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Bella is a beautiful 3 year old Lhasa Apso who suffered a herniated disc which required emergency surgery. Please help us get her up again!

First things first, Bella was born in a puppy mill. From what I've read, one of the WORST puppy mills out there. The day I saw her in her little cage, I knew I had to have her. She looked like a little squirrel back then, and has grown to be the most beautiful, lovely, caring dog.

Bella has always been a super active dog, she loves to play outside, play with other dogs, and is just generally curious.

Bella and her sister LOVE to climb mountains. We are located on the Adirondack Cost, and have been trying to tackle as many of the beautiful peaks around us as we can. So far Bella has completed Giant, Cascade, Porter, Street, Nye, Whiteface, Baxter, Owls Head, Rooster Comb, Snow-and if you know anything about the Adirondacks, they are quite difficult mountains to climb, but my Bella flies up them like a little mountain goat. We were just about to go out this weekend for another hike...

Unfortunately fate had a different plan for us this weekend, On Ocober 11th, 2012, Bella began showing signs of difficulty walking and staggering around. I kept in contact with the emergency vet all night long, and stayed up with her all night. Morning came along and Bella had lost all feeling in her rear limbs, complete hind paralysis. I contacted the vet, who told me to meet her immediately at the clinic...

Upon X-Rays, our worst fears came to light. Bella had a herniated disc, and had to be rushed across Lake Champlain into Vermont for emergency spinal surgery. Bella made it through surgery, but we still have to wait and see what results it will bring. Will she walk again?Will she be able to go to the bathroom on her own? Will she ever be able to summit a mountain again? All these questions will be answered with time, but until then, Bella's mom has incurred thousands of dollars in vet bills.

Bella will need months of rehabilitation and medications, so any help would be greatly appreciated, and I will update as I receive any new news.
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