponsor parents. Your monthly support has allowed Rex and so many other Sponsor Pets just like him to enjoy happy, healthy lives with amazing families!

March 2017

Rex stays young by keeping up with the antics of his high-energy, doggy sister Daphne. He welcomes chasing her, gently wrestling and snuggling up when they’re both all tuckered out. Both Rex and Daphne enjoyed a special sleepover with their Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua friends when their human mom visited out-of-town family.

December 2016

The veterinarian who recently performed Rex’s annual exam found him to be healthy. Rex and canine sister, Daphne, thoroughly enjoy their daily visits from their youngster neighbors who consider both Jean, Rex’s mom, and these Mutt-i-grees, family. Jean knows it’s time to massage Rex’s weak hind legs when he gives her a nose poke. Rex’s face says it all to Jean during the massage – he’s in heaven and it keeps him as mobile as possible.

September 2016

Rex misses his 16-year-old canine sister, Grace, who recently passed away. Rex, his mom, Jean, and other canine sister, Daphne, were glad they were able to surround her with love before she made her journey over the rainbow bridge where they will all meet again someday. All feel incredibly fortunate for the time they had together as a family and youngster Daphne is the perfect medicine to cheer Rex and Jean up during this sad time.

June 2016

Rex is such a loving brother to both of his canine sisters. He gets in his nap time with 16 year old Grace after running laps around the backyard with younger sister Daphne. All the exercise with Daphne helps keep his hind legs working as best as possible. This pack of three are living in perfect harmony with their human mom Jean and are so grateful to you for making it all possible.

March 2016

Rex couldn’t have been happier when he came here and met his sister Daphne, a terrier mix Mutt-i-gree. The two immediately bonded and have been inseparable ever since. Daphne was the perfect playful prescription to keep Rex in shape and moving around as best he can. Jean, their mom, can’t get enough of watching them chase each other around the house and the yard.

December 2015

Rex is finally back to normal from a stubborn contact dermatitis that took a few months to heal. In fact, he seems to be as spry as ever, playing with his canine sister, Gracie, as much as possible. Jean, Rex’s mom, also believes the lower calorie diet prescribed by our doctors helped Rex trim down and has given him greater mobility. Jean is thankful to all the pet sponsors for making their perfect family possible!

September 2015

Rex and Gracie, his canine sister, had a very good summer. He continues to make progress in using his hind legs more and keeps up with Gracie when they play together. Their mom, Jean, couldn’t be happier for her two “senior citizens”, and thanks all of Rex’s sponsors for making it for making it possible for her to care for him.

June 2015

Rex is always happy to get outside and play in the sunshine. He and his canine sister, Gracie, love to chase each other, and also curl up and sleep together when play time is over. He continues to make progress in using his hind legs more – for which we and his mom, Jean, are very thankful. Rex is a sweetheart. He and Jean want to thank all of his sponsors for making their life together possible.

December 2014

Recently, Rex’s mom, Jean, was dog-sitting for 2 dachshunds, plus Rex and his canine sister, Bella.  There were 4 dogs running around!  Jean called it doggy day care and Rex was the leader.  He is such a sweet boy going around and sniffing all of them like he was the papa-dog.  It is a miracle how Rex is using his hind legs for stability.  Jean is delighted with his progress and absolutely adores him.  Thanks to his sponsors who allow him to have such a happy life.

September 2014

Rex is darling, as usual. He loves that the summer weather is in full swing. He likes to find a prime location where he can see everything in the front and back yards. Rex and his canine brother love chasing the rabbits and squirrels that are very quick to trick the two dogs. His mom, Jean, has been noticing a positive improvement in Rex’s left hind leg. It always bent behind his right leg, but now it’s starting to straighten out as he stands up. She feels her massaging him and his therapeutic treatments have been the solution.

June 2014

Rex started laser therapy and acupuncture for his pain that doesn’t seem to bother him while he is running around. Jean, his adoptive mom, knows from her own experience of suffering from a similar nerve and muscle disorder that he feels discomfort. Recently, Rex’s human mom lost a loved one. Rex knew she was mourning. He comforted her and showed her love – as she does for him during his struggles. Rex has a gentle heart and gives inspiration to everyone he meets. As his mother says, Rex inspires you to want to get up every day and enjoy your life – no matter what disability you have.

December 2013

Rex has spent this summer laying in the yard. Ears all perked up and nose sniffing the fresh air. Jean, Rex’s adopted mother, has been visiting family regularly with Isabella and Rex tagging along. What fun Rex had visiting his cousin, a big mixed Labrador retriever Mutt-i-gree® (any rescued or shelter pet), playing tug of war and chasing each other all around the yard. He loved the extra attention he got there. He has a very good appetite will eat just about anything you put in his dish. It’s amazing to see him getting around so well despite his lame hind legs caused by Myoclonus, a neurological disorder. Jean couldn’t imagine life without him. Thank you for making this possible through your sponsorship.

June 2013

Jean says Rex is doing great. She gives him daily massages on his hind legs and back. She can tell he is very grateful for all she has done for him. With the warm weather here now, he can spend more time outside, basking in the sun. His appetite is good. He loves Kibble and Bits. He is thankful for all the toys the sponsors have sent him throughout these past few months.

March 2013

Rex’s is doing great. He is the joy of the family. Jean adopted him because Rex has the same back problems that she has. She understands his pains in his legs when the weather changes, and she takes the time to massage his muscles at the end of the day. His eyes are clear, his coat is shiny, and he loves to take walks up and down the block.

December 2012

Rex has settled into his new home. Jean, his adopted mother, said the other two dogs in the house—Mini Dachshunds Isabella and Lizzie—have adjusted to Rex running around the house with the cart. He is a lot bigger than his two sisters but they have learned to get out of his way when he gets up some speed. He is a joy to have around the house and fun to watch, especially as all three interact with each other. He is happy and has a healthy appetite. He likes to play ball, and he loves the attention he gets from the neighbors when they go out for walks. Rex has brought much happiness to a family that was sad for a long time. Jean says it’s a happy ending for all.

September 2012

More good news about Rex in his new home. Jean brought the happy pup home to meet her father and her two Mini Dachshunds—Isabella, 7, and Lizzie, 3. As Alex explains, “All of us were so attached to Rex because he had spent so many months in our care, but it was worth the wait. Jean is the perfect person to be Rex’s adopted mom.” Jean was excited to share the news that Rex has adapted beautifully to his new home and family, though she admits that her Dachshunds took a little bit of time getting used to their new housemate. “They know he’s a dog,” she says, “but he doesn’t move like most dogs. And he’s also a lot bigger than they are!” she laughs. “But they’ve learned how to play with him just fine.” Jean’s neighbors and friends are also huge Rex fans, and the active dog is having a blast playing ball and getting lots of attention. “He’s a gift from God as far as I’m concerned,” says Jean. “He’s a blessing in my life. I tell everybody, ‘There was sadness and tears for so long when my Petey passed, but Rex brought smiles and laughter back.’ We all just love him so much.” What a happy ending!

June 2012

ADOPTION ALERT! So much has happened when we last told you about young Rex and how he came to the Animal League. Rex was fitted with his own mobility cart and took to his new wheels like a champion! We are happy to announce a very special woman adopted Rex. For many months, as sweet a dog as Rex is, none of the adopters who came through our doors here at the Animal League chose him to be their new family member. That all changed in early April, when a kind woman named Jean arrived at the Animal League. Jean knew she had to share her love with a special dog. She specifically wanted to adopt a dog with special needs—in part because she’s a retired nurse, and also because she wears a brace on her lower leg. As she puts it, “I like to take care of others, and I know myself what it’s like to have a disability and need help from time to time.” Jean met with the adoption counselor Laura, and through the tears she shared her story of her recent loss of her dog, Petey. She said she would never be able to replace Petey, and hoped to adopt a dog that no one else wanted; Laura immediately brought her to meet Rex. “Jean fell in love with Rex instantly,” says Laura. “They spent an hour on the floor hugging. It was awesome!” “I knew it was meant to be,” Jean says. She filled out the adoption application for Rex on the spot. When she was leaving to take him home, staff and volunteers lined up to say a tearful goodbye. A happy ending for a very special dog. We could not be happier for Rex and his new adopted mom Jean!

March 2012

NEW TO PROGRAM! Rex, rescued at only 7 months old from Tennessee, is safe and in good hands. Sweet Rex arrived with an infection with Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). This virus initially causes gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), respiratory infection and neurological signs (twitching and seizures). Rex has a residual neurologic effect called Myoclonus. Myoclonus is an involuntary twitching of the muscles. This twitching is most pronounced in Rex’s hind legs. Sadly, he is very week in the hind end which affects his walking. Rex needs to be carried outside to use the bathroom. The possibility is present that Rex’s involuntary twitching may lead to seizure activity which may develop at any age. He is a happy spirit, young and aware, and ready for petting and pleasing. He shows a strong desire to be like any other healthy dog and looks to anyone who will give him a chance to prove it. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on Rex’s journey with the Animal League.